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Christine

Arcata, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 124 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Les Miserables

    • ABRIDGED (33 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    Les Miserables is set in the Parisian underworld. The protagonist, Jean Valjean, is sentenced to prison for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release, Valjean plans to rob monseigneur Myriel, a saint-like bishop, but cancels his plan. However, he forfeits his parole by committing a minor crime, and for this crime Valjean is haunted by the police inspector Javert. Valjean eventually reforms and becomes a successful businessman, benefactor, and mayor of a northern town.

    Leslie says: "astounding"
    "Sorry, reader was awful"
    Overall

    I have to agree with other reviewers, whom I disregarding in purchasing this version, that the reader is terrible and really kills the enjoyment of the book. Also I came to realize that reading/listening to an abridged version, especially of a literary classic, is a really dumb idea in the first place. I didn't have the time to read or listen to the whole book as the author wrote it, so went with this edition, but eventually just put it aside, with the intent to read/listen to the real book one day when I have the time. In my book club, others were laughing about episodes they most enjoyed, that were by necessity cut out of the abridged version. Never again.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (394)

    Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

    Marc-Fr says: "Outstanding book, superb narration"
    "Quirky and imaginative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It took me a while to get into the flow of Rushdie's very precise, high-fallutin' language and the strange story arc, but I became addicted and really loved this strange, creative work. The reader was very enthusiastic and entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5215)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1440)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "A lovely reader and an engaging story"
    Overall

    I found this book a pleasure to listen to. The story kept me tuned in, curious about what would happen next. I learned a great deal about the culture and history of Afghanistan, which what a plus for me, given our current involvement in the war there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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