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Sarah

Appleton, WI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (772)

    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"
    "Great Narration--Crazy Story!"
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    What did you love best about Thérèse Raquin?

    I loved the way Zola delves deeply into the psychology of his characters and not just the two main characters, but others as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is dark, brooding and cynical, but not overbearingly so. I found I enjoyed it as a horror story and as a commentary on French society of the nineteenth century--it works wonderfully as one or the other or both!


    What about Kate Winslet’s performance did you like?

    To be honest I bought the book for her narration--I was not disappointed! Her voice and inflection are incredible and very easy to follow. She reads with emotion but not obnoxiously--her narration is subtle and she is also wonderful with the French names and places in the story.


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

    It was disturbing and dark--but in a good way. It makes you think about the way human minds work with the added benefit of seeing how the nineteenth century's view of moral choices is portrayed in the book and how that plays out in the plot.


    31 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9435)
    Performance
    (5128)
    Story
    (5199)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Sexist and Awful"
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    What would have made Dune better?

    An actual plot would have been nice, and characters that were more than just stereotypes.


    Has Dune turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It hasn't stopped me from loving science fiction, but I seriously doubt that I will ever pick up a book by Herbert ever again.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    I don't think it was their fault necessarily.


    What character would you cut from Dune?

    All of them? Rewrite the whole thing?


    Any additional comments?

    I understand that this is considered a classic of the genre, but as a reader ( a female librarian with a master's degree) it irritated me within the first few sentences. The main character is essentially foretold to be the "better than the women who currently do this" seer / Messiah. The story is dry, dusty and completely predictable. If you are a lover of sci fi and a believer that women and others who not old white men are actually people, then I suggest you find another book. I wish I could give it back.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (717)

    The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

    susan says: "I laughed, I cried..."
    "Political Thriller WITH ZOMBIES!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Feed the most enjoyable?

    The reader for George was FANTASTIC. She had depth of emotion and range for voices. IT almost felt like the other reader wasn't even needed


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the story was set in a society that had lived with Zombies for decades. The reader got to see what a society like that would look like. So it probably wasn't as actiony as most would expect from a zombie book but it was definitely worth the read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is one that I cannot describe here (SPOILERS!) but suffice it to say that there was action where there needed to be and lots of heart too.


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

    Yes! I found myself driving around a bit more than I needed to so I could find out what happens next!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6384)
    Performance
    (5815)
    Story
    (5823)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Mystery Abounds!"
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    As long as the reader (or in this case listener) accepts the fact that this mystery takes its time and relishes in character development and abandons hope for fast paced thrills -- they will like this book. It took me a minute to really dive in but once I did I fell head over and was addicted and desperate to know the ending before I knew what had happened. I cannot say if I would have read this without knowing JK Rowling wrote it (sorry big HP fan) but after reading it I do like it for its story! I don't think just because of the writer, but I know I had a little more patience because of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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