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Valarie

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BOSTON, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (411)

    On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

    A User says: "This is the definitive reading!"
    "Outstanding! A must read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Count of Monte Cristo to be better than the print version?

    I have just finished reading (on Kindle)and listening to this story. I had seen the Jim Caviezel movie, which was good, but has changed much of the original story. The drama ,, humor and and fascinating commentary on human nature was extraordinary. This performance was more than a narrative. He changes voices for certain characters and the most dramatic scenes are transfixing. This is truly a timeless classic that is under-appreciated. I had actually read the first half of the book on my new Kindle Fire, but mostly listened to the rest while reading along at some juncture. Due to the length of this novel- over 100 chapters, it is better listened to vs reading it. While I read it, I started to get confused because of all the characters and I was unclear if I was fully understanding the plot because I had to stop and start so often while reading. But I could not stop listening to the audible performance, which held my attention.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Count of Monte Cristo?

    The drama of the poisoner and the reading of the letter by Franz of his father's death were the most memorable. However, I did not listen to the beginning of the story, so I may actually go back and listen to the whole thing again. This is my new favorite.


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

    The emotion and drama between characters was clearer in his performance. All the complicated interactions and intention so the characters came to life.


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

    I was stunned, amazed, and laughed at and cry with the characters. The spiritual insights were powerful and worthy of reflection. This is more than a revenge story, that is a very superficial reading of this story, but the prevailing view. This view of human nature is very insightful. Recently, I was made aware of


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Johnston
    • Narrated By Kristen Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (441)

    The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

    John Campbell says: "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
    "Gutsy Performance in more ways than one!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Guts the most enjoyable?

    Kristen Johnston's candid humor confronts her addiction head, heart and stomach first. If you or a loved one struggling with addiction, this is an important work to experience. Just hearing how she moves through life and then is forced to face the ramifications of drug and alcohol abuse is worthwhile; but Kristen makes it so enlightening, entertaining and hilarious that you feel you are there witnessing every gut-retching pain and triumph she faces, and even if this is not your addiction, you gain a great respect for her desire to lay it all to there in a way that only she can!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kristen and her sidekick, Mr. M (Morphine). Kristen's story of facing her addiction after a devastating gut explosion due to drug & Etoh addiction is a wild ride. She goes back to her childhood self esteem problems, but does not blame anyone else for her addiction. She owes it, or acknowledges how it owed her without her knowing it.


    Which character – as performed by Kristen Johnston – was your favorite?

    See above


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, her humor even in the most painful moments is captivating, you can't stop listening or laughing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By Robert Montgomery
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie originally aired on February 6, 1939.

    Valarie says: "More commercial and fluff than play/story"
    "More commercial and fluff than play/story"
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    Would you try another book from Lux Radio Theatre and/or Robert Montgomery?

    No way! Now that I have seen how much of this is not the actual story, but only commercials.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will go back and listen to the unabridged version of Count of Monte Christo with an even greater appreciation. There must be a happy medium- a better and more faithful abridged version.


    What didn’t you like about Robert Montgomery’s performance?

    The actor's performance was fine. There was just not much of the story to work with, and the change of him being arrested was not a good one.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Count of Monte Cristo?

    All the beginning conversation with between Danglars and Morel was not needed in conparison to showing hos relationship with his father, which was ignored. So there was parallel fo the fatherly figured needed in his life and development for Abbe Faria and his father.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was too abreviated- to the point of embarassment. This is not enough of the original to even warrant comment. The radio nostalgia is interesting, but not at the expense of the story. The actors interview at the end is insipid and annoying. Not enough of the drama an passion of the story is allowed to shine in this version, which is half commercials for Lux and other unnecessary fluff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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