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Worcester, MA, United States | Member Since 2005

  • 2 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 199 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Beowulf

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney

    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    Gail says: "Would like the whole thing!"
    "Would like the whole thing!"

    This is my favorite translation of Beowulf, and I have given multiple copies of this book as gifts over the years. So I was super excited to see the audiobook read by Heaney himself. And while I have no complaints at all about the reader (fabulous) or the text, i wonder what the criteria for the excerpt selections were. Some key episodes are omitted and some of the ones included aren't among the best parts of the book. THe choices are mystifying.

    Still, a worthy listen - though I would definitely spring for a full-length audiobook if there is one available

    30 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Long, leisurely, and fabulous"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a gripping story that goes on and on forever. I love to listen to audiobooks when I'm walking my dog or doing household chores and this book made me walk and clean much more than usual!
    I had trepidations about committing to this book because I didn't want to listen to a 30-plus hour novel about political intrigue. Yes there the protagonist does travel back in time to prevent the assassination of JFK, but there is much more than that going on in this book. THe protagonist is engaging, flawed, and funny and this story is much more personal than political. Though there's a bit of that too.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    I don't want to give anything away. Sorry.

    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    I liked all of his characters - I don't think I've ever listened to a book narrated by him before, but he will certainly be one to look for in the future. His voices are distinctive without being overly dramatic - the reading was expressive and entertaining without being distracting. Bravo.

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

    Well, the length would have prevented any such thing BUT I found myself listening for hours at a time. I even started a sewing project so I could listen for a couple of hours without looking like I was just sitting around staring off into space!

    Any additional comments?

    Even if you think you don't like Stephen King, or if you've never tried one of his books before, go for this one. It's a great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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