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David Eubanks

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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1669)
    Performance
    (1455)
    Story
    (1464)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "Great Story : Great Reader"
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    If you could sum up The Grapes of Wrath in three words, what would they be?

    Heart and Soul


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grapes of Wrath?

    Too many to mention.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tom meeting the long, lost preacher.


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

    Terrific Drama of the Dust Bowl Days in America


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4374)
    Performance
    (3746)
    Story
    (3745)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Worth the Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Defending Jacob to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the book, but any audiobook that is read well is better than the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

    The best moment was the scene where Jacob's mom and he met their end.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He was expressive without overplaying the parts.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The author could drag out scenes, repeating the point unnecessarily. A little editing could have done wonders for the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2663)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1364)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    W. Seligman says: "What more can be said?"
    "Well Done All Around"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't make that comparison. Some stories lend themselves better to an audio version than others. This one worked well as an audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy Pilgrim, of course. The story is told through his eyes.


    What about Ethan Hawke’s performance did you like?

    Uniquely delivered - soft whispering voice - well dramatized the particular types of scenes depicted in the story.


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

    Thought provoking.


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