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E. Marlowe

New York, New York USA | Member Since 2014

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  • The Flamethrowers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rachel Kushner
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (212)

    The year is 1975 and Reno - so-called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world - artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts.

    Peregrine says: "Stories come gushing out of this book"
    "Italophiles: beware!"
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    Would you try another book from Rachel Kushner and/or Christina Traister?

    Maybe Kushner; definitely not Traister.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This book will attract those who have some connection to (and/or knowledge about) Italy and Italian culture. Those listeners will be driven bananas by the reader's bad, fake Italian accent, and her egregious mispronunciations of Italian words. A few pointers for her: "Gianni" is a 2-syllable word, not 3 (the 'i' is not pronounced; it just makes the "G" soft). The two zzs in "ragazza" make the same sound as the 2 zzs in "pizza." The accent at the end of words like "Cinecittà" is telling you where to put the stress. Etc. etc. The poor pronunciation seriously detracts from the authorial voice we like to imagine we are hearing; and by extension, it undermines our faith in the author's expertise. Please, Audible: there must be readers out there with pleasant voices, clear diction, AND elementary knowledge of foreign languages. Hire one of them next time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Night Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (246)

    The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

    Emily says: "read now to understand the past"
    "Excellent book, phenomenal reader."
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    Powerful, moving, difficult book. Totally engrossing story and characters. And the reader is simply a genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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