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Arctic Rhino

Londonderry, NH | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 133 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    J. H. Monaco says: "Wonderful Tale Punctuated with Loud Harmonic Licks"
    "Every Character a Gem!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Grapes of Wrath the most enjoyable?

    I felt as if I lived the pain and the sorrow of The Joad family. In this trek from Oklahoma to California i traveled and suffered with these people. The way Steinbeck weaved hope, despair and the struggle of the human spirit for something better into this story places him in a class by himself

    What other book might you compare The Grapes of Wrath to and why?

    Night by Elie Wiesel, The Canterbury Tales, The Painted Bird

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the introduction of Tom Joad. When the trucker picked him up and started to talk to him he knew right away he was being sized up. Having just been released from prison, he was edgy, truthful and proud and wasn't going to be looked down upon. The dialogue and characterization in this scene brought his character to life as the hopeful hero.

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

    From start to finish each one of the characters, because they were so well formed and realistic, evoked empathy but never to the point of pity. Every character bore their share of hardship. You walk away from this experience feeling stronger for having been in their company. These were people to be admired.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "Great Story Great Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Of Mice and Men the most enjoyable?

    Gary Sinese's reading can't be matched. The story is solid from start to finish so when you couple an extraordinary reader with classic material you will never be disappointed.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Of Mice and Men?

    When Lenny and Curley's wife are conversing in the barn while the horseshoe game is taking place outside you know something is going to happen. Steinbeck places all the components in place to build suspense in this scene and you don't know what is going to happen until it does. My jaw dropped. My mind rummaged through so many thoughts the least of which was where is this going to go now.

    What about Gary Sinise’s performance did you like?

    He is just an incredible reader. His ability to shift from one character to another left this listener having to take a second look at how many readers were credited. He carried it all himself and did an amazing job.

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

    Without question. I think I actually did it in 2 or 3 this audio presentation was so engrossing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Mesmerizing From Start to Finish"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Original, Captivating and Addictive

    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the fact that the plot was so original that I was unable to predict where the writer was taking me. This book had me guessing to the last chapter.

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

    Great narrator. I am new to his work.

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

    When the building super tells you to stay out of dark corners, there's a reason. Some doors are meant to stay shut.

    Any additional comments?

    Great read!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Slow Trickle turned into Torrent"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The initial pace of the book was a let down and I almost considered shelving it. Luckily, it picked up and was a worthwhile read. Readers who are jumping into the series at this point beware; I think this book is not an entry point into the series as some trilogies allow. You had to have previous knowledge of the characters and their plight to appreciate the book. The back stories only allow you a glimpse.

    If you’ve listened to books by Justin Cronin before, how does this one compare?

    The first installment of this trilogy was excellent. This book compares nicely in both character development and plot.

    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?


    Was The Twelve: A Novel worth the listening time?


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself missing the protagonists in this book. They became real people to me and that's the sign of a good book. Also, I found that I truly hated the antagonists in this book and that is equally important.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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