Customer Reviews | Audible.com
 

You no longer follow Dana

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Dana

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Dana

Professional appreciator.

New Haven, CT | Member Since 2012

42
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 10 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 212 titles in library
  • 47 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1

  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1722)
    Performance
    (1586)
    Story
    (1589)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Jefferson says: "Fine Romantic Urban Historical Immigrant Fantasy"
    "Loved everything about this!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I guess this qualifies as historical fiction, since it's set in turn of the century NYC or fantasy, since it has supernatural qualities in it, but I don't think it needs a set category -- it's just a really good story.

    George Guidall is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators and he does an amazing job on this story as well.

    This book did the two best things for me: Made me feel like I was there while I was reading it, and made me sad to reach the end.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (331)

    The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

    Dennis says: "Great writing and narration"
    "Didn't catch my interest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Almost all of the reviews I read for Doc were 4 stars or above, everyone seems to love this book but me.

    I really liked the premise and the first third of the book was promising, I felt like the author was setting up an intriguing story, but it just never took off. The last third of the book read like just more set-up and it didn't ever get off the ground for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
    • Narrated By John C. Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (303)

    Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

    Scott says: "Fantastic"
    "A one-man show!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone, whether you've seen the movie or not, or have even read the book before. The story and characters are classic of course; But John C. Reilly's narration is a veritable one-man show. He does an amazing job giving voice to each of these characters. There were even a few parts during his narration of the group therapy sessions that I teared up a little it was so emotional!

    I hope Reilly decides to make narration part of his regular repertoire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Land That I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Shaw
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    February, 1940. After a decade of worldwide depression, World War II had begun in Europe and Asia. With Germany on the march and Japan at war with China, the global crisis was in a crescendo. America's top songwriter, Irving Berlin, had captured the nation's mood a little more than a year before with his patriotic hymn "God Bless America."

    Dana says: "Name-dropping history book (in a good way)"
    "Name-dropping history book (in a good way)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is exactly the type of name-dropping history book that I like to read. The author goes through a condensed biography of both Irving Berlin and Woody Guthrie (he puts a little more detail into the Berlin section and you can tell he really loves Berlin and his music). He also goes through a condensed history of early popular music and does some song and composer name-dropping.

    The PDF mentioned on the audiobook cover was not included, but after emailing Audible customer service, they have since added it, so that's a great little addition with the song lyrics and a list of recommended listening.

    I love all kinds of music and popular culture history and I thought this book was really interesting. I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend it to fans of pop. music/culture history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3711)
    Performance
    (3438)
    Story
    (3446)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Loved Gaiman's narration!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my first Neil Gaiman audiobook and I was not disappointed. I so enjoyed his narration that I didn't want the book to end. It's just one do those story/narration combinations that does the job so well that it puts you in a different world while you're listening.

    I would definitely recommend and I really look forward to listening to more of Neil Gaiman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvester

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (190)

    When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

    Marcheta says: "Georgette Heyer and Richard Armitage - love it!"
    "Richard Armitage's voice!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this only because Richard Armitage was the narrator. I love his work and was excited to hear him read this. I was blown away by the number of voices he creates for all the characters. I wasn't expecting that, but he's wonderful. This version is abridged so it's not ideal, but it's definitely worth it just to hear Armitage's performance.

    Definitely recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have seen The Godfather movies too many times to count. It's part of the lexicon in my family, we quote lines from it all the time in regular conversation. So, I thought this book might be a little boring, just because I already knew the story so well. Not the case! The book adds so much detail to the story that I think I'll be watching the movie again soon in a whole new light. Joe Mantegna does such a wonderful job narrating this story and I'd absolutely recommend his version as opposed to the other full cast version that's out there, especially for people that are really in tune with the movie.

    Give it a try!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (138)

    One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming of age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.

    Dana says: "The narrator!!"
    "The narrator!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my first time reading Great Expectations and I really liked the story. But I have to say the narrator, Simon Prebble, did such an amazing job with this story and these characters that I'm now going to look up his other audiobooks.

    I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2651)
    Performance
    (2432)
    Story
    (2441)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Great narration, story not as good as I remembered"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got this to catch up on the story before seeing the new Leo DiCaprio movie coming out soon. Jake Gyllenhaal does a fantastic job narrating this book. If he ever does more reading, I would definitely consider checking it out.

    I read this in high school and watched the Robert Redford version of the movie and am just coming back to it now. The story was not as good as I remembered and the characters are really shallow and not very likeable, but it's always good to get another classic under your belt if only for discussion reasons. And there are certain parts of the descriptions of characters and locations that when read by Gyllenhaal, were very moving, and certainly made me glad to have purchased it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (696)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Such great narration!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scenes with Valjean and Cosette are my favorite. Very emotional and well read by Guidall.


    Any additional comments?

    George Guidall does such a great job reading this book! He has a really familiar voice and he made this very long book easy to understand for me. I did end up taking some of the previous suggestions and skipped over some of the long-winded passages where the author gets on his soapbox and gets a little preachy.

    The translation is also fantastic. I have one of the free Kindle versions of Les Miserables and this translation by Julie Rose is so much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.