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William

Edmond, OK, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 2666

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By John Lee, Armando Durán, G. Valmont Thomas, and others
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (199)

    Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Nancy Bauer says: "Brilliant"
    "The Best Book I Read or Listened to in 2009"
    Overall

    This is the best book I read or listened to in 2009. The readers are very good, John Lee especially. Please don't be discouraged by the several negative reviews below. Most of these people gave up pretty early on, and the book is actually divided into five parts, each a short novel of its own.

    To be fair to all those people who wrote negative reviews below (or by the time you read this, above) this one: Reading is like running, and there are all kinds of readers--sprinters, joggers, middle- and long-distance types...this book is definitely not a sprint, and it's not a casual jog, either, and you should be told that before you start. But I hope you go this distance anyway.

    66 of 69 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (46)

    Late one night, a drawing teacher meets a mysterious woman dressed in white. Who is she, and what is her connection to the teacher's new pupil, a beautiful heiress? Serialized in 1859 - 1860, and first published in book form in 1860 it is still regarded still as one of the best plots in English literature. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is brought to life by its marvellous villains and complex, spirited and believable female characters.

    Joseph R says: "A Book which keeps one guessing --- wrong"
    "Poor performance of good material"
    Overall

    Gabriel Woolf, who reads this version, does a poor job. It might be fairer to say that he seems to have worked with very poor producers who couldn't be bothered to have him reread certain lines where he says the wrong thing and then corrects himself. All these errors--and there are many--are left in. Why? It would have been so easy to simply flag those moments and either have him reread them immediately or edit it out (as much as possible) after the recording was made.

    The book itself is really good. If you're interested in this story, look for another version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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