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Marianna

ANNAPOLIS, MD, United States

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  • 1 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Road to Wigan Pier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    When Orwell went to England in the 30's to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experiences. He stayed in cramped, dreary lodgings and subsisted on the scant, cheerless diet of the poor. He went down into the coal mines and walked crouching, as the miners did, through a one- to three-mile passage too low to stand up in. He watched the back-breaking, dangerous labor of men whose net pay then averaged $575 a year.

    Cassie Melnikow says: "An Interesting Social Commentary"
    "Annoying Narrator"
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    Would you try another book from George Orwell and/or Frederick Davidson?

    not Frederick Davidson


    What other book might you compare The Road to Wigan Pier to and why?

    Don't know.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's voice was almost farcically sneering and comically upper-crust. But it wasn't meant to be a satire.


    Could you see The Road to Wigan Pier being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I have no idea.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Being Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Crace
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    Jim Crace has been called "one of the brightest lights in contemporary British fiction" by The New York Times Book Review. His novels have won a Whitbread Prize, an E.M. Forster Award, the Guardian Fiction Award, the GAP International Prize for Literature, and have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Far-ranging in its imagery, Being Dead is a provocative examination of mortality.

    J. Cline says: "Contemplating Death"
    "Strange, Compelling Story"
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    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked this better if I had not been so busy. It's kind of wonderful, but you have to be in a somewhat meditative state to appreciate it, and my state has been generally frantic. I think I will listen to it again though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (401)

    With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

    SassiKassi says: "All that's promised and more."
    "This is a romance novel, not a thriller"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't like romance novels, and that's what this is, even though it's billed as a thriller. If romance rather than whodunnits are your guilty pleasure, you might like it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (696)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Complex Characters, Gripping Polot"
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    Would you listen to Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter again? Why?

    Probably not. But I'm still thinking about the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The moral ambiguity and complexity of the characters.


    What about Kevin Kenerly’s performance did you like?

    Great voice. Evoked a sense of place.


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

    I don't understand this question.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glorious

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bernice L. McFadden
    • Narrated By Alfre Woodard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history with the fruits of Bernice L. McFadden's rich imagination, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

    Cheryl says: "Good Book - Entertaning and Educational"
    "Engrossing story, strong performance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Glorious to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I have not read the print version. Sorry.


    What other book might you compare Glorious to and why?

    It would complement The Warmth of Other Suns.


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

    Great and expressive voices and a good ear for character and dialect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lots---it is in many ways a book of moving moments. But I actually think that could be interpreted as a weakness. I enjoyed it a lot though. It made my long runs great!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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