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Melissa

University City, MO, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Pale Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    A 999 line poem in heroic couplets, divided into 4 cantos, was composed--according to Nabokov's fiction--by John Francis Shade, an obsessively methodical man, during the last 20 days of his life.

    David says: "Quality recording!"
    "Enhanced by Reader"
    Overall

    The reader does a great job showing the humor in this book. I like Nabokov and think his prose is intricately surprising, but I was not a huge fan of this book because of the 3rd section: the mock literary criticism of the canto.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (285)

    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
    "Reader Makes Russian Characters Easy to Understand"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the way Heald captured Raskolnikov's inner torture and frazzled thoughts. All of the male characters were spot on. I was a bit annoyed by the female voices, particularly Sonya's, but that's a minor issue.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this reading because it did not have a mournful British reader and was a bit speedier than the other readers of C and P I listened to on Audible. I was glad I did. Heald's inflection gave a nice interpretation of the novel and the voices he performed helped me keep track of all of the characters (and the pronunciation of their names).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Marc Aronson, Charles R. Smith, Walter Dean Myers, and others
    • Narrated By Dion Graham, Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It’s one single steamy July day at the West 4th Street Court in New York City, otherwise known as the Cage. Hotshot baller ESPN is wooing the scouts, Boo is struggling to guard the weird new guy named Waco, a Spike Lee wannabe has video rolling, and virgin Irene is sizing up six-foot-eight-and-a-half-inch-tall Chester. Nine of young-adult literature’s top writers reveal how it all goes down in this searing novel in short stories that each ingeniously pick up where the last one ends.

    Melissa says: "Uneven but memorable"
    "Uneven but memorable"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    We listened to this collection of short stories on a family road trip (mom, dad, boys 15 and 12). We all adored the first few stories, but then they got a little spotty. The performances were all wonderful--each speaker had his/her own voice, which was great. We just wish the whole collection had been as strong as the first few stories.The structure is interesting--it takes place on a basketball court in NYC and follows the players and observers and their lives. But, just like in the game, some of the players go home, and so you don't hear from them again, even if you really want to know more about them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A River Runs Through It

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Norman Maclean
    • Narrated By Ivan Doig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    A River Runs Through It is a universal story of family love and a lyrical masterpiece, as beautiful as the great trout rivers of western Montana upon which it is set. Its beauty is especially evident through the "near-perfect match" of reader Ivan Doig and author Norman MacLean.

    John says: "Lyrical - wonderfully done"
    "Gorgeous"
    Overall

    Prose and story are both gorgeous and a delight to listen to. For those who wrote about the overuse of fly-fishing, it's a metaphor for life. I've never fly-fished, nor will I, but I can appreciate the way the lessons of fly-fishing have informed the narrator's worldview. The narration, like the prose, is understated. Truly a treat.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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