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Cambride, MA USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 221 titles in library
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  • The Vagrants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Yiyun Li
    • Narrated By Jackie Chung
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Yiyun Li is the winner of the prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. The Vagrants, set in 1979 China, is the story of those affected by the execution of a 28-year-old counterrevolutionary. Though suffering, Li's characters nevertheless struggle to maintain hope amid cruel circumstance.

    Athene says: "Lovely prose, good story, deadly narration"
    "Lovely prose, good story, deadly narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Vagrants the most enjoyable?

    The writing is poetic and the images vivid. Characters are interesting and thoughtfully, carefully, gradually revealed. It is a grim story and a grim setting. Very interesting experience of "small city" 1970's China and some of its citizens.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jackie Chung’s performances?

    I would not listen to another audiobook narrated by Jackie Chung, however. Her reading is flat--even compared to my own mind's!



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2619)
    Performance
    (2093)
    Story
    (2078)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "May be expert in dialects..."
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    Would you try another book from Mark Twain and/or Elijah Wood?

    I love Mark Twain. Huckleberry Finn is one of his finest creations. I'll take it on faith that Elijah Wood does a fine job on discriminating among dialects. To me, this is one deadly "performance" of Mark Twain.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (3017)
    Performance
    (2537)
    Story
    (2567)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "Crazy and delightful!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Audible, for the most wonderful holiday gift. That snowy, icy night in Boston three days ago resulted in a 3 hour commute home for me, and the time was transformed into a joy. God bless the crickets every one!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (323)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "Havers fans will be gratified & gravely skeptical"
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    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. She did a great job with Isabelle Audrey (Scottish). The Italians and Azhar (a Pakistani) all sounded a bit Scottish at times. Her attempt to interpret Barbara Havers' speech, that of a working class Londoner, just plain didn't work. Ms. Porter found her character in Isabel Dalhousie, and she should stick to that.

    This was a challenging text to read well and was beyond Porter's linguistic skills.


    Could you see Just One Evil Act being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO. No, please, NO.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (233)

    Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Nancy says: "Listen before you buy..."
    "Wonderful reading, story, and interview!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I absolutely recommend this extraordinary audiobook. The book is terrific--it may seem dated to younger readers, and if that's true, I think it's worth recreating the context of 1949. Bradbury's reading is deeply moving. The interview with Bradbury that follows his narration of the story is worth even more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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