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Stephen

Calgary AB Canada

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Listener Since 2005

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  • Reading My Father: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alexandra Styron
    • Narrated By Alexandra Styron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    Alexandra Styron's parents—the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sophie’s Choice and his political activist wife, Rose—were, for half a century, leading players on the world’s cultural stage. Alexandra was raised under both the halo of her father’s brilliance and the long shadow of his troubled mind. Reading My Father portrays the epic sweep of an American artist’s life. It is also a tale of filial love, beautifully written with humor, compassion, and grace.

    Douglas says: "William Styron Ranks..."
    "Engaging and honest. An intimate portrait!"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is immediately engaging and gives an intimate view of a troubled and brilliant outspoken man. Real name dropping abounds, but not in a "I knew this person, you didn't" kind of way. The people who visited their house were the who's who of this generation of writers. Tom Stoppard, Norman Mailer, Peter Mathieson, among others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a story told from the point of view of a young girl and daughter, who was at times terrified, and enthralled with her father. It was an intimate portrait of a family dealing with mental illness, but also, one of a family struggling to hold together, to understand a man who was hard to live with.


    What about Alexandra Styron???s performance did you like?

    Her terms of endearment, only a daughter could write like this. I could feel her fear, pride, horror and amazement with her Dad, the man, the writer, father and husband to her mother. She had good pace, and was able to use voices to make the telling more interesting. I really enjoyed her voice and the openness of the writing, it felt as though you were going through it with her, walking along beside.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6861)
    Performance
    (3229)
    Story
    (3234)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "What a treat!"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Passage in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely mind blowing


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This is a long book! It was an awesome story, that took me places I didn't think it would go. The narration was incredible. I think Scott Brick is now one of my favourite narrators. This is more than an apocalyptic, horror novel. It is very well narrated and written. The subtleties of narration and character were great. I don't think I could ever read this book, as I constantly hear the characters through the narrators voice.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Wallgast is by far my favourite character in this book, of many characters. His sense of duty and love shine through in this novel. All the characters came alive for me, but he was there even she he wasn't actually in the story, for me. Threading his way through the narrative, and shaping the story in general and Amy in particular. He is wonderfully wrought by both Cronin and Brick.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment that most affected me was the moment when Wallgast takes Amy to the fair, buys her cotton candy and they ride on the ferris wheel. To understand the tenderness of this moment is to know the history of these two characters in this book so far.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't recommend this book highly enough. It has to be one of the absolute best I have gotten off of Audible since I have been a member. Buy it! I'm now in the midst of the sequel - The Twelve. Thanks Audible, Mr. Cronin and Mr. Brick, for a truly amazing listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Fairy Godmother

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Esme Raji Codell
    • Narrated By Rachael Lillis
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Hunky Dory's mother always told her, "You'll be the wickedest witch wherever the four winds blow." And why not? She's at the top of her class in charm school. She can make flowers wilt like wet spaghetti. And she can turn any prince into a frog...but she always changes him back. That's when she knows she has a problem.

    Stephen says: "Good fun"
    "Good fun"
    Overall

    I bought this for my 11 year old daughter, and she loved it. It was good fun for her, she laughed at it as well. She would recommend this book to other 9 - 11 year old girls .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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