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  • The Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kate Chopin
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening, published 1899, drew a storm of criticism for its "shocking, morbid, and vulgar" story and quickly went out of print. The novel was not resurrected until the 1950s, when participants in the growing women's movement recognized its importance. Today, The Awakening is among the most-read American novels in colleges and universities and is considered an early example of American realism.

    Darwin8u says: "A Trembling. Bridge Between Tolstoy and Woolf"
    "Lighter version of Anna Karenina"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you enjoy the late 1800s, then I would recommend this book. Chopin writes so exquisitely that you feel as though you were traveling back to that period with her. This book was a shock in its time, and I would guess it opened a door for other writers to take those same liberties. It did end like Anna Karenina though, which was disappointing. It doesn't quite hold up to the current vernacular, which can create a misunderstanding of the story or cause one to become bored.


    What didn’t you like about Walter Zimmerman’s performance?

    The book aside, I was happy to have Walter Zimmerman read the French pronunciations so well, however, his voice became irritating. Maybe it had to do more with the story though.


    Was The Awakening worth the listening time?

    Sort of. I belong to a book club and listening to this made the book come alive. With Chopin's use of vivid imagery you could see yourself walking alongside Edna to the tragic end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (444)

    Jay Gatsby is still in love with Daisy, whom he met during the war when he was penniless. Having made himself wealthy through illegal means, he now lives in a mansion across the bay from the home of Daisy Buchanan, who has since married for money. Holding on to his illusion of Daisy as perfect, he seeks to impress her with his wealth, and uses his new neighbor, Nick Carraway, (our narrator), to reach her.

    Tad Davis says: "Didn't realize how good this was"
    "Good Classic story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    Yes, for me. I really enjoyed Anthony Heald's narration of all the different characters. He brought them all to life, even the women.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Gatsby?

    Other than the end - I would say that I liked the description of the arm muscles that could be seen under Tom's shirt when he stood on the porch. Another, moment was
    when the ladies dresses were filled with air and how the dresses responsed when the windows were closed.


    Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

    The lady for whom Tom brought the puppy.


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

    Yes, but I didn't have the time and I needed it to sink into my brain. I feel I miss part of the story if I race through it. But I also feel I get so much more by listening to someone else's voice inflections. It can give a book (story) a different feel when read aloud by someone other than myself.


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  • The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs is a Little Perspective.

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    >. Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems - marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses. Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up.

    Eric says: "not so much"
    "Prospective is the word"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this book to ages 8-20 year old.If you listened to Focus on the Family's - Wits End, then you would get the style immediately, but my children are all grown. You would only need to read the title of know the entire message of the book. It didn't have enough depth for me. I wanted to stop in the first chapter, however, I friend suggested it, and I thought it would have a surprise ending. But not really. The message was the same throughout the book and there wasn't any need to keep repeating it by changing the characters. His style lends itself to preteens up to college bound students.I thought the title needed to be reworked, at least to hold the read/listeners attention.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Andy Andrews? Why or why not?

    No, I did not care for his style of writing. He was predictable and a little tiresome for me.


    What three words best describe Andy Andrews’s voice?

    Hie voice seemed forced as the Noticer, yet pleasant when not the Noticer, and grating and soft at times. I was not a fan of his voice throughout the entire book, maybe if other people shared the characters with him it could have made it more interesting.


    Do you think The Noticer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No-because the message was in the title. Could have been delivered in a pamphlet.


    Any additional comments?

    Title was too simple and needed more development, but then again, so did the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uniform Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    When Venetian detective Commissario Guido Brunetti is called to investigate a presumed suicide in Venice's elite military academy, his inquiries are immediately met with a wall of silence. The young man is the son of a doctor and former politician, a man of an impeccable integrity all too rare in Italian politics. Dr. Moro seems devastated by his son's death, but is not eager to talk to the police.

    Armand says: "nice travel guide to venice, weak story"
    "Left scratching my head"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not sure if Leon meant to leave so many questions unanswered at the end. Possibly leading to a follow up, one could surmise. However, I read Uniform Justice with a book club and there were so many in the group who felt it just fell off at the end and were disappointed. Also, some struggled with the subject matter. This was the first time I've read Leon's books and I thoroughly enjoyed her colorful language and her ability to bring the reader into the scene with passages like .


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Leon again?

    Not sure, but I would do more research next time.


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

    His ability to speak the foreign language made the book come alive for me. I found it easier to have him pronounce the language rather than me mutilate it with my failed attempt at the written book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    ‎...death and misery had soaked into him like liquid into blotting paper. Loved this quote because it was multi-layered. I pictured someone being so distraught and being slumped over as if they had no bones and collapsing to the ground without an ability to stop himself. Also, the liquid being the blood that run out of the body upon death and being absorbed into the paper or whichever object it would touch. Leon kept me engaged.


    Any additional comments?

    Subject matter was not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change Your Life in 30 Days: A Journey to Finding Your True Self

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Rhonda Britten
    • Narrated By Rhonda Britten
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Change Your Life in 30 Days takes you on a journey that will help you make extraordinary changes in your life. It will break the myths that keep you locked in fear and unable to be true to yourself.

    With sensitivity and humor, insight and advice, Rhonda helps define life goals and outline the steps needed to reach those goals. For anyone who has ever wanted a fresh start or tried to make major life changes and failed, the answer lies within this book.

    Allexiz Johnson-Kitterman says: "Hard, but worthwhile work"
    "Change your life in 3 months (It takes a while)"
    Overall

    I like the content, but I felt it should have been broken down further into more books by the author. I was a lot to absorb and act on in the expected 30 days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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