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Tell us about yourself! An absolute book lover! Busy!!Listening to books on CD/digital so I can get more in. So many books; so little time!

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  • Things Fall Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Chinua Achebe
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (273)

    Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

    Darwin8u says: "Achebe's Magnum Opus"
    "An international classic! Very well read!"
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    Would you listen to Things Fall Apart again? Why?

    This book is a classic; I read it in college and always wanted to read it again. Peter Francis James did an excellent job reading it. Not a lot of emotion in his reading, but this was very appropriate for the book. He did a great job of pronouncing the Nigeran distinctly, (I don't know enough to know if he did it all correctly;) and in such a way as it was very clear that a new person was speaking based on his voice. This is not an actor's performance, but again, it matches the tone of the book. (I think only certain types of books lend themselves to a theatrical reading.) I noticed he has recorded some of Chinua Achebe's others so I look forward to listening to those too. Recommend this one highly!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ezinma, Okonkwo's daughter. I just found it hard not to love her, as Okonkwo did. She had so many positive qualities.


    What about Peter Francis James’s performance did you like?

    see previous comment


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

    Yes, but couldn't; listened to it over a few days.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Glory Boughton, aged 38, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack - the prodigal son of the family, gone for 20 years - comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.

    S. Elder says: "Wish that I had read this one"
    "Great book; amazingly performed -pathos!"
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    Would you listen to Home again? Why?

    I have actually already listened to it, (after reading it;) and I was so impressed with the reading that I bought it on Audible. Maggie-Meg read does an unbelievable job of reflecting each character with an appropriate but unique voice. She sounds like - a young woman, an old man, a middle-aged man and middle-aged woman, and does an impressive child's voice too. I love this book and I think her reading of it only enhances it tremendously. This in one of the first books I ever listened to on CD, and I've been greatly disappointed to find out that few are read this well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don't have one. The charcters in this book are all so well developed and presented that I found I came to appreciate the weakness and the greatness of each one as the book progressed.


    Have you listened to any of Maggi-Meg Reed’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No. I analized this book intensely when I read it, (for a book group,) and I love to reflect on it in sections.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (540)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"
    "Outstanding read!!"
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    Where does Their Eyes Were Watching God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this book and I have listened to the audio version, read by Ruby Dee, on CD. I bought this on Audible because I want to own it and listen to it again. Ruby Dee does and incredible job with the dialect, the emotions, the voices, the rhythm of the prose and the passion of this book.


    Which character – as performed by Ruby Dee – was your favorite?

    Well, Janie would be my favorite character for sure; and I think Ruby Dee does a tremendous job protraying her.


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

    Would love to but probably will never be able to.


    Any additional comments?

    Saw the movie, (in which Rubie Dee had a part). It was good, well-perfomed, but like a lot of books made into movies, it lost a lot in the editing that brought it to the screen in a movie of reasonable length. What's good though is that parts of the book are read verbatim for narration of the movie, and this at least that gives the movie a touch of the genius of Zora Neale Hurston's poetic prose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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