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Deborah

Bronx, NY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (798)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "This book is an amazing experience! WoW!"
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    At first I was not familiar with Victor Hugo's style of writing. It would start to get very interesting and then all of a sudden he was off on another topic. That knocked me for a loop, until I got into the swing of things, and treated each new topic as a new book. In the end it all came together and was an amazing experience.
    Out of both unabridged versions of this book on audible, I found George Guidall to be the better narrator. I had the opportunity to listen to the first few hours of the other version, and could not understand the narrator very well. I was very happy to get this one where I had no problem understanding the English. Great book.

    25 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (4066)
    Performance
    (3551)
    Story
    (3520)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "What am I listening to?"
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    I'm 15ish hours into the book, and I'm sitting here and saying to myself, "What the heck is this?

    I am following what's going on, but I am listening to this juvenile sex stuff - and then there is a commune where someone is rapping young girls under 10.

    Yes, there are some very interesting parts to this book, but then I have to sit and wait till a sex scene is over. That's crazy!

    I mean, what is this, and do I want to even fill my head with this type of stuff?

    I think I'll switch books for now. I don't know if I will come back to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    A workhouse orphan, Oliver experiences the terror and brutality of the criminal underworld. His companions, a thief, a whore, a pickpocket, and a fence, are destined for gruesome ends, but Oliver emerges unscathed from the darkness of the underworld.

    Philippe0742 says: "Magnifique lively narrator"
    "Antisemitism loud and clear"
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    It was very hard for me to rate this book. The story was very interesting and well written. However, every-time the narrator called Fagen "The Jew", it twisted my stomach. There is an underlying tone in this book from the beginning to the very end, that says, Jews equal the devil and Christians are the good people. It was quite disturbing.

    If it weren't for that I would have given this book 5 stars. Because of that I want to give this book 1 star.

    Great narrator.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The House of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    The House of the Dead is a fascinating portrait of life in a Siberian prison camp - a life of great hardship and deprivation, yet filled with simple moments of humanity showing mankinds ability to adapt and survive in the most extreme of circumstances. Dostoevsky tells his story in a chronological order, from his character's arrival and his sense of alienation to his gradual adjustment to prison life.

    James says: "In the Prison House"
    "Very low quality audio"
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    The audio quality of this book was so bad, I could not listen to it. I gave the Story 3 stars only because I had to put something in there so I could write this review.

    I've read Dostoevsky before and loved his writing. This book may be equally as good, but I would never know.

    I'm going to see if I could find this book with a different narrator. I suggest you do the same!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3329)
    Performance
    (1544)
    Story
    (1553)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Sloppy Editing"
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    When I started to listen to this book my air conditioner was on and I found the book interesting. Then the weather changed and off went the air conditioner, and when I continued to listen to the book, that's when I noticed it. Very sloppy audio editing. When the narrator speaks I can hear ambient noise. When he stops for a pause after a sentence, the ambient noise is gone. So it is constantly switching from hearing the ambient noise to silence in the background which makes it very hard for me to flow with the book. It's distracting. So - I'll wait till next summer comes and the AC goes back on, to continue this book, and then after that I may change the rating. Narrator is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Madder

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (469)

    Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...

    Mrs. Margaret says: "AWESOME"
    "Couldn't stop listening!"
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    I put this book on at night before I went to sleep, and I had about 8 hours left to the book. I wound up loosing a whole night's sleep because it was so interesting I couldn't stop listening! Great book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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