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Monica

Astoria, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Libra

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Libra is a fictional speculation on one of modern history's central events: the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The anti-hero is Lee Harvey Oswald, who is as hauntingly real in the book as he was elusive in reality. Here he is joining the Marines, defecting to Russia, and imagining himself as an agent of history.

    Joseph says: "Dated but Intense"
    "I can't listen to the reader...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to Underworld and loved it. i read other DD novels in print and also really liked them, but it will be impossible for me to purchase other DD audiobooks read by Mr. Prichard. He has no sense of pause, no sense of character, his voice is atonal and without inflections. I have no idea how some people become book readers..... this was not as bad as books read by Mr. Frederick Davidson but close.... please Audible have someone else perform these books!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crome Yellow

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    One of the greatest prose writers and social commentators of the 20th century, Aldous Huxley here introduces us to a delightfully cynical, comic, and severe group of artists and intellectuals engaged in the most free-thinking and modern kind of talk imaginable. Poetry, occultism, ancestral history, and Italian primitive painting are just a few of the subjects competing for discussion among the amiable cast of eccentrics drawn together at Crome, an intensely English country manor.

    Mary says: "mostly for "literary" types?"
    "Ghastly"
    Overall

    Perhaps it is because I never found British literature profound or intriguing that I also did not like Chrome Yellow. Perhaps is that I do not understand British humor, but the book was not comical, nor it did portray a psychological picture of the characters. It was on the other hand, a good snapshot of the social dynamics of the era, but the characters lacked emotional depth and the situations were shallow and disconnected. The narrator did an excellent job, however. If you like Dickens and other British authors, then this book might be ok. If you enjoy the depth of Ayn Rand, Dostoevsky, Faulkner's characters, then do not read/listen to this book.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful

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