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Nancy

Medford, MA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Pickwick Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    The Pickwick Papers, Dickens’s first novel, is a delightful romp through the pre-Reform Bill England of 1827. Samuel Pickwick and the rest of the Pickwickians are some of the most memorable of all Dickens’s creations, and it is a joy to hear of their adventures in search of "interesting scenes and characters", and the repeated efforts of the quick-witted Sam Weller to rescue them all from disaster.

    Darwin8u says: "Watch Dickens Emerge from a Literary Chrysalis"
    "Gigantic waste of time"
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    What disappointed you about The Pickwick Papers?

    In my childhood I did like Dickens. Revisiting as a adult has been a big disappointment. He is so tedious and verbose. ALL his characters are unlikeable - stupid, racist, and sexist - but mostly stupid. Pickwich Papers is more like many short stories with a loose link so there is no sense of an overall plot. I have to read this book for book group so I'm listening to it at every opportunity just to "get it done". The performance is good but even that can't redeem a BAD book.


    0 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Stay: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (278)

    Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

    Patricia says: "Love dogs? You will love this book"
    "Unrealistic plot spoiled my day."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The plot! I actually began to think that Samantha (main character) deserved her bad luck.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NA


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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