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Rebecca

I drive a lot, so I listen to a lot of books. I am addicted to Audible!

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  • White Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (271)

    Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

    Susan says: "Superb narration"
    "Returning Reader"
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    What made the experience of listening to White Teeth the most enjoyable?

    This is my second time reading this book, and I feel that I could read it again and again. I first read this book in a post-colonial literature class and truly enjoyed it. Now, I find the book equally, or even more, thought provoking.


    What other book might you compare White Teeth to and why?

    I wish there were more writers like Zadie Smith, but I truly cannot find one. The last time I read this book and On Beauty, I had a book "hang-over" and was left craving a similar narrative style paired with the literary depth. I wish Smith would write more books!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Humm... this is a difficult choice. I truly enjoyed the description of Trafalgar Square, where the statues (of Nelson, etc) face Westminster and Big Ben with their backs to the National Gallery. The text explained that only in England would people turn their backs on culture and look toward the future (or something like that). This is an interesting description as is deeply contrasts with the condition of the immigrant in the book; throughout the book, the immigrant families seem constantly tied down by their history and are unable to escape it. There are also allusions in this scene to the immigrant attempting to leave his or her mark in the country, but finding that, though he/she puts sweat and blood into it, the immigrant ultimately just makes a mess of things and is generally unsuccessful unless he/she assimilates into the dominant culture.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If they turned this book into a movie, I would be very upset. I think that the book is way too deep to be sliced apart and turned into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not in the mood for a "heavy" or "deep" book, White Teeth might not be what you need at this moment. If you are an ex-English major that is fascinated by post-colonial literature and craving something thought provoking, then this is the perfect book for you!

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  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11431)
    Performance
    (6557)
    Story
    (6614)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "I thought this would be boring, but I was so wrong"
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    What made the experience of listening to Life of Pi the most enjoyable?

    This book is extremely well written! The story is also quite thought provoking! Download it!


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  • The Modern Scholar: A Way With Words Part III: Grammar for Adults

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael D.C. Drout
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (207)

    Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.

    Jeremy says: "Excellent Course"
    "A Whirlwind Grammar"
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    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar?

    Prof. Drout has presented the complicated structure of English in a way that is much simpler than a grammar textbook. However, he flies through things quite quickly, so it is important to pay VERY close attention!


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    I have grammar textbooks, but I am not sure if that is a fair comparison. This is presented in a way that is way more accessible.


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  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1873)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (684)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Jane says: "Nothing short of brilliant"
    "A beautiful read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book! I loved this book, and will now count it amongst my favorites. A lot of people seem unhappy with how the story is, for a long time, engulfed in mystery and only very slowly unraveled, but I think this is one of the beautiful things about this narrative. The reader's journey mirrors the journey of the main character. The main character, Kathy, is shrouded within a mysterious, unusual environment for most of the book, as is the reader. This slow uncovering builds a strong connection between the reader and the narrator, and I believe that this aspect is what makes this book a stunning work of fiction. If you, like me, read a book to build a relationship with a complex, well-developed character, this is is the perfect book for you! However, if you prefer to read books that are fast paced and action packed, this would not be the best download choice.


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