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Miranda

Union Grove, WI, USA

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  • 19 titles in library
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  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6243)
    Performance
    (2372)
    Story
    (2382)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Wow! Can't Put it Down"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I've gotten from Audible yet, and one of the best books I've encountered so far this year. The story is great and has a bit of everything. I'm glad that there are two more books following it, not only because I've enjoyed this one so much, but because the author has introduced so many potential plot threads. I'm hooked!

    While both readers are excellent, the female reader is just a little annoying. She speaks so slowly and carefully that I become impatient with her. While the male reader seems to "lose himself" in the characters, the woman's reading is a bit too dry. Nonetheless, the whole experience of this novel is delightful.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (256)

    Carson McCullers was all of 23 when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.

    Connie says: "Cherry Jones - 10"
    "Needs to be read"
    Overall

    This is an incredible and important story and Jones (the reader) is amazing. However, I think in order to truly appreciate McCullers's genius, this is a book that needs to be read, not listened to. I wanted so badly to linger over the words, but this format just doesn't allow that.

    Jones (the narrartor) is so very talented, though. Her vocal range, the nuances she gives to the characters...I would recommend this recording very highly in spite of my preference for the written version of this novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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