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  • An American Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    With only a handful of “tourists” - CIA-trained assassins - left, Weaver would like to move on and use this as an opportunity to regain a normal life, a life focused on his family. His former boss in the CIA, Alan Drummond, can’t let it go. When Alan uses one of Milo’s compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can’t help but go in search of him. Worse still, it's beginning to look as if Tourism's enemies are gearing up for a final, fatal blow.

    Joanne says: "Very complicated"
    "Could Anything Be More Boring Than This?"
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    What would have made An American Spy better?

    Better narration, plot, believable characters. Interesting characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Olen Steinhauer again?

    Never. Ever.


    What didn’t you like about David Pittu’s performance?

    It was grating, his voice is very nasal and the accents seemed affected. The voice bordered on monotone, the worst possible trait for reading aloud.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An American Spy?

    I don't have that much time, even in my imagination. Besides, what happens when you cut off a person's arms, legs, and head? The same would happen to this story--- get rid of the slow bits and there's nothing left.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the perfect marriage of a book that should not be read aloud and a voice that should not be reading aloud. I gave up after part 1.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10781)
    Performance
    (9836)
    Story
    (9858)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Too Self Important, And The End is Tedious"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is too long. There must be ten million metaphors that don't really add to the setting, characters or plot. At some point they constitute authorial self indulgence. The story itself is good, and I wish it had been told by someone other than one seemingly determined to prove that she stayed awake during every English lesson in her life. Every tedious description is employed---no, deployed ---to bombard the reader. At one point I felt like laying down and crying uncle, as in okay, okay, I GET the soulless post housing boom desperation of Las Vegas, won't you please move along!
    The ending homily was a dreary exposition of "life according to Theo," clumsy and repetitive. It nearly spoiled the book for me. I cannot understand the fascination with Donna Tartt's writing or her mediocre "insights" which seem to boil down to the vulgar bromide that things happen the way they're supposed to. Ugh.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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