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Kimberl Ie L. Perry


LINCOLN, RI, United States

  • 2 reviews
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  • 92 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "A reader's jigsaw puzzle."
    What made the experience of listening to A Prayer for Owen Meany the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable part is getting to live out the book again. Hearing the emotion in Joe's recitation that I have felt each time I have read the book. Tt is like getting to relive favorite moments in your life.

    What other book might you compare A Prayer for Owen Meany to and why?

    Many come close. but no one can really touch this book. It is an all time favorite of mine.

    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Everything but Owen's voice. He does a great job of bringing the characters to life.

    If you could take any character from A Prayer for Owen Meany out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    John Wheelwright. I think his views and inspiration for his actions would make a terrific evenings worth of conversation. I first read this book in the early 1990's when i picked up a copy that had been left in the vacation home of a fried. the vacation home was in New Hampshire. I lost myself in the story and as i read the book found a kindered spirit in John and know him like i know myself. A true friend who i would gladly spend any amount of time talking with about the world and all its stuff.

    Any additional comments?

    Ok, let's say that we can all agree that Owen's voice would be difficult for anyone to emulate. However, I have to say that while Joe Barrett did a great job on all other characters, because 'THE VOICE' in my head was so different from what he provided it was the one thing about this audiobook that I would change.

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  • The Shipping News

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht

    At 36, Quoyle, a third-rate newspaperman, is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife gets her just desserts. He retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters all play a part in Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life. As three generations of his family cobble up new lives, Quoyle confronts his private demons - and the unpredictable forces of nature and society - and begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.

    Polly says: "Can't Explain Why I Love This Book"
    "A great companion"
    Where does The Shipping News rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed reading this book years ago and having grown tired of listing to the radio have taken to exclusively listing to audible books while driving to and from work. I now relish the traffic and find myself sitting in the driveway for a few more momments when i get home to continue to listen. The Shipping news is a favorite of mine and i greatly enjoyed listening to the narration. Paul Hecht did a fantastic job; bringing the characters back to life for me. So far it is my favorite audiobook.

    What other book might you compare The Shipping News to and why?

    I would compare the Shipping News to anything by John Irving, Anne Tyler, Amy Tan. All favorites. the stories that encompass a lifetime and all its events are the best to me. Full character development, historical references, and characters so rich and deep. They are my companions of the road. A true travel companion that keeps you entertained and removed from the mondane while reminding you that life is more complicated and deeply enriched.

    Which character – as performed by Paul Hecht – was your favorite?

    Quoyle - Paul has gripped the vulnerability of the character without making him a sap.

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