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Putting together words in sequence to convey the intended meeting is art...and when the narrator hits the pauses and inflections, science!

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  • Things Fall Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Chinua Achebe
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

    Darwin8u says: "Achebe's Magnum Opus"
    "Pure Genius"
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    Would you listen to Things Fall Apart again? Why?

    I started listening to it a second time. At the end of it listening to it a second time, I realized just how important the beginning was. Initially, it all seemed to be drudgery - a detailed description of life, almost like a National Geographic narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is a subtlety to it that will be missed if you give up on the story without reading it to the end. In the middle of reading it, it seems to go on and on with the descriptions. By the end of it, you realize the genius of the author. He shows the civilization of the society - the system of government, rules and order. You get to know characters and to live side by side with them. You get to understand their confusion and pain at the end. The ending point is brilliant. It takes one sentence or so to sum it all up - to connect it to the historical callousness with which we are all too familiar.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The sacrifice of Ikemefuna is most memorable to me. We got to know and care for Ikemefuna. We liked the way he became of part of Okonkwo's life and became the son he always wanted. We were happy for Okonkwo. It is the most memorable, because it is haunting. Okonkwo's shows some humanity while at the same time following the rules of tradition.


    Who was the most memorable character of Things Fall Apart and why?

    The author was my favorite. The story goes on in such an objective way - just the facts of life of the residents of Umofia. It really was not until the last line that we got an idea of how the author might have felt. It was pure genius of him.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was great. His tone and pronunciation were perfect. His monotone did not give the story away. It really kept the story on the National Geographic level - just relating the facts of life in Umofia. He was really perfect for that book. He really transported me there.

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  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (3888)
    Performance
    (3448)
    Story
    (3456)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Mostly Great."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of David and Goliath to be better than the print version?

    I might prefer the print edition to be able to back and forth between "lessons" to make connections and to review. It is easy to forget some of a lesson when you listen days apart. Mr. Gladwell does a decent job of jogging your memory throughout, but each person's need for a refresher is an individual one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What is best is that Mr. Gladwell peels back layers to expose ideas and elements I missed and would otherwise miss in a surficial inspection. His research, as always, is pretty incredible. He is obviously a well-read and deep-thinking person. He is an asset to us all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The exposition of David vs. Goliath was my favorite. He really pulled me in with his take on that confrontation. It clearly illustrated his point that sometimes what we see as an advantage is a disadvantage, and vice versa.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think. It will be a reminder for me to turn things over and think about them from the other perspective. It will also force me to recast what I view as disadvantages.


    Any additional comments?

    I preferred Outliers, but I still liked this book very much.

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  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7866)
    Performance
    (7092)
    Story
    (7091)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "It will not disappoint."
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    It is a great story that is enhanced by the narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are sensitivities in this story that are treated with respect and an appropriate knowledge base. Mr. Grisham's content advisors were spot on.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    At the risk of understating his performance, Michael Beck's performance was at the level of a genius.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In every slice of life, one can find a circle. There is a place where the circle starts, at one point in time, and the same place where the circle closes, at a different point in time. Sometimes the circle is made for us, but at other times, we make the circle, whether for the good or for evil. Sometimes what we view as the starting point on the circle is actually the ending point, and vice versa; the confusion occurs often because the points are one and the same.


    Any additional comments?

    Though the book is long, Grisham is to be commended for a continual stream of intrigue that keeps the desire going. He is a "professional" writer. He is not the professionally trained writer who has delved in lifelong study of literature, classical and otherwise. However, he is skilled at keeping the reader engaged, intrigued and suspended, and ultimately that is what we readers crave. He writes in an everyday language with an ordinary eloquence that fits like well worn jeans.

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