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Anne

Hoover, AL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (1962)
    Story
    (1947)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Great storyline but confused about narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to And the Mountains Echoed the most enjoyable?

    I have liked both "Kite Runner" and "Thousand Splendid Suns". This was a different take on life of Afgans esp who have left the country.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    First I thought that accent made it sound authentic but then when it was hard to understand some parts and had to listen hard, I wished it was something easier to comprehend without so much effort. The accent in chapter 4 was easiest to understand. There was no need to have that much Afgan accent when narrating events in France.I hope author decides on more western ear friendly narration for next book.


    Who was the most memorable character of And the Mountains Echoed and why?

    Neela, She was victim of narrow minded society. But she herself is also heartless in places like buying Pari, leaving Suleman after the stroke.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (727)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Dina says: "An Astrological Wonder"
    "Much ado about nothing"
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    What would have made The Luminaries better?

    Ending was such a let down. I was hoping some intellectual end to mystery. But what - Emory Stains was just high on opium and was lying in a druggie den and Anna had a concussion and was lying on road. No one did anything particularly sinister to perpetuate the mystery.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure as yet


    What does Mark Meadows bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narrator was the only thing I liked In this book. He did a good job of using different voices for each character. I would not hesitate picking another audiobook narrated by him


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Book was hard into get into. Somewhere after 5 hours , I considered returning it. Somewhere after 10 hours, I had the story laid out in my head and was very curious as to who is really behind all these happening on Jan 14. Somewhere after 20 hours, I was bored and wanted this thing to end as nothing new was being added but just being reiterated. After 30 hours when book ended, I felt cheated of my time. Left too many loose ends and not smart enough answers to mystery build. I will be very reluctant to pick another book by this author.

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  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1956)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1040)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Jay O. Sanders made the book come alive"
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    What did you love best about Catch-22?

    Long but thoroughly enjoyed it. It seems like a play instead of a book with Jay o. sanders doing all those voice improvisations


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Yossarian, ofcourse


    Which character – as performed by Jay O. Sanders – was your favorite?

    Yossarian


    Any additional comments?

    I am surprised that army was so corrupt if that is true description from Heller's own experience. Also wonder if american army in Afganistan has similar characters and some one will write a book about his experience in war zone on these funny lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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