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John P. Stierman

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  • The Story of America: Essays on Origins

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jill Lepore
    • Narrated By Colleen Devine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In The Story of America, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore investigates American origin stories - from John Smith's account of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural address - to show how American democracy is bound up with the history of print. Over the centuries, Americans have read and written their way into a political culture of ink and type. Part civics primer, part cultural history, The Story of America excavates the origins of everything from the paper ballot and the Constitution to the I.O.U. and the dictionary.

    Jim says: "A Fun Read on Historical Subjects"
    "Great Book, So-So Narrator"
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    I am a fan of Professor Lepore and read her articles in the New Yorker. All but one essay, and the introduction, are reprints from that magazine, I believe. The stories are engaging, and her prose style is very easy to following. I am not a huge fan of the narrator, Colleen Devine. She did, however, guide me to the correct pronunciation of Jacobian. I thank her for that. I have listened to many narrators, and have my favorites, like everyone else,

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6908)
    Performance
    (6322)
    Story
    (6328)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Narrator Makes Stuff Up"
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    I was amazed to learn that the narrator added his own words, not in the text. I am listening while I read on my Kindle. Either the Kindle version is off, or this reader adds and subtracts words as he goes. In one passage, the author is describing a name on an ambulance, and the reader says Hezbollah, at least to my ears, and the text says Hatzolah. I have found mistakes in other books when I have read and listened (Infinite Jest, for example), but the errors are usually few and far between. This narrator gets it wrong regularly, unless the Kindle version of this book is riddled with errors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Satanic Verses

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (326)

    Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.

    David Edelberg says: "Use an audiobook to really enjoy Satanic Verses"
    "Worth the investment of time and money"
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    Where does The Satanic Verses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this author and I love this performer.


    Have you listened to any of Sam Dastor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Rushdie is very funny and insightful. Like all good works of literature, deserves multiple reading and need to read lit crit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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