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Jazmin

Librarian, knitter, bibliophile.

Member Since 2012

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  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (214)

    From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

    Rick says: "It is what it says it is"
    "Murakami is a great author"
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    Performance
    Story
    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter has a soothing voice that makes this novel a great listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Murakami is the kind of writer who can make even running seem interesting. The way he weaves his life, writing and running together is compelling, and the narrator has such a nice, conversational tone that you almost feel like he's an extension of Murakami telling you about everything while sitting in his living room.

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  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Carolyn Seymour
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    The provincial Bennet family, home to five unmarried daughters, is turned upside down when a wealthy bachelor takes up a house nearby. Mr. Bingley enhances his instant popularity by hosting a ball and taking an interest in the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane. Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy, Bingley’s even wealthier friend, makes himself equally unpopular by his aloof disdain of country manners.

    Antonette says: "My all time favorite book"
    "Just like the A&E miniseries"
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    Performance
    Story
    What about Carolyn Seymour’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn Seymour reads this in such a fashion as to echo the A&E miniseries, which I really like. I listened to a number of narrators for Pride & Prejudice on Audible, and Ms. Seymour is the best of the bunch. This book needs to be read with inflection and determination so that the lively and the ridiculous and the obstreperous all have their presence felt. The only thing I didn't like as much was that she made Mrs. Bennett as annoying as the one in the miniseries, so sometimes it's hard to listen to such an awful woman.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the A&E miniseries with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, you'll really like this version. The spirit of the characters really comes through with this narrator.

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