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Annandale, VA, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 2 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014

  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Emotionally Raw and Well Thought Out"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. The author did a suburb job of characterizing the conflict and emotions of people on the precipice of starting life after graduating college. Confusion, depression, anger, wanderlust are familiar feelings for many who struggled with leaving the (financial and emotional) security we have in college -- vis-a-vie our parents -- to go out and face the world and all of its unknowns. The young characters in the Marriage Plot experiment with their new-found independence seeking knowledge and understanding only to find an affirmation that not having all of the right answers (or any answers at all) is a permanent condition. As a writer, Jeffrey Eugenides torments the read with the raw feelings of depression and failure with only the smallest pinholes of hope. Assuming that was the intention, it's perfectly sad.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Rembrandt Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante

    Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

    Alexis says: "Silva and Gigante -- A Superb Team!!!"
    "Engaging Read"

    Daniel Silva didn't disappoint as this story weaved its way through the storied history of the Holocaust to the affairs between Israel and Iran then back again. It flowed easy and the main character, Gabriel, served as both an easy to love protagonist and narrator of the past. I was on the edge of my seat when it could have been so easy for Silva to kill off a decent character, the Russian Mikael, but spared him to likely make an appearance in a later installment. The narrator's intonation the female voices was like listening to a drag queen but otherwise took on the smooth, debonair attitude of Gabriel with expected accuracy. Very enjoyable to those seeking a decent historical fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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