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Jim

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  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (1321)
    Story
    (1300)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Couldn't make it past the narration"
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    While I'm a big fan of Noah Taylor's acting (Simon Magus--highly recommend) he was terrible as a narrator. His dispassionate, breathless style of reading made him difficult to hear. I felt like I was being read a novel in a creative writing class by a neophyte writer who thought his story was "deep."

    I only made it an hour in. The book itself might be fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Financial Lives of the Poets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Jess Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (235)

    A few years ago, small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse. When his big idea - and his wife's eBay resale business - ends with a whimper (and a garage full of unwanted figurines), they borrow and borrow, whistling past the graveyard of their uncertain dreams.

    Suzn F says: "Our Economy is In Trouble and How to Win? Not!"
    "Top Notch"
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    I'd normally be wary about an author reading his own book, but Walter does a great job. You can hear the deadpan humor in his voice, and he reads it beautifully. (Note: he talks about his experience of reading this book in the afterword of "Beautiful Ruins.")

    Excellent story, great characters, and I laughed out loud at least a dozen times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snakewoman of Little Egypt: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert Hellenga
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    On the morning of his 40th birthday, anthropology professor Jackson Jones contemplates his future: Should he go back to Africa, where he did his fieldwork, and live with the Mbuti, or should he marry and settle down in the Midwest, where he now teaches? On the morning of her release from prison, Sunny, who grew up in a snake-handling church in the Little Egypt region of Southern Illinois, rents a garage apartment from Jackson. They become lovers, but they're pulled in different directions.

    Jim says: "Lost potential"
    "Lost potential"
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    What disappointed you about Snakewoman of Little Egypt?

    “This book is chock full of lost potential. A novel should be a long answer to a good question. The author had a brilliant notion to create a morally ambiguous situation--one that *could* have illuminated the culturally relevant topics of religious abuse, deconversion, and cast an anthropological eye on religious ecstasy. Instead, Hellenga decides to spend page after page lecturing us on completely irrelevant topics that do not lend even the slightest contribution to answering the excellent questions his novel puts forth. It reminds me of a student who had to write a 10,000 word essay for his history professor, and decided to copy-and-paste 4,000 words from a science paper he just wrote in order to make the word count.

    The pygmies were not relevant. Playing the timpani is grossly irrelevant. The whole shoppingcart subplot was irrelevant. The French language lessons were irrelevant. He even inserted a slide show through Paris: IRRELEVANT!

    This novel is badly in need of a good editor. It's a bait-and-switch; Hellenga promises a fascinating glimpse into a woman who deconverts from a snake-handling cult, and then says


    What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

    Coleen Marlo is a FANTASTIC reader. She clearly delineated all the characters, even the male ones. When a character was crying, she sounded like she was crying. She's masterful.

    There were a few times when she would have benefited from a better director. She repeatedly used the phrase


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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