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paraskevi

Texas | Member Since 2007

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  • 6 reviews
  • 209 ratings
  • 439 titles in library
  • 33 purchased in 2014
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  • The Invisible Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Orringer
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (218)

    Julie Orringer's astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family's struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

    Howard says: "The Critics Got in Right"
    "Great story of a family"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I learned so much about Hungary. The country was ravaged by war and leaders. The stories of the Jewish traumas are so personal and poignant. Beautiful writing!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dan Barber
    • Narrated By Dan Barber
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    The Third Plate is chef Dan Barber’s extraordinary vision for a new future of American eating. After more than a decade spent investigating farming communities around the world in pursuit of singular flavor, Barber finally concluded that - for the sake of our food, our health, and the future of the land - America’s cuisine required a radical transformation.

    Andy says: "What we'll be eating in 2025"
    "Optimistic, Intelligent and Provocative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Third Plate to be better than the print version?

    Yes! It is read by the author, and he is brilliant.


    What other book might you compare The Third Plate to and why?

    Those by Wendell Berry and Michael Pollan. Barber offers such hope to another way of living and eating.


    What about Dan Barber’s performance did you like?

    He was articulate, passionate and so knowledgeable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to hear more books read by their authors--they understand their writing and can communicate it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Michael Henchard, drunk at a country fair, sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas. The following day, in despair and remorse, he forswears alcohol and sets out to redeem himself. In time, he becomes a respected merchant and eventually the mayor of the town. But Fate is not to be so easily appeased, and Henchard finds his past actions resonate through and destroy his plans for the future.

    Tad Davis says: "Superb"
    "Classic Hardy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge the most enjoyable?

    The reader was excellent. And the story was tight and true to his development of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hardy: The Mayor of Casterbridge?

    The ending.


    What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

    Excellent depiction of each character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Henchard's inevitable return to his beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    Hardy is not optimistic about human nature or life but quite realistic. So much of his depiction of us human beings still rings true--a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5943)
    Performance
    (3855)
    Story
    (3869)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Dog lovers will love it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    The dog's thinking and witty lines.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh, his voice and humor added so much! He got into that dog's body.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The love of the dog for his master .


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it and listen with a fellow dog lover. You'll laugh and cry together.

    0 of 0 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
    (4274)
    Performance
    (3735)
    Story
    (3704)

    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"
    "Long and slow!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story is redundant. I had not read anything by Murakami; the book was given to me as a Christmas gift. I don't particularly like stories that are the "science fiction" type. However, I continued to listen because the plot was interesting at first--then it just got slow. I found myself speeding up the read and skipping sections. It is entirely too long; however, I think the readers do convey the Japanese setting.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    I was repulsed by the description of "The Leader" having a sustained erection while he was paralyzed and mounted by ten-year-old prepubescent girls. I also think the repetitive descriptions of breasts left me bored.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Maybe.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The plot is definitely different.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7202)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3561)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Slow"
    Overall

    Reader was slow, boring and dry. I could not stand the story, but I stuck with it for half the book. Finally, decided I had better things to do with my time and many wonderful books to read (or listen to.) I have listened to all of Steig Larrson's books and loved them; this was recommended for me;not in the same league.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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