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M. J. Christensen

Tucson, AZ. | Member Since 2011

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  • 26 reviews
  • 52 ratings
  • 376 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2014
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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (384)

    Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

    Daniel says: "Beautifully written, brilliantly read."
    "A Cautionary Tale"
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    Really would rate this 4 1/2 stars overall. A classic novella from one of the best prose writers of all time. Wilde was a master at the "turn of phrase", and in this story the character of Lord Henry (called "the prince of paradox") is a stand-in for Wilde himself. This is a novel that needs to be read (or listened to) more than once to catch all the philosophical ramblings. I did not think that Dorian should be blamed for all the degradation he believes he caused. After all individuals are responsible for their own actions and have a choice - they followed Dorian willingly. He himself was greatly influenced by the cynical Lord Henry. The idea of having the picture change with each cruel action was a brilliant literary device. Simon Prebble's narration was excellent although I did have some problems telling Lord Henry and Dorian apart.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel: Bull Run, 1861: The Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    When William Faulconer rescues Nate Starbuck, his son’s friend, from the clutches of a Yankee-hating mob in Virginia, he finds a grateful and willing recruit for Faulconer’s Legion. But Nate’s decision to fight against his native North is only one of the human dilemmas facing the Legion. The Legion commander’s son is against the war, and his daughter’s fiancé is plotting for control of the family fortune. As a motley gathering of men prepares to engage the enemy at Bull Run, they have high hopes of ending the war before it starts.

    francisco says: "Great story, but weak performance."
    "Fine Historical Fiction"
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    A historical novel about the beginnings of the Civil War mostly from the Southern point of view. Bernard Cromwell is British, but gives us a great look at the Battle of Bull Run. His main character, Nathaniel Starbuck, is a Yankee who fights for the South. There is humor in the book and the characters really come to life. Cromwell's writing about the battle strategies of both sides places the reader in the thick of the fighting. Ed Sala's reading is perfection - he brings all the characters to life. I especially liked his voice for "Pecker", Washington Faulconer's brother-in-law. I look forward to downloading the next in the series so I can find out what happens to the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (409)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Tim says: "Couldn't put this book down!"
    "After I Wake Up"
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    This novel deals with amnesia and I chose it because I've always been interested in that subject. The beginning of the book was very intriguing - Christine wakes up every morning and doesn't remember anything about her life. The reader gets information as the character does and it's fun to work out the puzzle of what happened to Christine and why she has amnesia. But as the novel goes on, I found it repetitive as she learns many of the same things each day, but we the reader already know some of it. I figured out the end of the book and thought that Christine should have had some inkling of what happened to her and who was responsible. I won't give anything away, but points in the plot seemed very far-fetched even for a thriller. It was an easy listen and I thought Cassidy's narration was perfect - she read with the right amount of confusion and fear in her voice as this is a first-person narrative. I would try another of the author's books, but probably won't put any at the top of my reading list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Booth Tarkington
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    The Magnificent Ambersons chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty. The family serves as a metaphor for the old society that crumbled after the Industrial Revolution, as a Midwestern town spreads and darkens into a city.

    Darwin8u says: "Many of the great ones too are soon forgotten"
    "A Bygone Era"
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    This enduring classic was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1919. The novel shows life in a small town in the early part of the 20th Century before and after the automobile made an impact and changed the status of the town's prominent families. The author portrays the decline of the big estates and the rise of a new aristocracy based on business acumen and not only inherited wealth. The main character, George Minafer, is not very likable, although by the end of the book, he is more sympathetic. His mother seems to me overprotective and indulgent toward George and this leads to his personality problems. Tarkington introduces humor, especially in the first part of the book, where the townfolk gossip about the Amberson family. This is a well written story with astute characterizations.

    The narration by Geoffrey Blaisdell is excellent. I especially liked his tone and inflection when George exclaims: "riff-raff!".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1682)
    Story
    (1700)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "A Classic Short Story!"
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    James Thurber is one of my favorite authors and this is one of my favorite short stories. Henpecked Mr. Mitty is a character everyone can relate to - we all have our daydreams in which we are the hero or heroine and at times want to get away from reality. Ben Stiller brings out the humor in the story. Thanks Audible for this free download!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Darren Reynolds
    • Narrated By Diane Sawyer
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (208)

    This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    Steven says: "What a great listen! Hear history as it happened!"
    "You Are There!"
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    Excellent review of the Kennedy assassination with the actual ABC radio broadcasts of the time. Narrated professionally by Diane Sawyer. You really get the feeling of "being there". I especially liked the comments of Ike Pappas during the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by "an elderly man" (Ruby). He exclaims: "Holy Mackerel!" Other highlights are the interview with the surgeon in charge of trying to save JFK, the interview with Officer Tippet's wife, and the closing interview with Larry Sabato, author of the recent "The Kennedy Half Century". Thank you Audible and ABC for this free program! It brought back all the memories of that awful time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (279)

    Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

    Marc-Fr says: "Outstanding book, superb narration"
    "Rushdie's Epic"
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    A sweeping novel of Mid 20th Century India told with fantasy and humor. Rushdie is a brilliant writer who shows the history of India through the eyes of Salim, one of the children born on the stroke of midnight that heralded India's independence from Britain. This book is not an easy listen - one that you can listen to while doing other things. There are multiple characters and for someone not real familiar with Indian names, it is difficult to remember who everyone is, especially when you hear but not see the written names of people and places. I would recommend reading this instead of only listening to get the most out of the novel and if you are not familiar with post-independence Indian history, then you should check out some other sources. I have a cursory knowledge, but found myself not knowing who the author was referencing at times. I will probably get the book to read as this is a novel that can be read many times.

    I liked the narrator very much, although I understand that he is using more a British than Indian accent. His voice was pleasant to listen to and his female voices were good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar: A Free Short Story by Neil Gaiman, Plus a Preview of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (934)

    "Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar", a short story from Neil Gaiman's collection Smoke and Mirrors, follows an American student’s walking tour of the British coastline, which takes an odd turn when he comes to the town of Innsmouth.

    Janice says: "Change of selection"
    "Wry Humorous Story"
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    Gaiman's enjoyable short story about a Texas backpacker in coastal England is a fun listen. There were many chuckles, although I think someone more familiar than me with H. P. Lovecraft would get more of the innuendos. I really liked Gaiman's narration as well and the excerpt of his new book also motivated me to buy the audiobook version of The Ocean At the End Of the Lane.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Booktaker: A Nameless Detective Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (278)

    The Nameless Detective is called upon to find out how rare books and maps are being stolen from an antiquarian bookshop with a faultless alarm system. He goes undercover in the store, only to be foiled when a theft occurs right under his nose. Then, as he ponders the case (while on a date with the lovely Kerry), he’s violently struck from behind by a car that seems bent on driving him off the road. Will Nameless survive this attempt on his life and solve the case?

    Nicolette says: "Great story"
    "Rare Book Who-Did-It"
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    Good short audiobook mystery that had me guessing until near the end. I liked that the setting was a rare book store and the detective an ordinary guy. Will check out Pronzini's other novels. Sullivan's reading was very good - I heard the world-weariness in the first person narration of the detective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beethoven's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Biss
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (408)

    The American pianist Jonathan Biss is known to audiences throughout the world for his artistry, musical intelligence, and deeply felt interpretations. What is less known until now is that Jonathan Biss writes about music in a most compelling and engaging way. For anyone who has ever enjoyed a Beethoven concert or a Beethoven recording, or one of the many films about Beethoven, this audiobook is an inspiring listening experience.

    Carol C. Buchalter says: "An amazing glimpse into musical interpretation"
    "Inside a Pianist's Mind"
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    This short interesting audiobook gives the listener an insight into how a musician prepares to record or perform a piece. Bliss tells how the act of recording is different from the act of performing. Bliss mentions two pianists who influenced him: Arthur Schnabel and Rudolph Serkin and explains how their playing of Beethoven's sonatas differ. The only drawback to the audiobook for me was the exclusion of any music to explain what Bliss was saying about certain Beethoven sonatas - unless the listener is a trained classical musician and/or very familiar with the mentioned sonatas, he or she would have a difficult time understanding Bliss' dissection of the music. This book did spur me to check out the pianists on youtube to get a flavor of their playing. And I will definitely see if my vast record collection contains any of the sonatas.

    The narrator was easy to listen to and added to the enjoyment of the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Chris Anderson
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (987)

    The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

    Christopher says: "A fascinating listen"
    "Free Is As Free Does"
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    Since this book was about the idea of free and especially its use in the internet age, it was a free download from Audible. Of special interest to me was the history of free in business - the marketing of Jello and Gillette razors for instance - where the makers creatively promoted their products. When the author presented economic theories, my mind began to wander, but that was only a tiny part of the book. I learned how the internet has changed the concept of free and that the pre-internet ways of making a profit may not apply anymore. The author's reading of his work was enthusiastic and he spoke in a clear voice; I do think he could have spoken a bit slower as I sometimes wanted a second to digest the thought. All in all, this was an informative listen and I'm happy I downloaded it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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