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dennis

St Simons Island, Georgia, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9420)
    Performance
    (8550)
    Story
    (8615)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Novelist or tour guide?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The action was constantly being broken up by the author's desire to impress upon his readers his intimate knowledge of every historical building and every back street of Florence and Venice.
    While running for his life, Brown's hero frequently pauses to reminisce and share historical anecdotes with the heroine.


    Has Inferno turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The Da Vinci Code had it's share of interesting historical and geographical background but Inferno loses all sense of proportion in this aspect of the book. Brown needs to get back to using the guide book stuff to give extra flair to the story not the other way round.


    Could you see Inferno being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Inferno could be made into a James Bond type movie for an undemanding public.


    Any additional comments?

    The diversions were so prevalent, so destructive and so sleep-inducing that when I finished the book I felt that there were still many loose ends that needed to be resolved - presumably because I had missed key action among Brown's tedious recital of street names, buildings and historical references.

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  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7745)
    Performance
    (6990)
    Story
    (6991)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Was Grisham paid accordingto the length of the boo"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would cut out everything repetitive and everything that was irrelevant.


    Would you recommend Sycamore Row to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, this book lacked excitement and dragged on.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Jake came across as being realistic.


    Did Sycamore Row inspire you to do anything?

    It proviided a possible insight into race re;ations in Mississippi in the 80's that might be worth exploring further


    Any additional comments?

    Grisham took a plausible story and ran it out with superfluous detail and repetition so thta the reader begins to liose interest.
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