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GOLDEN LAKE, ON, Canada | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 387 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Boys from Brazil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    Ninety-four men have to die on or near certain dates in the next two-and-a-half years. Their deaths are the final step in an operation to which the leaders of the Organization have devoted many years. The hope and the destiny of the Aryan race lie in the balance. Why have these harmless aging men been marked for murder? What is the hidden link that binds them? What interest can they possibly hold for their killers: 6 former SS men dispatched from South America by the most wanted Nazi still alive, the notorious "Angel of Death"? One man alone must answer these questions and stop the killings - Nazi-hunter Yakov Liebermann.

    William says: "Good Book—Bad Sound"
    "reading v being read to"
    What disappointed you about The Boys from Brazil?

    I've read this book a few times, and I'm used to my timing, inner voices etc. Simon Vance was fine but a bit monotone. It's purposely dead pan, so it needs something to bring out the wryness, the irony, the omg.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Ira Levin again?

    Of course. He's a genius, and seeing (hearing) the way every word counts is a thrill. Like listening to music. I also downloaded R's Baby, and I look forward to A Kiss before Dying.

    What didn’t you like about Simon Vance’s performance?

    I like simon vance a lot. But he didn't seem to be having fun.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    who says I didn't love this book? I do love it.

    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book, and it's nice to be able to wash dishes or fall asleep while you listen to it, but it is a little better when you read it yourself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "do I like factoids? do I ever!"
    If you could sum up Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue in three words, what would they be?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Makes a convincing case for Celtic roots of English in grammar structure. Go Celtic! The history of English is always fascinating. the meaningless

    Which character – as performed by John McWhorter – was your favorite?

    John McWhorter. I always like books read by the author, especially when, as in this case, it is an academic excited about his theme.

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


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Enduring Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By David Threlfall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organized life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown to Rose, something passes between them - something that gives birth in Parry to an obsession so powerful that it will test to the limits Rose's beloved scientific rationalism, threaten the love of his wife Clarissa and drive him to the brink of murder and madness.

    Jenifer says: "adrenaline rush to the heart"
    "adrenaline rush to the heart"
    What made the experience of listening to Enduring Love the most enjoyable?

    The suspense.

    What did you like best about this story?

    the artful blend of heart rending, heart pounding, and head scratching. Before you know it you're believing the extreme case of a familiar feeling, being in over your head with your emotions.

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

    passion. suddenness. insanity.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made me expell my breath in a whoosh and shake my head.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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