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Yosa Addiss

yosa

Lawrence, KS United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2883)
    Performance
    (2531)
    Story
    (2553)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "A Modern Middlemarch"
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    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    I loved Tom Hollander's performance because after a while it was nearly invisible- his voice so embodied the characters- young and old- that I was listening to *them* not a man reading a story aloud.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a book like her previous ones, and I would never, ever recommend it as such.

    What it is, though, is a beautifully wrought character piece about the people in a town. It made me think a lot about George Elliot's Middlemarch. The characters you like, and the ones you don't and watching them revolve around each other- it is funny, sad, shocking, kind and all of the things that people really are. The book lost my boyfriend almost instantly, but slowly drew me in, bit by bit, till now that I am at the end of it I feel like I know those people and what they would be like now that the story is over. Ever feel at the end of a long classic that you miss the characters? This is one of those for me. These are not pretty people, this isn't a fantasy. I loved it!

    Highly recommended to the right reader- be sure you are clear about the book you are getting!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8919)
    Performance
    (8178)
    Story
    (8183)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Charming but uneven"
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    Any additional comments?

    Listening to a book, vs reading a book, I become aware of how many hours a writer is spending on one section of a story. There are 4 parts to this book's download, and the first two draw out one part of the story to the point of boredom. 8 hours that could have been a nicely edited 3.

    If you can get through the first 8 hours it has much better pacing. Like so many books it has a looooong build up and then a summary for the end. The wait is worth it, the quality of descriptions of the people, situations and art are pretty spectacular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10795)
    Performance
    (10053)
    Story
    (10058)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Oh, this was GREAT FUN!"
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    For me this book was a combination of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a William Gibson novel. But don't worry, you will love it even if you don't love the idea of that mash-up. I don't often get out-geeked, and I joke about my useless knowledge base of 1980s trivia. This book was an extended fun-fest of fond memories combined with an engaging storyline. The setting, both futuristic and nostalgic, housed characters I identified with and the story pacing was spot on.

    The narration was wonderful, with Wil Wheaton's familiar voice taking on each of the characters and embracing the joy of someone who absolutely LOVED reading this book. It all added up to a wholeheartedly fulfilling listening experience. Highly recommended!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (588)

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!"
    "Dark, Poetic and Funny? Cannibals and Vampires?"
    Overall

    This is the first book in the series to read/hear and I am thoroughly impressed. I wholeheartedly disagree with the other reviewer that said the author was a dry reader- I think he is great! He put the inflections where, as the author, he wanted them and the humor really came through. There were passages so poetic, the first chapter especially, that I listened to them twice before going forward. I was a fan of the TV show, but now I am totally sold on the books and will purchase the whole collection!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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