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Mandi

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada | Listener Since 2010

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  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (616)

    One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

    H. CRODDICK says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Lovely as always"
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    I actually thought that it was Gwyneth Paltrow doing the reading. Very nicely read and a timeless story. Definitely worth adding to your audio library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3687)
    Performance
    (2599)
    Story
    (2603)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Owen's voice a let down"
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    It's not the narrator's voice, really, but Owen's voice is disappointing. Some things are better left to the imagination and Owen's voice is one of them. I don't really know that a different narrator could have done a better job. It's just a tough task and unfortunately, it failed here.

    Otherwise, it's certainly a great book and one of my favourites, by one of my favourite authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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