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  • Things Fall Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Chinua Achebe
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (238)

    Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

    Darwin8u says: "Achebe's Magnum Opus"
    "Loved this book"
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    I really loved this book, and the narration helps, rather than hinders, the engagement with the plot.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (207)

    This magnificent novel is about the murder of a miserly, aged pawnbroker and her younger sister by a radical, destitute St. Petersburg student named Raskolnikov, and the emotional, mental, and physical effects that follow. It is a remarkable masterpiece about a man's turbulent inner life and his relationship to others and to society at large. Dostoevsky explored the human condition on many levels in this great piece, and among the main themes the novel explores is the rather strange theory that criminals have a spiritual need to be punished - that indeed they demand it.

    Marsha says: "Perfect narrator!"
    "Irksome narration"
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    The narrator, Charlton Griffin's strangely affected mid-Atlantic accept is so irritating and distracting, and his character voicing so off-putting that it heavily detracts from the story and the enjoyment of the book. He hams his performance up like anything, and where exactly are these accents supposed to come from?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (4236)
    Performance
    (3700)
    Story
    (3668)

    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"
    "Ironic focus on the craft of editing"
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    As always with Murakami, the underlying surreal plot is riveting and arresting. However, the weaknesses of the book itself are compounded by the performance. I could have been thrilled by this book if it were well edited (to cut the endless repetition and endless pages of irrelevant detail), and performed well.

    Murakami's underlying plot, in common with his other novels (of which I am an enthusiastic fan), is inventive, mysterious, and charming; by turns dark, humorous, and melancholy.
    The undoing of the book is (and perhaps Murakami has now become too famous to listen to his editors) the long, tedious passages of detailed description of the minutia of every day existence drawn out at great length. Add to this multiple repetitions of the same thoughts and facts, and one almost gets the sense that he was being compensated by the word.

    Finally, the nail in the coffin is the performance. Others had spoken of this in their reviews, but I failed to heed their warning. While Marc Vietor and Mark Boyett do their job well, Allison Hiroto is dreadful. The pace of her narration is painstaking, and when she does her characters, is slows down even further to a snails pace. Furthermore, she insists on adopting daft (slow) voices for each and every character aside from the heroin Aomame.

    I found I could compensate for Hiroto's infuriating narration by playing her parts of the book at 1.5x speed, and switching to 2x speed whenever she was voicing 'the dowager' or Tamaru. With this measure the speech is once again at 'normal' speaking pace, but it requires a lot of fiddling and one really shouldn't have to do this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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