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Darren

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • The End of Men: And the Rise of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Hanna Rosin
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Men have been the dominant sex since - well, the dawn of mankind. And yet, as journalist Hanna Rosin discovered, that long-held truth is no longer true. At this unprecedented moment, women are no longer merely gaining on men; they have pulled decisively ahead by almost every measure. Already "the end of men" - the phrase Rosin coined - has entered the lexicon as indelibly as Simone de Beauvoir’s "second sex", Betty Friedan’s "feminine mystique", Susan Faludi’s "backlash", and Naomi Wolf’s "beauty myth" have.

    Darren says: "Great book, don't care for the reader's style"
    "Great book, don't care for the reader's style"
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    I'm a fan of Hanna Rosin's work, and this is a very thoughtful, well-reported book. It's a little sensationalist in places, but overall feels exceptionally well-researched and evenly written.

    I don't care for Ms. Merlington's reading, though. I suspected something might go amiss because in the opening credits, she's credited as 'performing' the book, not reading it.

    I don't think it's appropriate in a non-fiction book for the reader to adopt voices and accents for the character. That's an act of interpretation that can be very effective in fiction, but shouldn't be applied to actual people. The way Ms. Merlington reads a quotation--the tone, the pacing, the inflection--all add a significant layer of subjective meaning to it.

    I haven't heard this style in audio non-fiction books, and I hope it's not a growing trend. I much prefer a 'straight' reading for non-fiction works.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22276)
    Performance
    (13680)
    Story
    (13823)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Good story, if slightly dated. Dubious reading..."
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    Good story. I didn't care for the production of this book. There were multiple narrators, which seemed unnecessarily complicated. The book didn't seem to demand more than one narrator the way, say, "Gone Girl" did. Also, every accent a narrator attempted was terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet, Naked

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (297)

    Annie loves Duncan - or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music 10 years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life. In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they've got.

    Northern Latitude Lagniappe says: "So this is how good an audiobook can be"
    "Really enjoyable, and one problematic accent"
    Overall

    I'm slightly puzzled, because this book is listed as narrated by Bill Irwin, but there are in fact three narrators. There's another version of this book listed, but I definitely have this one (I clicked through from My Library).

    In any case, it's a very readable, pacey book with many of the usual Hornby themes--the banality of relationships, fame and its temptations, music fandom and so forth.

    The production is very enjoyable, save for one issue. The way the audio work has been directed requires that each of the narrators do both American and British accents. One of the male American narrators really struggles with the British accent, and to me at least, it's a distraction. I'm no expert on accents, but I've lived in the British Isles and North America, so I'm at least familiar with both.

    In any case, it's a relatively minor issue, and perhaps just a personal foible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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