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Appleton, WI, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
  • 43 ratings
  • 132 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014

  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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.

    Jean says: "worth a listen"
    "Great Narration--Crazy Story!"
    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.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister

    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!"

    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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