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Marlène

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  • Tropic of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Henry Miller
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller's masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for 27 years after its first publication in Paris in 1943. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller's famed mixture of memoir and fiction.

    Darwin8u says: "A madman who dances with lightening in his hands"
    "Some literature seems out of my reach"
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    What disappointed you about Tropic of Cancer?

    It seems more an essay than a story. Relationships between souls but more frequently bodies with crude descriptions. There does not seem to be a backbone throughout the story maybe perhaps sex and poverty. For me no "veni vidi vici" but heard I have....now Makes me wonder if all famous writers are worth catching up with ;-)

    About the reading, what can I say? I love the deep voice but the French names and words (the action takes place in Paris) are a clear struggle for Mr. Scott and it spoils some of the pleasure.


    Has Tropic of Cancer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes Miller's books for a while. Maybe I'll venture it again but not soon


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I don't expect the narrators to master the foreign words often found in English books but I expefct them like an actor to learn to speak them out so event the native understands.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tropic of Cancer?

    None a book needs to be unabridged - everytime.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the reader would make some research before tackling this book and if foreign languages are read, at least narrators should master the pronunciation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7454)
    Performance
    (6489)
    Story
    (6479)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "A bit too glossy and too clean for me"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    it's just not plausible, story's ok. I would have expected at least the characters to be more credible. Love doesn't solve every childhood wound and one cannot be that good in everything, it's just too much of everything.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult, Gillian Flynn or a good murder story but no Nora Roberts for a time.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes good


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

    it has rythm and keeps you hooked


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1457)
    Performance
    (1334)
    Story
    (1347)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Delicious from start to finish"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes very "dépaysant" which means by change of scenery it clears your head. Although the main character seems to be on top of everything, often, the story is realistic, probably true and really interesting. The insight into animal behaviour is a discovery for me


    What did you like best about this story?

    Introspection into animal behaviour


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the elephant decides not to charge the owner of the reserve


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This would take me hours... I'll go back to books sorry


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12982)
    Performance
    (5332)
    Story
    (5379)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Impressive, as if you were there"
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    What did you like best about The Pillars of the Earth? What did you like least?

    You can imagine living in such times. Not always so pleasant. Sometimes a bit longish and the bad characters are very bad (not nuanced) which borders on simplistic at times. My first Follett, I'd love to try another in a different time period.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ken Follett? Why or why not?

    Yes but not the second one yet. It is said to be of exactly the same vein.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Yes it was very impressive. Acting really


    Do you think The Pillars of the Earth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It seems to me a difficult tasks to follow the different generations and in this story it seemed to me all was said... except the construction of the cathedral


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (439)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "Most entertaining"
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    What did you like best about Emily and Einstein? What did you like least?

    The relationship between reincarnated boyfriend and main character. Hilarious in a not so funny story. Depicts people not always on their best side which is refreshing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Linda Francis Lee? Why or why not?

    Yes definitely, this was my first one at a sale


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Can't think of anything


    Was Emily and Einstein worth the listening time?

    Definitely. Could do all my cleaning with her stories


    Any additional comments?

    Some events in the story are forseeable and slightly cliched but totally acceptable. Lovely comprehension of the way the male gender works, hilariously spot on at times

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3408)
    Performance
    (3159)
    Story
    (3154)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Always a surprise"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, you can't guess what's next. Very good rythm


    What other book might you compare The Silkworm to and why?

    of course the first of the series with detective Strike The Cuckoo's Calling which has the same charasteristics. Quite realistic when depicting emotions and above all life's issues of the characters.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Good at accents, be it Northern England or American or Australian, it always baffles me


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

    No not quite, but can't put it down all the same


    Any additional comments?

    May be a bit dark at times. All characters of Rowling post Potter, be it in Casual Vacancy or after are torn by their contradictions. A bit heavy at times

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3264)
    Performance
    (2967)
    Story
    (2979)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Brilliant.... and so sad"
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    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my five best ever


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tackling of a grave subject : euthanasia


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

    Never read her before but am about to read "the last letter from your lover"


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

    Cry... buckets Absolutely brilliant that despite the obvious love between the two main characters, she has not fallen into the sticky sweet trap of a happy ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Well researched and well directed, her ideas never fall into easy opinions or too much religion rectitude, the subjects are grave and still the whole story has a certain joy. Joy of living of the girl protagonist. An absolute discovery for me. A book one grieves when it's finished!
    Living in a country in which euthanasia is tolerated, i never thought much about the opinion of people in other countries. Interestiing. Nor does it mean it is absolutely the right thing to approve. But in some circumstances it is a right to defend, even if it still constitutes a luxury (costwise). Mind you if your illness has an effect whatsoever on your mental capabilities, your right to terminate your life is immediatly withdrawn.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18201)
    Performance
    (16194)
    Story
    (16152)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Brilliant in every way"
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    I love King's reflections of today vs ago and his vivid imagination


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

    None of these but serious material for thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyable and for this once no gore

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keys to the Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Mary Jago had donated her own bone marrow to save the life of someone she didn’t know. And this generous act led directly to the bitter break-up of her affair with Alistair. For him, it was as though her beauty had been plundered. But the man whose life she had saved would change Mary’s life in a way she could never have imagined.

    Marlène says: "Good and clever, as they say a page turner"
    "Good and clever, as they say a page turner"
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    Would you try another book from Ruth Rendell and/or Simon Russell Beale?

    Ruth Rendell yes I remember I read some younger but there are so many good writers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keys to the Street?

    The way the author handles the abused person and the bully.


    What three words best describe Simon Russell Beale’s voice?

    pleasant in character


    Do you think The Keys to the Street needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    not necessarily, I think the main character has had enough adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    Compared to lots of others the sound was bad. As if copied from tape. Somehow muffled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18420)
    Performance
    (16442)
    Story
    (16497)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Surprise from beginning to end"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes everytime. I am the kind of reader that often finds the clue before - and how boring - the end is told. Here no way. It is based on true human feelings too and of infinitely clever minds. I still lick my fingers.... Hope to forget it and be able to relisten to it.


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    Difficult to say but I liked the journal of her, story of him that converge at the end.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No a first


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

    I could hardly get my headphones off... smirking or grinning perhaps at the cleverness of the author


    Any additional comments?

    More like that please...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3140)
    Performance
    (1826)
    Story
    (1852)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Very interesting subject"
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    What did you love best about The Fountainhead?

    Why not about architecture. But it is all about the unconventional and how being different is ever a problem. A moderne tale about self image, value and belief. Also the way looking at life in reverse i.e. being selfish in order to be generous or generous in order to acquire merit and fame is interesting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Subject and the way it is handled. It gets a bit long at times


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None proeminent but the way all characters have their part in the book to tell their tale.


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

    yes when you realize humanity and generosity can hide the worst schemes. the plot is absolutely amazing at times


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for the good time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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