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Gail

Mendota heights, MN, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • La Tregua [The Truce (Texto Completo)]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mario Benedetti
    • Narrated By Manuel Herrera
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Martin Santomé, viudo con tres hijos en vísperas de su jubilación, comienza a registrar en un diario íntimo su vida gris y sin relieve. La vida cotidiana de la rutina oficinesca y la de un hogar desunido y crispado se verán alteradas cierto día, cuando irrumpe en su opaca existencia la joven Laura Avellaneda, nueva empleadaa sus órdenes. Y ese cincuentón, hombre mediano pero no mediocre, consciente de sus límites y su desgana, decide abrir, casí sin proponérselo, un paréntesis luminoso.

    Gail says: "intriguing, heartbreaking gem"
    "intriguing, heartbreaking gem"
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    Performance
    Story

    I listen to Spanish audiobooks occasionally to keep up my comprehension, and I find that Audible disappoints in its offering of audiobooks in Spanish. I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging this listen was. This tale of a widower in Uruguay, set in the 1950s, is revealed through a series of journal entries. It offers a glimpse of life in a very different place and time than our own, but I found myself able to relate to the character and his struggles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Thousand Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Eleanor Henderson
    • Narrated By Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Adopted by a pair of diehard hippies, restless, marginal Jude Keffy-Horn spends much of his youth getting high with his best friend, Teddy, in their bucolic and deeply numbing Vermont town. But when Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude's relationship with drugs and with his parents devolves to new extremes. Sent to live with his pot-dealing father in New York City's East Village, Jude stumbles upon straight edge, an underground youth culture powered by the paradoxical aggression of hardcore punk and a righteous intolerance for drugs, meat, and sex.

    CHET YARBROUGH says: "ALTERNATIVE LIFE STYLE"
    "just OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listen to lots of books, and this one never drew me in. The characters didn't come to life, and the ending seemed too tidy. Some of the characters seemed so implausible I couldn't permit the suspension of belief (if I remember the right terminology from high school English) that would have allowed me to enjoy the book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Terrible English accent


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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