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  • The Sign of Four

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (237)

    Greed, betrayal, and vengeance set the stage for this Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Sherlock Holmes is rescued from boredom by the strange case of Jonathan Small and the tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge. The mystery leads Holmes and Dr. Watson into an intricate plot regarding a lost treasure belonging to four convicts on the Andaman Islands.

    Brooke says: "Sherlock is always a winner"
    "My First Audiobook"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sign of Four the most enjoyable?

    This is my first audiobook and I loved it. The narrator used different regional accents and stylings for many of the characters. He also was a great actor with his voice, pausing when necessary, raising his voice, lowering his voice, increasing his speed during action.

    In addition, the ease of coming back to the book days later and getting right back where I left off. I changed the setting to have the book repeat the last minute which was great because I could remember better where I left off that way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is my first Sherlock Holmes book and I had no idea if I would like it because it was written over 100 yrs ago and it had British lingo. It was a very good story and I could follow along easily. It wasn't like Shakespeare or Chaucer.

    Sherlock was a bit surprising. I guess in the movies and TV they make him more likable. Of course he was a good detective and I enjoyed his detection work.


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

    The narrator used different regional accents and stylings for many of the characters. He also was a great actor with his voice, pausing when necessary, raising his voice, lowering his voice, increasing his speed during action.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe it was the last 3 chapters seemed sort of out of place for the novel. Since this is my first Sherlock Holmes I am not sure if this is a literary device used in all his novels but I didn't like it. Sherlock had already solved the case, the criminal had been arrested, the victims updated, then they have the criminal talk about his crime for it seemed like 3 chapters. It added very little to the story except it gave a prolonged backstory. It just seemed like it was stuck on the back. I think if the backstory had been woven throughout the story it would have flowed better.

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8248)
    Performance
    (7559)
    Story
    (7566)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Excellent beginning but it never ends."
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    What did you like best about The Goldfinch? What did you like least?

    I loved the story about a boy who loses his mother and then no one seems to want him. And the painting "The Goldfinch" that haunts him his whole life. He moves in and out of several families lives loving and scamming them.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Donna Tartt? Why or why not?

    Yes I would read another book by the author because the story was very compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    However, the story never ends. It goes on for another 200 pages when it should have concluded.

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  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2520)
    Performance
    (2317)
    Story
    (2307)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Ghastly story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think anyone who doesn’t get the point of the novel after it has been repeated over and over and over again. The theme is repeated at nauseum.
    If you had doubts about God the discussion might interest you but you will have to wait 6 hrs for these intellectual gems to first appear.


    What was most disappointing about Graham Greene’s story?

    "This is a story about hate" and love and envy and jealousy. It is told in a very dreary, very repetitive manner. I hated the main character for he none. It was dreary. The characters very unattractive.


    Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favorite?

    Colin Firth was the only thing good about the book. I picked it because it had won some award for narration. I kept thinking it will get better it won some award. Half way through I wanted to quit but I had invested too much time not to find out about the characters future. Bleak is all I will share.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The End of the Affair?

    Half of book I. Half of book 2, and 1 chapter of book 3.


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