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Andy

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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  • 6 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (243)

    Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.

    Ian C Robertson says: "The Very Good Gatsby"
    "Gripping reading!"
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    What about William Hope’s performance did you like?

    Great reading - brought the book to life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I think it was 2 sittings :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (828)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "Read it yourself"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think the narrator was the biggest drawback for this book. The storyline was solid and interesting, but I found myself not liking it. It was read in a stoic, gloomy, sometimes haunting voice that I feel did not fit the story. There were many honestly comic and whimsical situations where the narrator could not change vocal emotion to bring out the feeling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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