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Michael

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  • White Noise

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (95)

    Jack Gladney teaches Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America where his colleagues include New York expatriates who want to immerse themselves in "American magic and dread". Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the usual rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black cloud floats over their lives, an airborne "toxic event", an industrial accident.

    Laurie Van Horn says: "HORRIBLE performance."
    "Great Novel, Not So Great Audiobook"
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    What did you like best about White Noise? What did you like least?

    White Noise is an awesome, scathing commentary on contemporary American mass culture. There's plenty of critical analysis on this topic with respect to the novel and Delillo, so I won't go into it for this review.


    What other book might you compare White Noise to and why?

    For the younger generation, Fight Club is a good comparison considering theme and subject matters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Prichard?

    Prichard has a decent voice, but he has a particular lack of style. He reads too slowly, unnaturally so. That, and he pauses way too long between sentences. Whatever tension might have been built into the narrative looses it's energy and impact as a result. Personally, I'm actually a pretty slow reader myself, reading at about the same pace that I can read aloud, so anything slower than that is difficult to manage, which if I had a hard time with it, I can see anyone else having a harder time with it.


    Could you see White Noise being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No comment.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

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