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Marion

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Pride And Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Emma Messenger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (240)

    Austen’s heroine Elizabeth Bennet deals with the issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Austen at her wittiest.

    Adam says: "Hilarious"
    "Overacting is a disservice to good novels"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I could not stand listening for more than three chapters, not because of Jane Austen's novel, but because the narrator shrieks from the outset. She is reading the book as if her audience were in kindergarten. Unbearable over-dramatization.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Could not tell you. I stopped listening early on for the reasons I give above.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Messenger?

    Anyone with more restrain and good diction: Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2068)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (761)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Excellent narration. Truly outstanding."
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    Where does No Country for Old Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding. He is a fantastic narrator. Narration is at least half of the experience, and I would listen to anything else he is narrating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2617)
    Performance
    (2406)
    Story
    (2395)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Colin Firth could read the phonebook..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Worthwhile for listening to C. Firth narrating a well written novel. Not worthwhile for the story itself, which was the least interesting story by Graham Greene I ever read.


    Has The End of the Affair turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. This was my choice and I'm sure there are a lot of stories that I will enjoy reading in the future.


    What does Colin Firth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The tone, the accent, the dramatization. He was the only reason I listened to the very end. I would have dropped the book in mid course if I had been reading it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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