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Novels Too


St. Louis, MO | Member Since 2007

  • 3 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 328 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • Last Man in Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A riveting story of money and power, luxury and deprivation, set in the booming city of Mumbai. At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown. Real-estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a building named the Shanghai, which promises to be one of the city’s most elite addresses. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in a retired schoolteacher called Masterji.

    Cariola says: "Witty, Sad, Outrageous"
    "Last Man in Tower"

    Powerful story, but I really did not like the narrator chosen for this audio reading. He just seemed too forced and fake, especially in reading the female characters. I found it very annoying. A major distraction to the story, overall. He barely sounds Indian. A narrator can make or break an audio book for me. This is one book that I would have much preferred reading the actual book. The narrator fo White Tiger was much more convincing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Fall of Giants - Almost a 5"

    Overall, Fall of Giants is a very good read. On a par with Pillars of the Earth and far outshines his last book, World Without End. Fall of Giants has a few problems that better editing would have picked up, but they are minor. The book could have stood out on it's own with out some of the sex scenes. Follet is such a good story teller, I don't see why he needs to cheapen his book with this drivel. I am not opposed to sexual content in a book, but when you have a 1000 page historical fiction book that is great on it's own, you just don't need lines such as this one: "Walter toyed with her pubic hair, it was long, black, and curly. Maude offered to cut it for him, but he told her no, he liked it." (probably not an exact quote but very close) Seriously Mr. Follett? This is spoken in the middle of a discussion of the proposed peace treaty at the end of the war. It made me guffaw, so Harlequin Romance! That being said, the book was really worth the time to read which is why I gave it a 4 star rating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tiffany Baker
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Truly Plaice, an overly large and ungainly girl, is the polar opposite of her sister, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. With their parents dead, Truly and Serena Jane are separated: Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation.

    Tracie says: "Pretty good - but could have been Truly good!"
    "Little Giant of Aberdeen County"

    This book had a lot of potential, but did not quite make it. The book was so annoying to listen to, I can't believe I kept listening until the end. The story is so weak and full of holes.
    Plus, I am always bothered by narratives that give detailed accounts of conversation, emotions, and events when the speaker was not on the scene and does not have any first hand knowledge, or even hearsay, about which they are speaking.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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