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MasterMarquette

Karim Marquette

Palm Springs, CA United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 148 titles in library
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  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3189)
    Performance
    (2918)
    Story
    (2942)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "I Hope this Starts a Trend"
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    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Absolutely. The prose is beautiful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gatsby, the person with a past.


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

    No, I have not heard him narrate. It's wonderful for actors to narrate classics such as this. They bring intent and interest to the story. The elocution is wonderful. Gives me a new appreciation for how important voice is one of the instruments of master actors.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (445)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    M Kaner says: "I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads"
    "Narration at its Brilliant Best"
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    Where does Middlemarch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Middlemarch?

    It's rather like choosing which part of a quilt keeps me warmest, the book has many memorable moments and is very difficult to single out just one.


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

    I love that you ask about Ms. Stevenson's "performance", rather than her "narration". I have not listened to any of her "performances", but I most certainly will. It is utterly amazing to think that such a fine performer would undertake a labor of recording such a lengthy work. It is a testament to the importance of elocution for an actor. Stevenson's ability to create, and maintain, believable "voices" for different characters in the book is absolutely astonishing. She even has a knack for creating a voice for an old man and a younger man. Her portrayal of old, befuddled Brooke is amazing and quite comic. Listening to her, one realizes the talent and skill which contribute to fine acting. Watching performances, great actors make the creation of characters seem so effortless. When one listens, one focuses simply on the vocal skill of the actor, which in the case of Stevenson, is so very gifted.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh yes, I laughed several times and sometimes it brought a tear to my eye. Eliot's prose is some of the finest written. Also, she was able to create such very likeable characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I am finding that I am choosing audiobooks not only for the content, but for the quality of the narration. To have accomplished actors such as Stevenson "perform" a book of this quality is an experience not to be missed. It's an art form unto itself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (330)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "Different from the Movie"
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    Any additional comments?

    Atonement is one of my favorite films. The book is also wonderful, but the visuals of the film are stupendous. The book is quite different than the film in some areas, but not significantly. The description of what happened at Dunkirk is especially moving. How easy it is to forget the sacrifice made by so many young men. This book reminds one of the incredible devastation of war.

    2 of 2 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
    (3046)
    Performance
    (2713)
    Story
    (2719)

    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"
    "Stellar!!!"
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    Would you listen to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry again? Why?

    Yes, I probably will listen to the book again. It is a wonderful story and charged with Jim Broadbent's first rate narration. This audio-book should be the standard which all narrators should emulate. First, Broadbent does not rush. He allows the listener a bit of time for certain sentences to sink in. This is especially important because of the incredibly beautiful prose of Joyce. Secondly, there are so many gorgeous metaphors created by the author. Sometimes there are metaphors in literature which are pretentious and forced. Joyce's metaphors seem to be like a normal adjective, some of them are pure genius.


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

    One of the great actors of the day, having performed in "Moulin Rouge" and "Iron Lady", Broadbent brings a very gifted actors' sensitivity to expression and language. As an audiobook, Broadbent has created something of a performance. His tone of voice are perfect for the story. Also, of course, I imagined Mr. Broadbent as the protagonist, which brought an even more wonderful experience to the novel.

    I sure hope he continues to narrate. Spectacular.


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

    The older "distinguished" gentleman Harold meets at a train station.


    Any additional comments?

    I do hope Joyce continues writing novels. When I googled her, I couldn't believe this was her first novel. I had just completed George Eliots' "Mill on the Floss", and in my humble opinion, Joyce's work was comparable. However, Joyce is contemporary. Her gentle style is simple, yet refined.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maurice

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Peter Firth
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (100)

    Maurice is born into a privileged way of life, conforming to social conventions, yet he finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex. Through Clive, a Cambridge friend, and Alec, the gamekeeper, he experiences a sexual awakening.

    Christopher P. says: "Finally!!! It's past time!"
    "Narrated Much Too Fast"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator is speaking in a British accent much too quickly. It's hard enough to follow what he is saying, let alone have any time for reflection.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Mill on the Floss

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    First published in 1861, The Mill on the Floss was a best-seller in its day. This classic novel explores the traditions and moral expectations of an English rural community. Maggie Tulliver is a girl of uncontrollable romantic ideals. But her brother, along with most of society, cannot accept her brashness and vitality. Narrator Jill Tanner gracefully unfolds this tragic tale of love and loss.

    MasterMarquette says: "Poignant, relevant, love Jill Tanner's narration"
    "Poignant, relevant, love Jill Tanner's narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mill on the Floss to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version so can't compare. However, the narrator, Jill Tanner, of the audio edition goes way above and beyond standard narration. Indeed, she makes the book almost a dramatic performance. With her beautiful, contralto voice, Tanner is able to even create characters with individual sounding voices. Truly remarkable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So relevant today, even though written 150 years ago. The prose is beautiful.


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

    She gives a performance of the book. Her elocution is perfect. She's able to create what could be local-sounding British accents of the day. Very entertaining.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. It made me cry. Having experienced some major "troubles" in life, it was wonderful to read of others who have struggled.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joshua Wolf Shenk
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Drawing on a wealth of his own research and the work of other Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst crisis in the "coping strategies" he developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies.

    Scott says: "Lincoln was depressed - who knew?"
    "A Must For Anyone Who Has Suffered from Depression"
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    What did you love best about Lincoln's Melancholy?

    It truly amazed me to learn that Lincoln suffered from acute depression. I could identify with many experiences he had related to depression. It was also beneficial to learn that to be melancholic in Lincoln's day could be perceived as a virtue. It certainly doesn't have the stigma it has today.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned that even great men such as Lincoln have suffered from depression. That depression can actually enhance one's life experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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