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Mark

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  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4272)
    Performance
    (3734)
    Story
    (3703)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Fell Short"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was my first Murakami novel and I think I would have done better starting with another. Those more familiar with his style and previous works seemed to have enjoyed this book more than I did (according to the reviews).


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased the audio book when it first came out, before many of the reviews of the production were posted. I waited to listen because of the length of the book. Overall, I felt that the story had promise. It developed interestingly in the beginning, and the concept of the alternate reality, Aomame's profession, and the mystery and of Sakigake created suspense. Tengo was a relatively uninteresting character and thus not a necessarily "worthy" love interest to Aomame. But the narration of Aomame defied her complexity and contributed to my impression of even her as boring. The ending of the novel also fell flat in my opinion, and left more questions than answers, particularly regarding the alternate reality and the little people.There was too much unnecessary description and I was left bored at many places. The narrators weren't lively in their reading, with the exception of Ushikawa, and the dull, unemotional narration detracted from the story. Perhaps I would have been better off reading rather than listening to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4493)
    Performance
    (2644)
    Story
    (2644)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Pinchot - not one man, but many!"
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    Would you listen to Matterhorn again? Why?

    Yes! Apart from the superb narrative, I'd revisit this book for one reason... Bronson Pinchot. I was amazed at how well he read this novel; at times it felt like it was narrated by a full cast. Wonderful portrayal of all the many characters and a great story to boot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one with the tiger, but I don't want to spoil it... just listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (450)

    The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

    carl801 says: "Le Carre remains the gold standard"
    "Not for the commute."
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    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader pronounced every nuanced vowel in a way that didn't feel effortless, but forced. I would have preferred a different reader.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was good, and I could see it being a great read...just not a great listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audiobooks in the car commuting to work and although I wanted to like this book, I couldn't focus on DC traffic and hold the story at the same time. I found myself having to re-listen to chapters because I had no idea what was going on. For me, the story had too many characters with too much jargon for a semi-passive listen - it requires more focus than I could give it while driving.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful

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