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the Burgh | Member Since 2004

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  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "politcal ax-grinding"
    What did you like best about Edge of Eternity? What did you like least?

    Best: terrific narration. Least: wildly unbalanced politics.

    What was most disappointing about Ken Follett’s story?

    The US politics were SO heavy handed; for example, the Democrats were gorgeous and sexually adept; the Republicans dull, evil, physically unattractive, and could only get sex by paying. Likewise, the Dems are always right and the Repubs always wrong.

    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    His female voices are great-- so often it is hard for a narrator to perform roles of the opposite sex without sounding so awful as to be distracting. John Lee also differentiated a mass of characters. Well done.

    Could you see Edge of Eternity being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh, of course. A mini-series. I can only hope the politics becomes a little more even handed in the transition. It's a caricature as it stands.

    Any additional comments?

    I lived through this era ant the world was not as clear cut as this--it never is. I am not a Republican--indeed I protested the Viet Nam war back in the day--and this book is dismayingly slanted. A true liberal thoughtfully considers all sides--not just slams the opposition as ugly sex-starved idiots who are always wrong about everything.

    0 of 0 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

    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!"
    "Stellar performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Yes, this was an extremely well done audio version. The structure, with two main characters alternating their stories, made this a good place for male/female performances. Too many audiobooks suffer from a man doing a female voice or a woman doing a male voice. This was pitch perfect.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Amy figured all the angles. I also liked that the police dectective realized Amy had gotten away with it--none of the tiresome "dumb police who don't get it."

    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    They inhabited the characters and expressed them quite convincingly. Julia Whelan conveyed the different Amys extremely well and Kirby Heyborne did the everyman and angry man equally well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life Itself: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Ebert
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades, including twenty-three years as cohost of Siskel & Ebert at the Movies. In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment resulted in the loss of his ability to eat, drink, or speak. But with the loss of his voice, Ebert has only become a more prolific and influential writer.

    loix says: "mixed feelings"
    "Absorbing memoir, wonderful narration"

    Roger Ebert has astonishing recall, memorably evoking his childhood, his career, the people he has met, his alcoholism, his marriage to the spectacular Chaz, and his current doings. This is a warm and humorous (yes, I laughed out loud) story that has its serious side. It also boasts an excellent performance by Edward Herrmann, who often sounds a lot like the people whose conversations with Ebert he is portraying. I really enjoyed this.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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