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Mary

Scotia, NY, USA

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  • The Fortress of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

    Jonathan says: "A smorgasbord of language"
    "Pointless"
    Overall

    I stuck with this book til the bitter end because I kept thinking there must be a satisfying tying-up of myriad loose ends. But no. The book just didn't seem to have a point. If the writing and narration hadn't been as good as they were, I wouldn't have been able to stick it out. There were some interesting characters, too. But in the end, I felt there needed to be a stronger story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Client

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    This is the story of 11-year-old Mark Sway, who witnessed the bizarre suicide of a New Orleans attorney. Just before he dies, the lawyer tells Mark a deadly secret. The police, the federal prosecutor, and the FBI pressure Mark to tell them the attorney's last words, but Mark knows that with the mob watching his every move, revealing his secret will almost surely get him killed.

    miyaker says: "Decently abridged, but not Grisham's most exciting"
    "Thin storyline, jarring music"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of the worst Grisham books I've listened to. Very thin storyline, little action, no suspense. Maybe it's because I listened to the abridged version, which is something I never do. Still, I was grateful when it was over. I don't know if I could have listened to the entirety of the unabridged version.

    The characters were tired caricatures, especially the cranky judge. No substance to any of them.

    This reading also had some loud, obnoxious musical interludes sprinkled in. The music didn't fit the story and was quite annoying.

    I'm not a big fan of Blair Brown but she was okay in this instance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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