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Kenneth

McLean, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Underworld

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence.

    Ruth Ann Orlansky says: "CYBEX burned into my eyes"
    "Lost track of the characters. Quit after one-third"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Underworld? What did you like least?

    The opening chapter (about 2-3 hours) was good. The segments switch points of view and its not obvious right away how the characters are related.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The opening chapter (about 2-3 hours) was good


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

    I like his voice and the drama in his reading


    Was Underworld worth the listening time?

    Didn't finish it. Shame it was two credits


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. It's long, but the story never got dull. There's good emotional content, humor, sadness, but the story is never too heavy. The narrator was very good and added a lot to the enjoyment of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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