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Lola Marcos

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Detroit, MI USA

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  • 46 titles in library
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  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (124)

    Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

    Victoria Wright says: "Didion deserves better."
    "Worth a revisit"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This is requisite reading for Americans, especially those of us who weren't alive at the time Didion wrote Slouching. It captures a cultural movement.


    What about Diane Keaton’s performance did you like?

    Keaton has a recognizable voice and it flowed very naturally. She captured Didion's tone perfectly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A film would never be able to do this book justice.


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  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (443)

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "For anyone who has suffered the loss of a close lo"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book is very raw and honest. As someone who has suffered a loss similar to Didion's I could relate and sympathize with her. She made me feel like I was normal and that I had a companion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How relate able Didion was.


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

    This is the first audiobook I listened to that featured a more "mature" narrator and it made me feel like addition herself could have been reading to me. Her voice had a sense of history and knowledge to it that I greatly appreciated.


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

    Absolutely not. I had to take breaks from this cease the subject matter is very far from lighthearted. Didion's words have a lot of meat to them and listening to it all in one sitting would have made it a less memorable and less impact full listen.


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  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (401)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "Must Listen/Read"
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    What did you love best about WAR?

    It's honesty and Junger's willingness to get close to his subjects.


    What other book might you compare WAR to and why?

    I can't think of another book like this which makes it so important.


    What about Sebastian Junger’s performance did you like?

    Being the author and narrator, there was no confusing what the author's intended inflections were.


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

    Every passage was incredibly moving. I found myself bookmarking a whole lot and truly savouring Junger's words.


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