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L. Bryan

SA, TX | Member Since 2010

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  • 85 titles in library
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  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (763)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "It was ok, but certainly not uplifting!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok to listen to in the car. It took a while to get into. Ending came out of the blue, had to go read reviews to understand what had happened. Anticlimactic, left with many questions. According to some reviewers that's what makes it a good book -- the author doesn't hand you everything on a platter -- but to me it seems like he ran up against a deadline and had to finish in a hurry!


    Would you recommend The Sense of an Ending to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I don't think my friends would like it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Morant?

    If it was appropriate to the character. He wasn't a favorite.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (244)

    The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

    Jessica says: "Much Better than the Movie"
    "Great book -- but not uplifting!"
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    Would you listen to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas again? Why?

    No, but only because I rarely re-listen to any book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

    Realizing where he was going and what he was in. I got aggravated by his apparent lack of empathy.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Maloney – was your favorite?

    Basically everything was the same point of view. He did a great job on the various character voices.


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

    I was a little sad -- more like affected.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Case Histories: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (371)

    Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

    Carrie says: "Deftly written, completely original mystery"
    "Interesting story, GREAT READER!"
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    Where does Case Histories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the top 20% -- not the absolute greatest, but kept my attention.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Atkinson? Why or why not?

    She does a good job writing about relationships, so I'd probably try her again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing really stands out, which would be my only criticism of the book. With so many stories, sometimes it was hard to figure out who was speaking. It was particularly difficult to determine the time period, as there was a lot of movement.


    Any additional comments?

    The speaker was fabulous with accents and voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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