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Jeanne Nix

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  • 6 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 58 titles in library
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  • A Thousand Acres

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle of love, jealousy, and fear when their father, Larry Cook, grows too old to manage the family's fertile thousand-acre farm. As each couple struggles with their own tragedies and challenges, they know their father is judging them in light of the weighty inheritance that hovers within their reach.

    C. Carlson says: "good book bad reader"
    "So much detail"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is a tremendous amount of detail in this novel.....and, I'm a Dickens fan! I just didn't get the point of all that detail unless it was to point out the mundaness of life in rural Iowa in the 1970's.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Have the grown women stop calling their father "daddy" every two paragraphs.


    Could you see A Thousand Acres being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It has been


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (954)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "It takes a little getting used to..."
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    Where does The Round House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's most definitely a 4 out of 5 stars. At first, honestly, I was thinking 3 - the narrator's voice was flat, but it began to work with the story. The voice sounded Native American (I know - however that is "supposed" to sound).


    What other book might you compare The Round House to and why?

    As a coming-of-age novel, it compares to lots of novels - from Great Expectations to Catcher in the Rye, but given that it happens on a Native American reservation, it is a whole different experience.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10261)
    Performance
    (9390)
    Story
    (9410)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "WOW and more WOW"
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    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    Absolutely! The reader was wonderful. Not only did he do a great Russian Boris, but was able to convey the sophisticated Hobie as well as the up-town Mrs. Barbour and the charming Pippa.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The diversity of characters was Dickensian, as was the plot twists. I - who read all the time - kept asking myself questions about "what's going to happen next?" and laughing aloud when my predictions came true ....or not.


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

    The diversity of voices and. thereby, characters.


    Any additional comments?

    So good...haven't felt that connected with a work in a long time. Every time i finished reading, it was like resurfacing. The last day, all I wanted to do was read. Impatient with everything else. Can't remember feeling that way for many years! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    No wonder Elias Canetti described it as "one of the few great and perfect works of the poetic imagination written". The Metamorphosis remains one of the best works of fiction in history. It is the story of a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, who wakes up to find himself being transformed to an insect-like creature. The story unfolds into one of the greatest short fiction stories ever written.

    Jeanne Nix says: "Is this really a person narrating?"
    "Is this really a person narrating?"
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    What didn’t you like about Tim Campbell’s performance?

    The narration totally bums this version out....it could almost be a computer reading this...is it?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How Proust Can Change Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alain de Botton
    • Narrated By Nicholas Bell
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    For anyone who ever wondered what Marcel Proust had in mind when he wrote the one-and-a-quarter-million words of In Search of Lost Time (while bedridden no less), Alain de Botton has the answer. For, in this stylish, erudite and frequently hilarious book, de Botton dips deeply into Proust’s life and work - his fiction, letter, and conversations – and distils from them that rare self-help manual: one that is actually helpful.

    Darwin8u says: "A nice petite primer on Proust"
    "Elitists can be humorous"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have tried unsuccessfully several times to read "Remembrance of Things Past." It's on my list of books to tackle....again. Knowing that Virginia Woolf was (apparently) totally taken with this book (at least for a period of time) helps....but then, one would have to know who Virginia Woolf is/was. So, therein, in my mind, lies the problem. The author makes some really interesting connections between Proust, his novels and real life. Some are "tres amusant." I learned a lot about Proust's life. Like many geniuses, he was outside the range of "normal" (however one defines that). Notwithstanding, there are many allusions and references to people, places and things that many folks would not know (trust me; I'm not assuming. I teach high school...people don't know a lot). So, it's funny, but you have to have a really, really, really good liberal arts education (a bad word these days0 to get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3225)
    Performance
    (2867)
    Story
    (2874)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "An Unlikely Fabulous Listening Experience"
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    Would you listen to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry again? Why?

    The subtle humor and the unlikely visual image of this man walking to Berwick on Tweed could definitely entice me to read this again. It's


    What about Jim Broadbent’s performance did you like?

    Not only did I love the different voices the narrator used, but I loved the slightly slower pace and cadence which suited the main character totally. Being both a fast reader and a fast talker (albeit NOT in the negative way), at first, I was a little off-put by the slightly slower, almost hum-drum-ness of the Harold Fry character's voice (and of his wife's), but then, I realized, that is Harold (AND his wife). Then, again, as readers will know, there is uniqueness in every day life (Harold muses something to that effect around chapter 12.


    If you could take any character from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Slovakian doctor....although I would hate her word choices!


    Any additional comments?

    It's funny....and it's poignant....and it's heart-wringing. Pilgrimage....Harold....I was expecting something English and Canterbury Tale-ish and perhaps that's what I got. Loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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