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James

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  • The Crying of Lot 49

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Quite unexpectedly, Mrs. Oedipa Maas finds herself the executor of the estate of Pierce Inverarity, a man she used to know in a more-or-less intimate fashion. When Oedipa heads off to Southern California to sort through Pierce's affairs, she becomes ensnared in a hilarious and puzzling worldwide conspiracy.

    James says: "Good book, Average recording"
    "Good book, Average recording"
    Overall

    The book itself is a modern classic that I thoroughly enjoyed. Pynchon's style, while quirky and oddball, is rich and enjoyable. For the uninitiated Pynchon reader, TLC49 is a great start before delving into his longer more complex works.

    The book is fairly well read. However, my biggest hang-up is with the recording itself. From the start, the myriad nasal whistles, throat gurgling and other extraneous noises had me distracted and, by the end, raw with annoyance. Not sure if I should blame the narrator or the recording engineer. Anyway I found that listening in a place with ambient noise made the recorded distractions more tolerable. If not for this drawback, I would have given the rating another star.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1986)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1133)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Audible Delight!"
    Overall

    If you like listening to great literature, don't miss this one.

    Great Literature + Great Narration = Lolita.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lovely Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alice Sebold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (324)

    When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place where she finds herself. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief. This story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching narrative about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

    Kim says: "Disappointing"
    "Lifeless Narration."
    Overall

    A classic example that authors don't always make good narrators.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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