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Rebecca

SOUTH HURSTVILLE, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

    Todd says: "Expecting "Whoa!", but got "Meh""
    "Another beautiful and dark Gaiman book"
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    What did you love best about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    The voice of childhood filtered through the awareness of adulthood - a very fine line, but Gaiman gets it right.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lettie Hempstock, for her no-nonsense attitude


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I heard Gaiman read the first chapters of this at an event in Sydney, and knew I had to hear him read the whole thing. He has a lilting, mesmerising quality to his narration that draws you in. Even though he doesn't do full blown character voices, the small touches he gives to each character set them off perfectly. (though not entirely convinced by his South African accent!)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

    Cay.S says: "Such an exquisite story, I didn't want it to end"
    "Evocative performance"
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    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Rambling, compelling, absorbing


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to and why?

    Although not similar in content, it brought to mind The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, for its rich characterisation, intricacy and detail of plot and extreme differences in locale (possibly also because the bulk of both books is set in New York).


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    It's a toss up between Boris and Hobie.


    Any additional comments?

    David Pittu's performance was excellent. The characters all sounded distinct and his voice is very easy to listen to. That, added to Tartt's characterisation, created a book full of rich characters who were easy to picture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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