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Michael

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  • The Crying of Lot 49

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Quite unexpectedly, Mrs. Oedipa Maas finds herself the executor of the estate of Pierce Inverarity, a man she used to know in a more-or-less intimate fashion. When Oedipa heads off to Southern California to sort through Pierce's affairs, she becomes ensnared in a hilarious and puzzling worldwide conspiracy.

    James says: "Good book, Average recording"
    "The source of all the pomo lit I've loved"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's performance was solid. Didn't overly color the text, which is good, but it did seem a bit too passion-less.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Haruki Murakami's A WILD SHEEP CHASE, Umberto Eco's FOUCAULT'S PENDULUM, and Tom Robbins's EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES and STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER. Now I realize they all can trace their DNA back to this novel. The conspiracy theory. The metaphysical detective story ... or the post-modernist style of wrapping a hidden history or a social commentary within the wrapper of a genre novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (41)

    It is 1642 in the Puritan town of Boston. Hester Prynne has been found guilty of adultery and has born an illegitimate child. In lieu of being put to death, she is condemned to wear the scarlet letter "A" on her dress as a reminder of her shameful act.

    Aaron says: "Hasts and Thous"
    "A fine reading"
    Overall

    Shelly Frasier does fine: clear diction and slow pace, which are appropriate for more challenging prose. But why so many complaints about Hawthorne's language? "Thees and thous"? He was writing in the 1840s, not the 1600s (the era of the fiction, which he emulates in his characters' speech), so it's not that far from our own era. Or is this nation now only capable of reading TV GUIDE listings for the next JERSEY SHORE?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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