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Kenneth

Mantua, NJ, USA

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  • Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (248)

    After spending her time chasing a stray Minotaur into pulp Westerns, filling in for Joan of Arc, and raising her infant son, Friday, Thursday needs a break in the real world. But her return to Swindon is far from relaxing. Rogue fictioneer Yorrick Kaine and the evil multinational Goliath Corporation are trying to rule the world, and a deadly assassin called the Windowmaker is tracking Thursday's every move.

    Karen says: "Re: the different narrator"
    "Is That All There Will Be?"
    Overall

    Mr. Fforde has created another excellent entry in his Thursday Next series, answering questions that had been left dangling in previous books and pretty much tying up loose ends as if he'd decided to stop writing books for the series. The switch to Emily Gray as the reader is a bit unnerving to say the least, and I dearly miss the delightful talents of Elizabeth Sestre who brought the first three books to life. Although I got used to Ms. Gray about halfway through, her pronunciation of certain names drove me crazy right up to the very end because she didn't pronounce them like Ms. Sestre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (121)

    Thursday Next, the forthright and unstoppable detective of Jasper Fforde's first two novels, The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Book, rides again in The Well of Lost Plots. Get ready for time travel, adventure, mystery, romance, and crime in a literary caper that pokes fun at fiction itself.

    Anna says: "Best Yet!"
    "Not Quite a Novel"
    Overall

    While this is a stunningly creative and totally enjoyable book like every other book in the series, it's really more like a collection of short stories than a typical novel. Elizabeth Sastre, nevertheless, delivers a stunning rendition of the text, and I, for one, look forward to hearing more from her in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By John Franklyn-Robbins
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    War-weary Berlin has much to offer Leonard Markham, a young, naive postal engineer: first the arts of sophisticated intrigue, then the delights of sexual pleasure. But Leonard's new knowledge carries a heavy price, dragging him and the listener into a new type of story that is exhaustively suspenseful and utterly irresistible.

    Geoffrey says: "A little gem"
    "A Lifelike Knot of Possibilities"
    Overall

    At first I thought this was going to be "The Spy Who Fell Into the Cold War." The setting was right; the characters were available, but then, like life, it veered into an unexpected alley. So I thought it was going to be about romance and trust and danger. But the danger wasn't from the embattled governments or other outside influences in the divided city or the divided society; the danger was from inside the relationship, from inside the individuals. Then, like life, the story veered again, coping with danger, and danger was like a voracious beast intent on devouring the trust and the romance. Only the ending of the novel doesn't ring true for me, the looking back, the untying, the rekindling; these are the postscripts to a Hollywood movie, the way we'd like things to be, under control and logical, but not very lifelike.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (330)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "Literary Yoga"
    Overall

    In each section of Atonement, McEwan stretches the listener's nerves like rubber bands, farther and farther, thinner and thinner, until everything's about to snap. Then he stops, and he relaxes into the next section. only to begin the stretching all over again. The workout is mental of course. But it's also physical; the listener's muscles tighten and relax as the action ebbs and flows. The overall effect is stunning. This is the first great novel of the new millennium!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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