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Andrew Guinigundo

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  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (340)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Worth the listen, not as good as his other novels."
    Overall

    Overall, this is not a bad listen by Steve Martin. I do think that his other two books Shop Girl and The Pleasure of My Own Company were more clever. The two were definitely more satisfying in the end (not that a happy ending is a requirement). I think it is a great "recent history" piece and an interesting look into a world I do not know much about - fine art collecting. The main character of Lacie was well-developed, but you still feel like you do not quite know her; I think this is intentional. There also is a nice snapshot of before and after 9/11 New York City which frankly I did not see coming.

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  • Promise Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Harlan Coben
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (112)

    The school year is almost over. Anxious families await word of college acceptances. In these last pressure-cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all-too-common and all-too-dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends' children safe, so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Weak Effort"
    "Good author HORRIBLE reader."
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does Promise Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say this is an average audio book. I love these characters. I wish the usuals (Wynn, Esperanza, Big Cindy, etc) played bigger parts; they seemed periphery this time around; it was more about Myron. I perhaps would have like the book less if I wasn't already invested in the characters. I have been listening to these books starting with book 1, in order.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Harlan Coben?

    No. No. No. Sorry, Mr. Coben, but you were not good. You are a great writer that I enjoy, but leave the reading to the professionals. All the characters sounded the same or had some over-the-top accent. Case-in-point - Edna Skylar sounded like Ednar from the PIXAR film The Incredibles. On the other hand, Wynn didn't sound nearly as preppy as "usual". Sorry if this sounds exceptionally harsh, but Coben reminded me of the voice of Barney Rubble from the old Flintstones cartoons.I would have stuck Jonathon Marosz.


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