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Erica

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    This novel is indeed a morality tale about the hazards of egotistical self-indulgence. Dorian Grey's pact with evil allows his portrait to take on his many sins and degradations while his physical appearance remains youthful. Over the years as he becomes cruel and vicious, even murderous, Dorian's young and perfect body is no longer enough to salvage his deteriorating mind and morality. Will justice and good prevail?

    Erica says: "Oscar Wilde was ahead of his time..."
    "Oscar Wilde was ahead of his time..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray to be better than the print version?

    Not sure I could ever call an audio edition better than the printed version. It was, however, a great way to experience Dorian Gray. I compare an audio edition to a movie, not to a book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry - I was guessing at who he truly really was throughout the whole book - was he a devil or just a free spirited Englishman?


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

    No, but I certainly will. He made this book come alive.


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

    I hadn't planned it but I did. Well, not sitting, but it was in my robe pocket as I went around the house.


    Any additional comments?

    Dorian Gray has been sitting in my Audible library for a while. I am so glad I finally listened to it (in less than a 24 hour period, I might add!). The characters hooked me from the start. And Michael Page's narration was fantastic. Great combination of writer and narrator!

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  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7435)
    Performance
    (5667)
    Story
    (5681)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Will stay with me for quite some time..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely - and already have.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

    Too many to narrow down and favorites would be spoiler alerts. Her clinging to the front gate in the beginning is one. The development of her relationship with her new father another.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    Another favorite narrator of mine. His accent was perfection.


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

    I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    I had this sitting in my Audible library for quite a while and it's only by accident that I listened to it. I had downloaded another book to listen to and it was awful from the beginning. I looked for another one to quickly download as I was walking out the door. So thankful that it was The Book Thief. Loved, loved, loved this book.

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4364)
    Performance
    (4025)
    Story
    (4038)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Dave says: "Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!"
    "My first intro to Neil Gaiman - awesome!"
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    What did you love best about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    Wow, had no idea I'd get caught up in this book. But, alas, I did, and I was oh so disappointed when it was over. What a great story, and what a great author/narrator. Normally, I am not one for authors narrating their own books but I know that's part of what drew me in. I am so glad to see he narrates some of his other books which by the way, I'll start tomorrow.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say - Jenny or Letty.


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

    Oh so much. Terrific narrator. Wish he narrated a lot more books.


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

    Cried, cried and cried. Definitely drew into this book. I read Stephen King's the stand about 30 years ago and that was the last time I got this caught up in a book. Absolutely *loved* it.


    Any additional comments?

    A favorite. A relisten for sure. A wonderful intro to Gaiman. Read it - you won't regret it.

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  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3841)
    Performance
    (3269)
    Story
    (3267)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Was glad to finally get through it"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Defending Jacob was recommended for those who liked Sycamore Row. Since I loved that book, I gave it a try. Pretty early on I could tell it wasn't for me. Overuse of the f-bomb for starters. Yes, realize there are a lot of high school characters in this book but it was the adults using it. Seemed out of place. Not being familiar with Landay, I thought maybe this was a first book. Was wrong. Not a good fit for me.


    Has Defending Jacob turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily this genre but probably this author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator didn't fit the story. A lot of young characters (young parents, young students, etc.) and the narrator just didn't fit in my opinion. Plus a very sad attempt at a Bostonian accent. Really threw me off.


    Do you think Defending Jacob needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not. Story came to a conclusion. Really not enough substance to merit a follow up.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm trying not to be harsh yet at the same time be honest. The over use of expletives seems to fit a younger (20'ish?) reader.

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  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7712)
    Performance
    (6962)
    Story
    (6962)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "The narration captured me but the story drew me in"
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    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Certainly towards the top


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    Other Grisham novels.


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

    No, but will certainly look for him again.


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

    Don't know


    Any additional comments?

    Great book but in my opinion even better narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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