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Elizabeth Molinaro

Oakwood (Dayton) OH | Member Since 2008

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  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1064)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "English teacher loves the audiobook!"
    Overall

    Though I am a stickler for history, and - as another reviewer mentioned - I would have liked this story to include Macbeth's "good years" as a ruler (and I don't think it would have hurt the narrative at all), I loved this audiobook. The narrator was fantastic, I loved the character development (Skena and Macbeth), and the new take on the witches. As for the take on Duncan, it may be unflattering and unfair, but so was the original play. Listened for most of an 8-hour drive...and was upset to finally be at my destination before the story was finished!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2944)
    Performance
    (2677)
    Story
    (2687)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "A Real Surprise"
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    Story
    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook ranks among the best I've heard in a long time. I did not like the protagonist at first - she seemed an idiot to an American (we tend to like to plan our lives, and are goal-driven); but I could not help but empathize with the young woman. I do not intend to give the plot away, but...it's lovely. And heart-breaking and true. I am not used to sobbing at the end of my audiobooks (makes it hard to drive!), but I did with this one, even after such a luke-warm feeling about the main character at first.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Outstanding. I can still hear the narrator in my head, calling for "Clark."


    If you could take any character from Me Before You out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Well, I'd take the hot guy in the wheelchair!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1326)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "In the end I can't get it out of my head"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Bone Season? What did you like least?

    The Bone Season grows on you. It started out like any YA paranormal thing, and Paige's protestations of dislike for her Warden quickly got to be too much. One knew where this was heading, however, in the end, I cannot quit thinking about the book and the outcome. Certainly an entertaining "read" while commuting to work.


    What other book might you compare The Bone Season to and why?

    Paige's exploits seem to be written with a movie version in mind.


    What aspect of Alana Kerr’s performance would you have changed?

    As for the reader, she was fine, without being stellar.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, for the visual of the character types involved


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julian Rubinstein
    • Narrated By Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

    S. Hawkins says: "Fantastic"
    "I just quit caring."
    Overall

    Not good for a daughter of a woman born behind the Iron Curtain, but the tale actually turns out kind of banal. Sure, his early escapes are dramatic, yet his existence remains nothing but bleak. And we cannot really blame his choices on his upbringing or his dramatic early years: here's a con artist that wasn't even good at that. Narration seemed quite good, though, if intrusive, with so many voices appearing at wide-widths apart.

    I wonder if anyone will do a story on the jewelry-robbing-cartel that seems to have sprung from the same regions? THAT would be a good yarn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jason Vuic
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (279)

    Six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line; within a year, it was a staple of late-night comedy. By 2000, NPR's Car Talk declared it "the worst car of the millennium." And for most Americans that's where the story begins and ends. Hardly. The short, unhappy life of the car, the men who built it, the men who imported it, and the decade that embraced and discarded it is rollicking and astounding, and it is one of the greatest untold business-cum-morality tales of the 1980s.

    Roy says: "Flim Flam at its Best"
    "Having grown up in Dearborn..."
    Overall

    And worked for Ford's (didn't we wall), I have to say that this was an interesting account of an interesting car: and the psyche and ethos of the times. Slightly pre-Michael Milken, the protagonist of this story is of the same character, though, perhaps of less real passion. I got a kick out of this "snapshot in time" of the industry, and also know that major car best-sellers AND flops were made upon even less due diligence, well into the 90's and early 2000's. I also learned stuff about Yugoslavia, that combined with my fictional interests of late, have combined in an oddly interesting way. Worth a discounted buy if you're just a casual listener, maybe more if you've been there and done that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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