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Richard

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HELPFUL VOTES
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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
    (303)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (188)

    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!!"
    "Bad accent"
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    What didn’t you like about Sam Dastor’s performance?

    The narrator's heavy Indian accent that he applied to the various characters was VERY hard to understand. For that reason I didn't finish the book


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2645)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1359)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Worst book ever!"
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    Would you try another book from Beth Hoffman and/or Jenna Lamia?

    I actually chose this book because of how much I enjoyed listening to Jenna Lamia as Skeeter in "The Help". That was a mistake! The plot was boring, and Jenna couldn't redeem it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1134)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Petered out toward the end"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was three (really four) stories and narrators, not always well woven together. I thought that scheme was somewhat awkward. Also, I found the ending unsatisfying.


    Would you recommend The Son to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. In spite of my criticisms, I did enjoy the book.


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

    I could listen to Will Patton read the phone book. He is among my favorites. In this case he was perfect as Eli.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ken Follett & John Lee Talk About Fall of Giants

    • ORIGINAL (11 mins)
    • By Ken Follett, John Lee
    • Narrated By Diana Dapito
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (378)

    Ken Follett and John Lee, the author and narrator of Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, are back together again for Fall of Giants, the first in The Century Trilogy. They recently chatted with Audible editor Diana Dapito about the new epic book, and what it was like to write and record it.

    IAmNotLynda says: "interesting interview!"
    "Hated to see it end!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the way Ken Follett interwove all of the characters and families into the story line. Also, I enjoyed his detailed handling of the important political events of the time. John Lee deserves great credit as the narrator. He brought the characters to life as he changed his accent and voice for each one, making the dialog easy to follow.


    Which character – as performed by Diana Dapito – was your favorite?

    My download was read by John Lee, not Diana Dapito. I guess


    Any additional comments?

    My only criticism is that I thought the author’s overly detailed description of sexual intercourse was gratuitous at times, adding nothing of substance to the story. But, I look forward to the remaining two parts of the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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