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Diane

York, ME, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Townie: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Andre Dubus III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (106)

    After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else—or to beatings-for-pay as a boxer.

    Suzn F says: "More like a 3.25 star rating"
    "My favorite audio book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Townie to be better than the print version?

    When the audio book finished I thought that the book was amazing and the performance was absolutely stupendous. Then I heard in the summary information that the author had done the reading. I gasped out loud and started laughing. That explained why the accents were so perfect and the voices were spot on. I am so glad that I listened to the book rather than reading it although I do love reading books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I grew up in the same area as the author and I had thought the character of these towns was indescribable. Now I know better. The author captured the flavor better than Stephen King could have done it.


    What does Andre Dubus III bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reading was perfection.


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

    I felt a sudden understanding of what my brother must have experienced when we were growing up. As a teenager he seemed to attract violence and now I understand a bit more of how that happens.


    Any additional comments?

    I've recommended this book at every opportunity. Especially for teenage boys and young men but as a middle-aged woman I absolutely loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2182)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1314)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "I finally understand why this book is famous"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was painting a room and decided it was finally time to learn why people talk about this book. Now I feel that whole room is contaminated with the ickyness of this story but thankfully I moved to another house. I am glad to understand how pedophiles think (maybe) and I see now how the high writing style and the base plot combined to create something new and interesting when it was released.


    Has Lolita turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I won't be seeking out any other pedophile stories but I do find this time period in literature very interesting.


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

    The reader seems to savor the prose which chimes with the tone of the main character's traits and the writing style. It was a very nice match.


    Could you see Lolita being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yucko


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad my memories of this story are enmeshed in the paint of a house that I no longer live in but I took away what I needed from the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35939)
    Performance
    (26938)
    Story
    (27323)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "My 10-hour drive went by like a flash"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is fast and vital When I finished listening to it I felt that it really had taken me somewhere.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    This book reminds me of Phillip Pullman's young adult fiction; The Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife and so forth.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had never heard an audio book read by a woman and it took an adjustment on my part as a listener but I became accustomed to it and appreciated it; the reader became part of the experience whereas with male-read stories I am essentially unaware of the reader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen while driving. The long drive flew by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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