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Gayle

Saint Paul, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Leaving the Atocha Station

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ben Lerner
    • Narrated By Ben Lerner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self and his relationship to art. Instead of following the dictates of his fellowship, Adam's 'research' becomes a meditation on the possibility of the genuine in the arts and beyond: are his relationships with the people he meets in Spain as fraudulent as he fears his poems are? Is poetry an essential art form, or merely a screen for the reader's projections?

    Gayle says: "Captured the Challenge of second language"
    "Captured the Challenge of second language"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Leaving the Atocha Station rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The author wrote beautifully about that weird place of understanding enough of the language and culture to pass as fluency and then never be quite sure of what you heard, said, or took place. For any of us that have been there , it was beautifully done: did he say this or that? Was it future or past? what did I just say? A story that might be ho hum takes and humor and sadness from this perspective.


    Which character – as performed by Ben Lerner – was your favorite?

    I loved that the reader was the author, He made it rich with his feelings and confusion. The emotions were so heart felt.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this to anyone who has lived abroad or travelled knowing the languge just enough to get into trouble looking fluent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3470)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1197)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Strong Start, Compelling Middle and...."
    Overall

    It fizzled out like a person who set out to do an marathon and gets to the 23 mile mark and starts walking! I enjoyed the story as it unfolded with great character development and even as it veered off into all the relatives on both sides of the family and seemed like it was going to all pull together, it left me thinking "and so ...?" So glad the Indian woman died or I would have had to kill the reader for his horrific Indian accent. Hype raises expectations. I would have been more satisfied with out the hype.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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