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Edmond Clement

NY, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Half Empty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (321)

    In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences....

    Maeghan says: "Even better heard than read"
    "A treasure"
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    Would you listen to Half Empty again? Why?

    How good it is to have the late David Rakoff reading his own revealing, acidly funny essays. The man was an actor as well as a brilliant, insightful humorist, and there is no better way to be introduced to him and his work than by listening to this priceless recording.


    What other book might you compare Half Empty to and why?

    Rakoff is not to be lumped in with Sedaris. His tone is far more dark, and his love of the English language leaps to the fore. People don't write like this anymore; the elegance of his style and the aptness of his observations put one in mind of Robert Benchley.


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

    This was a first for me. I wish he were around to give us more.


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

    It's a collection of unrelated essays, so this question is not germane.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6206)
    Performance
    (5374)
    Story
    (5367)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "A fabulous novel, beautifully read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What a magnificent work this novel is. And Edoardo Ballerini's performance of it cannot be bettered. He is a wonderfully sensitive interpreter who is able to subtly differentiate the voices of every character. We're especially lucky that his Italian is impeccable, as the book is liberally sprinkled with Italian names and dialogue that, in his mouth, sound completely natural and authentic.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Ruins to and why?

    Possibly THE GREAT GATSBY in its sense of romantic yearning. But the book is totally original, and really quite unlike anything else I've read.


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

    This is the first I've heard, but I'm looking forward to more.


    Any additional comments?

    A moving story of doomed love, missed connections, the capriciousness of fate, and the transformative power of art.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alice Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Booth Tarkington
    • Narrated By Traci Svendsgaard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Plucky and romantic Alice tries to rise above the crudities of her hopelessly shabby background in this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic about ambition and self-delusion. The lower-middle class Adams family faces a slow disintegration in a small Midwestern town. Alice, a social climber, is ashamed of her unsuccessful family and determined to distinguish herself.

    Betty says: "A UNIVERSAL STORY ON A UNIVERSAL THEME"
    "The wrong reader in the wrong style"
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    Would you try another book from Booth Tarkington and/or Traci Svendsgaard?

    Booth Tarkington yes; Traci Svendsgaard, no.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alice Adams?

    I wouldn't know what the most memorable moment of ALICE ADAMS is, as I stopped listening after the first ten minutes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator assumes this story is taking place in the South, and gives all the characters Southern accents, which is ridiculous. Tarkington wrote very specifically about the Midwest, where he was born, raised, lived and died. The narrator destroys the experience by making every character sound like they're out of William Faulkner.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'll read the book on my own in order to appreciate it properly, without the "improvement" of an utterly misguided narrator. This recording should either be redone with the right narrator or removed from the Audible catalog.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Strip Tease

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (592)

    No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it. Film simply can’t catch the layers of humor, satire, and imagination that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels.

    Edmond Clement says: "A total delightr"
    "A total delightr"
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    What did you love best about Strip Tease?

    This has it all--humor, gore, great dialogue, characters, and plot.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is fabulous. He is clearly an actor as well, and gets each character's individual voice spot-on.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3642)
    Performance
    (2110)
    Story
    (2124)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "All you ever wanted to know about cadavers"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stiff the most enjoyable?

    Roach has a wonderfully dry, witty tone to her writing, and that is perfectly interpreted by the seen-it-all delivery of the narrator. My only quibble is the narrator's repeated mispronunciation of


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

    I haven't heard her before this, but I'll look forward to more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (175)

    At the center of Nemesis is a vigorous, dutiful 23-year-old playground director, Bucky Cantor, a javelin thrower and weightlifter, who is devoted to his charges and disappointed with himself because his weak eyes have excluded him from serving in the war alongside his contemporaries. Focusing on Cantors dilemmas as polio begins to ravage his playground and on the everyday realities he faces, Roth leads us through every inch of emotion such a pestilence can breed.

    Mirek says: "Without pathos about life..."
    "A heartbreaking story well told"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is atypical of most of Philip Roth's work. It goes straight to the emotions with its simple story of a fine, promising young man and his run-in with fate or, perhaps, an evil, uncaring Supreme Being. Dennis Boutsikaris does such a magnificent job of reading this that I just cannot image anyone else who could touch him. Bravo.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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