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Lexington, MA, USA | Member Since 2008

  • 7 reviews
  • 64 ratings
  • 140 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Leslie T. Chang
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A book of global significance that provides new insight into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and transforming Chinese society, much as immigration to America's shores remade our own country a century ago.

    Roy says: "Cumulative Effect"
    "a fine match of author and narrator"

    Engaging and enlightening. And perfectly read by Susan Ericksen who voices the author and her other characters cleanly and expressively, with just the right blend of passion and dramatic restraint.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Palace

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Against the mythical dreamscape of America, Auster brilliantly weaves the bizarre narrative of Marco Stanley Fogg, an orphan searching for love, his father, and the key to the riddle of his origin and fate.

    Peter says: "good novel, decent-to-poor narration"
    "good novel, decent-to-poor narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A very good novel, and decently narrated, until the narrator begins with the elderly painter Effing whom he presents as a cartoon-curmudgeon, speaking the character's words with barely a variation in tone, inflection, and emphasis. The novel at this point becomes difficult to judge, seeming to slump into a dramatic middle ground - engaging to a point; predictable beyond that point.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Needed more vocal imagination and insight regarding the character of the elderly painter Effing.

    Did Moon Palace inspire you to do anything?

    Finish the Audible book, despite the growing effort needed to do so.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of God

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

    Joseph says: "Very interesting and thought provoking"

    One of the best books I have read or listened to this year, and one of the best audiobook narrations.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Winesburg, Ohio

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Sherwood Anderson
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Through 23 connected short stories, the author looks into the lives of the inhabitants of a small town in the American heartland. In a simple and intense style, these psychological portraits of the sensitive and imaginative of Winesburg's population are seen through the eyes of a young reporter-narrator, George Willard. Their stories are about loneliness and alienation, passion and virginity, wealth and poverty, thrift and profligacy, carelessness and abandon.

    Philip says: "Do not buy this audiobook"
    "landmark book, mediocre readers"

    Agree with reviewer below who lambastes the narrators. Especially bad is the male voice doing the introduction and several subsequent sections. He doesn't know if he's Irish or South Carolinian or from Down East Maine, forget about Ohio. A mishmash of summer stock readers overall. This book deserves better.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound and the Fury

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling", the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers: the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin, and the monstrous Jason.

    W.Denis says: "Hang in"
    "great novel, great narration"

    One of the greatest American novels, and Grover Gardner's narration is among's very best. Gardner doesn't just read Faulkner, he becomes him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Classic American Short Stories, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Edith Wharton, and others
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    Unlike the other arts, American literature has been a powerful, influential, and leading aspect of American culture. By turns sedate and mercurial and possessing a moral mind set of various social values, the American short story reveals in its pages the psyche of a growing, sprawling nation whose sense of destiny has always been larger than life. Here are seven masterpieces that will make you smile, make you frown, and leave you pondering the mystery that surrounds the soul of a great nation.

    James says: "Beautifully performed!"
    "great stories survive overcooked narration, barely"

    Five stars for the stories, a half-star for the narrator whose affected resonance and melodramatic thoughtfulness draw more attention to themselves than to the texts. Narrators like this make me want to say: It's not about you, it's about the book.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Futurist

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James P. Othmer
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Yates is a Futurist. Which is to say he makes a very good living flying around the world dispensing premonitory wisdom, a.k.a. prepackaged bull, to world governments, corporations, and global leadership conferences. He is an optimist by trade and a cynic by choice. He's the kind of man who can give a lecture on successive days to a leading pesticide manufacturer and the Organic Farmers of America, and receive standing ovations at both.

    Alan says: "missed the mark"
    "past its freshness date"

    Unsurprising, flippant, middle-road semi-satire. Worst aspect is the snarky preciousness of the narrator who oversells the material, putting every word in sarcastic vocal quotation marks. This is why I often find the best audiobook narrators are authors who read their own work. They don't try to "act" so hard, they just communicate.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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