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Susan

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8655)
    Performance
    (7937)
    Story
    (7943)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Well Worth The Listen!"
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    While the story meanders it always brings you back. The characters are all so engaging you want to keep listening to find out what happens to them - improbable as some of that might be. Doesn't matter! (as Borys/Boris might say). The narration is superb: instead of a cartoon version of Russian/Ukranian/Polish David Pittu brings the characters fully to life. I think I prefer this book on audio rather than reading it and that's saying something.

    0 of 1 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
    (4062)
    Performance
    (3547)
    Story
    (3516)

    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"
    "cheapskate"
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    I'll admit what initially attracted me to this audiobook was the tremendous volume (46 hrs 50 minutes!) for the tiny price (1 credit) but after finally finishing it I wish I could have my one credit back. This was the most redundant novel I have ever encountered. It crossed my mind many times that the author must have left the work for extended periods and, upon returning, continued writing without reading what he'd already wrote. Unfortunately for the reader we'd been there all along and didn't need yet another repetition of speech, thought or action. Would have been a better read had it been condensed down to seven hours instead of forty-seven.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Murphy
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (407)

    In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

    Mark C Walker says: "Disappointing"
    "not bad but could have been better"
    Overall

    Basically liked the book but I agree with a previous review - a lot of the time it seemed like promotional material for Harvard Business School. Plus the tie-ins were a little forced. It was interesting enough but it's certainly not a manual for opening your own business. Wasn't crazy about the reader: his pronunciation of "entrepreneur" got on my nerves - and the word crops up a lot!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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