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DR

Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Clarke Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (260)

    As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there - longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed, between them, more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart - half tavern, half temple - stands Brokeland Records.

    Darwin8u says: "26,784 sq in (and 4.5 miles) surrounded by REALITY"
    "Too Many Words; There You Have It!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think anything could have redeemed this story for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Chabon again?

    Probably not


    What didn’t you like about Clarke Peters’s performance?

    It was too difficult for me to distinguish different characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration


    Any additional comments?

    Chabon seems so in love with his own words. I completely lost the train of thought by his wordy interludes. I didn't care about any of the characters, and I just wanted the book to end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Private London

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Pearson
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (364)

    For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private--the world's most exclusive detective agency--saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.

    Jennifer says: "Great listen overall, I recommend it"
    "Kept Me Guessing & Held My Interest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Private London the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was able to create distinct multiple characters that made it seem like listening to a story read by a cast.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Private London?

    The shock revelation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The sense of betrayal of a young woman.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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