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Penelope

Rochester, NY | Member Since 2011

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  • 259 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3041)
    Performance
    (2781)
    Story
    (2801)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Actors should stick with Acting...."
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    I was so excited to listen to this classic. But, I was very disappointed. I know it seems like a great SELLING move to market an audiobook with a screen actor- screen actors have ONE character, not seven.... or more. And, honestly, A talented actor/actress should stick with acting. Just because you are a talented actor/actress DOES NOT equal that you are a master at audiobook narration.
    Now, if I just wanted to hear Jake Gyllenhaal read a book to me, this would have worked out...... probably would have cost me much more than this audiobook, however!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17338)
    Performance
    (15404)
    Story
    (15356)

    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"
    "Very Cool!!"
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    I am usually NOT a Stephen King fan. (Not for his work, but the content usually not my breed of book.) I was AMAZED to finally have a work of fiction I could read/listen to by him. S. King is an AMAZING author!! I totally l-o-v-e-d this book. The concept of time travel with consequence. Time travel with Coincidence. Well done!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5322)
    Performance
    (3525)
    Story
    (3530)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Timeless......"
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    Timeless.....in both Quality Writing and Research (BRAVO Diana Gabaldon) with an inexhaustible PERFORMANCE by Davina Porter (STANDING OVATION!!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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