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Gavin

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  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1804)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (970)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Terrific"
    Overall

    This will not disappoint - great book, and a great job by Campbell Scott in dramatizing it. I liked the way they flagged the ending, so the listener could "feel" the last page between their fingertips, which I find very rewarding. I can only imagine this, but I think the experience of listening perhaps would even equal the experience of actually reading it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Family Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rohinton Mistry
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (92)

    From the author of the highly acclaimed A Fine Balance, comes a brilliantly evocative novel that confirms Mistry's reputation as one of the finest writers of our time. "As close to perfect as a novel can get," raves Booklist.

    JOHN says: "More greatness from Rohinton Mistry"
    "long, sometimes slow but rewarding listen"
    Overall

    This is a really good book, and is well dramatized, even though it is an Englishman reading rather than an Indian - I know there are Indian actors who could dramatize this equally well.
    The story plods along happily, and gives a great impression of the frustrations, stifling heat and passion of being in a loving family, and these complex relationships reflect the many wounds and triumphs within India's great history. And the story twists and frustrates the listener/reader - to like the characters, but be surprised/incensed/uplifted by their actions. At times it seems to drift a little - some may welcome an abridged version - but I think the slowness of the process of getting from start to finish highlights the frustrations of living in a relatively low-tech democracy, and is much of the books charm

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (29)

    The action in this Booker Prize-winning story unfolds after the funeral of Molly Lane, when Molly's former lovers, newspaper editor Vernon Halliday and composer Clive Linley make a fateful pact, and another ex, prime-minister hopeful Julian Garmony, finds himself struggling for his political life.

    Everett Leiter says: "Great fun to read, but flawed novel"
    "very very good"
    Overall

    You will not regret getting this audio book - a great, bitter, funny novel, very well dramatized

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Yeats Is Dead!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Roddy Doyle, Conor McPherson, Gene Kerrigan, and others
    • Narrated By Ciaran O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Fifteen of Ireland's finest writers collaborated on this murder mystery that involves searching for the only manuscript of an unpublished novel by James Joyce. Raucous, raunchy, and completely hilarious, Yeats Is Dead! is a diabolically entertaining mulligan stew of a novel. James Joyce would be proud.

    Gavin says: "Worth a listen but overlong"
    "Worth a listen but overlong"
    Overall

    Would benefit from an abridged version.
    Well dramatized.
    I really wanted to like this, and did, tremendously, for the first chapter especially. And the next couple were equally great, but it started to go downhill in the middle and never really recovered. An interesting idea to get a number of authors to "run with the story" to wherever their imagination takes them, but it just got really long and seemed to lose the thread - a little like this review maybe - and I think a bit of abridging may have been in order, though I'm not sure how this could be acheived without stepping on the toes of specific authors.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    "Masterfully crafted." (Publishers Weekly)
    "An instantly addictive story line...
    polished and entrancing."
    (Booklist)
    "It is rare for a critic to feel justified in using the word 'masterpiece,' but Atonement deserves it." (The Economist)

    Kristin says: "Beautifully Written"
    "Great book well dramatized"
    Overall

    Do not hesitate to buy this - a beautiful book and the dramatization compliments it very well

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Living History

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    You've probably heard clips from Senator Clinton's interview with Barbara Walters. But now you can listen to her full account of her years in the White House. Hillary Clinton vividly describes her pain over her husband's betrayal with Monica Lewinky saying that former President Bill Clinton lied to her about the relationship until the weekend before he admitted the nature of it to a grand jury.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love It or Hate It"
    "okay book spoiled by poor dramatization"
    Overall

    It was a terrible mistake to get the author to read her own book, though I must admit that I bought it on the strength that Hilary Clinton was reading it. I wanted to like it and find it interesting but it was a little slight in content, and a wee bit dull, which was not helped by a rather condescending delivery. Perhaps buy and read the book, but my recommendation is to pass on this audio book

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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