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Darla Sharp

Santa Barbara, CA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Vanity Fair [AudioGo]

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By John Castle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp.

    Constance says: "A book that was meant to be read aloud!"
    "Best Narrator EVER!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Engrossing story, richly drawn characters and wonderful language.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Colonel, for his growth of character through the narrative.


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

    No, but I immediately searched him--he is absolutely the best narrator ever--his diction was lovely, his accent superb, and his enunciation and pronunciation perfect and that is including his excellent French and Latin phrase turns as well. Perfection! I wish he had a hundred books to his name in voice! First rate! Top notch! Sublime!


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

    I laughed and cried, though more laughs out loud and just a little tearing up, nothing extreme for this was Vanity Fair...


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pleasingly long book--at first daunting, then eagerly appreciated for its length and depth of story. Fabulous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Education of Little Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Forrest Carter
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (223)

    After his parents die, five-year-old Little Tree goes to live with his grandparents in their cabin deep in the Tennessee mountain hollows. Granpa instructs the boy in the ancient wisdom of “The Way” of honoring nature’s subtle balance. Even when he faces racism and the white authorities try to take him from his grandparents, Little Tree’s understanding and humor sustain him.

    Nancy says: "Comfort food"
    "Heartrending tale"
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    Would you listen to The Education of Little Tree again? Why?

    Yes. Beautiful imagery. Humor and sadness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Education of Little Tree?

    When Little Tree is listening and talking to the trees. When the 'politicians' following him on the trail lie down for a nap in the poison ivy.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His intonation and pausing at just the right times and his consistent perfect pronunciation of mountain talk brought each character alive and gave warmth and beauty to the story.


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

    I laughed many times and wept at least 2 or 3 times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (742)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Angst and Humor Abound"
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    What did you love best about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

    This story is so compelling and the narrative voice is so profoundly distinct.


    What other book might you compare The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to and why?

    It's like a native american voice of Catcher in the Rye--it's that full of hope in the midst of craziness. The humor, wry and heart stopping at times is weaved deftly throughout the entire novel--pathos abounds too. His sister's story, his grandmother's story, his dad's friend's story--so much to take in and all of it lovely and sad and real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The basketball playoffs stood out as well as many other school scenes and the scenes with his best friend - really the entire book is a jewel.


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

    Junior goes off the Res...


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a fantastic job--lilting singsong voice that vividly brought the culture of the reservation clear to the listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (650)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Exquisite"
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    Where does Rebecca rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to--the narrator is absolutely exquisite--perfect pronunciation, her readings of the characters were spot on and helped create the most atmospheric, creepy and mysterious ambience that drove the story forward. Absolutely unforgettable. A standout early female power struggle story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Oh yes--you never knew what the real or underlying motivations of the lead characters were. The writing is so good, you are led on, wondering, curious and desirous for the driving motivations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening line is unforgettable, as is the last, but the scenes between Mrs. Danvers and the heroine are riveting.


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

    Ummm, a phenomenal film of this book exists, by Alfred Hitchcock, no less and with Laurence Olivier! There are 4 taglines, of which I include this one: The shadow of this woman darkened their love.


    Any additional comments?

    During a time of female lead character fiction: The House of Mirth, The Awakening, The Wide Sargasso Sea, etc., this novel stands out as one in which the female comes to the brink of choosing insanity and possibly suicide and instead chooses power...It is a perfect novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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