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Lyn

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  • Havana Lunar

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Arellano
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Inspired by 50 years of Cuban literary noir, from Cold Tales by Virgilio Piera to Reinaldo Arenas' Before Night Falls, Robert Arellano's Havana Lunar intertwines an insider testimony on the collapse of socialist Cuba with a psychological mystery.

    Janis says: "Gripping Dark Allegory"
    "Passion and danger in Castro's Cuba."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Brutal and romantic don't often appear in the same sentence describing a very unexpected storyline. Here they do. Hauntingly worth the experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexities in personalities and relationships was compelling, occasionally overwhelming.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Such vivid imagery carried me emotionally throughout...such yearning, despair, disgust, loyality is reminicent of Carson McCullers, Graham Greene.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Caroline Kennedy, and others
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (358)

    In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

    Tim says: "Fascinating Listen"
    "Frank and articulate, that woman could talk."
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    What did you love best about Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy?

    Mrs. Kennedy spoke with clarity, wit and candor about an era past. I found this inside point of view facinating. It was impossible to hear her without seeing her having the conversations in my mind. Clinking of ice in glasses and lighting of cigaretts were time marks of this period. Utterly charming.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy?

    Talking about being called back to the whitehouse during the bay of pigs so the family could be with Jack and if it came to it, die together, as a family.


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

    Mrs. Kennedy's voice adds allure, strength, humor and surprize to the events she relates.


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

    A view of a whitehouse marriage in pivotal times for the United States.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (712)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "A perspective view through the dust"
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    Would you listen to The Worst Hard Time again? Why?

    Impact, people and policies are all explored, fleshed out over time. It seems slightly shorter period than the actural history. Sure to change the way you look at the land.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Worst Hard Time?

    It is hard to imagine a situation in which you can not excape getting dust in the lungs of children.


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

    This is a compelling story that is emotionally rich, but experientially exhausting and surely I would have put this down long before I finished had the voice not continued to another dimension of the story.


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

    You'll be surprized to find you don't actually have to shake dust off by the end..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (185)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "Smart and bawdy..let's eat something or someone."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dearie to be better than the print version?

    Easier to get through than the book. Jucier than the movie "Julia and ..."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julia, of course is the favorite. Too charming and straight forward to keep in France.


    What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

    Enough like Julia's voice to be "authentic", but easier on the ear.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cooking, swearing and laughting are three good courses. Makes it easier to understand and appreciate a good cook and a good cookbook.


    Any additional comments?

    So good it will make you hungry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Being There

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jerzy Kosinski
    • Narrated By Dustin Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (195)

    Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture. Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon.

    Ilana says: "Darkly Funny"
    "'Tis a gift to be simple...simply a gardener."
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    Where does Being There rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved the way this character made me feel. It was as easy for me to be moved by Chance as it was for the other characters in his life to be moved by him. I like to listen was a perfect match for Chance's liking to watch..


    What other book might you compare Being There to and why?

    This was a lot like "Running in the Rain." with Chance playing the dog.


    What about Dustin Hoffman’s performance did you like?

    Perfectly matter of fact. Depth with little emotional tone is not easy, I would think, unless you get Chance. Clearly Mr Hoffman does.


    If you could take any character from Being There out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Chance would be a good companion at any dinner...though I would prefer we didn't eat with my family. Maybe dinner with Gov. Perry would be interesting to watch.


    Any additional comments?

    Relax into learing abour yourself and life, green thumb not necessary.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (750)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "You can kill a husband but his mother never dies."
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    What did you love best about Thérèse Raquin?

    Knowing this was not going to end well did not stop me from listening to this anymore than any pair in adulterous love affair was ever stoped. This is an old story, twisted and dramatically emotional. All the spousal killers amoung us should take heed. Karma at it's best.


    Would you recommend Thérèse Raquin to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have stayed away from Zola for years despite many fitfull starts, because the "slow build up" kills a slow reader like myself. I never got to the good stuff. This ebbed and flowed and built like a tide in which the characters slowly rose to my neck. If you want Zola I highly recommend this as the was to go....However, tortured love is still like watching his characters bleed to death in a hot tub after slashing their wrists.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Winslet’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hands down the best performance I have heard. Voice changes so effectively convey mood, change of character,s and atmosphere that I was entralled.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Please use narrator again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2444)
    Performance
    (2247)
    Story
    (2238)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Classic triangle...woman, the "other man, and God."
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    Would you listen to The End of the Affair again? Why?

    Definately, affairs are endlessly destructive and facinating. You never learn it all. This is an excellent primer of what "could, and probably will" happen to the involved parties. Graham has asubtle way of involving everyone. He brings such an emotional impact the life's mundane details. Colin Firth was a perfect choice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The everyday folk get so embroiled as the affair progresses. Amazingly emotional impact from his description of planning to be with and obsessing about your lover.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Confrontation with the priest...Who hasn't wanted to do that?


    Who was the most memorable character of The End of the Affair and why?

    The lover who is the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    An older author so worth the time. A classic tale timeless and so well read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Member of the Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Susan Sarandon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.

    FanB14 says: "It's a Classic People"
    "This is not the girl next door."
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    Where does The Member of the Wedding rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best combinations of story and performance I have heard. Southern suduction is sooooo slow to develop it seems like a story told on the porch on a hot summer day when even cold lemonade only cools the storyteller, but doesn't speed up the telling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Member of the Wedding?

    When we find out the difference between the member of the wedding's wish and reality and the consiquences of that truth.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    You can't fix the characters anymore than they can fix each other. Though they do try.


    Any additional comments?

    Get comfortable, keep listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • Narrated By Richard Burton
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Richard Burton and Ralph Richardson join together in this unqiue musical production of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". The superb delivery of both these actors is augmented by an original soundtrack composed by David Moore.

    Daniel says: "Can not hear over music!"
    "Chilling, beautiful what a tale!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Richard Burton's voice is perfect for the Mariner. Lyrical and horrific at once.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?

    The weight of the consiquences of the Mariners actions are clearly agonizing. Burton draws out each painful regret.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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