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Minford, OH, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 63 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Infinite Jest

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt

    A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

    Tim says: "Thought Bubbles"
    "I wanted to love it."
    Would you try another book from David Foster Wallace and/or Sean Pratt?

    Absolutely. The story was engaging and Sean Pratt does a fine job of narrating.

    What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

    His word flow is nice and easy to listen to and his character voices were just different enough to give them personality without being distracting.

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

    No. I'm not sure that this book would translate into a movie well at all.

    Any additional comments?

    This format did not work well with an audio book. The end notes are so important, but I'm sure most listeners are like me and listen while busy doing other things (like driving) so having to read them separately in PDF wasn't ideal, to say the least.

    I ended up returning it instead of listening to the whole thing because it was becoming too much work to try and keep up. This is definitely a book that is designed to be read instead of listened to. There are too many things added to the story in the end notes, so skipping them, or saving them for later, takes too much away from the experience.

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  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    What did you love best about It?

    I've been a big fan since I was young. I've read the book and watched the movie several times and decided that I wanted to listen to it as I was doing my commute. King has a way in this story of integrating past and present seamlessly. It never feels forced or contrived.

    The characters in It are among some of my favorites in any of his books. They're all so perfectly flawed in ways that are very easy to relate to.

    The storyline, itself, is creative and draws you in. While it's a little predictable at times, it's not in a way that you mind.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I just love Ben Hanscom. He was what made the story real for me. A quiet, unsung, hero.

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

    I absolutely loved listening to Weber read this story. I wish he could read all of the books that I listen to. His pace was perfect and he really seemed to enjoy telling the story, instead of just going through the motions. He brought these characters to life for me, even more so than the movie did.

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

    While I wouldn't say that I had any extreme reactions, I did catch myself listening really hard. I would get totally caught up in what was happening to these characters.

    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story. Weber did such a great job in narrating and King isn't one of the most recognized writers of our time by happenstance.

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