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I J Young

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  • Wedding Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (585)

    Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago. Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet.

    Rebecca says: "Um... well... that was... hmmm..."
    "Horrible!! Would given minus stars if I could!!"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot finish this book. I kept think it would get better. IT DIDN'T. It was brutal trying to get through.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (482)

    Eliot Rosewater, a drunk volunteer fireman and president of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation, is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature, with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. The result is Kurt Vonnegut's funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to.

    Darwin8u says: "Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth."
    "Hate when I believe other reviews"
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    Would you try another book from Kurt Vonnegut and/or Eric Michael Summerer?

    Don't think so. I read the reviews and I tried to get into it, but after a couple of chapters I couldn't listen to anymore.


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to a couple of chapters. Not my taste.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2580)
    Performance
    (2372)
    Story
    (2361)

    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"
    "Would not have liked it even if it was free!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The End of the Affair better?

    A better story.


    What was most disappointing about Graham Greene’s story?

    Boring!!


    What didn’t you like about Colin Firth’s performance?

    Performance ok, but why would he do this story?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I do not understand what is so great about this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3190)
    Performance
    (2919)
    Story
    (2943)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Don't know what all the hype is about!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. Being made into a movie, again, so I thought I should give it a listen. I really don't understand what makes it so great.


    Has The Great Gatsby turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1458)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (869)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Can't get through the first part"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Skippy Dies?

    The narrator does not hold my attention, very dry. I story is hard to follow. Since I used a credit to download it, I'm going to try to get through, but it's going to take FOREVER!!! DO NO WASTE YOU CREDIT!!! The reason it got so many stars by others is lost to me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paul Murray again?

    NO!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment & boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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