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Jeff

ASHLAND, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Tenth of December: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Saunders
    • Narrated By George Saunders
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (416)

    One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap", a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home", a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned.

    Molly-o says: "I could never have known"
    "Fascinating Stories, Brilliantly Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tenth of December to be better than the print version?

    I would never be able to answer this question, but I can say this: George Saunders reads his own book in the way that I always wish authors could do. I'm not sure even my favorite actors could have spoken from inside these characters in this hilarious and poignant manner.


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

    George Saunders reads his own book in the way that I always wish authors could do. I'm not sure even my favorite actors could have spoken from inside these characters in this hilarious and poignant manner.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10804)
    Performance
    (9805)
    Story
    (9825)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fun! But there is NO REASON TO LIFT YOUR VOICE!!!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had a lot of fun with this. But I wish male performances realized they don't need to artifically make their voices higher when speaking the female parts. It flattens their performance.


    What three words best describe Ray Porter’s performance?

    He GREAT except for his tendency to lift voice to high for females. He's far from the worst at this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Adrianne Harun
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    In isolated British Columbia, girls, mostly native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances-until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town. Then it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.

    Jeff says: "Respectable, interesting and yet..."
    "Respectable, interesting and yet..."
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    What did you like best about A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain? What did you like least?

    For me the best part was the setting and how it was presented. I felt the hills and mountains and old roads and folkies.

    The story felt like it never fully came together, sometimes worked too hard. But it is good writing and many wonderfully presented moments and arcs.


    Would you recommend A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain to your friends? Why or why not?

    I guess I would if I knew the right person, but I would have trouble recommending the audio book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    In most ways this was an excellent reading, however Dan John Miller is yet another male reader who feels compelled to lift his voice up unnaturally high for EVERY female character who speaks, rendering the women flat and uninteresting, all filled to the brim with the stereotypical "weaker" tendencies supposedly demonstrated by women. I cringed each time he did dialog with women characters; suddenly it went from being a story to a cartoon. Which is too bad because he is a talented performer and was able to get across much nuance in the men characters. Performers need to realize that if they hardly alter their voices, we can follow it and it will serve the story telling.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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