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ogres3

PITTSBURGH, PA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Lay of the Land: Frank Bascombe, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that, 10 years later, after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, was hailed by The Times of London as "an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the 20th century itself." Now, a decade later, Frank Bascombe returns, with a new lease on life (and real estate), and more acutely in thrall to life's endless complexities than ever before.

    Daniel says: "Richard Ford, get out of my mind!"
    "self indulgence"
    Overall

    This is the first audiobook (out of over 150) that I couldn't finish. I almost made it through the first third, but realized that I had sufficiently experienced the mid-life crisis about which the narrator is perpetually expounding. I found myself repeatedly telling him, almost out loud, to get over it. At the point that I stopped no plot had been established. I don't give up easily, having managed to complete Proust's "Swann's Way", which was no easy feat. "The Lay of the Land" is comparable to "Portnoy's Complaint", it is difficult to maintain any empathy with the narrator. Don't waste your time on this one!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3159)
    Performance
    (2770)
    Story
    (2797)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed Rowling's character development. It takes a little while to be able to keep the characters straight, but they all have their individual foibles, which is part of the point of the story. Despite dealing with some rather serious and depressing subjects, the tone of the book is overall lightly humorous, in an appropriate way. The plot is believable; no magic or too fortuitous happy endings occur. The book was easy to listen to, especially with some understanding of British slang. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paradise Salvage

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Fusco
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    In his tantalizing debut novel, Paradise Salvage, at once a taut thriller and a lyrical coming-of-age story, John Fusco marvelously traces the unforgettable trajectory of 12-year-old Nunzio Paradiso's last summer of innocence.

    Pamela says: "Who thought junk could be so endearing?!"
    "terrific"
    Overall

    Well done by both the author and narrator. The predominantly Italian community in which the story takes place and the often idiosyncratic characters are so well developed that you can really picture the setting as a real place, in a real time. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Bobbie Frohman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Emma Bovary lived in a world of romantic dreams. Her selfish and demanding ways led to a gradual corruption that showed her to be an utterly shallow and quite stupid woman, but her escapades and caprices draw us into her story until the tragic end.

    James says: "Audio Quality and Narrator Distracting"
    "seriously marred by narrator"
    Overall

    The story and characters are unreachable through this narrator. I felt like I was being read to by a sunday school teacher. Several words were mispronounced, which distracted from the story. Occasional lines of dialogue read by other actor/narrators are stilted and unbelievable. I finally had to quit this one after several chapters and will try a different production.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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