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Carly Dondo

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  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2167)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1236)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Paradigm for audiobooks"
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    What did you love best about Catch-22?

    The incisive irony.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Yossarian, of course. He's human, humane, patriotic, realistic and hilarious


    Have you listened to any of Jay O. Sanders’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could rename Catch-22, what would you call it?

    Catch 21.


    Any additional comments?

    Superlative reading of a classic. I had to check back to see if Sanders was the only reader, there was so much individuation of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Steve Lopez
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than 30 years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard - ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans there - until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.

    Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers' life. The Soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.

    David says: "Fascinating true story"
    "If you don't mind that it's written in the present"
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    Would you try another book from Steve Lopez and/or William Hughes?

    William Hughes, yes, Steve Lopez if he wrote it in past tense.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Steve Lopez? Why or why not?

    The story was sweet, but writing in the present tense irritates me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Gave up. Don't know


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did see it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (254)

    In this tense, riveting mind game, New York Times bestselling novelist Nelson DeMille delivers a suspenseful short story in the tradition of his classic military novels The General's Daughter and Word of Honor. A band of soldiers in its last month of service in Vietnam goes out on a patrol through enemy territory with a female sniper in its path. Recounting the mission in shattering and sometimes gruesome detail, DeMille creates a concise masterpiece of moody suspense.

    karen says: "Fabulous -- and a puzzler"
    "Good war story"
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    What did you love best about Rendezvous?

    I liked the characters, including a female Viet Cong sniper. There was a good sense of place, danger, fear and valor. The squad had the requisite diverse demographic


    What other book might you compare Rendezvous to and why?

    Rendezvous reminded me of Matterhorn, though much shorter and not as intense. The hook of a female sniper was more intense in Full Metal Jacket, a realistic horror.


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

    My reaction was not extreme as it was in, for example, Dispatches or Matterhorn, but the book served the purpose and kept my attention, though briefly because it's brief. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Not earth-shaking, but diverting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (590)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Sara says: "Wears out quickly"
    "Not very good"
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    What would have made Worst Ideas Ever better?

    More better bad ideas.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Kline and Jason Tomaszewski ’s story?

    After a few amusing stories it went downhill fast.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite, I confess, was that the guy who invented the Segway rode his own off a cliff.


    What character would you cut from Worst Ideas Ever?

    The bad movies had, inherently, the potential to go on forever, which I started to be afraid it would


    Any additional comments?

    This was meant to be some light fare between real books, but it was too dull to listen to another minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2375)
    Performance
    (2111)
    Story
    (2125)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "A delight"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be better than the print version?

    Sometimes being read to is better than reading. A reading like this contests my own imagination, Hathaway gives it so much life.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a familiar story because of the wonderful movie. But Ann Hathaway's reading of the book itself is one of the best readings I've heard. She's engaged, she's animated, she's smart, present and funny. She adds "voices" beautifully. It's like there are six people in there with her. Pretty much perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Annette Bening
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    Mrs. Dalloway, perhaps Virginia Woolf’s greatest novel, vividly follows English socialite Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party in post-World War I London. Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right) brings Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling to life, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life in a brilliant performance.

    january says: "Surprisingly enjoyable"
    "Junior High School reading"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's hard to concentrate when it seems that the reader -- Bening - isn't. Her reading is amateurish -- surprising -- and one feels she is not "present.' Her voice is pleasant enough, but that's not enough. She's supposed to be an actress.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2875)
    Performance
    (2645)
    Story
    (2627)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Brilliant reading"
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    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    Colin Firth did one of the best readings I've ever heard. Most impressive was that he read the woman's lines in his own voice -- no falsetto -- but with a woman's intonation. The story was only okay, but Firth elevated it. I will be looking for more from him.


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

    Presence, emotions, color.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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