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Dawn

Dawnknitella in Oregon

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 7 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 111 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Gary Shteyngart
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn, Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (319)

    Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, creates a compelling reality in this tale about an illiterate America in the not-too-distant future. Lenny Abramov may just be penning the world’s last diary. Which is good, because while falling in love with a rather unpleasant woman and witnessing the fall of a great empire, Lenny has a lot to write about.

    Ryan says: "Dystopia Now"
    "Obsessive listening"
    Overall

    This was my first audio book. I thought the narrators were great - I appreciate the use of a man and a woman to tell this story as it cycles between their point of view. The book is a wry look at the future, but so close to now it's like you can see it coming. It's not an unhopeful story, in general, but it is sad at the end. What I liked most is: it made me think about love, government, technology, aging. There's a lot of humor relating to those issues here, but it's got an undercoating of sad truth to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (989)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Almost too scary!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'll admit - I had to turn this off at one point because I was just too scared to go on. In the end, I persevered because it was a good story. I felt the psyche of an abused woman was well portrayed. Less so for the antagonist, but still there was insight as to why a person would act like that. I also learned something about OCD, which I had never thought could be caused by an event, but it makes sense. There were some poorly edited moments, where you would hear the reader shuffle papers and clear her throat - I guess the editor droned out for a bit and it did put a hiccup in the story line so I gave the performance 3 stars for that, not for the reader, she was fine. All in all an enjoyable listen and worth my credit and time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4267)
    Performance
    (3729)
    Story
    (3698)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Bit of a sleeper..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While I appreciate the aesthetics of the writer, Ms. Hiroto was too slow and methodical for me. Nearly robotic. If I had read this myself I think I would have liked it better, I could have sped through the dinner cooking and long musings that occupied the characters thoughts. Not that it isn't like that in real life, and I understand it was in contrast to the strange happenings that were going on in the world otherwise, but I just felt it was overdone. Very long book that I keep dozing off to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13221)
    Performance
    (5556)
    Story
    (5599)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Entertaining epic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really love John Lee's narration - I swear that guy could read the telephone book and it'd be engrossing. This wonderful tale has all the highs, lows, sex, and mayhem I like in my stories. Very entertaining and I was sad to have it end. Good thing there's a sequel...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3062)
    Performance
    (1951)
    Story
    (1956)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Not a believable premise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So, while I did enjoy the narration, I found the premise of this story to be rather unbelievable. The parts I did like were the actual detective work - gathering information and pinning down the suspects. The waxing poetic about the beauty of the communal lifestyle was over the top. No way could I buy for even a second that someone could be an exact double of another person, and her friends would not notice. But, not a bad story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5046)
    Performance
    (3074)
    Story
    (3074)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Will keep you interested"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Of the three Irish detective Tana French books I've listened to, I liked this one the best. The story is compelling, and Tana does a great job getting the reader hooked. Mr Crossley was a good narrator and I like his delivery and the way he made the story flow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Money: A Suicide Note

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martin Amis
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (228)

    The story of John Self and his insatiable appetite for money, alcohol, drugs, porn, and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, it is a tale of life lived without restraint; of money and the disasters it can precipitate.

    Dawn says: "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"
    "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"
    Overall

    Like a rollercoaster, this book is not for everyone. Our hero's self-destructive behavior is either off-putting or endearing - you'll have to decide for yourself. I liked him. I also thought the social commentary pretty funny and I think the writer did a great job with exposing the human condition on the lowest of levels with compassion. I also found the reader's voice perfect for the part, and he read with a great range of feeling - from tender emotion to blathering drunk idiot. Well done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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