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Jody

Hugo, OK, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Narrows Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Joe Pantoliano, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (86)

    A powerful epic novel in the spirit of The Godfather and On the Waterfront, Narrows Gate follows the lives of three men as they clash with the dangerous and seductive environment of a Mob-riddled New Jersey waterfront town before, during, and after World War II.

    James says: "Great fun!"
    "The Godfather -- Jersey style"
    Overall

    I liked the narration; it was very good. the story revolves around two friends -- sort of a tough but not too bright guy and a bright but not too tough guy. It also revolves around the story of a crooner, who seemed strangely like an Italian crooner from Jersey -- ok, Frank Sinatra -- and his affair with a woman modeled after Ava Gardner. Oh, and there's the Bugsy Malone character who is off in Vegas building the "Sandpiper" hotel and casino. So, that was fun. But the parts involving the spy games during WWII not too compelling. But, in the end, I liked it -- it was nice ear candy to relax and hear about mob hits.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The John Updike Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann, John Updike
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful. The texts are taken from his recent omnibus, The Early Stories, 1953-1975.

    Jody says: "Good read"
    "Good read"
    Overall

    This was a good read; I like short stories, and these were very evocative. I especially liked the connected short stories. The narrators all did an excellent job. The subject matter is intriguing; relationships mostly, and poignant and funny at the same time.

    42 of 42 people found this review helpful

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