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Roger

Elbert, CO, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Alice in Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (308)

    Alice begins her fantastic journey by following an unprecedented White Rabbit with a pocket watch. While in the topsy turvy world of Wonderland, Alice takes advice from a caterpillar and attends a mad tea party. She meets the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, and participates in a ludicrous courtroom scene. Each character has its own charming voice, as B. J. Harrison delivers one of his most whimsical performances.

    Amazon Customer says: "Such a good narrator!!!"
    "Beautiful Nonsense"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Alice in Wonderland to be better than the print version?

    I am not certain this is the first time I read Alice In Wonderland.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable but it wrapped up nicely


    What does B. J. Harrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    All the accents and voices were great. The word Lory threw me though a Parrot? Harrison sounded more like a donkey.


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

    What Beautiful Nonsense! I kept changing so much did not know whether I was coming or going. But oh I laughed o I laughed.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned where so may English euphemisms come from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3023)
    Performance
    (2765)
    Story
    (2785)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Vanity of man's dreams"
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    What did you like best about The Great Gatsby? What did you like least?

    The writing style fit the absolute craziness of the time .


    Has The Great Gatsby turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes and no. What I wanted is the characters more flushed and exploration of lessons learned.


    What three words best describe Jake Gyllenhaal’s voice?

    midwestern.


    Was The Great Gatsby worth the listening time?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2971)
    Performance
    (2606)
    Story
    (2611)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "Wht living without a Moral Compass will do for u"
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    What disappointed you about Wild?

    Everything! She technically did not trek the PCT, the total lack of character on her part.


    What could Cheryl Strayed have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Just more insight into nature itself and descriptions of the beauty around her.


    What three words best describe Bernadette Dunne’s performance?

    Did not Stray.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Cheryl's account of upbringing and life summarize my generations chaos, due to throwing off all of societies restraints!


    Any additional comments?

    I love REI response to her need for boots, I will shop there more frequently!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1963)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1048)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Why is this considered a classic?"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Catch-22?

    Heller floats from one character and event to the next, without reason it seems. I would really like to why this book is on so many classic lists. Part of it is I do not like a farce especially when it involves heroes (soldiers) and my country. Did this book influence the author and tv show Mash seemed to be a lot of similarities?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph Heller again?

    No!


    What didn’t you like about Jay O. Sanders’s performance?

    Not enough distinction between the characters.


    What character would you cut from Catch-22?

    Major Danby


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3886)
    Performance
    (3280)
    Story
    (3263)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "The Payback!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was wonderfully entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Racketeer?

    The ending. You know it's a great book when it is not until some of the final pages you figure out everything!


    What about J.D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    How in the main characters he made subtle changes throughout the performance as the Character changed.


    Could you see The Racketeer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes, I could see it being made into a movie. I could not visualize any current characters doing justice to the Characters.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read by John Grisham! I like how he touches on darkness, without being dark. Only reason for not a four stars is toward the end it got confusing because it jumped so much! Love the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (1882)
    Performance
    (1256)
    Story
    (1264)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Great Read"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The read was well worth the time. I learned about French Canadian Culture, history and art.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, because that was not the type of mystery. The mystery was enjoyable because it was more methodical than most mysteries. More like real police work.


    What three words best describe Ralph Cosham’s voice?

    Rich, Canadian and interesting.


    Was Still Life worth the listening time?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Louise Penny transports you to Quebec and their culture. Makes you a part of three pines in short order. The format was so different from so many mysteries. The mysteries was solved more like I imagine real police work. A great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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