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Julie

Euless, TX, USA

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  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kantor
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    These days, English professors prefer to teach anything and everything but classic English literature. They indoctrinate their students in Marxism and radical feminism, show them Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and teach them the "post-colonial literature" of South Asia. When they do teach a genuine work of English or American literature, they use it to propagandize against our "oppressive" Western culture.

    Anna says: "Tremendous disappointment"
    "An ok review, if you already know the stuff."
    Overall

    This is an OK review of the things you might have learned in college or high school. Very little new information, and an occasional screed about political correctness or feminism. I'm sure there are better books out there, but they're hard to find on audio.
    And why they chose a British man to read the work of an American woman, I simply don't understand. It makes for some awkward comments, when he talks about America or being a woman.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblatt
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and an algebra teacher. Because he was only 15 at the time, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders. Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a long-standing ambivalence. How much is her fault?

    Sherry says: "Fantastic!"
    "Great Book, Terrible Reader"
    Overall

    I thought the book itself was wonderful. Enthralling, thought-provoking, well-written. But the reader was terrible! Listening to her smacking, as if she were trying to re-wet her mouth, every five seconds (other reviews called it swallowing) nearly drove me to drink. In addition, her horrible characterization of every male character in the book was rage-inducing. She made every male sound like a druggie surfer, and Kevin as a little boy sounded like someone making fun of a handicapped boy. Just the worst characterization I've ever heard. A terrible audio production.

    But, as I said, wonderful book. I wish I'd read it instead of listened.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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