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LYorba Linda , CA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
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  • 100 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, and others

    John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".

    Scot says: "Thank You, JL"
    "Poetry in a meaningful way"
    If you could sum up The Poets' Corner in three words, what would they be?

    Relevant, Insightful and well delivered

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poets' Corner?

    Listening to Gertrude Stein perform her poem in homage to Picasso at the urging of John Lithgow.

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

    No. What I loved about what Mr. Lithgow did was to present background information about the poet, things to listen for in the poem and then an analysis after it was performed. Many of the poems are familiar to me and it was really interesting to hear a different perspective on the poems meanings.

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

    Many of the performances were quite moving.

    Any additional comments?

    This would be a really good audio book to listen to with family and friends and to allow everyone to share their insights along with what is shared in the narration.

    2 of 2 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

    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"
    "A play on words"
    What did you love best about 1Q84?

    The play on words-how important certain words are in bringing out the double meanings to a character.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aomame- how the narrator sets up her cadance through her voice inflection- I really can see her Japanese-essence through this way of reading her parts.

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

    A cadance that helps to set up the tensions in the developing plot and a relaying of the subtlty which is the essence of Japanese culture.

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

    No. There were places where it felt right to pause and reflect on the events which unfolded.

    Any additional comments?

    While the translation was good, it would be interesting to be able to read it in Japanese to really get a better understanding of underlying meanings such as the absence of question marks really meanig that the squestion lacked the necessary ka at the end to let the listener know it was a question.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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