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Barbara E

Roseburg, OR, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Crying of Lot 49

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Quite unexpectedly, Mrs. Oedipa Maas finds herself the executor of the estate of Pierce Inverarity, a man she used to know in a more-or-less intimate fashion. When Oedipa heads off to Southern California to sort through Pierce's affairs, she becomes ensnared in a hilarious and puzzling worldwide conspiracy.

    James says: "Good book, Average recording"
    "Beginnings of Genius"
    Overall

    I recently rediscovered Pynchon after a brief brush with him in collrege and am in awe of his singularly American genius. This complex, layered, immensely intellectual, wildly wacky, symbolic and ultimately spiritual novella was written in the mid 60's. Way ahead of its time, its scary clairvoyant glimpse into the culture-to-be is classic Pynchon-to-be. In "Crying" we see the genesis of genius and a completely original mind not to be missed by anyone who loves literature. I'm on my 6th reading (listening) of this book and each time I appreciate it more. I like the narration even though other reviews have been negative about it. It's a tough book to read, and I feel this narrator does it justice.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Paint It Black: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Janet Fitch
    • Narrated By Jennifer Jason Leigh
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Josie Tyrell, art model, teen runaway, and denizen of LA's 1980s punk-rock scene, finds a chance at real love with art student Michael Faraday. A Harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist, Michael introduces her to his spiritual quest and a world of sophistication she had never dreamed existed. But when she receives a call from the Los Angeles County coroner, asking her to identify her lover's dead body, her bright dreams all fade to black.

    Tatiana says: "Skip it"
    "wrong reader"
    Overall

    This is a good story from a fine writer but Jennifer Jason Leigh is the wrong reader. She is a great actress, so I was looking forward to this audiobook and was so diasappointed to hear her droning, flat reading that sounded like she was stoned half the time. She didn't even seem to be concentrating on the text at times, as the expression was off key, like a singer hitting the wrong note of a song. I wouldn't suggest getting this book until the library version comes out (hopefully soon). On the flip side of actress/readers Julie Roberts has an incredible voice on audio and anything read by her is a joy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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