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Scott

Atlanta, GA, United States

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9466)
    Performance
    (8667)
    Story
    (8680)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Pittu fairly good as the narrator"
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    Knowing this book will be a bestseller, I am surprised by the choice of David Pittu to narrate as he lacks the pedigree you would expect for such an important book. The couple of audio samples from his other works did not reassure me. However, I am pleased to report that Pittu does a pretty good job. I would not call him outstanding, but at least Donna Tartt did not make the mistake of narrating her own work as she did with The Secret History, nor did she err and pick the trendy but whiny Scott Brick, who seems to be a popular choice for bestsellers.

    As far as The Goldfinch is concerned, it is probably best to download the text version to complement the audio in order to appreciate Tartt's writing. The Goldfinch is much better than The Little Friend, which I thought was a huge disappointment. I absolutely loved The Secret History and this is more on par with that first work.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Noble House

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (399)

    The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure, from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes: fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong, the heart of Asia, rich in every trade: money, flesh, opium, power.

    Lily says: "Great story, great narrator"
    "Great narration but the story was too fantastic"
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    Aside from all the backstabbing and corporate machinations, about every natural disaster strikes the main characters over the course of a long weekend. I think I counted about 90 minutes sleep for all of the characters. They stay up all night drinking and partying but still manage to be at the horse track before dawn to workout their horses. Oh, did i forget to mention these corporate titans are jockeys too. This story was just too over the top. I love John Lee's narration though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (743)

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    KP says: "Read this, don't listen"
    "Poor decision to narrate her own book."
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    One of my favorite novels of all time. I've read it a dozen times. But the audio version is a disappointment. The author narrates instead of hiring a professional. I wish an A list narrator would redo this book as I am sure it would be a best seller.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1815)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (693)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Awesone,but next 2 of trilogy are disappointing"
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    Very smart thriller that takes the reader into the Cold War Russia and secret police. This is better than 99% of thrillers out, and the author should have let the story end here rather than attempt a series with these characters. The rest of the trilogy pales by comparison and does not live up to expectations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13011)
    Performance
    (5361)
    Story
    (5406)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "John Lee's narration is incredible"
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    Follett and Lee are a great combination. I have listened to 300 audio books and this is my favorite.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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