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David Parr

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  • Giovanni's Room

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Baldwin
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (65)

    Set in the 1950’s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

    Kim says: "Narrator's Poor French Ruins This Book"
    "Does Not Disappoint"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Giovanni's Room rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a good story to listen to because it lends itself to the audio format. Be careful, though -- you may miss your exit on the highway because you're so involved in the drama.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Baldwin is one of my favorites because he always is able to lull the reader into a sense of comfort before unleashing a phrase, sentence, or passage that rises above the fray and cuts to the core of an emotion. He blends the matter-of-fact with the lyrical so well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene between David and Giovanni is very well done. Baldwin takes what could have been a trite, commonplace circumstance and makes it into something much rich and less generic.


    If you could rename Giovanni's Room, what would you call it?

    An alternative title? Perhaps: Escaping Myself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27661)
    Performance
    (24477)
    Story
    (24543)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Moves Along, but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the plot, the twists and turns. I did not like the readers, especially the woman narrator.


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

    I would have gotten different narrators.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performances?

    No.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    Sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Flynn can't write men.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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