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Larry

I'm a nurse practitioner that loves to let my imagination run when listening to books. Takes me forever to read, so I love listening!

FRANKLIN, TN, United States

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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1585)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1391)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "Wonderful story of historical importance!"
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    Would you listen to The Grapes of Wrath again? Why?

    Possibly, but doubtful. I tend to listen to books only once, no matter how great I thought it was. There is simply a lack of suspense during the second read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmmm...Difficult question. I liked the preacher's


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I don't think so.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Few books or movies will make me laugh or cry. I did have a few guttural reactions, however. The very last scene was a surprise, but 49% bitter, and 51% sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the great, interesting classics, written about a time in America's history that I really learned little about in school. Most of my generation, including me, don't understand what this lifestyle is like. I felt as if I were riding in the truck and camping on the roadside with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (207)

    Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by 2 drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her father acquires an assault riffle - and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

    Larry says: "I'm now hooked on Grisham"
    "I'm now hooked on Grisham"
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    What did you love best about A Time to Kill?

    The story is real, or so it seemed. Nothing really seemed far-fetched, although there were some extraordinary happenings. But it was an extraordinary story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Small town. The showing that different races can, and do, get along and go to bat for one another.


    Have you listened to any of Alexander Adams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not heard this reader. But I really enjoyed the way he changed his voice for so many characters. His voices for the judge and for Harry Rex were most interesting, and actually funny.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A time to kill? You decide. (emphasise on


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. I thought it was my first Grisham, but I was reminded that I had read A Painted House and The Litigators. I guess I've joined the Grisham Lovers Club.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Siddhartha

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (378)

    Siddhartha is Nobel Prize-winning author Hermann Hesse's most famous and influential work, a novel of self-exploration that will linger in your mind and spirit for a lifetime. A young man, blessed with loving parents and a safe home in a world where want and neglect abound, leaves this haven in search of himself.

    Ramanujam says: "Very Interesting to Listen"
    "Uninteresting plot"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Hermann Hesse again?

    Probably not. Maybe his writing talent is lost in translation from German.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Firdous Bamji’s performances?

    Possibly


    Any additional comments?

    Book was recommended in an article stating The 25 Must-Read Books. Not impressed with the list, so far.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (255)

    Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.

    Ian C Robertson says: "The Very Good Gatsby"
    "Boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better plot. Or at least having one.


    Has The Great Gatsby turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not completely. I hope that this is just a personal dislike, and not a broad dislike of fiction in this genre.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was about the only thing that kept me interested. He might deserve a 4 star rating, but it is difficult for me to arrive at 4 stars in a book that I did not enjoy.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot understand why this is considered a classic.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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