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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1551)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1360)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "praise god!"
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    Where does The Grapes of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Second only to East of Eden. Only because I enjoyed the story better though, the narration in wrath is better. Baker's character voices are spot on and very entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the parallels I can observe with today's financial crisis. It's novels like this that help us regain perspective that we desperately need.


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

    No, I am still a novice when it comes to audiobooks, but I would absolutely listen to another of his reads.


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

    Yes, both. This story grips you from your core and has made me a lifetime Steinbeck fan. I read Cannery Row a few years ago and really enjoyed it, but I had no idea how much more I would enjoy books listening to them read to me. Mabye it brings me back to my childhood, but there is nothing quite like having a book read to you.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful story, a true adventure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2440)
    Performance
    (2229)
    Story
    (2256)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "entertaining read"
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    What did you love best about Dracula?

    I enjoyed the way the story was constructed. I haven't read another novel that was written in the form of journal, diary, and memos, but I can say this added a really interesting element to the story telling.


    What other book might you compare Dracula to and why?

    I haven't read anything similar that I might compare it too, although I might try now.


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

    Their voices and accents make this listen really fun. I liked each narrator's take on Van Helsing.


    If you could take any character from Dracula out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Van Helsing for sure. I'm sure he would pay.


    Any additional comments?

    Another must listen!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (427)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    A User says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "gave up"
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    Would you try another book from James Joyce and/or Jim Norton?

    I would like to try again, but not through Jim Norton. I had a difficult time understanding the book because I couldn't follow Jim Norton's accent. I spend hours trying to get through part 1, but after multiple listens I gave up.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    American literature classic. Possibly that new Dracula.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Norton’s performances?

    No


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

    Couldn't understand it, so unfortunately no.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the preview before spending your money.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1050)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    Suzn F says: "Epic story of Love and Loss"
    "well written and narrated"
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    If you could sum up East of Eden in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, gripping, timshel


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the story evolves from Adam's childhood, through war and eventually through his death. I also really enjoyed Lee's contribution to the family and was always impressed with his wisdom. Cal's character was also really interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the scenes with Sam Hamilton and Lee. I really enjoyed the scene where they discussed the story of Cain and Able. Timshel


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

    No, my commute is approx an hour and this novel took me about 3-4 weeks to get through.


    Any additional comments?

    Great novel, enjoyed it more than Grapes of Wrath. A must read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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