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Richard

MADISON, WI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Homer, Stephen Mitchell (translator)
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (141)

    The power and the beauty of The Iliad resound again across 2,700 years in Stephen Mitchell's exciting new translation, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flowed in every word. And we are there with them amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

    Darwin8u says: "Mitchell's Translation is Brilliant Poetry"
    "Unabridged....hmmm half way true"
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    Would you try another book from Homer and Stephen Mitchell (translator) and/or Alfred Molina?

    From Homer Yes... Stephen Mitchell ....no...


    Has The Iliad turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love the Illiad, What turns me of is this book is 1/3 commentary, and the remaining 2/3's appears to be only part of the full Iliad (even taking account of the 'extra' parts).


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

    Good reader.... like


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Yep all of the above


    Any additional comments?

    Homer-Like
    This book- dislike not fully the Iliad. Just talking and bits and pieces...Baby Food? don't know..

    0 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
    (3944)
    Performance
    (3445)
    Story
    (3412)

    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"
    "An Autistic Alice in Wonderland"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Far Too Long to get there


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    American Pop references thru the filter of Murakami's world view


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    Interesting development of each of the main players, you did feel like you got to know them. In some cases know them like a person who had worn out their welcome. In others not.


    Any additional comments?

    An Autistic Alice in Wonderland. Far to long, like a big box of Cracker Jacks, missing the prize.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Anna Quindlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (225)

    In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

    Sheila says: "Worth a listen!"
    "Like a good visit over tea."
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    Would you listen to Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake again? Why?

    Yes, in a year or so. Good visit


    What other book might you compare Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake to and why?

    N/A


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

    N/A


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

    Yes, many. But I would need to look at my notes to post them


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6681)
    Performance
    (5074)
    Story
    (5154)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "hmmm Ok if you like this type of read."
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    What would have made Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter better?

    Nothing really... It is what it is...


    Has Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of Scott Holst’s performance would you have changed?

    It was good, not a trouble to listen to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Bordertown: New Stories and Poems of the Borderlands

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Holly Black (editor), Ellen Kushner (editor)
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, MacLeod Andrews, Holly Black, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Bordertown: a city on the Border between the human world and the elfin realm. A place where neither magic nor technology can be counted on, where elf and human kids run away to find themselves. The Way from our world to the Border has been blocked for 13 long years. Now the Way is open once again—and Bordertown welcomes a new set of seekers and dreamers, misfits and makers, to taste life on the Border.

    Ann says: "Bordertown Lives! now in stunning audio form"
    "Road Trip! Yea"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Welcome to Bordertown in three words, what would they be?

    Nice to be back in Town!


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

    Take the trip, if you dare.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth your time...if you like road trips to the Border...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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