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Charles

Metuchen, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 6 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 104 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • She's Come Undone

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (287)

    Meet Dolores Price. She's 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Beached like a whale in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally rolls into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she's determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before really going belly-up.

    Jessica says: "Really disappointing narrator!"
    "You owe it to yourself to get this recording"
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    If you could sum up She's Come Undone in three words, what would they be?

    "She's Come Undone" is the unlikely story of Delores Price, whose life is repeatedly marked by tragedy, abuse and illness. When she loses control of her life, Delores resists help and trusts no one. But she ultimately discovers a strength she didn't know was inside her. She is not a stereotypical gritty heroine who fights against the odds to get a better life. She is bewildered by the many twists and turns her path takes. In the hands of a less gifted writer this story could have become absurd, but it does not. Delores emerges as an unforgettable character who maneuvers her way through the obstacles she encounters, even when she is unsure where to go. She will stay with me forever.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Indian Clerk

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Leavitt
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    Based on the remarkable true story of G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan, and populated with such luminaries such as D. H. Lawrence, Bertrand Russell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Indian Clerk takes this extraordinary slice of history and transforms it into an emotional and spellbinding story about the fragility of human connection and our need to find order in the world.

    Susianna says: "Too Graphic for My Taste"
    "A unique and completely enjoyable experience"
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    If you could sum up The Indian Clerk in three words, what would they be?

    engaging and captivating


    What about Graeme Malcom’s performance did you like?

    Malcolm gives each character a unique voice. He has obvious appreciation for the material.


    Any additional comments?

    Based on real events, this is a captivating work of fiction. It incorporates real historical figures and fleshes them out with authentic personality. It is unlike anything I've ever read. The story is fascinating and extremely engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lords of Discipline

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (891)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (582)

    This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

    P. J. Benyei says: "Amazing book superb narrator"
    "yery hard to put down"
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    What did you love best about The Lords of Discipline?

    The book provides an insider's view of a very secretive environment, one I knew nothing about. While strong friendships are forged, the cadets endure horrific acts of torture during their hazing period. The writing is so good, and the characters are so beautifull developed, that despite portions that were difficult to hear, I could not stop listening. The ironic juxtapostion of this brutal enclave with the gentility of Charleston, S.C. makes the whole story all the more fascinating. I reommend it highly.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was truly flawless. His ability to change inflections and tone for each character made it easy to know which one was speaking. He brought life to the drama on the page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In One Person: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (456)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

    Ella says: "Literary Porn"
    "A tremendous accomplishment"
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    Where does In One Person rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Classic John Irving at his best. Fascinating characters and stirring, intriguing narrative that kept me involved from beginning to end. I'd have to go all the way back to "The World According To Garp" to find John Irving in such fine form.


    What did you like best about this story?

    An absolutely original story, sensitively and skillfully written.


    Which character – as performed by John Benjamin Hickey – was your favorite?

    Billy Abbott, the narrator, lives an extraordinary life but is realistic and believable. His first love, Miss Frost, is outstanding.John Benjamin Hickey, an accomplished actor, was the perfect narrator. He delivered a stunning performance. It would not have been the same in anyone else's hands.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Binds Us

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Benjamin
    • Narrated By Richard Magnus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Thomas Edward is only a teenager when he escapes his working class neighborhood. He's ready for anything—except the arrival of Donovan Whyte in his life. Sophisticated and dazzlingly handsome, Dondi quickly becomes the center of Thomas Edward's universe, introducing him to a world full of drama, passion and feuding families.

    Kd says: "Worth the Lost Sleep"
    "What a great surprise!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was expecting another light read, something that I'd fly through quickly. But what I got was a beautifully written engaging story involving complex characters who touched my heart. I can't wait for Larry Benjamin to publish another book. This was a real find, and it will stay with me for a long time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thomas Edward, the narrator, shows the reader a world much different from his own. He is kind and loving, and these traits make him credible and finally someone the reader cares a lot about.


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

    I loved it. The story is unique and dynamic, populated with richly drawn complicated characters. I was very moved.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Nick Pauling, Jessica Almasy, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Dancer is the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev as told through the cast of those who knew him: there is Anna Vasileva, Rudi's first ballet teacher, who rescues her protege from the stunted life of his provincial town; Yulia, whose sexual and artistic ambitions are thwarted by her Soviet-sanctioned marriage; and Victor, the Venezuelan street hustler, who reveals the lurid underside of the gay celebrity set.

    Chrissie says: "Amazing prose and narration"
    "A wonderful surprise"
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    Where does Dancer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Readers are excellent and writing is impeccable.


    What other book might you compare Dancer to and why?

    Let the Great World Spin, also by Colum McCann. Different kind of story but told in a similar way. The characters intersect and intertwine, each with his or her own story.


    If you could take any character from Dancer out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would have to be Rudi, the center of everyone's attention. Complex, callous, insecure, he had a charisma that drew people to him even as his cruelty pushed them away.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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