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  • NW: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Karen Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up there, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better. Thirty years later ex-Caldwell kids Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan have all made it out, with varying degrees of succes - whatever that means....

    BowedBookshelf says: "I believe this book is best listened to than read"
    "Probably better read than listened to!"
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    What disappointed you about NW?

    I found it hard to listen to. The stream of consciousness style and the ultra short chapters in the latter part of the book are probably easier to digest on the page. For a while it is as if you are listening to single sentences separated by chapter numbers, rather distracting. It is one of those books that I would read at various speed, i.e. some parts of it I would linger over and others I'd flip through. Very different from Smith's other books, more experimental in form, imho. That said, I am thinking about getting it as a book from the library to see if I like it better that way.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My current listen is Augustus by Anthony Everitt.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Bryson’s performances?

    Dunno. The book as such is probably hard to perform. That said, she did a wonderful job of switching from one dialect to the next, and made many of the characters come alive.


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  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2876)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (787)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "No more whelping please!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More storyline. Fewer details re. dog kennels. More character definition. There were too many loose ends; a lot of interesting ideas that went nowhere.


    What was most disappointing about David Wroblewski’s story?

    Oh, the logorrhea..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were a few good scenes scattered throughout.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Story of Edgar Sawtelle?

    Too many to count, too many pointless scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    It was well read, but I did not finish listening to it. The book started out well, but then it went rapidly downhill. By the time I gave up, I did not care about any of the characters any more. Maybe if each of the characters had had more of a personality I might have liked it better. Okay, in all fairness, Almondine the dog had a wonderful personality, but everybody else was a bit flat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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