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  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (601)

    In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

    Darwin8u says: "A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece"
    "Fun Story, Narrator Awful with European Languages"
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    If you could sum up The Talented Mr. Ripley in three words, what would they be?

    No-good makes good


    What other book might you compare The Talented Mr. Ripley to and why?

    ?


    What three words best describe Kevin Kenerly’s voice?

    Mispronounces, small range


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

    Could have, but didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the story, but had issues with the narrator. Can't imagine whoever directed this didn't have someone who knew a little Italian, French (and in later books, German) around to help with pronunciations. Sometimes the narrator mispronounces something several times, then seemingly gets corrected and, from then on, correctly pronounces the words. However, no edits were made on the earlier screw ups. This bothered me a lot.

    Other times, he works so hard on his accent, that I can't make out the "French" words he's trying to say.

    I also hate the way he does women characters and while, there are a lot of characters, he doesn't seem even to keep up on the major characters by keeping them straight.

    Sorry Kevin, you were in over your head.

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  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3512)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (937)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Big Crush on Michael York Revisited"
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    If you could sum up The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in three words, what would they be?

    Betrayal, Adventure, Reconciliation


    What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

    He has a really good tone for this book.


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

    No, just good memories. When I was 10, I lived in Narnia and not much later, developed a big crush on Michael York. It was fun to relive those years.


    Any additional comments?

    Old people can enjoy this too; not just for kids.

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  • The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Newland Archer is about to announce his engagement to the docile May Welland when he meets her cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska. Edith Wharton's elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York earned her the first Pulitzer Prize for literature ever awarded to a woman.

    Frederick R. says: "The Best of Its or Any Day"
    "Perfect Match of Reader and Material"
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    Where does The Age of Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High, it was delightful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Age of Innocence?

    The beautifully ironic tone in which the opening scenes are read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Few or no weaknesses in this novel.


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

    Poor Little Rich Boy Learns to Live


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is pitch perfect; everything about her works: her voice, her tone, her speed, her light, deft interpretation of the material. I can't imagine this book being more charming or more fun than when read by Lorna Raver.

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  • Things Fall Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Chinua Achebe
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

    Darwin8u says: "Achebe's Magnum Opus"
    "A Little Difficult to Follow, But Worth It"
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    Would you listen to Things Fall Apart again? Why?

    Yes, because another listen would allow me to focus on nuances, rather than trying so hard to keep the many characters straight.


    What other book might you compare Things Fall Apart to and why?

    Maybe something from Ben Okri.


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

    I was grateful for a narrator who knew how to pronounce the names. This would be a big stumbling block if I were simply reading the book.


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

    On balance, African and European cultures are no better or worse than each other.


    Any additional comments?

    My feeling was that, the old African culture presented in the beginning is portrayed as much more sophisticated and fair-minded than the Europeans can imagine. However, Achebe does understand that this is an entirely male-centric culture and I think he has sympathy for the women and for the "misfits."

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  • City of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David R. Gillham
    • Narrated By Suzanne Bertish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier's wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover.

    Susianna says: "Just Fine But My High Expectations? Foiled Again!"
    "Good Thriller with a Literary Bent"
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    What made the experience of listening to City of Women the most enjoyable?

    Probably that I lived in Berlin as a student in the 70s.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Sigrid because she has great integrity and intelligence and allows her life to happen without trying to control it too much.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Bertish – was your favorite?

    Already forgot his name, but maybe the SS officer with whom Sigrid has the affair. He's wonderfully complex and well-realized by the narrator.


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

    Tales from the German WWII Underground.


    Any additional comments?

    At one point, it seemed like one of those stories where all the Germans were secretly good and working against the Nazis--but then the story then took interesting twists and added levels of complexity to make the characters more human and believable.

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