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  • Interpreter of Maladies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Matilda Novak
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (221)

    With accomplished precision and gentle eloquence, Jhumpa Lahiri traces the crosscurrents set in motion when immigrants, expatriates, and their children arrive, quite literally, at a cultural divide. The nine stories in this stunning debut collection unerringly chart the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.

    Jennifer says: "Novel-amazing; Audio-mediocre"
    "Great stories, poor production"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Interesting, vivid, and moving stories of a culture I did not know much about. They kept me engaged and wanting to know more.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was fine. I agree with previous reviewers about the other problems. The bizarre and intrusive inclusion of random music in the stories, even in the middle of a section of dialogue, was incredibly annoying and confusing. Also, there is not enough space between the stories, certainly no more than 2 seconds. There is no time to reflect on the story, or to let it breathe before the next one starts. Sometimes I wasn't sure if it was just a pause in the current story. I would dive for the pause button but always too late. This really detracts from the power of the stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend that people read this the old-fashioned way. The stories are not well-served by these production choices. They deserve better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Faith: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Jane Smiley brings her extraordinary gifts, comic timing, empathy, emotional wisdom, an ability to deliver slyly on big themes and capture the American spirit, to the seductive, wishful, wistful world of real estate, in which the sport of choice is the mind game. Her funny and moving new novel is about what happens when the American Dream morphs into a seven-figure American Fantasy.

    Lisa says: "Not worth reading."
    "tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Smiley again?

    I love Jane Smiley and have read many of her books. Clearly this wasn't one of her best, and the slow narration didn't help.


    What didn’t you like about Ruth Ann Phimister’s performance?

    This wasn't Ruth Ann Phimester. This is narrated by a man.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to get into it. I started over several times today. In addition to having a mystery narrator, the pacing was slow and I couldn't stay interested.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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