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Grant

Wollongong, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of too much liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters, as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

    Thom says: "Great Portrait of Liberal America Today"
    "Narrator detracts from story"
    Overall

    The novel was highly recommended to me and finding it available as an audio book was a bonus as it would mean I could enjoy it on my commute. Unfortunately I was very disappointed with the narration by David Ledoux. The read really lacked emotional range and was read quite frustrating in the relentless whiney monotony of the narrators voice. But much worse was his depiction of non American accents. His portrayal of the twentysomething love interest "Lolitha" was breathtaking in its failure. His rendition was halfway between Ahhpu from the Simpsons and and an elderly Yogi, completely laughable and bizarrely offputting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (705)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "Wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A terrific novel that is wonderfully read in this audio version. The nuance of Barnes writing is beautifully conveyed and the characterizations are taught and believable.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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