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Gerry

Lindsay, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (743)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Classic Pratchett"
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    Story
    What did you love best about Dodger?

    As always, Terry pratchett novels catch you right from the start. Dodger is no exception. The Narrator is great with the variety of voices and the story-line itself is so different from what you may expect. Oliver springs to mind, but, you can discard that idea straight away.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (9304)
    Performance
    (8527)
    Story
    (8536)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Brilliant Story"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    This was a wonderful story. I liked the characters, the twists and turns, and I was always surprised.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I started to listen to this story on a 3 day road trip home with a friend who has never listened to audiobooks. She complained at first that there was too much detail. She was into the story by the time we got home (but had just finished the first part - of four) and she was hooked. Myself, I didn't think anything was too long or drawn out. The inner thinking of Theo was necessary, and the descriptions draw you in and make you wonder how he will cope or get out of his latest predicament. It even drew you into the story more. I was sorry when the story ended. I also loved that it centres around a real painting by a real artist and the facts of his life and death in the novel are true. Made it more special.


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

    David Pittu does an excellent job with all the voices and the accents. It was a joy to listen to Boris, his friend and Hobie. He gives them such character and warmth. I loved Hobie from the moment he started speaking. I love reading, but this was a joy to listen to. My Russian accent wouldn't be half as good!


    If you could rename The Goldfinch, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't, the name of the story is perfect as it all revolves around the painting of the same name.


    Any additional comments?

    I just finished it this morning and was looking up to see if Donna Tartt has written any other novels and saw that she just won a Pulitzer for this story. A well deserved honour for her. It's the best book I've read in a while. Don't read the review on Wikipedia. They give the whole story away. I had no idea when I started listening, what it was about (I'd bought it a month before) and it was a joy to discover it as I went along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4292)
    Performance
    (1570)
    Story
    (1582)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "wonderful"
    Overall

    I have loved every moment of this book! I notice that others have mentioned swearing, but either I'm getting immune or it just felt it made sense with the story. I would definitely recommend this book and I'm looking out for his others. I love when I laugh out loud and this happened often here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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