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Bernadine

E Duluth, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7414)
    Performance
    (6800)
    Story
    (6804)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Needs a rewrite"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one I know because a book that long has to have a lot more going for it than this one does.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Bryce Courtney


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

    He redeemed the book somewhat with his portrayals of the characters


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Impatience, disbelief, boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of books and a variety of authors. It was with DISBELIEF that this book won a Pulitzer - it must have been for the length. I am glad I listened rather than read it. I doubt I would have made it through the printed pages and pages. What a great example of " less is more".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1865)
    Performance
    (1666)
    Story
    (1682)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Adegoke A. Adeyemo says: "Finally found out about Kiev!!!"
    "Lots of fun!!!"
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    What did you love best about Dead Eye?

    Court Gentry. Great name for a badass guy who doesn't want to be a badass guy.


    What other book might you compare Dead Eye to and why?

    Reacher books somewhat; Suarez books, deMille books


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Didn't distract from the storyline


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

    It wasn't that kind of book. Unbelievable but lots of fun


    Any additional comments?

    Just enjoy it as a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1151)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Fascinating"
    "Like reading a teen book."
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    What would have made The Hangman's Daughter better?

    A better reader to start with. I felt I was being read to from a young adult book. There was absolutely no zip to it considering the tale it was telling.


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

    A different reader - not so dragged out. This is one of the first books I have read in a long time that I didn't finish. I found I could drive miles and be distracted by something else and didn't miss enough of the book to rewind.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Grover Gardner?

    ID give it a try - i find not all readers are for all books- except perhaps Humphrey Bowers.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It could have been an intriguing story but is was too dragged out - or the reader didnt do it justice. I'm still puzzled by that one. It could be a combination of both. Or just the translation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (627)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "Not a story but a first rate tale"
    Overall

    This book is as other Bryce Courtenay's books - a very good read, with various points of view from his protagists, well researched, and just plain interesting. The narrator is my very favorite. As for the "unchristian" statement in another review, I think the reviewer was pretty off base and perhaps should stick to fairy tales.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (923)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Seems to get off the track"
    Overall

    I loved The Potato Factory and Tommo and Hawk. I also liked Solomon's Song but it didn't seem to hang together with the first two books. Courtenay should have written a separate book about the First World War and had the third book continued with the saga started in the first two books. A good share of the third book was Ben and the war,little about the Hawk/Benjamin, Joshua/Ben relationahip and the business.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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