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Denise

Montclair, NJ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 9 reviews
  • 93 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1695)
    Performance
    (1400)
    Story
    (1388)

    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"
    "Another great book from Jeffrey Eugenides"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As soon as I finished listening I began the book again. This is an excellent read, very complex, with many literary references, but it's OK if one doesn't get them all. Great snapshots of early adulthood angst as well as middle age parenthood, done with some humor. The narrator is excellent.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Look at Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Rachael Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    At the start of this edgy and ambitiously multilayered novel - a National Book Award Finalist - a fashion model named Charlotte Swenson emerges from a car accident in her Illinois hometown with her face so badly shattered that it takes 80 titanium screws to reassemble it. She returns to New York still beautiful but oddly unrecognizable. With the surreal authority of a David Lynch, Jennifer Egan threads Charlotte’s narrative with those of other casualties of our infatuation with the image.

    Denise says: "Good story, horrible narrator."
    "Good story, horrible narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know if I will make it through this! Jennifer Egan is a great writer, but the narrator's delivery is ruining this listen. Every word is drenched in dramatic urgency. Nauseating.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (947)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a great book, even for those not particularly interested in baseball. The narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of The City

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By HarperAudio
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed a singular trail through popular culture, from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a wry comedy of manners and a deeply involving portrait of a vanished era.

    Dan says: "a collection of abridged books"
    "Moderately Entertaining Soap"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you want to get lost in something that requires no thought, just some fluffy entertainment, then this might be for you. The narration is kind of clumsy, which is surprising since it is the author reading his own work!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (795)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "Truly Wonderful!"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I have ever read (or listened to)! The character development is exceptional, and the interconnections between characters as the story shifts in time, is brilliant. The narrator is very gifted, making each character distinct. It is a complicated story and I had to listen carefully so as not to miss any of the subtle threads that connected the various scenes. Very, very well done. I understand why she won the Pulitzer for this one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but he was all that was left. She really wanted to be Vivien Leigh, swept off to America by a romantic hero. But here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop beneath York Minster, with sensible Patricia, aged five, greedy Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby, who tells the memorable, witty, and eventful story of The Family.

    Gail says: "One of my favs"
    "Loved this one!"
    Overall

    If you like Kate Atkinson you will really enjoy this. Rich characters, very clever story and good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (212)

    On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever....On a dark night 30 years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound.

    Richard says: "Kate Atkinson pleases again."
    "Great listen!"
    Overall

    Complex and extremely well written, with wonderful characters. I really enjoyed the narration as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plain Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (378)

    The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

    Susan says: "Plain good!"
    "Don't Bother!"
    Overall

    Sorry to say, this one is pretty bad! I have enjoyed many of her more recent books, but this work has many shortcomings. The plot is full of holes and defies logic at times, and the narrator is not good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26623)
    Performance
    (13264)
    Story
    (13307)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Fabulous"
    Overall

    This is probably the best narration I have heard. These ladies are each superb, making this wonderful novel even that much more enjoyable. I feel as if I have lost some friends now that I have finished it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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