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Jeannie Wilkinson

Beverly Hills, CA, US | Member Since 2005

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  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2580)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1367)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Best Performance"
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    I read the book when it first came out and while I thought it an excellent story, I also found it dark and a little depressing. What a surprise to experience the audio version of this book! Frank McCourt does an exemplary job of bringing his characters and story to life. The humor is sometimes subtle and I missed too much of it in my own reading. This is unfortunate because he finds humor in so many places - childish misunderstandings of the adult world, the matter-of-factness with which religious and political beliefs are held, the quirky characters that make this world go round. I've listened to more than a hundred audio books and this narration is my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (390)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "Mixed Feelings - Outstanding Narration"
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    What did you like best about Shantaram? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed insight into the culture - especially that of the slums. I could have done without all the philosophy. Also, the author tries to dispense many "truisms" that sound clever and insightful, but under closer inspection, seem flimsy. I think a sprinkling of these would have been fine, but I was gritting my teeth half-way through.


    Would you recommend Shantaram to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, to the right person, but with several disclaimers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I laughed out loud when the narrator takes a shower with Prabakar in the village for the first time.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Potentially


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17454)
    Performance
    (11650)
    Story
    (11543)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    So far all the very highly recommended books on Audible have been excellent reads. I've read books from genres I normally wouldn't, including science and historical fiction. Maybe it's that I don't like "romance" novels, but I found this book disappointing. The sex is fine, but my god, can we have some plot? Even more history would have been welcome. I liked the characters and the reading was excellent. If it weren't for that and the hope that something might actually happen, I would have bailed early on.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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