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Elisabetta Semenza

Elisabetta

milan, Italy | Member Since 2011

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  • Selected Shorts: The William Hurt Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tobias Wolff, Ron Carlson, Richard Ford, and others
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    A collection of poignant, romantic and funny tales performed by Academy Award -winning actor William Hurt. This collection includes a bonus track of an exclusive interview with William Hurt. Hurt's readings are thoughtful, tender, romantic, and resonant. A treasure.

    Parola138 says: "amazing voice for audio"
    "great, great actor"
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    Story

    that's the case, when you could even enjoy a grocery list read by this man

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hope: A Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Shalom Auslander
    • Narrated By Shalom Auslander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (68)

    The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way.

    Tan A. Summers says: "Darkly humorous and a little disturbing"
    "excellent writer, boring teller"
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    Funny and absolutely desperate, great tale about the huge human tragedy, here wittily mocked and the small things in every one life that could became unmanageable problems

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Selected Shorts: Even More Laughs

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle, Jonathan Lethem, Miranda July, and others
    • Narrated By Jerry Zaks, Alec Baldwin, Christine Baranski, and others
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    From silly chuckles to rueful ironic glee to deep cosmic laughter, this new volume of humorous tales samples the best of recent seasons of the popular public radio series Selected Shorts.

    Michael says: "Even more laughs than what?"
    "First time laughing on a book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Really enjoable, 6 out of 8 are excellent and acted out really great, the other two are pretencious and not ironic at all

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • City of God

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By E.L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    When a large brass cross disappears from a run-down Episcopal church in lower Manhattan, and then reappears on the roof of the Synagogue for Evolutionary Judaism on the Upper West Side, a New York City novelist thinks the story may be his next novel. He befriends the church's maverick rector and the young woman rabbi, who are trying to discover who committed this strange double act of desecration. Doctorow's masterwork is a religious novel like no other!

    Connie says: "NOT St Augustine"
    "please have a seat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    relentless and excellent narrator, if you had in mind cooking or doing some houseworks while listening you'll have to stay still, instead, and pay all your attention to this marvellous, like any other Doctorow's books, delirious piece of art

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4270)
    Performance
    (3732)
    Story
    (3701)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Do you mind repeating?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After 47 hours of them stuffed in my ears I'm gonna miss those guys, especially Tengo' s part voice, a little bashful at the beginning much more confident in the run, they proved a great strenght at not yawning in repeating so many times same stuff and all the confirmations, the exact identical question after the question, all those considerations using same words as before, reading once again characters' caracteristics i.e. Fuka Eri not using of question marks and, for sure, there is a lot that could have been easily skipped or told us just once or two times, at most.
    Same plot's turning points are popular images easy to be liked but leaving a wearisome sense of cheapness for having been chosen, Murakami what happened to you? therefore, easily the same, to be loathed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In a Berlin rooming house filled with an assortment of serio-comic Russian émigrés, Lev Ganin, a vigorous young officer poised between his past and his future, relives his first love affair. His memories of Mary are suffused with the freshness of youth and the idyllic ambience of pre-revolutionary Russia. In stark contrast is the decidedly unappealing boarder living in the room next to Ganin’s, who, he discovers, is Mary’s husband....

    Darwin8u says: "There IS something about Mary!"
    "Nabokov, you know?"
    Overall
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    One of the top world' writer at his best even in this less known sad, emigree, so Russian tale.
    Nabokov paint an indoor scene as no one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1834)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (712)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Great"
    Overall
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    Story

    breathtaking and is so sober, so dry in his prose. Narration is simply superb, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (712)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "not a masterpiece, lovely told"
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    narration, i.e. the book, got stuck in the second part, no more to put inside and nothing more to struggle with

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World War II: Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated By George C. Scott
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Historians have said that World War II was a continuation of World War I, but with greater violence and less regard for the values of civilization. The Treaty of Versailles, which had officially ended WWI, had caused the European balance of power to swing wildly. Germany had been stripped of her colonies, divided into pieces, and burdened with a staggering war debt. New nations were created; old hostilities were renewed. Some of these hostilities had found a voice in a new political philosophy: fascism.

    Elisabetta Semenza says: "too many fake voices"
    "too many fake voices"
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    The narrator, not so bad, goes on for a little while but too often for a declaration, a statement, whatever here it comes another voice supposedly imitating the leader or politician nationality and those are very bad, miserable I would say

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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