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Mark

Naugatuck, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (655)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    Leslie says: "Great Story! Great Narrator!"
    "Engrossing coming-of-age story"
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    If you could sum up Looking for Alaska in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, wry, succinct


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is like Catcher in the Rye. It has a profound undercurrent that builds subtly until its final pages. I think most adults will find it funny and moving. Any teenager would be engrossed by it; however, I think most teenagers' parents would not want them reading it due to its brief sexual portions and its prevalent drinking. There are consequences of these however, one of them leading to asking for forgiveness, and another contributing to a death and asking for forgiveness on a more profound level.


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

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2873)
    Performance
    (2103)
    Story
    (2107)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "Loved it. A very enjoyable read."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cloud Atlas to be better than the print version?

    Better in many ways. I have both the print and listened. Having the different stories read by different performers really helped. And the language flows well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sonmi-451. It was the most gripping story, and I sympathized with her the most.

    Timothy Cavendish was another great character. His story was well done and very funny, though completely different.

    They all are very good stories on their own and different.


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Sonmi and the statue of Siddharta


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful puzzle of a book, interweaving the six very good stories in simple and complex ways.

    It took me a while before I realized that the 451 in Sonmi-451 was a harkening to Fahrenheit 451 classic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

    A User says: "This is the definitive reading!"
    "Great story, wonderful reader"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    The reader did an excellent job with the characters, each having their own voice. The story is very good although it is a little slow after the hero has escaped from prison.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edmond Dantes, pre-escape.

    Post escape, the Count himself is not sympathetic - he is a demonic character through much of the book, having a vampire-like visage, knowledge of chemistry, poison, hashish, many languages including Arabic, legal knowledge, and incredibly sophisticated. Once he finally realizes that maybe his vengeance has gone too far, he once again becomes more believable as a human being and more sympathetic.

    One of the things that is upsetting is that even when the Count is doing good things for people he loves, he drags it out usually risking their lives. It makes for better drama but makes him seem heartless even towards his friends. Not telling Maximillian that Valentine is not dead for a month or two is so strange but makes for a grand finale even though the reader has deduced it all along. The way the Count drags out his aid to Morrel, Maximillian's father, is also life-threatening.

    A favorite secondary character is Noirtier, the paralyzed father of Villefort. Dumas manages to get so much drama and character out of this basically immobile man who uses his eyes to


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The prison escape. The trial.


    Any additional comments?

    The middle portion of the book is too long. It is a wonderful read, and the stories in the middle portion and their building to the final results are well done, but could have been edited down, I think. (I had no reaction like this to The Three Musketeers.) The first part up to the prison escape is riveting, and the ending moves along at a great pace.

    So it is a bit on the long side but a very enjoyable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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