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Sue Koopman

grandma reader

Livermore, CA USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 4 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (61)

    In this, perhaps Dickens' most profound and personal novel, we are invited to share in the sentimental education of Pip, the poor boy from the village forge who risks losing himself in snobbery and selfishness when he mysteriously inherits a fortune. The story moves from the bleak Kentish marshes of Pip's childhood to a thrilling climax that mingles tragedy and triumph.

    keahi says: "Dickens paints wonderful imagery with his words."
    "Anton Lesser's narration is amazing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Great Expectations to be better than the print version?

    Yes... the narration is that good.


    What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

    His talent for various voices and accents makes the story come alive.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3928)
    Performance
    (3430)
    Story
    (3398)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "too much repetition"
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    Would you listen to 1Q84 again? Why?

    I will not re-read this ... lots of repetition (how many times do we have to hear that her breasts are too small???), different narrators, and they pronounced a main character's name differently. I did not stop reading, though...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1Q84?

    two moons


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

    I might have put the book down if I had to read it because the book was so long and a slog at times ... audio keeps me going.


    If you could take any character from 1Q84 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tango... he had such a diverse background and was so nice to his dying dad.


    Any additional comments?

    Why did we never hear about Tango's older girlfriend or Fuki Eri again? These characters were just dropped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memento Mori

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Muriel Spark's blackly comic masterwork begins with a voice on the telephone warning, "Remember, you must die." The recipient of the grim message is elderly Dame Lettie Colston, but soon 10 of Lettie's oldest friends also become targets of Death's anonymous herald. A bizarre investigation lays bare an intricate network of deception and disloyalty that binds together the vulnerable group of aging eccentrics.

    David says: "Character study"
    "Nadia May's voice was perfect for Memento Mori"
    Overall
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Memento Mori?

    If we ever found out who was doing the phone calls, I missed it.


    What was most disappointing about Muriel Spark’s story?

    Muriel Spark was amazing... she was in her 30's when she wrote this?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nadia May’s performances?

    Yes!


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

    Book was very funny... I actually loved this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll read other Muriel Spark books and hope the narrator is Nadia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Map of Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jane Urquhart
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Sylvia Bradley was rescued from her parents' house by marriage to a doctor whose care has both nourished and imprisoned her. When she meets Andrew Woodman, a historical geographer, her world changes through their devastating and ecstatic affair.

    A User says: "listen while walking. like a lot"
    "The narration made this difficult"
    Overall

    This is the same narrator that read The Three Weissmanns of Westport, which I thought was fine, but in this book, I keep retelling the book in my mind with different emphasis. The male voices are especially irritating and boring. I wonder how Jane Urquhart liked this interpretation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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