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Carlo Hagemann

I love to listen to American books. Following the plot, keeping track of personal developments and intrigues while walking two miles to work

the Netherlands | Member Since 2007

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 76 titles in library
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  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

    Margaret says: "Wolf Hall"
    "Too many people for my ears/brain"
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    I have tried to listen to this book, but it was too hard for me (non-native) to tell all the persons apart. What I heard was intriguing, but every distraction (I listen while I walk from home to work) made me feeling lost between the characters.

    It's not the fault of Simon Slater. He does an extraordinary job. Maybe I will try later, but for now I think I wille have to read the book first, and even then.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1005)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "Easy to listen to, too easy to enjoy completely"
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    I have listened to this book from Audible, and I enjoyed that. For listening to be enjoyable the book should not be too hard to follow. The Corcle has a quite easy, straightforward plot and a limited number of straightforward characters. An easy listening experience, but at the same time a disappointment. The character, especially the protagonist Mae is flat and overly naive in her belief in a brave new world. What bothers me the most in this book however are the 'Zings'. Eggers makes them in an applause machine, always supporting Mae. As on short view in social media discussions show, Zings are not filled with applause but with abusive language. Eggers has a point to make and the plot and characters fully corroborate this point, even if they are unrealistic. His plot and characters are caught within Eggers' book/argument just like they are caught within the circle... No way out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Here is Ann Coulter's funniest, most devastating, and, yes, most outrageous audiobook to date. Coulter has become the brightest star in the conservative firmament, thanks to her razor-sharp reasoning and biting wit. Now you can listen to all the quotes that have so outraged her enemies and so delighted her legions of fans. Included are dozens of brand-new commentaries by Coulter as well as hundreds of never-before-published quotations.

    Fred says: "Its the ABRIDGED version..."
    "Opposing voice"
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    I like to hear political views that are not mine. However, Ann Coulter is not so much giving arguments for her position as she is being witty and selling herself. Her favorite line is: I rest my case.
    And, I'm afraid I don't like her voice.
    So, despite the sometime hilarious parts, not my cup of tea.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Hootkins
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    "Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

    Jeremy says: "You won't be disappointed."
    "Too long?"
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    This classic seems a bit too long for me. Read it, listened to it, seen the film, but it still isn't my book. Sorry Moby, maybe I'm too little of an American.
    On the positive side. I liked part one better than part two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Hootkins
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    "Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

    Erez says: "What a performance!"
    "Submerged"
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    This classic seems a bit too long for me. Read it, listened to it, seen the film, but it still isn't my book. Sorry Moby, maybe I'm too little of an American

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    One Thursday lunchtime, the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the galaxy is a very strange and startling place.

    Pawel says: "A true work of art"
    "First 'listening' experience was long and funny"
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    Performance of Stephen Fry stands out! Since I've read the book before Zaphod Beeblebrox III, and their companions were no strangers to me. However, switching from planet to planet in a seriously made up world but my imagination to the test. Maybe I should listen again, with more listening experience built up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1675)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1148)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Missed the gist"
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    After a couple of chapters I stopped reading. I had the idea I was missing the gist of the story. I may try it again this August ;-)

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10629)
    Performance
    (9614)
    Story
    (9699)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Brown: better listened to than read"
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    Great book for listening. Not too many characters, not too complex story lines. But, a story all the way. And while listening you have time to think about the next moves Robert Langdon or Siena Brooks are going to make. Which in some cases made it predictable (which is not a negative thing per se). It felt more attached to the story than while reading the Da Vinci Code or the Bernini thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • May We Be Forgiven

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. M. Homes
    • Narrated By Nathan Osgood
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Harold Silver, a Richard Nixon Scholar, has spent a lifetime watching his younger, taller, and more successful brother, George. But Harry knows that George has a murderous temper, and when he finally loses control the result is an act of violence which hurls the two brothers into entirely new lives. A savage and dizzyingly inventive vision that penetrates the dark heart of contemporary America to tell a darkly comic tale of 21st-century domestic life and how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together.

    Helena De Groot says: "Perfect comic timing"
    "A real man in a surrealistic situation"
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    He asks for a lot of empathy, Harry, the protagonist of this book. He is the man you hate to love, just like his favorite politician, Richard Nixon is the man people love to hate.What happens, especially in the beginning of the storry is not an everyday story, but the author persuades us to believe it. Sometimes funny, sometimes moving, but always bizarre.

    And just the right number of 'actors' to make it possible to follow the story by listening while walking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    "Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales continue to exert the same pull over the imagination and emotions as they did when he first read them to his children in the 1880s. Written with inspired poetic intensity and sudden flowerings of the matchless wit for which he is so well remembered, the stories combine the wisdom of parables with the impact of drama."

    Jennifer says: "Unexpected"
    "Why did I stop listening after two stories?"
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    I really liked the first two stories. The narration is definitely ok. But still, I was not hungry for more than those two first fairy tales. To me, Oscar Wilde will always be the author of 'Dorian Gray', not the man of the short stories.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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