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  • 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
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (110)

    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"
    "A Wonderful Selection of Poems Read and Discussed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. John Lithgow selected and talks to us about a wide and lovely array of English Language Poems. Each poem is read by an actor. Some are silly, others heartbreaking, some angry, a few ecstatic and many longing. If you want to get involved with poetry or reintroduce yourself and/or another adult or older child this is an excellent vehicle to get you started. Recommend getting both this audiobook and the Kindle or printed version to read along.


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

    Each poem is read by a different actor. In each section Lithgow ties in his own experiences with that particular poem in addition to giving a a short but well researched discussion concerning the poet and his/her poetry.


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

    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale for the Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Ruth Ozeki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (407)

    In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

    Karen says: "Engaging story beautifully read"
    "Time Beings"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to people who read a great deal and are open to post modern themes and styles.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nao who is one of the two narrators. She is a sixteen year old who grew up in California who is now living a humiliating life in Japan since her father an uber-programmer lost his Silicone Valley job. Nao writes a journal for an imaged reader who finds the journal washed up onshore in a kitchen freezer bag. Nao's voice is a unique one -- both a self-loathing cubby Teenager who passively allows herself to be violated in so many ways and a wise-woman who looks at the world and herself with a weary smile and wink.


    Which character – as performed by Ruth Ozeki – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all the characters Ozeki brought to life and death especially: the 104 Monk-Great Grandmother, Ruth the middle-aged American with writer's block, Nao's sad Dad and even the self-admiring cat.


    If you could rename A Tale for the Time Being, what would you call it?

    For The Time Being


    Any additional comments?

    Hearing the story and sometimes reading along in the Kindle book enhanced my appreciating the story.

    Be forewarned some of the material is rough: extreme school bullying, suicide, teenage sex trade and brutal aspects during the training and deployment of Japanese servicemen during WWII.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (827)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "Novel Song Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Visit from the Goon Squad to be better than the print version?

    Both the Audio and Kindle versions are equally strong and work well together.


    What other book might you compare A Visit from the Goon Squad to and why?

    Goon and Olive Kitteridge are similar being made up of free standing stories that also make up a novel. But there is a difference, the Olive stories work best read as arranged by the author. Whereas time is a goon, here (and presumably elsewhere) music is an ally. The Goon's format resembles a record album with parts A and B. The chapters, like songs on an album, are standalone narratives rather than parts of a coherent whole yet they are inherently connected. Each tells part of the story from the viewpoint of a different character; some (for example, the fourth one) from the viewpoint of multiple characters. The narrative is sometimes in the past tense, sometimes in the present, sometimes first person, sometimes third person and once (chapter ten), second person. We are free to read the stories as edited or at random like a playlist on shuffle. 


    What about Roxana Ortega’s performance did you like?

    Roxana Ortega makes us hear and see the characters at different ages and circumstances.


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

    Instead of seeing a hoped for old flame leaving her NYC Downtown apartment, a young lively woman unknown to the two former loves and the reader opens and walks out the door.


    Any additional comments?

    Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Jennifer Egan reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives other characters whose paths intersect from the 1970s through 2020s. The Trickster-Time's impact on body and memory, the Music in one's life, and the possibility for reconnection are this terrific book's themes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cairo Trilogy (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Naguib Mahfouz
    • Narrated By Omar Sharif
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Omar Sharif leads an all-Egyptian cast in this three-part drama, recorded entirely in Egypt's capital. Adapted from Naguib Mahfouz's novels, this is a gripping family saga, with a monstrous father, a loving mother, and four children. It is set in seductive Cairo from 1917 to 1953, against a backdrop of political upheaval.

    Mariam Nakhla says: "Perfect"
    "Abridged Story Ages Badly"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was not worth my time. The material selected left out the most important parts of the story.


    Has The Cairo Trilogy (Dramatised) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Think I will stick with complete readings.


    Did The Cairo Trilogy (Dramatised) inspire you to do anything?

    Over melodramatic had the quality of a soap opera.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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