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Jon

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  • 5 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 204 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Widower's Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    In a historic farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement; his grandson, Robert, has long assumed he will follow in the footsteps of his mother, a prominent physician; Ira, a gay teacher at the preschool in Percy's barn, and Celestino, a Guatemalan gardener who works for Percy’s neighbor, each one striving to overcome a sense of personal exile. Choices made by all four men, collide forcefully on one lovely spring evening, upending everyone’s lives, but none more radically than Percy’s.

    Jon says: "Great performance, great writing, wonderful story"
    "Great performance, great writing, wonderful story"
    Overall

    This was not a reading - it was a performance! Mark Bramhall had incredible accents and emotions that add to an already wonderfully written book. This is a must listen!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3493)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1215)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Great story made even better by the Narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Franzen's ability to create and get you deep into his characters is phenomenal.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is the not the type of story where you relate to a character. This is far more sweeping and spans an incredibly wide swatch of characters and their lives.


    What does David LeDoux bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have thoroughly enjoyed what the performers bring to most audio books of mine. But David LeDoux goes beyond all that. The strength of conveying emotion and the richness of the telling of the story make a great book even better. Bravo!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Genius, Madness, Murder, and the 1939 World's Fair on the Brink of War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Mauro
    • Narrated By James Mauro
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The summer of 1939 was an epic turning point for America—a brief window between the Great Depression and World War II. It was the last season of unbridled hope for peace and prosperity; by Labor Day, the Nazis were in Poland. And nothing would come to symbolize this transformation from acute optimism to fear and dread more than the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

    Jon says: "An interesting listen"
    "An interesting listen"
    Overall

    Well narrated and it tells quite a story of the World's Fair, the coming of WW II, the politics of the time (local and global), and some interesting people (including LaGuardia and Robert Moses). Nothing was all that deep, but I did enjoy the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (170)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "A compelling read"
    Overall

    Wow - what a range of comments on this book. Forget SciFi and what you know of Orson Scott Card.

    This is far more than a mystery of a serial killer as 75% of the book isn't about that. But it is a compelling set of characterizations and how people deal with each other. Step and DeAnne are in the middle of it all.

    Yes, we get deep in the Mormon faith and I found it interesting, especially all the people interactions. It also got deep into computers and computing programs - and employee/management interactions. And we got into parent-teacher. All I could do was root for the couple!

    It drew me in. I stayed with it and then went quite for a ride at the end. Very satisfying

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • City of God

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By E.L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    When a large brass cross disappears from a run-down Episcopal church in lower Manhattan, and then reappears on the roof of the Synagogue for Evolutionary Judaism on the Upper West Side, a New York City novelist thinks the story may be his next novel. He befriends the church's maverick rector and the young woman rabbi, who are trying to discover who committed this strange double act of desecration. Doctorow's masterwork is a religious novel like no other!

    Connie says: "NOT St Augustine"
    "Well written, not the best performance"
    Overall

    This was quite good book - mystery, historical story, interpersonal relationships and a personal journey all wrapped together. I just didn't do well with the performance. There were two key male voices and I had a great deal of trouble hearing the differences. It made the listen very challenging to the point that I did not like the book all that much. Might have been a better physical read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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