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JC

YAKIMA, WA, United States

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  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (149)

    At the center of Middlemarch is Dorothea Brooke, a thoughtful and idealistic young woman determined to make a difference with her life. Enamored of a man who she believes is setting this example, she traps herself into a loveless marriage. Her parallel is Tertius Lydgate, a young doctor from the city whose passionate ambition to spread the new science of medicine is complicated by his love for the wrong woman.

    Wanda S Sauerland says: "2 Chapters and your hooked"
    "19th Century English Provincial Life"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Middlemarch to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary Grant - steady & sensible. George Eliot's strength is how completely each character is drawn.


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

    She does a great job of giving each character in the book.


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

    It is not an emotional book, but interesting plumbing the depths of the interior life.


    Any additional comments?

    It's long but the characters draw one in to the stories of their lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in Black

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Paul Ansdell
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (264)

    Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

    Melinda says: "Classic Gothic Ghost Tale"
    "Truly frightening ghostly tale!"
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    Would you try another book from Susan Hill and/or Paul Ansdell?

    Yes.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Mr. Kipps could have been edgier.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Mr. Kipps was a bit too soft.


    Did The Woman in Black inspire you to do anything?

    Get a dog - I fell in love with Spider.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done ghost story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatherland

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler’s 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin’s most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Gripping from start to finish"
    "Frighteningly Familiar"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fatherland to be better than the print version?

    Never read it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    March - an intelligent, thoughtful character with integrity and humanity.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The betrayals by those we love most.


    Any additional comments?

    Put it on your must-read list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anne Enright
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Regarded as one of her country's foremost voices, Irish author Anne Enright makes a fresh mark on a rich literary tradition. The Gathering is a deeply insightful family saga, steeped in secrets and intrigue, unfolding over three generations.

    Kathryn says: "Get Out the Razor Blades"
    "So Irish, yet Universal"
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    If you could sum up The Gathering in three words, what would they be?

    Family, Irish, Generations


    What did you like best about this story?

    The flow of familial ties from generation to generation - the sense of time and blood ties flowing like a river without beginning or end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The wake - recognizing Liam's child.


    If you could rename The Gathering, what would you call it?

    Perfect title.


    Any additional comments?

    It appears some listeners are put off by the darkness of the book. As a survivor of family suicide I can say the book is spot on about the aftermath of suicide. It is dark, but charmingly Irish, and relieved by the dark humor so essential to surviving family tragedies. The narrator is a gifted actress and made the story authentic and more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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