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Mynna

Huntington Beach | Member Since 2012

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  • 4 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 140 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kate Chopin
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening, published 1899, drew a storm of criticism for its "shocking, morbid, and vulgar" story and quickly went out of print. The novel was not resurrected until the 1950s, when participants in the growing women's movement recognized its importance. Today, The Awakening is among the most-read American novels in colleges and universities and is considered an early example of American realism.

    Darwin8u says: "A Trembling. Bridge Between Tolstoy and Woolf"
    "Poignantly narrated, attentive and captivative"
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    What did you love best about The Awakening?

    Walter Zimmerman narrates vibrantly than Grace Conlin any day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Listening to a male's voice was more appealing. Grace Conlin sounded like she was reading a college textbbook and sounded like a bore.


    What three words best describe Walter Zimmerman’s performance?

    He spoke with depth of an novel that has ranked as one in my top ten


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes...thrice.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful. I have many copies of this title and will treasure this story always.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (329)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Steve Martin is funny yet a master in storywriting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does An Object of Beauty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It seems so personally written as if it really happened to him. I was impressed because it sounded like he did his research in the Art World.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Campbell Scott!!! He can hypnotize me with his voice.


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    This was written in
    The third person so in essense, he seemed removed yet poignantly told .


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to the whole book in one sitting but I listened to certain excerpts I wanted repeating.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Campbell Scott! I
    Must have 4-7 narrated by him. I actually sought his
    Narratives for that very reason. I'm a big fan of his beautiful rhetoric and diction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2435)
    Performance
    (2237)
    Story
    (2228)

    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"
    "Colin Firth has one of the most captivating voices"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    I was mesmerized while I listened to a story I have been meaning to read this book but audio was so much more rewarding


    What other book might you compare The End of the Affair to and why?

    The Awakening. It took me back in time yet Anais Nin and Henry Miller can to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was sad but then I was puzzled with the turn of events. There was one scene that did make cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to hear more of Colin. I love him. He sounds so sexy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Edited by Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    When Paul Auster was asked to join NPR's Weekend All Things Considered program to tell stories, he turned the proposition on its head: he would let the stories come to him. He invited listeners to submit brief, true-life anecdotes about events that touched their lives.

    Alejandro Flores says: "Not as expected"
    "One of the most brilliant authors of our time"
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    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Thought My Father Was God to be better than the print version?

    I have always admired Paul Auster and his literary projects.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Paul Auster's compassion of simple slices of other's life stories


    What about Paul Auster’s performance did you like?

    He speaks poignantly throughout all of the stories capturing the minds and hearts of humankind. I love him!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes...numerous times.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been following Paul Auster's career and my two children have been readng his books for nearly two decades now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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