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Jaycob

CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Time and Again

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (310)

    Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past. A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past....

    Mark says: "Best time travel novel; my very favorite audiobook"
    "Well now I wish I had the print edition"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Time and Again to be better than the print version?

    No- but not for anything wrong with the audio. I heard there are very vivid illustrations in the print that really help bring 19th century NYC to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time and Again?

    well that would just be a spoiler


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    A little more life would help


    Any additional comments?

    For a time travel story, the story itself feels very small. But that isn't a bad thing. Instead of something grandiose and elaborate, it feels more human and alive. And it really brings old NY to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gods Without Men

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Hari Kunzru
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott, Lorelei King, Trevor White, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    2008. The California desert. A four-year-old boy disappears, plunging his parents into the public hell of a media witch-hunt. But the desert is inexplicable and miraculous, and the family's fate is bound up with that of all those who have travelled before them through this brutally powerful landscape.

    holley says: "Confusing and the ending is not enough"
    "The parts don't add up to a whole"
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    What did you like best about Gods Without Men? What did you like least?

    There are some intriguing characters and subplots. But in the end, the ones I liked best were sort of left with little to do


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Am I getting this correctly? I think I am? Am I? I'd better listen to that first chapter again...


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Mix of voices and performances brings out the different characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2639)
    Performance
    (2434)
    Story
    (2435)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Perfect narration for an interesting story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Golem and the Jinni the most enjoyable?

    The tone of the narration had a very storylike quality to it, which fit it perfectly. It added to a good story with interesting characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed Yehuda Schaalman. Complex, and manages to be humorous, pitiable, and scary at different points.


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

    Some immigrants came here from a different world. Some came here from a MUCH different world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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