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  • A Passage to India

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (182)

    What really happened to Miss Quested in the Marabar Caves? This tantalising question provides the intense drama of racial tension at the centre of Foster's last and greatest novel.

    Diane says: "Extraordinary!!"
    "Engrossing story and very well-narrated."
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    Where does A Passage to India rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the very top


    What did you like best about this story?

    It captured a time in India in a timeless way -- aspects of the story resonate today.


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

    He captured the "voices" of the characters in a very believable and entertaining way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
    • Narrated By John C. Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (363)

    Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

    Scott says: "Fantastic"
    "Incredible narrator; flawed but enjoyable novel"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, or at least I can't recall reading it. It is possible I read it many, many years ago.


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

    I'm not in a position to suggest much, especially when dealing with an unreliable narrator (the Chief, not Reilly). Still, there were parts of the book that felt manipulated and beyond the domain of an unreliable narrator (e.g., like the fishing expedition, when the doctor drops out of the story, even though he was present). Of course, the book is a relic of the past, and relies on caricatures of many types.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spoiler Alert!!!!I wasn't happy to see McMurphy die, but it was a very rich and poignant scene.


    If you could rename One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    An exceptional narration. It was clear Reilly everything he had into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Ryan
    • Narrated By Tom Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    A middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaper editor Tom Ryan and a little dog, Atticus M. Finch, are an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter. Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. Little did they know that their most difficult test would lie ahead, after they returned home. Following Atticus is ultimately a story of transformation....

    Doug says: "A True Story of Personal Transformation"
    "Too many peaks make a tiresome tail"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For others like me who can't get enough of anything dog -- but with qualifiers.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Ryan? Why or why not?

    Not sure.


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

    No.


    Do you think Following Atticus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    The cliff hangers were tiresome. Story could have been significantly edited back.

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