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CarolDe

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  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (216)

    The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.

    Susan Holland says: "Not what I was expecting..."
    "Makes a better printed book than an audiobook"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is just too dry, and I am not much interested in the scholarly context. Where's the Twain?


    What was most disappointing about Mark Twain’s story?

    Not enough Twain; too much commentary about how the story was put together. Waiting forever for Twain's actual story.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I liked the narrator, no problem there.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (509)

    A Pushcart Prize-winning author and contributor to the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, Colum McCann is renowned for his carefully constructed character studies. No exception, Let the Great World Spin follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974 - the day of Philippe Petit's death defying tightrope walk between the newly built Twin Towers.

    Robert says: "An essential addition to your Audible library."
    "Boring - can't finish it"
    Overall

    After hour about 2 hours of this, I don't care about any of the characters, and I just want it to stop. I have listened to 24 Audible books per year for many years now. It is unusual for me to ditch one, but I am going to quit this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (156)

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

    Eric says: "Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?"
    "Fizzles out at the end"
    Overall

    I loved the first half of this book, but it lost steam toward the end. A key relationship -- Charlotte and her mother -- is left hanging. Her mother demands the truth. Charlotte will have to grapple with this, but the writer never returns to it. Another problem is the reader's over-acting. He shouts for pages at at time, making it hard to continue listening -- poor dramatic development. The abridged audiobook might be a better choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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