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Emily

Bozeman, MT, United States

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 65 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Homer, Stephen Mitchell (translator)
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (153)

    The power and the beauty of The Iliad resound again across 2,700 years in Stephen Mitchell's exciting new translation, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flowed in every word. And we are there with them amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

    Darwin8u says: "Mitchell's Translation is Brilliant Poetry"
    "awesome"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Molina's reading of this classic is just spell binding. I could listen to the way he pronounces the Greek names endlessly!


    What did you like best about this story?

    gods vs man, man vs man, gods vs gods. Timeless


    Which character – as performed by Alfred Molina – was your favorite?

    really all of them


    Any additional comments?

    skip the incredibly long, pedantic chapters by the translator....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (621)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    russell says: "He did it again"
    "entertaining, but not as good as his first one"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I preferred his first one, which was more Hollywood-anecdote laden


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    well they're not really "characters"...


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    nothing.. he's a really good reader of his own writing


    Any additional comments?

    there was more than I really care about his family and philosophies of childrearing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sin Killer: Volume 1 of The Berrybender Narratives

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (97)

    Against the immense backdrop of the American West, Larry McMurtry tracks the Berrybender's as they make their way up the great river, surviving attacks, discomfort, savage weather, and natural disaster. Sin Killer is an adventure story as big as the West itself, full of incident, and suspense, as well as a charming love story between a headstrong and aristocratic young Englishwoman and the stubborn, shy, and very American Jim Snow.

    Erin says: "Unemotional characters are brutally honest"
    "such a disappointment"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Big McMurtry fans I suppose


    Has Sin Killer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, but won't listen to others in the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I've loved Molina reading The Iliad and Treasure Island... this was flat and uninteresting. Hugely disappointing


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not to me.. I stopped listening after about 1 hour


    Any additional comments?

    Did not enjoy any of the characters, or the storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1573)
    Performance
    (1308)
    Story
    (1313)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Fantastic performance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely would recommend. A classic story, brilliantly read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is not a book where a character is a "favorite". That's not a bad thing


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

    I'm not usually a fan of Branagh, but his performance here is incredible. As someone else wrote, he tells this as if it's a ghost story. Completely compelling.


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

    Just overall extreme pleasure in the telling


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a story that fills in every detail.... in some ways you want more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (397)

    Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike.

    Jessica Kos says: "Wonderful!"
    "release your inner 13 year old!"
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    Would you listen to Treasure Island again? Why?

    loved it, but once is probably enough


    What did you like best about this story?

    A classic pirate tale, really fun.


    Have you listened to any of Alfred Molina’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His reading of THE ILIAD is awesome. This matches it. Fantastic voice characterizations though sometimes the accents are a little thick. I wish he read more books. He's one of the best for "acting" the book, not just reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    of course it's not sophisticated, so don't expect Jane Austin. It's perfect, of its type.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9433)
    Performance
    (8496)
    Story
    (8503)

    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)"
    "disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about Sycamore Row?

    Ridiculous plot gaps and inconsistencies; "surprise" denouement that is completely predictable; racist and sexist depictions of the black and female characters. Unpleasant protagonists. Incredibly boring trial scenes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    maybe


    What aspect of Michael Beck’s performance would you have changed?

    voices of black characters bordered on racist caricature


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (683)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "wonderful classic book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes.. great story, great performance. Classic


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    not so much since I had seen the Hitchock classic movie (which is also great)


    Have you listened to any of Anna Massey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It takes her a few chapters to move from a plain reading to a fullout performance, but once she does, she's awesome. It really turns into a riproaring performance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Then Again

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Diane Keaton
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (210)

    “Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.” So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall.

    carole says: "Wonderful. Sad. Hopeful."
    "a surprising family story"
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    Would you listen to Then Again again? Why?

    I rarely listen to autobiographies more than once, so it's no knock on this title that I wouldnt listen to it again


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Then Again?

    The portrayal of Keaton's mother and her struggle with dementia was surprising and moving. It's really a story of family relationships.


    Which character – as performed by Diane Keaton – was your favorite?

    Her mother


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

    Keaton's openness about her bulimia


    Any additional comments?

    I could have done without the Keaton giggles but otherwise an outstanding performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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