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Kamigaeru

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Gloucester, VA | Member Since 2010

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  • The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Casey Affleck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (135)
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    A Signature Performance: Oscar nominee and passionate vegan Casey Affleck highlights the more-relevant-than-ever issues of business ethics and food production in Upton Sinclair’s meatpacking industry bombshell.

    Kamigaeru says: "Caveat emptor: Powerful book, subpar narration"
    "Caveat emptor: Powerful book, subpar narration"
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    Somehow I never read this book in high school or even college. I can't believe what I missed! If you haven't read this book, you should. But while the text of the book is a truly powerful work, this audio version of The Jungle has been ruined by the narrator: Casey Affleck's reading was exceedingly uninspiring. (I believe another reviewer used the word "underwhelming" which is a very apt description!) Please find a paper copy or another audio version and save yourself a credit.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2259)
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    (1014)
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    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Worth a read, maybe not a listen"
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    I was somewhat disappointed in this audiobook, mostly because of the voices chosen to narrate this novel. There was a huge disconnect for me between the readers and the characters they were portraying, and I probably would have been better off reading these stories instead.

    That said, it was not King at his worst or his best. He excels at putting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances (as the afterword states), and this collection was no exception! The pacing of each story was good for the most part, but sometimes the plot slowed, wandered off and got lost altogether. Out of the stories contained within this latest work, the ones that stood most out were "1922" and "A Good Marriage". Overall, worth a read, but maybe not a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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