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  • Falling Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    In the opening scene of Falling Man, Keith Neudecker emerges from the smoke and ash of the burning tower where he worked, and makes his way to the apartment of his ex-wife and young son uptown. Throughout this bold and haunting novel, DeLillo traces the way the events of September 11 kindled or rekindled relationships, reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory, and our perception of the world.

    T. C. Pile says: "Since the planes..."
    "No oversight"
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    Love the book, and Slattery is astonishing, yet a couple misreadings sneak through showing there is no review mechanism at Audible.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3539)
    Performance
    (2008)
    Story
    (2023)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "my interest in Audible is fast declining"
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    Is Putrefaction pronounced putrefication?
    Is Liquefaction pronounced liquification?
    Is Anesthetized pronounced anesthesize?
    Is Calvary pronounced cavalry?
    Is Apothecary pronounced apocathary?
    I'm pretty sure Reuters isn't pronounced rooters.
    Is Assimilated pronounced assimulated?

    It seems if you are going to hire dyslexics as professional readers, you might consider establishing some kind of review process, no?

    And footnotes? These are to be entirely ignored? There are extensive footnotes every few pages, which have been entirely omitted in the Audible version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (824)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "Seriously?"
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    I tried hard to get past the poor diction, knowing that pronouncing -ing as -een is a pet peeve of mine, but when glutinous is marred as gluttonous, I was done with the audio. It seems there is no review process in these Audible recordings. Something I also find odd is that these are coming from some pre-publication manuscript; funny little changes that turn up in the final cut.

    Weird. This lack of oversight will likely drive me away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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