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J. Booth

amberle404

Shreveport, LA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (764)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "Memory, Aging, Friendships"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I got the whole concept of the book that we can't necessarily trust our own memories of things, but I really felt like this book was just so full of itself that I had a hard time relating to it or liking the characters.


    Do you think The Sense of an Ending needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I think this book is complete in and of itself.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book and, with its Booker win, gave it the benefit of the doubt. I think this books was so wrapped up in its own concept of our untrustworthy memories that it failed some in fleshing out characters and creating an intriguing plot.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paper Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (903)

    Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

    Jeremy says: "Green is Always Good, But Paper Towns Not Best"
    "Another win from John Green"
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    If you could sum up Paper Towns in three words, what would they be?

    mysterious, hilarious, teenagers


    What other book might you compare Paper Towns to and why?

    This story has a lot of common elements with Looking for Alaska, another John Green book. Both have strong, confident, wild females that smart, nerdy boys pine for.


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

    A tie between Radar and Ben, the trusty sidekicks. There were very distinct and perfect voices for each character. He really brought them to life.


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

    Absolutely! The plot pace was just right and the mystery was compelling. Plus, I just loved listening to the dialogue between the characters. More than once I tried to stifle bursts of laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of John Green. All his books manage to tell a serious, compelling story while injecting great and unexpected humor. The reader was fantastic, giving identifiable personalities to each of the characters, and never missed a beat on the humor. This book was well worth the listen, and if you like it, pick up Green's other books as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9609)
    Performance
    (8635)
    Story
    (8790)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Great adventure narrated with great spirit"
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    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    adventure, classic, overcoming


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    It's hard to compare Tolkien to other books, as his writings are often the inspiration for many other great adventure stories.


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

    I loved that Rob Inglis sings Tolkien's songs! When I read the book before, I found myself scanning the written verses, but it was a real joy to hear them sung as Tolkien intended.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    If anything it restored a great sense of joy that I felt the first time I ever read the story. There's just something about a little person of no consequence becoming the unlikely hero of a great adventure story.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you've read this book before, like I have, this book is worth the listen. Rob Ingles manages to distinguish the voices of the 13 dwarves, the hobbit, Gandalf and does an excellent Golum. His singing of the songs in the book is the real icing on the cake of this well written and narrated story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tigana

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (612)

    Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel, despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.

    But after years of devastation, a handful of courageous men and women embark upon a dangerous crusade to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the dark world the brilliance of a long-lost name: Tigana.

    Robert says: "Says a lot about who we are."
    "Stunning Epic Fantasy"
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    If you could sum up Tigana in three words, what would they be?

    epic, heart-wrenching, memory


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Devin, moved the story and brought along emotion, innocence and intelligence.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending, when we learn who the fool truly is and he gets his vengeance.


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

    The moment after Catriana's rescue when she and Alessan are finally able to be weak and support one another.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was beautiful and astounding in every way. The prose was beautiful, the twists and turns well thought out, and the characters deep. I felt for nearly all of them, even the evil tyrant who created the mess they're in. A great sweeping fantasy adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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