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John P. Stierman

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12251)
    Performance
    (11095)
    Story
    (11121)

    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
    (558)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (474)

    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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