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Douglas

Oak Creek, WI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Sunset Park

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    An enigmatic young man employed as a trash-out worker in Florida, obsessively photographing thousands of abandoned objects left behind by the evicted families. A group of young people squatting in an apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The Hospital for Broken Things, which specializes in repairing the artifacts of a vanished world. A celebrated actress preparing to return to Broadway. These are just some of the elements Auster magically weaves together in this immensely moving novel.

    paula says: "Lovely book"
    "Not disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book because of its insight into people and the human condition. Moving and illuminating, if not always happy and hopeful. The sense of truth beneath the book is rare and liberating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Weaving together many well-developed characters.


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

    Auster is a fine interpreter of his own book. His reading colors the words and sentences you might not feel if you just read it.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending is not disappointing, but I found myself at a loss. So I listened to that last 90 minutes again, more carefully. Major things happen fast, sometimes even off-stage, but in the end, everything is tied up without loss of verisimilitude. This is a great accomplishment for an author who is trying to deliver felt life. Auster is serious. I look forward to another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7202)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3561)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    I like Cronin and needed a long audio novel for a long car trip, so I bought The Passage, partly on the strengths of the reviews here. I should have read the reviews on Amazon first. I see now that the reviews on Amazon are much more balanced than the reviews on Audible. Am I too believe that audio book listeners are less discriminating?

    The plot, the characters, the themes--all are bloated and sentimental here. The narrative structure is flawed. Jumping into the future with new characters (only to get back to the old later in "new" form) was badly done. I thought the virals might be interesting, but the presentation of them and their ways was obscure. I never really saw them or understood what they wanted.

    Go ahead and waste your time on this book. But you could be reading (listening to) 5 much better books for the time and money.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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