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Samuel

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  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Susan Duerdan
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (588)

    In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

    Rosemary says: "A Worthy Read"
    "Don't read this book ... UNLESS"
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    If you could sum up The Eyre Affair in three words, what would they be?

    If you like audio books and reading, this book will have your reading more and more. Bronte, Austin, and many more classics. The way FForde removes classic charactors and uses them in different contexts will make you go back to the originals to see if you could pick up these personality traits.
    Then the clever use of alternate histories of real events, again the listener will have to review the actual history (as we know it) to get the parody and paralels.
    oh yeah, once you've gone through the first book over and over until you pick up all the plot shifts, you WILL be moving on to the next book and so on ... listener beware!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amount of crossed genres at first is confusing. then, once you just go with the concept of all things crossing over and through books, you will begin to wonder how far the ideas can go.


    What about Susan Duerdan’s performance did you like?

    well portrayed with the sarcasm and snarkiness that a real person migh experience put in situation after situation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Jane and Heathcliff tonight, Live on 20/20.


    Any additional comments?

    A friend told me the basis of the plot line (jumping in and out of the books of classic litrature) and Jasper does not disappoint.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (978)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "High Education on the High Seas"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Master and Commander to be better than the print version?

    Silly question. the audio book is like a movie that doesn't cut our or modify content to suit the actors.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Master and Commander?

    the descriptions of the battles are amazing.
    if you listen closely your are getting educated on ship identification, use, maritime law and courtesy, rank structure, ship command economics and the political dealing of 18th century ship operations, military and commercial.
    is it a brig or sloop? what is the difference between Master and Commander, Master and Captain? What does each sail do, how is it rigged and how do you judge the wind? You'll know more than your thought at the end of only the first book of the series.


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

    as with any narrator, the tone of the reading adds to the emotions and suspense of the passages.


    Who was the most memorable character of Master and Commander and why?

    Aubrey and Maturin set up their relations ship that will last through the series. all charaters are well defined by their relationship with Capt. Aubrey.


    Any additional comments?

    No I know why my Garandpa loved building moddles of these great ships.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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