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  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1447)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1195)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Beautiful narration, pointless story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    have the story lead you somewhere or at least leave you with a decided impression what it was trying to say


    Would you recommend Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh to your friends? Why or why not?

    no. the narration is absolutely beautiful and the story is detail rich and visually compelling, but it doesn't "go" anywhere. That is to say that when it's over, you're just as curious what it was about as you were when you started. Except you're a littel more depressed and quite tired of the words darkness and silence.


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

    No, but I will not hesitate to listen to another one of his narrations because this one was perfect. In some book narrations, you can't tell the characters apart by the voices used or the reader pauses or adds inflections that don't seem to go with the story.... like the narrator didn't really know what the character was feeling or trying to say. You never get that in this story, and as wild and hopeless and deranged as some bits of it are, that is quite an accomplishment.


    Could you see Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. The turmoils, revelations and outcomes in it are largely internal to the mind of the main character.


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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3987)
    Performance
    (3365)
    Story
    (3351)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "a book that leads you around blindly"
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    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or J.D. Jackson?

    I have read other ones. I may try again.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    You are lied to in the story just as much as everyone else in the story, so you are never "with" the characters, you never understand what they're doing or why. You're just kind-of following along after going, "what?... why...?" And when you realize you've been lied to and that's why you're lost, it's not a great revelation and suddenly everything makes sense and it's awesome. It's more of a, "sigh, well that makes sense now. Wish they'd have told me that 6 hours ago so this would have been interesting as opposed to looong."


    What does J.D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's revealed half-way through the book that the main character is talking slowly and deeply to hide his speach patterns and voice. You'd never have gotten that from the beginning by reading it.


    Could you see The Racketeer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator has a great voice, good cadence and inflection. There isn't much emotion in this book, but what there is you are made to feel.

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