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Annalise

Irvine, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (223)

    Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Nancy says: "Listen before you buy..."
    "Bradbury's reading is so-so"
    Overall

    I am always so excited to hear author's read their own work, but frequently (and this time was no exception), the reading is a task best left to a professional actor. Bradbury's rhythmic cadence is hypnotic, but his articulation and speed doesn't match that of a professional. I am glad that I have this in my archive though because there is something very special about it, but, it certainly wouldn't be my preferred method of taking in this book -- especially for the first time.

    As much as I adore audiobooks, I'd stick to reading this one on the page.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5918)
    Performance
    (2114)
    Story
    (2134)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Go for it."
    Overall

    The scope of this novel is huge. It's not at all what I expected. I think I expected more of a freak show. Instead I got a intellectual yet sensitive chronicle that spanned two continents and 80 years of American cultural history.

    I have nothing in common with the main character who tells this story, yet I related to the novel on a personal level and was deeply interested in his epic journey. There's something epic here --something that reminded me of Homer.

    The characters are well drawn by the author, and I like the way the reader brought the voices and accents to life. I even listened to sections I'd already read in the book, just to hear his vocal characterizations.



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