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Ypsilanti, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Night’s Master: Tales from the Flat Earth, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tanith Lee
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden

    Long ago when the Earth was flat, beautiful, indifferent Gods lived in the airy Upperearth realm above; curious, passionate demons lived in the exotic Underearth realm below; and mortals were relegated to exist in the middle. Azhrarn, Lord of the Demons and the Darkness, was the one who ruled the night, and many mortal lives were changed because of his cruel whimsy. And yet, Azhrarn held inside his demon heart a profound mystery which would change the very fabric of the Flat Earth forever.

    Kat Hooper says: "A gothic fairytale"
    "Excellent book, repetitive narration"
    How could the performance have been better?

    This book's narrator tends to sap the story of its power with her repetitive, very contrived sounding style of performance. She reads each sentence in the exact same sequence of intonation, over and over again. If I was musical I could literally chart the notes for you - the same 5 or 6, again and again, sentence after sentence. Very tiring to listen to. I suppose some may find this sing-song and comforting, or compelling in some way; but for me, it just blankets the book's rich words with a monochrome, monotonous feel.

    Any additional comments?

    I've read this book twice before on paper, and it's one of Tanith Lee's best. I highly recommend the entire Flat Earth series from her. Definitely read it in actual book form if you can, though, to better hear the varied voices of each character: the audiobook performance may drown these out for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"

    A beautiful book - so much more amazing than any description or synopsis I've read.
    Ruby Dee gives a perfection narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Savannah Knoop
    • Narrated By Emma Woodbine

    The JT LeRoy scandal is a story of our times. In January 2006, the New York Times unmasked Savannah Knoop as the face of the mysterious author JT LeRoy. A media frenzy ensued as JT's fans, mentors, and readers came to terms with the fact that the gay-male-ex-truck-stop-prostitute-turned literary-wunderkind was really a girl from San Francisco, whose sister-in-law wrote the books.

    A. says: "Fascinating memoir, awful narration"
    "Fascinating memoir, awful narration"

    Savannah Knoop (the face of JT Leroy) turns out to be a fascinating young woman. Fluent in Thai, self-sufficient, accomplished student of capoeira, grassroots fashion designer and genderqueer - in many ways, she strikes me as a lot more interesting than Laura Alpert (the literary and aural voice of JT Leroy).

    Sadly, the narration is awful. The reader is clearly trying to affect a teenager's voice, but it comes off as babyish and naive, more like a 12 year old's than a 19 year old's; and Savannah Knoop's written voice is much more intelligent than that. This is definitely a book I'd recommend reading in print; but if that's not an option for you, the audiobook is still worth a listen for the content alone.

    4 stars for the book
    1 star for narration

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Clockwork Orange

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anthony Burgess
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

    Steve says: "Great book, great narration, but not for everyone"
    "" rarest spun heavenmetal...""

    Voice acting of the very highest caliber. Hands down, the best I've heard on Audible so far.

    And I'd forgotten how beautifully the author can play words against each other:
    "The trombones crunched redgold under my bed, and behind my gulliver the trumpets three-wise silverflamed..."

    Bonus: Near the end of the recording, there's a full hour of Anthony Burgess himself reading selections from the book and offering his take on how the "humble narrator" speaks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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