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Jeffrey

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  • Skeleton Crew: Selections

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Matthew Broderick, Dana Ivey, Frances Sternhagen
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Four complete and unabridged selections from the electrifying bestseller read by a stellar group of narrators.

    Jeffrey says: "Excellent Narration to Four Brilliant Stories"
    "Excellent Narration to Four Brilliant Stories"
    Overall

    This selection by Stephen King includes four short stories, each with a different narrator.

    "The Raft" is narrated by King himself, which is interesting. He does a good job, especially with the colloquialisms peppered throughout it. The story is pretty straightforward, but manages to also explore the characters' interactions while building up to the horror you're expecting from King.

    In my opinion, "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" is the crown jewel of this collection. I won't risk spoiling any aspect of it, and it will have to suffice to say that Stephen King's genius, Dana Levy's excellent narration, and the audiobook's subtle and (surprisingly) effective use of background music combine to form a real treat.

    Matthew Broderick's narration of "The Monkey" is skillful, making for a fluid and enjoyable listen. This one also forms an interesting combination of horror and an exploration of human relationships that engages a reader quite fully.

    Finally, in "Gramma", the voice of a young boy is narrated by an elderly woman. I was skeptical of this choice at first. However, given time and an adequate chance, the narration actually grew on me and I realize now that Frances Sternhagen actually did an amazing job with it.

    All in all, this is a great collection. I wish it were longer, but given the quality of the narrations, I can't really complain. I have since listened to "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" many times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2013)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1156)

    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"
    "Perfect - A must-read (or listen?)"
    Overall

    The perfect narration for such a hauntingly beautiful book. With such rich description and so sensitive and intimate a psychology - reading Lolita is a must. My only regret was my inability to understand (or look up at the time, as I was on an airplane) the french phrases scattered throughout.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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