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Honey Badger

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  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (612)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    Darwin8u says: "A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From."
    "Even Narrator's Need an Editor"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay the most enjoyable?

    This is a fantastic story, with amazing characters about whom you really care.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters.


    What three words best describe David Colacci’s performance?

    Can't do accents.


    If you could take any character from The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Joe Kavalier.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been listening to audiobooks for a few months now and truly love them. They make my commute more than bearable and my "reading" has increased enormously. THAT SAID... do the people who make these books just put the narrators in front of a microphone and leave the room? Does nobody check how the "hard words" or foreign expressions are actually pronounced? Could audible not find a narrator who knew maybe even, would it be so hard to find, a little bit of Yiddish? And could this narrator fellow, this David Colacci, not have done maybe a little bit of research to distinguish the differences among German, Czech and Russian accents? Would that have killed somebody? Would that be so terrible?

    Bubbe, when referring to a Jewish grandmother is pronounced Buh-bee. "My [buh-bee] makes great brisket." Bubbie -- sometimes also spelled bubbe -- is a shortened form of bubeleh. It is what your Jewish grandmother might call you when she pinches your cheek. It is hard to parse out phonetically in English, but the "u" is pronounced like the sound following the "c" in the word, could. So, using "oul" to represent that sound, that word is pronounced boul-bee. Funny one word means grandmother, and the other is usually used in reference to a child.

    The mixing up of these two terms by the narrator drove me nuts. That nobody in the chain of listeners before this audiobook went public didn't know or didn't care makes me meshuge. The grandmother should have been buh-bee, not boul-bee. If it happened once, ok. But multiple times? Oye! Not good. In short he was referring to the grandmother using a term meant for a child.

    The Czech accent is a beautiful one... think of the Hungarian accent of the Gabor sisters; it sounds like that. The narrator of this book decided that all Czechs sound like Russians, something akin to having someone with a French accent sound like they're from the United States.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (881)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Tedious."
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    Would you try another book from Janet Reitman and/or Stephen Hoye?

    Yes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    1. So what?2. People are dumb.3. I wouldn't insult sheep by saying, people are sheep.4. At least it's over.5. I already knew they were nuts, now I know just HOW nuts.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I love Hoye's voice, but he, and certainly the producers of this audiobook, should check the pronunciations of expressions of foreign origins. The BEST part of this otherwise pretty boring book is Hoye's pronunciation of "ne plus ultra." Knee plus ultra = a good laugh.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is interesting but the subject matter is not worthy of the detail it is given and, consequently, it's kinda' boring. The book also repeats the same facts or ideas frequently. It needs editing. Hoye has got a great voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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