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Mark

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  • The Cider House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (779)
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    (453)
    Story
    (452)

    From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

    Patti says: "Wonderful"
    "The Cider House Rules"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cider House Rules the most enjoyable?

    First off, I really love audible.com. I work 2 jobs and don't have a lot of time for reading which I love to do. With audible I can listen even while I'm at work which helps me get through those long lonely night shifts. It seems to make my job more tolerable, even enjoyable, and I never thought I'd say that.
    Novels such as The Cider House Rules are what make John Irving one of my favorite authors, a master storyteller who approaches his themes from various angles. Like so many of his novels, you wish it would never end. You become so attached to the characters and the settings that you wish you could just keep going back at least for a little while every day, and when its over you almost feel the same as if you'd lost an old friend. The narration by Grover Gardner is solid. The characters, especially Dr. Larch came to life magnificently.


    What other book might you compare The Cider House Rules to and why?

    There are not really too many books I've read that I can fairly compare it to, although Irving's writing and storytelling prowess often remind me of a more modern Dickens. And as as always, he is fearless, unabashed, and uncompromising in his subject matter.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thought overall he did an excellent job, especially with the character of Dr. Larch. There is a very little to find fault with.


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

    Everytime Dr Larch wrote a passage in "A Brief History Of S.T. Clouds that began with "Here at S.T. Clouds... Also enjoyed the part where Melanie was asked to read from Jane Eyre to her bunkmates in the cider house and she kept getting interrupted with questions about what the big words meant. Reminded me of when I used to read aloud to my kids, back when they still let me.


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  • Empire Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Dexter County, Maine, and specifically the town of Empire Falls, has seen better days, and for decades, in fact, only a succession from bad to worse. One by one, its logging and textile enterprises have gone belly-up, and the once vast holdings of the Whiting clan (presided over by the last scion’s widow) now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. The working classes, meanwhile, continue to eke out whatever meager promise isn’t already boarded up. Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom from the Empire Grill, an opportunity of his youth that has become the albatross of his life.

    margaret says: "Hugely Enjoyable"
    "Empire Falls is worth a visit."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Empire Falls to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the printed version but the audio was well narrated.


    What other book might you compare Empire Falls to and why?

    Hmmm...None really come to mind that are too similar. Maybe The Shipping News by Annie Proulx.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    I thougt he portrayed the characters well, especially Walt. Good comedy relief.


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

    The fight scene with Jimmy Minty was pretty entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice writing and fairly believable characters. I'm steadily becoming a Richard Russo fan.

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (227)

    Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Nancy says: "Listen before you buy..."
    "Everyone should read it once."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clarice, because of her young, innocent enthusiasm and infectious nature which overtook Montag, ultimately giving birth to defiance once opening his eyes to societys oppressions.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ray Bradbury’s performances?

    He had such incredible imagination and vision, and I like his writing style, always rich in detail. I definitely would try more because I've loved his books since I was a teenager. His narration not so much.


    Could you see Fahrenheit 451 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I wouldn't care to see that. For the most part I'm not a fan of movies that are based on novels. Usually, with a small number of exceptions, they are watered down versions and it seems like important details almost always get left out.


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