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Gena

Bookworm

hendersonville, TN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (786)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Horrifying"
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    What was most disappointing about Adam Johnson’s story?

    The realistic horror of North Korea was too much for me. I have traveled in Asian countries (not NK) and it just struck home so much I could see that this is probably an accurate portrayal of life there. It is so horrible that I couldn't take it after 1/2 of the book and just quit. This book is too real.

    Probably many will like the book because of that. I just couldn't bear thinking about how these people live every day any more. No thanks.


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

    Great narrator


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Great narrator, well written.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2868)
    Performance
    (2098)
    Story
    (2102)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "skip the movie, skip the book - do audio!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cloud Atlas the most enjoyable?

    Excellent narration! I watched the movie afterwards and it stunk. The audio book easily ties all the story lines together and the different voices and accents make it difficult to put down.


    What other book might you compare Cloud Atlas to and why?

    Unique. I've never read (Listened to) anything like it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The guy in the old folks home was hilarious from the start. I replayed parts from this section over and over and kept laughing.


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

    It was an experience. You have to listen to this audio to get the whole deal. Better than ANY movie I've seen in the past year.


    Any additional comments?

    SKIP THE MOVIE AND THE BOOK........this one was MADE for audio!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1703)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (942)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sci-fi Comdey of Manners"
    "So funny, a good romance and great sci-fi to boot!"
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    If you could sum up To Say Nothing of the Dog in three words, what would they be?

    Dry
    British
    Humor


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Say Nothing of the Dog?

    Tossie baby talking to the bull dog Cyril and to her cat Princess Arjumon


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The time lag scenes, both with Ned Henry and with Kindle (Verity).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO NO NO, it is meant to be savored and thought about!


    Any additional comments?

    I love sci-fi, and this is that plus so much more! HOWEVER, if you do not appreciate dry subtle British humor, you may not find this funny! I was smiling for days thinking about the scenes in this book. hilarious!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (593)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "this series is great"
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    Would you listen to Child 44 again? Why?

    GREAT narration, and frankly, a GREAT story. This series gets BETTER with each book. I LOVE this series. It is not a


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

    I've been to Russia, his accents and gender changes are AWESOME! He really makes listening to this series better than reading it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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