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Jefferey Morton

Poorfellow

Florida | Member Since 2013

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  • 108 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4962)
    Performance
    (4578)
    Story
    (4590)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Beautiful story with amazing animation"
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    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    I listened to this book because my girlfriend recommended Neil Gaiman. I wanted to start off with something shorter and see if I liked his style. It is perfection! The fact that he narrated it to (which I didn't really recognize till I wrote this review) shows just how dynamic he is. I will be getting more of his books for my casual "reads"


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

    Everything you would hope/expect from a professional narrator with a little more emotion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I gladly touch it in pieces.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2767)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (2031)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Just couldn't get into it"
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    Would you try another book from Aldous Huxley and/or Michael York?

    I know this is a classic, but honestly the rationale behind how the characters got to where they were socially and psychologically just didn't make sense to me. I couldn't buy into the world created by Huxley. This is the first negative review I have given on audible, and I am not the least bit deterred from finding my next book. Some books just don't click when you listen to them.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael York’s performances?

    No, I honestly got very annoyed with York. His voices just didn't sound right I guess.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4789)
    Performance
    (2529)
    Story
    (2573)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Beautiful written and powerfully illustrated"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen to be better than the print version?

    This was an amazing book that I originally chanced upon in Barnes and Noble a few months before I joined audible. I was enthralled at the bookstore, but didn't have the cash to buy so I had to walk away and by the time I returned it was not there anymore. Luckily I chanced upon it in audible while book hunting and immediately bought it. Even still, I had a hard time getting into it originally because I had read enough and had already attributed "voices" to the characters. I was going to put it down, so to speak, but by then my gf had started listening to it and said that it was really good so I gave it another shot. Sure enough as soon as I got past the point I had originally stopped at on paperback I became fascinated by the story. It was beautifully written with stories within stories that unfolded magnificently into a real life suggestion to improving how one lives. I didn't expect it to be that kind of book and was pleased to find that how the author wrote the book wasn't preachy or quick fixes, but simply a lesson learned that was turned into a story. Everything was supported by facts and testimonials and all of this was so well embedded into the story that seemed to be more of sparkling embellishment then the actual point itself. Give it a listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caballo Blanco of course!! The narrator captured this character the best.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    all of the stories within the book had some truly moving point. That is what made it so good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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