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Mark

Spring, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Candide (AudioGO Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Jack Davenport
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (85)

    When first published in 1759, Candide became an instant best seller and is now regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment. Voltaire’s preoccupations with evil and with various kinds of human folly and intolerance found a perfect vehicle in this philosophical tale. A master storyteller, he combined often wildly entertaining action with profoundly serious sense, parodying the traditional chivalric and oriental tales with which his public was more familiar.

    Robert says: "Guaranteed to keep you smiling if not LOL"
    "Homers Odyssey meets Hitch-hikers Guide"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Candide (AudioGO Edition) again? Why?

    Yes - hilarious


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too many to choose


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

    Humour....


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Great one-liners around every corner
    Candide was not at all what I expected..

    1 of 1 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
    (3925)
    Performance
    (3427)
    Story
    (3395)

    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"
    "Twisting Plot, Disappointing Conclusion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Explain more of the twists;- What happened to Tengo's mother- Why did the Nurse in Cat Town die once- Etc.
    Maybe I'm just missing something?


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Could have been shorter - lots of tangents


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The odd female narration fits well with the unusual story line.The male narration is a welcome relief though - interwoven with the the female.


    Do you think 1Q84 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think it needs one - lots of unanswered questions.But not sure I could wade thru a follow up....


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of loose ends left at the conclusion of the story.Who the heck was the NHK Collector knocking on peoples doors? The ghost of Tengo's father????

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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