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Alexander

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Heartburn

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (360)

    Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

    Doggy Bird says: "Delicious listening experience!"
    "Ephron's come to life with Streep's Narration"
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    Would you listen to Heartburn again? Why?

    Meryl Streep is a wonderful narrator. You can get lost in her delivery of Ephron's witty and timeless story of divorce. Ephron writes an autobiographical account of her real-life divorce to Carl Bernstein. The events leading up to the split are heartbreaking and gut wrenchingly hilarious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ephron spins a domestic dissolution into a timeless comedy.


    Which character – as performed by Meryl Streep – was your favorite?

    Streep's portrayal of Richard and Juanita the maid were laugh out loud moments. Her performance of Rachel transforms Rachel into a real person and not just a witty woman reminiscing on her bygone divorce at a cocktail party.


    If you could rename Heartburn, what would you call it?

    It's a perfect title.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6697)
    Performance
    (5960)
    Story
    (5960)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Whimisical Victorian Fantasy"
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    Story
    What did you love best about The Night Circus?

    The story started slowly but picked up an hour or so into the tale. Stick around and you will enjoy the magical imagery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiction Ruined My Family: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeanne Darst
    • Narrated By Jeanne Darst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Jeanne Darst was born the youngest of four daughters in an old, celebrated family long past its glory days. For the early part of her life, the family survived on the memory of past generations' grandeur, and the romantic belief that Darst's father would restore that greatness with his destined career as a novelist. Within a few years, however, it was abundantly clear to everyone but him that despite the many years enslaved to the writer's craft and lifestyle, he was never going to sell a book.

    Molly says: "Hysterically funny"
    "Funny memoir of a literary family"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Memoirs are one of the best genres for audio and this one delivers. Great mix of humor and compelling bio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fiction Ruined My Family?

    The move to New York state.

    The case of the missing Calvin Klein Skirt.


    What about Jeanne Darst???s performance did you like?

    She is a performance artist with theater chops. Her memoir is well written and her character delivery brings life to her story. Well done.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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