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Matthew

SAUSALITO, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Plague

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    In the small coastal city of Oran, Algeria, rats begin rising up from the filth, only to die as bloody heaps in the streets. Shortly after, an outbreak of the bubonic plague erupts and envelops the human population. Albert Camus' The Plague is a brilliant and haunting rendering of human perseverance and futility in the face of a relentless terror born of nature.

    Plain English says: "Translator Please!"
    "Like Saramago's Blindness, but with less action"
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    Where does The Plague rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top third.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The man who is constantly rewriting his masterpiece.


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

    There's a lot of compassion for the characters in his voice.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    There's plenty of depth to this book, but you can enjoy it on many levels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dolores Claiborne

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frances Sternahagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (272)

    Dolores Claiborne's elderly employer dies suddenly, apparently from falling down a flight of stairs. This tragedy sparks memories of the day Dolores' husband died...the day of the total eclipse. Suspected by police and townspeople alike, she delivers a story of a disintegrating marriage, and the breaking point reached by a docile woman.

    Sandra M Irwin says: "A Great Listen!"
    "A fun listen"
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    What did you love best about Dolores Claiborne?

    The story and the reader. I grew up in Maine, and this was vintage authentic Maine. Stephen King and Frances Sternhagen both get it right.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humanness of the narrator--and the fact that the whole story is told as one first person confession.


    Which character – as performed by Frances Sternahagen – was your favorite?

    Dolores.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "There are three ways of being a bitch..."


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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