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Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 52 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • God Said,'Ha!'

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney

    In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.

    Haley says: "Resonated Big Time"
    "Ok, never great"

    It was reasonably entertaining, but never really, really sad or really, really funny. I don't regret buying it, but after listening to it, I decided I did not need to listen to her other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Kathleen says: "It's not easy being green"
    "Somehow both boring and salacious"

    Because I love the play, I have now tried twice to make it through the book. Each time, I've made it halfway before giving up. It is at times extremely vulgar, which does not bother me. What does bother me is that when it's not vulgar, it's very boring. It's difficult to sympathize with any of the characters, who are themselves either repugnant or uninteresting. I desperately want to like Elphaba and care about her cause, but mostly I find her obnoxious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jane Pauley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby in the early 1920s, the American Dream was already on the skids. Originally based on the idea that the pursuit of happiness involves not only material success but moral and spiritual growth, the dream had by Fitzgerald's time become increasingly focused on money and pleasure - a phenomenon the high-living writer was only too familiar with.

    PHIL says: "Enjoyed this version mightily"
    "Female reader, story by 1st person make narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. What on earth would possess them to hire a woman reader for a story told in the first person by a man?! Utterly distracting and changes the whole tone of the book. I got this on sale for $2.00 and paid too much. I couldn't even make it all the way through.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is fine. The reader was an awful choice for this piece.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Hire a male reader for a male narrator.

    Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to the sample for every book I buy to make sure the reader is not a ridiculously bad choice.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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