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Katherine

Marina Del Rey, CA, United States

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  • Elmer Gantry

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    A greedy, philandering Baptist minister, Elmer Gantry turns to evangelism and becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation. Often exposed as a fraud, he is never fully discredited. Elmer Gantry is considered a landmark American novel and one of the most penetrating studies of hypocrisy in modern literature. It portrays the evangelistic activity that was common in 1920s America as well as attitudes toward it.

    Erez says: "Halleluja, Brother Lewis!"
    "How a book SHOULD be written."
    Overall

    I wish all books could be written this well. The character development was absolutely amazing. Elmer Gantry was lovable and dreadful all at the same time. I want a sequel only to know him again. He was so well developed. So clear and real. The use of language was well thought out, intentional, meaningful, enticing and entertaining. Sinclair Lewis reminds me of John Steinbeck in his clarity. My only complaint -- and I fear this is because I am a child of TV/video games/movies, etc -- is the story was not captivating. Elmer WAS captivating and his character (and the voice of the reader) really carried me through the entire book. The story itself was plain. But it didn't seem to matter much as Elmer and the reader made up for that. I loved it. I would definitely recommend it. I wish all books were written with this much detail, clarity and care. This is a work of art. Not some silly "journal -entry-stream-of-consciousness" garbage that happened to sell a million copies because everyone reads while their on their treadmills and talking on their blackberry.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2308)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1030)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "Superb idea, poor follow-through"
    Overall

    This was a GREAT idea. I think the execution was poor. The character of Oscar Wao was so great. He was an amazing character. Pretty well-developed, but mostly funny, intriguing, unique. I wanted more of him. I think the choice of narrator as the old roommate was a terrible idea. It seemed like he was only added to the storyline in order to support the fact that he was the narrator. The only real link between all 3 generations seemed to be the circumstance of getting beat up. I didn't see how that was foucou. Was it about the curse? Or about Oscar? Or Oscar's Mom? I understand that it was about them all, but none of them took hold. It was 10% of 10 different things and not a 100% of anything. It was dissappointing. I finished it, however, but only because I had grown to care enough about Oscar to want to know what happened to him. Oscar's immediate family (mom and sister) were pretty well developed. I could have done without all the time travel though. Write a sequel and just make it about Oscar. He was one of the greatest characters I've ever met. Get rid of the foucou and all the old relatives and focus on Oscar. Give me more Oscar. Then we've got a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Teaglass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Emily Arsenault
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (210)

    The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher, a hidden cache of coded clues, a story written by a phantom author, an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park: all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault's magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

    Ed says: "Enjoyable Book with Great Characters"
    "Couldn't get through it"
    Overall

    I listened for a long time. Or what seemed like a long time. But after about an hour and a half or two hours, I just couldn't do it anymore. The characters were annoying, unrealistic and inconsistent. The attempt to build suspense already reeked of disappointment. I don't want or expect car chases and expolsions, but I do want and expect excellent literary development and strong character development. It didn't go anywhere. It did not ignite my love for words. There were no fascinating references or definitions or characters. I wouldn't waste your time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5232)
    Performance
    (1453)
    Story
    (1456)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    Wow. I loved this book. Loved it. Touching, real, honest, thorough, educational & interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2169)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1130)

    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
    "A life-changing read"
    Overall

    A life-changing read. I you can open up your mind enough, the book will make you think differently. It has helped me see life through very different eyes. It has helped me to truly count my blessings and feel entirely grateful for every aspect of my life; both good and bad.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Middle Way: The Story of Buddhism

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jinananda
    • Narrated By David Timson, Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (21)

    General interest in Buddhism has never been higher. The story and teachings of a man who lived 2,500 years ago have a special resonance for us today, perhaps because he taught a way of life that was not based on belief in a creator god but rather on personal experience. "Test my words for yourself," he said. But what lies behind those distinctive images of the Buddha, seated with unshakeable poise, with eyes half-closed and a slight smile? Jinananda, a Western-born Buddhist, divides the subject into the Three Jewels....

    Brandon says: "Rocking..."
    "Not the best"
    Overall

    I listened the the entire book. But I was not impressed from the very beginning. I found that it did not flow easily. It was almost rough to listen to. It was short though, so I didn't feel that I wasted too much time. I could have done without having purchased it though.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful

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