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Kristi

CHEVY CHASE, MD, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 132 titles in library
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  • NW: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Karen Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up there, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better. Thirty years later ex-Caldwell kids Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan have all made it out, with varying degrees of succes - whatever that means....

    BowedBookshelf says: "I believe this book is best listened to than read"
    "I couldn't get through this book."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I couldn't tolerate the stream of consciousness writing style. This was compounded by the fast rambling way it was read.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat's Table

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Michael Ondaatje
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (218)

    In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table” - as far from the Captain’s Table as can be - with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury.

    Amanda says: "Superb - But Not For All Readers or All Situations"
    "love the book, just not the audio version"
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    Would you listen to The Cat's Table again? Why?

    No


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Ondaatje?

    Someone that is a professional audio book reader. I usually love listening to the author read, especially autobiographies like Bossypants and Kitchen Confidential. But Michael is impossible to understand. I listen to audiobooks on my long commute on the highway, and I had to turn it up to deafening loud to even sort of understand what he was saying. In addition, to his accent being difficult to understand, he would trail off and speak more quietly at the end of every sentence. Insufferable.


    If you could rename The Cat's Table, what would you call it?

    keep the title


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the characters, and thought the story was worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Member of the Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Susan Sarandon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (184)

    The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.

    FanB14 says: "It's a Classic People"
    "I love Susan Saradon, but don't love the book."
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didn't think the storyline was all that interesting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it was a little boring actually.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Sarandon – was your favorite?

    The little girl.


    Did The Member of the Wedding inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (207)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Tammy says: "Enthralling!!"
    "It was okay."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Willa Cather and/or Jeff Cummings?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think so. The way he used different voices, and different accents made it weird.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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