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Alexandra

PACIFIC GROVE, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 106 titles in library
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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1665)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1460)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "Sobering, Worthwhile Read"
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    What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

    I loved learning about the experiences of people from the dust bowl. It's awful and amazing how people treat each other. The story is depressing, but absorbing.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dylan Baker is a good reader.


    Any additional comments?

    The harmonica intros are a bit loud and annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27198)
    Performance
    (20942)
    Story
    (21023)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Excellent Series for a Nerd"
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    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    Yes, I would, because it's packed with intrigue, gore, and so many interwoven characters. It's pretty hard to keep all the characters straight, but that doesn't get much in the way of the exciting plot.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is acceptable, but nothing more. He has a nice gravely, old man voice, but it has very little range. The characters all sound pretty much the same. It's like having grandpa tell you a story.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of the Greek Myths: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stephen P. Kershaw
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths leads the listener through the vibrant stories of ancient Greece, from the origins of the gods through to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. All the familiar narratives are here, along with some less familiar characters and motifs. In addition to the tales, the audiobook explains key issues arising from the narratives and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.

    Patricia says: "A summary and insight into Greek Mythology"
    "Too Scholarly for Me"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen P. Kershaw and/or Cameron Stewart?

    No, not from Stephen P. Kershaw. It was too dry and boring. I suppose that it's my fault for choosing something that could probably be used as a textbook (assuming it's accurate).
    Cameron Stewart was fine.


    Has A Brief History of the Greek Myths turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the way the author explaines the way the different sources have details. For example, he'll say something like so-and-so either killed himself or was strangled to death by his enemy or went on a hunting expedition.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11002)
    Performance
    (6195)
    Story
    (6244)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Excellent, Fanciful"
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    Performance
    Story
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    The plot twist at the end was great. I was about to go see the movie, but I'm glad I waited until I'd finished the book.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    His Indian accent was good (as far as I can tell). His Japanese was not exactly spot-on, but it was fine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20915)
    Performance
    (18754)
    Story
    (18821)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Great!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. There are surprising plot twists and a few thought-provoking moments.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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