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Ungar

Budapest, Hungary | Member Since 2010

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  • The Water Is Wide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (123)

    The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence – unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher.

    P. Giorgio says: "Anything Pat Conroy writes is wonderful to me."
    "Great listen!"
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    Where does The Water Is Wide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it was about a real teacher-parents-pupils situation. The parts describing the black children and their life on the island were very informative and revelatory. The whole book sometimes reminded me of McCourt's Teacher Man, another favourite of mine.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don t think I have, but this one was absolutely great. He has an infinite number of voices!


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

    You can t change the world, but trying to do so produces a good book.


    Any additional comments?

    Another book which will hopefully reduce the gap between blacks and whites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (371)

    After the British seize Hong Kong following the first Opium War, the owners of two competing trading companies seek to destroy each other, both professionally and personally.

    Cy Judge says: "A great audio book"
    "Great story, great writer!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very much so. It is an unputtdownable which tells a lot about the history of Hong Kong.


    What other book might you compare Tai-Pan to and why?

    To all great historical novels, such as for example The Leopard by di Lampedusa, The Outlander,or Rob Roy to name but a few.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    It was like listening to not one, but many different actors.


    Any additional comments?

    Don t go to Hong Kong without having read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5690)
    Performance
    (4923)
    Story
    (4917)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Regret having bought it."
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    What would have made Beautiful Ruins better?

    More action, more excitement, more surprise, at least one (but preferably more) really original, out of the ordinary character.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jess Walter again?

    Unlikely.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was no such scene.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beautiful Ruins?

    Found all the scenes boring, so it is hard to pick any.


    Any additional comments?

    Only bought it because the success of the book was compared to that of The Help. It beats me how those two books - Beautiful Ruins being so boring, The Help being so exciting - could be equally successful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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