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Norfolk, VA | Member Since 2009

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  • Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

    Madeleine says: "Incredible!"
    "A Must Hear!"
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    I am just one third of the way through this novel and I am already going to pieces, as it is making me very giddy.. Paver is skillfully weaving a most suspense ridden story while Northam's realistic reading, makes me not want to listen to it after night falls. That is quite significant to me, as I live on sunny St. Thomas, the complete opposite of Spitsbergen. Will update later.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • V Is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1376)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1127)

    A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss.

    Gayle says: "Worth The Wait!"
    "Love this series of books!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the innovative plot lines and Kinsey Milhone's no non sense ways. It is refreshing and makes for a quickly paced and interesting read.


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

    About mid way through I had to keep on listening, marathon style.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is great! Judy Kaye is very versatile in her range of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1663)
    Performance
    (1449)
    Story
    (1458)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "It lives up to it's epic reputation"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grapes of Wrath to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, somehow I made it through high school with out reading it. The audio recoding and narration are really good. I was really put off at first by the harmonica at the end of every chapter, but I got used to it and it actually enjoyed it. It was jarring at first and a LOT louder than the audio. Watch out if you are going to use ear buds! But somewhere during the production it blended in nicely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really like Steinbeck's denunciation of banks and The Man, as it were. It is like listening to an epitaph to the Age of Agriculture due to the advent of Technology. It is the original 'outsourcing of jobs' saga.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but will definitely try out another. He has a great range of voices and characters.


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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