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Gregory

Radnor, PA United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jill McCorkle
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years is alive with the daily triumphs and challenges of the residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility now home to a good many of Fulton, North Carolina’s older citizens. Among them, third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, once Fulton’s most prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status, and many more colorful characters.

    Sherry L. Wright says: "Too Bad"
    "Bored in the first hour"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Life After Life?

    The narrator was terrible: monotone to the extent that after a short time I could only react negatively to her voice, not listen to the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Never got there.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Holly Fielding?

    Can't say.


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

    I think the different characters could have come to life with the right reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get my book credit back?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (1254)
    Story
    (1261)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Terrible Reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Wolf Hall?

    I bought this book because it covers a period of history in which I'm interested and had won the Mann Booker award but was so disappointed with the narrator that I abandoned it after several determined tries to get through it. The book consists of rapid switches of dialogue between various people, settings, and time periods and since the narrator rarely varied his voice to identify different speakers -- or when he did, it wasn't a consistent voice for the same person -- and failed to pause for a moment to signal a change of setting or time period, I eventually became fed up with it and moved on to another book.


    Would you recommend Wolf Hall to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe to read, but not to listen to, at least not if read by this narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See above.


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

    It covers an extremely interesting historical period.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Chuzzlewit, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The vast cast of diverse characters includes, among many others, the hypocrite Mr. Pecksniff, the undertaker Mr. Mould, the jolly Mark Tapley, the gentle Tom Pinch, the nurse who enjoys her bottled comforts, Mrs. Gamp, and the lovely Mary Graham, over whom the disagreements of the young and old Martin Chuzzlewits cause the younger to go to America to seek his fortune. Dickens' depictions of the United States are amusing and scathing, to say the least!

    Monica says: "Production Value Issues"
    "Don't Waste your $$"
    Overall

    Audible's recordings of Charles Dickens's works had enchanted me and made me want to hear all of them. Then I downloaded this one. Usually, there have been several readers from whom to choose, but only one was available for this book. What a disappointment! First of all, the quality of the recording is poor. Second -- and perhaps the worse of my two complaints -- the reader's voice is monotonous and she chops sentences up into phrases that obscure Dicken's great sense of humor and destroy the flow of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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