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Jeff

Deer Park, WI, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Enchantress of Florence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    In the imperial capital of the Mughal Empire, a traveler arrives at the court of Emperor Akbar. The traveler, Mogor dell'Amore, has a tale to tell, and as the words flow out of him, the tale's rich tapestry of power and desire begins to take on a life of its own.

    jimr says: "An absolute delight"
    "The Enchantress of Florence ... Why?!"
    Overall

    So much writing talent devoted to such highly embellished and extremely well written meaninglessness. Way too much pointless detail, unending sentences (phrased to death), and mountains of fully spelled out Florentine and Hindustani names. With full respect for Rushdie's phenomenal abilities, I nevertheless suggest that there is too much talent thrown at too little substance. A real disappointment, and unending!

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1875)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1654)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Better narration please!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Hosseini has an amazingly intimate understanding of human relationships and invests it in his novel. However, the narration is one of the most difficult I have ever heard. Rather than relaxing and submerging myself in the literary art of the author, I am constantly struggling to understand what is narrated, frequently replaying sections. While meaning absolutely no disrespect for the individual narrators or for any ethnic accent, I can come up with no reason whatsoever why a book narrated in any given language shouldn't indeed be narrated in that natural language rather than heavily accented from another language. If I write a book in English but wish it to be narrated in Afghanistan, I would make a point of finding a narrator who spoke natural Pashto and/or Dari, not in a heavily accented foreign-language translation. Just writing this note leaves me frustrated since I doubt it will reach any ear that will have any constructive effect. I must assume that the author himself is involved in the choice of the narrators and I do wish he were able to see this comment in the respectful manner in which it is intended.

    16 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • It's Fine By Me

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Per Petterson
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Fans of Per Petterson will be delighted by this opportunity to observe Arvid Jansen in his youth from a fresh perspective. In It's Fine By Me, Arvid befriends a boy named Audun. On Audun's first day of school, he refuses to talk or take off his sunglasses; there are stories he would prefer to keep to himself. Audun lives with his mother in a working-class district of Oslo. He delivers newspapers and talks for hours about Jack London and Ernest Hemingway with Arvid.

    Jeff says: "A Bit Much Adolescent"
    "A Bit Much Adolescent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although I do not know the author's age, it seems that the author of "Out Stealing Horses" must surely have been an adolescent when he wrote this book. Given the fact that I was hoping for more of the high quality writing of "Out Stealing Horses", I must admit I was a little disappointed to spend the entire book seeing the world through the eyes of an adolescent with all of the attendant undeveloped adolescent personality characteristics and disorders. But perhaps that's the goal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out Stealing Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Per Petterson
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Multiple award-winning author Per Petterson delivers an eloquent, meditative novel. 67-year-old Trond Sander lives secluded in a far corner of Norway. Casting his mind back to 1948, he recalls a horse-stealing prank with his best friend that turned tragic and changed his life forever.

    KP says: "Quiet and powerful"
    "The Pleasure of Being Stolen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Extraordinarily well-written narrative that allowed me inside the protagonist's mind and fully stole my attention for it's duration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3694)
    Performance
    (3216)
    Story
    (3188)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Amanda says: "WOW, WOW, WOW."
    "Excellent But!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is spectacular and completely engrossing. One difficulty, however, is the fact that the female reader provides an overly enunciated reading that has an almost saccharine affect to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5771)
    Performance
    (5123)
    Story
    (5115)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Extraordinary Fantastical Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I fell in love with the characters and was sad to see the book end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (241)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "Disappointing."
    Overall

    Wow, very disappointing. The writing seems simplistic and the reading by the author, with all due respect, is horrible. I lasted half way and had to finally give up hope. Just very disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5379)
    Performance
    (2211)
    Story
    (2229)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Phenomenal !!!"
    Overall

    The author has the most fantastical imagination I have ever encountered, rich in detail beyond real life and always suffused with gentle humanistic humor. He uses fiction to mirror back at us our reality. Fantastic!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4947)
    Performance
    (1846)
    Story
    (1857)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Extraordinary fiction!"
    Overall

    Stunningly imaginative fantastical fiction! Completely consuming. The author's writing and imagination make for a full-spectrum painting of here/there, then/now, seen/unseen. I am disappointed that I am finished listening. It feels like I luxuriated in full color and now have to return to black and white. I guess the author suggests that I just need to look a little more closely. Wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wish Maker

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Ali Sethi
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The unforgettable story of a fatherless boy growing up in a household of outspoken women, The Wish Maker is also a tale of sacrifice, betrayal, and indestructible friendship. Zaki Shirazi and his female cousin Samar Api were raised to consider themselves "part of the same litter". Together they watched American television and memorized dialogue from Bollywood movies, attended dangerous protests, and formed secret friendships.

    Donna says: "Hard to follow"
    "Failed Wishes!"
    Overall

    This interminable hyper-descriptive book, while demonstrating the author's keen insight into human behavior (albeit "hyper-descriptive") is completely and totally lacking in plot. The author forgot to have a reason to write it. No more meaningful story line than the passage of time. Too bad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2788)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (707)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Extraordinary"
    Overall

    Edgar and dogs became my life while reading. Profoundly moving and beautifully written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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