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Beth

Elkins Park, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich: A Leo Tolstoy Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    The brilliance of this story is in how a normal bureaucrat, a judge in this case, has a small accident that winds up gradually taking his life. As he deals with this incident, with hope at first and then despair, he comes to terms with his family, his life, and the mediocrities that we all suffer with, except for the exceptional few. This story rings a particularly poignant note for those in early middle age facing the next part of their lives. This story is considered Tolstoy's best.

    Michael says: "Great Book, Great Price, Good Narration"
    "Narrator is AWFUL"
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    The narration of this one has NO affect. It was so bad that I downloaded it on my nook so I could read instead of listen. I will never download a book narrated by this guy again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (831)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "Great except, Kevin, learn to pronounce forecastle"
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    Loved this. Love Kevin's narration except, DUDE, forecastle is pronounced folk'sle! Book is excellent, though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1774)
    Performance
    (1468)
    Story
    (1463)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Love the book, but narrator is annoying me"
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    I'm really enjoying the plot of this novel, but I feel I'm doing so in spite of the narration. When the narrator is doing straight narration, it is fine, but when he takes on the voices of the characters, he manages to make them all unappealing. The protagonist and her friends come off shrill and sound more like drag queens being dramatic than like college women. The parents sound annoyingly snobbish and entitled, the male characters annoying in various other ways. It is a shame, I actually like this guy fine as an actor, but I don't think narration is his forte. I also can't help but be irritated by the multiple mispronunciations of names of people and streets in the text. Providence is a real place with real characters. I don't think it would have been so hard to talk to anyone who had every lived there to figure out how to properly pronounce Buddy Cianci's name or Bowen St.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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