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Andrea

Providence, RI, United States

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  • White Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (199)

    Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

    Susan says: "Superb narration"
    "Great reader"
    Overall

    Jenny Sterlin does a wonderful job on this one. Her reading is engaging and does a great job bringing the different characters to life. Nice timing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8673)
    Performance
    (7956)
    Story
    (7962)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Overall glad I stuck with it--wasn't always easy.."
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    What did you like best about The Goldfinch? What did you like least?

    I'm torn about this one. Overall I have to say I ended up liking it and that it had moments that were very engaging and made me come back (I finished it, after all, when I wasn't always sure I would). My two main issues: the narrative to me seemed sometimes too drawn out, making the pacing of the story seem awkward, like she didn't know when to get out of a scene. In about a handful of key moments, the narrative, rather than moving forward, kept turning in on itself going in circles. (I read the whole Proust and loved that experience--so I am NOT someone who needs fast paced stories!!). Part of the issue is the narrator. It's not often that I find first person narrators successful and this was certainly not one of them. I understand her choice to make Theo the narrator, to keep us so close to the story rather than creating more distance with a third-person narrator, but at times I simply didn't care about what seemed to me overly self-indulgent passages. As for the reader it took me several hours to get used to his version of young Theo. I found his inflections and intonations rather annoying. However, once the story added more characters I thought the reader did a really nice job with them. (The women tend to all sound the same, though).


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

    Nope


    Do you think The Goldfinch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Flamethrowers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rachel Kushner
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (169)

    The year is 1975 and Reno - so-called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world - artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts.

    Peregrine says: "Stories come gushing out of this book"
    "Didn't engage me at all"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Couldn't get interested in the story or the characters. Maybe someone interested in motorcycles and racing will have more luck. Good writing, though, and I like the reader.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1160)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1012)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "What a great story!"
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    Would you listen to The Orphan Master's Son again? Why?

    What an amazing story! Excellent storytelling. It may take a bit to get into due to subject matter but if you stay with it, it is so rewarding. Easily my favorite audio book in a LONG time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Man Walks Into a Room

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Nicole Krauss’ Great House was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Man Walks Into a Room follows Samson Greene, who, during the removal of a brain tumor, loses his adult memories. Feeling lost as an outsider in his own life, Samson agrees to participate in a scientific experiment in which memories are grafted from one brain to another.

    isisimages says: "disappointing"
    "Disappointed--really wanted to care"
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    What would have made Man Walks Into a Room better?

    The story's main problem is that it never managed to convince me why I should care. Care for the story or the characters. I found myself screaming at the ceiling of my car while listening ("Are you serious?!!" or "You've got to be joking?!!") in disbelieve at how bored I was at times or at how irrelevant things seemed.


    What could Nicole Krauss have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The writer seemed unaware or not yet able to image what a reader needs to stay interested or connected to her characters and to the story. I absolutely LOVED (LOVED!!!!) The History of Love. Seems like she's grown tremendously as a writer to be able to pull off History but fail so utterly in her first attempt.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Man Walks Into a Room?

    The final chapter!!! Did not understand why Krauss thought I would be interested in that. Really odd and out of touch choice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger: Fjällbacka Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (89)

    A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but while the victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a reality TV show begins shooting in Fjällbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars’ every move, tempers flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant’s murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery.

    Stevon says: "good listen"
    "Love Vance--writing too formulaic"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Parts of the book certainly are entertaining and it's fine for commuting. But the constant alluding to some detail that remains elusive just beyond the characters'--particularly Patrick's--consciousness only to be remembered, lo and behold, a short while later really got kind of old as a narrative strategy fast. I understand that a mystery needs to create suspense but this was just too formulaic and, frankly, boring. I stopped caring after a while whether this "something" here and "something" there he couldn't pinpoint just now would eventually be revealed. She uses a similar strategy to NOT reveal phone calls, or discoveries, or really important information, by "fading out" so that the characters are filled in but the reader/listener isn't. Trying too hard to get me intrigued.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Vance is fantastic across the board. Love, love, love.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pudd'nhead Wilson: A Tale by Mark Twain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Richard Henzel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Pudd'nhead Wilson, like many other Mark Twain books, was read aloud by the author to his wife and daughters, chapter by chapter, as it was being written.

    Rose says: "great reader, great tale"
    "Terrific performance"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this. The reader does a fabulous job bringing Twain's language and irony to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3489)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1211)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Reader doesn't do it for me"
    Overall

    The two stars are for the audio interpretation, not the book itself! I was so looking forward to this one not only because of the hype but because I liked The Corrections. Now that I'm to the end of Part One I am about to give up. I had trouble with the reader from the very beginning--had to keep relistening to the first half an hour several times because his reading just didn't manage to create any of the story or the characters in my mind. Once I got over that I went along thinking I could ignore his interpretation but I am afraid that I might have to decide putting down the audiobook and instead buying the print version. As another reviewer suggested there's something irritating about the sing-song inflection he gives his reading that makes it seem overdone (in an unproductive way). What a bummer!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Star Island

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (292)

    Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (nee Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was 14 - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposed - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.

    Suzn F says: "Laugh Out Loud"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    Hm. I was so looking forward to this. LOVED Skinny Dip and got into a Hiassen phase after that. But this one... It just doesn't work for me the way the others did. I really just ended up not caring about the story or anybody in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27103)
    Performance
    (13726)
    Story
    (13771)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great readers, story too smooth"
    Overall

    The readers are fantastic, really bringing this story to life. Bahni Turpin does an especially fine job. The novel itself, the story-line and how it ends, is overall a bit too smooth and tidy for my taste. The last part I just kind of listened to to get through, but it felt too "feel good" almost to really capture me. There are wonderful moments, though, and it was interesting to get a sense of the time from our perspective now (which is what it feels like to me).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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