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Victoria

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Dublin, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 92 titles in library
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  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3098)
    Performance
    (2835)
    Story
    (2856)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "I can't believe I hadn't read this sooner"
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    This is a classic American novel that I can't believe I hadn't read earlier. Having just finished it, I can see why it is a classic. Great story that made me feel like I was living the lifestyle of the 1920s that the author described so vividly. Jake Gyllenhall did a fabulous job narrating and the tone and cadence of his voice made me want more and more. My only regreat was that I finished it too quickly.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4736)
    Performance
    (3987)
    Story
    (3997)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "I just can't get enough"
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    I cannot get enough of this story and of this narrator, John Lee.

    First, the story is so captivating, Picking up a few years after where War of the Worlds(Book1) left off, Winter of the world continues to follow the families you already know so well. Happy, sad, funny and miserable, this book carried me through the range of emotions. Even after hours and hours and hours of listening, when it ended, I was so disappointed and just dying for more. Maybe I will just have to listen to it again.

    The narrator, John Lee, is MASTERFUL!!! He gives a unique voice to each character in a way that is so impressive and really drew me into the story even more. I have LOVED everything he has done. Love him!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8777)
    Performance
    (3219)
    Story
    (3253)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "A much desired sequel to feed my addiction"
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    Pillars of the Earth was a magnificent listen that I could hardly put down. Sadly, as all good things do, it came to an end. Fortunately, Ken Follett wrote a sequel, World Without End, which gave me another 45+ hours of listening pleasure.

    I usually believe that the print version is always the best version as it lets me use my imagination. However, with John Lee reading, I'm not so sure I can say that here. I loved listening to this story. It is so rich with detail and John Lee's voice is so perfect with this book from accent to rhythem to giving different voices to different characters which help with recognition. The way he does it is so interesting and not in the least bit annoying.

    These are fantastic stories with a tremendously talented reader. You too will enjoy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12677)
    Performance
    (5051)
    Story
    (5090)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "You won't want to stop listening"
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    Where does The Pillars of the Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I had been wanting to read this book for years now but the size of it intimidated me (1000 pages is a big commitment and hard to carry around). Within minutes of listening to John Lee's voice reading this book I was sucked in and never wanted it to end. Fortunately, with roughly 40 hours of reading time, it didn't end . . . well, for awhile. When it did, I just wanted more. Fotunately there is a sequel!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alaina - She is a stong resourceful woman who faces adversity at every turn.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I will be listening to anything and everything John Lee reads. He has a great way of giving different voices, masculine and feminine, to the different characters in a way that is distinguishable but not annoying.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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