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John F. Salwitz

California | Member Since 2009

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  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3705)
    Performance
    (3227)
    Story
    (3200)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Amanda says: "WOW, WOW, WOW."
    "I was hoping it would get good..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After the 12th hour of listening I am finally giving up on this book. It goes on and on with very little happening. Comparisons to the Millenium Trillogy are off. Also, I found Allison Hiroto reading to be difficult to follow. Almost as if she was reading to children.

    I am sure this book has great literary value (or so I am told). But it was wasted on me. Perhaps it is better read then heard due to it's length.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3061)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1071)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    Andrew says: "Best Listen In a Long Time"
    "Creative but meandering"
    Overall

    Lots of great ideas in this book. The relationship between magic and English society was original and interesting. Great imagery and some strong characters.

    I was frustrated at times that the author went on about side events when the core storyline would have sufficed. In other words, this book would be better if it were trimmed a bit. At times you are not sure where Susanna Clarke is taking you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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