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Amy

I'm an artist and an art historian, and a chef, and a dog mom, master crocheter, a mediocre gardener, and a girlfriend, mostly. My favorite authors (in equal amounts of favorite) are Tom Robbins, Jane Austen, J.D. Salinger, and Haruki Murakami.

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  • On the Road: The Original Scroll

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By John Ventimiglia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
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    (163)
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    (160)

    Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951 that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history.

    Chris says: "Stellar, if you know what you're getting into"
    "Unexpectedly boring."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I feel like this book would have been much more interesting written from an unprivileged minority's perspective, then a whiteboy looking for "adventure".


    What could Jack Kerouac have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing. I know that it is a classic, I just really found it boring.


    What aspect of John Ventimiglia’s performance would you have changed?

    His voice was boring to me. He didn't make me like the main character. He made me loathe him even more.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe. Maybe the movie would take a different spin on the main character. Give him some interesting qualities.


    Any additional comments?

    I just have to say, if you are looking for adventure in this book you wont find it. If anything I find this book is important to America to show that it is still full of hipsters trying to make their lives more meaningful. The answer to that is to do great things, not bum off of people who really are unprivileged, and then make a mockery of their lives as a way to make yourself more interesting.

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  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1090)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "An Art History Majors Wet Dream"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sacre Bleu to be better than the print version?

    Idk. I prefer audiobooks in general because I can multitask with them...I'm sure I would have enjoyed the written text too if I had the time to read. This is not to imply that the actor reading wasn't fabulous. He portrayed the characters perfectly.


    If you could take any character from Sacre Bleu out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Toulouse Lautrec was portrayed as such an interesting, charismatic, optimistic person. You would think the opposite considering his paintings and ailments. But maybe he was much more light than dark, who knows?


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  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3174)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1182)

    In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

    FanB14 says: "Read on...Hilarity Ensues"
    "Dysfunctional family on parade."
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    Would you listen to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim again? Why?

    Yes. This book was so heartwarming and funny at the same time, two of my favorite feelings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul, David's brother. He is so different from the rest of the family. He is simple, and country, and I think secretly David was more like him. Keep it Stupid Simple.


    Which character – as performed by David Sedaris – was your favorite?

    Paul, David's Brother. David has such a high pitched, feminine voice, and when he switched into full fledged North Carolina country bumpkin accent, I burst out laughing every time.


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

    Yes. The story about the beach house, and how the family got so excited about it and finally had stopped fighting and had even grown closer in the process of looking for one...but then at the end of the day, David's parents were alcoholics and unreliable, and he had to sit with the fact that they were going to be that way for the rest of his childhood. I suppose it moved me cause I could relate.


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  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18851)
    Performance
    (12953)
    Story
    (12849)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Must Read Romance!"
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    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic, Epic, Suspenseful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When Jaime is locked in prison and Claire has to save him. The suspense of her waiting to see if he will be alive or not, after each plan is completed is dreadfully painful, but wonderfully rewarding in the end.


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

    She is fabulous at the various accents needed to create the characters, from Claire's modern British accent, to Jaime's Scottish accent mixed with Gaelic, to the French Monks.


    Any additional comments?

    Review contain's spoilers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (676)

    One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

    H. CRODDICK says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Very enjoyable."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Emma to be better than the print version?

    If you love Jane Austen's other works, you'll love Emma. But this wasn't just great writing, it was a great performance. Juliet Stevenson did a fabulous job at narrating each different character. I could have started listening in the middle of a chapter and recognized exactly which character was talking. Unfortunately I was unaware that Emma is the same exact story of the 90s movie hit Clueless, but despite that I already knew the plot twists, it was very interesting to me to hear the actually text and compare and contrast while I was listening. If I was a british lit professor, I think I would definitely make that an essay of some kind from that topic...
    Anyway, overall it was a great length and very entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Emma's father, Mr. Woodhouse was my favorite character, and I think it had a lot to do with the reading of his character by Stevenson. He somehow was grouchy and adorable at the same time. I loved the irony of the fact that he loved his daughters more than anyone on earth, but despised marriage; he loved that he was married and had them with his late wife, but was too selfish and grumpy to ever let them enjoy the same life of pleasure.


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

    She brings the personalities of the written characters to a new dimension. The voices she gives them, though a personal interpretation, to me was spot on and gave them a new depth.


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

    I wouldn't say I had an extreme reaction. I think most people, even if they've never read Jane Austen know what they're getting into when they start. I don't mean to be sexist, but she is a women's writer, in that she is chatty and wordy, and dramatic and emotional. Her books are about small town dramas, which can be extremely relatable to anyone, but I think those of more rational taste (as opposed to dramatic and emotional) might have an extreme reaction of it being pretty boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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