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Stuart

Reading opens up new worlds.

ratings
11
REVIEWS
7
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (9287)
    Performance
    (8512)
    Story
    (8521)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "I did not want this book to end."
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    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen again and again. The story was so rich. I would want to revisit some of the passages now that I have reached the end. I miss hearing David Pittu's voice -- such a brilliant performance he puts in.


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

    There were shades of Great Expectations. The rhapsodic descriptions and suspension of linear time reminded me of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. I think The Goldfinch is in the league of classics.


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

    This is the first, but I will seek out more. He is terrific.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I savoured this book. It transported me and I felt changed after finishing. Theo's trauma was my trauma and I was truly invested in the resolution and conclusion of this story.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't enjoyed a story so much in a very long time.

    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
    (4140)
    Performance
    (3617)
    Story
    (3582)

    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"
    "two moons"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it is mesmerizing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the dowager and her impact on the plot


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the final ascent from IQ84 to the highway is amazing


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

    the final reunion of Tengo and Omame was beautiful


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington Square

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By William Hope
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When timid and plain Catherine Sloper acquires a dashing and determined suitor, her father, convinced that the young man is nothing more than a fortune-hunter, decides to put a stop to their romance. Torn between her desire to win her father’s love and approval and her passion for the first man who has ever declared his love for her, Catherine faces an agonising dilemma, and becomes all too aware of the restrictions that others seek to place on her freedom.

    Stuart says: "A beautiful melancholy"
    "A beautiful melancholy"
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    If you could sum up Washington Square in three words, what would they be?

    avarice, disappointment, repression


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Washington Square?

    The final encounter between Catherine and her suitor is poignant and touching. You feel that the passage of time has brought knowledge to the heroine.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought that the encounters between father and daughter were charged, yet restrained. Masterfully written.


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

    No, I savoured the reading and wished it had gone on longer.


    Any additional comments?

    William Hope is a brilliant reader! I enjoyed the colourful, bright energy he gave to the text. I will seek out other books he has read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (871)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Allan Cumming says: "Sometimes you need to have a book read to you"
    "Mezmerizing!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Luminaries the most enjoyable?

    The reader was able to bring all of the characters to life. The prose is so sumptuous and detailed -- you get lost in the moment, drinking in the settings and descriptions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way that the story folded into itself -- truth revealed at the crux between the past and the future. The book celebrates language. I enjoyed the names of all the characters and places -- had a Dickensian onomatopoeia.


    What about Mark Meadows’s performance did you like?

    He was able to bring the voices to life in all the languages and accents.


    If you could take any character from The Luminaries out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would have to be Emery Staines -- the most pleasant, optimistic and positive of the cast.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sorry that the story ended. I wanted to hear more about the resolution -- what happened to the Widow Carver. Did the Maori walk free? Was there love at long last for Anna and Emery? But like a bountiful meal, I left the table sated with much to digest. It was a marvellous listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3236)
    Performance
    (2954)
    Story
    (2940)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Brilliant Sedaris getting grumpier"
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    What did you like best about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls? What did you like least?

    I liked the stories about his family. I did not like the diatribe about travelling in China or getting enraged at customers ordering coffee. Just not funny.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Sedaris before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first audiobook by Sedaris.


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

    The french dentist who coins the phrase "good time teeth."


    Could you see Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The author and his sister.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read everything by Sedaris... this was pretty good but there were a few stories felt like filler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6115)
    Performance
    (2287)
    Story
    (2310)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Excellent foray into the mysteries of gender"
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    If you could sum up Middlesex in three words, what would they be?

    intimate, engaging, funny


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Middlesex?

    The death of the patriarch on the bridge was a fantastic bit of writing.


    What about Kristoffer Tabori’s performance did you like?

    Such a flexible and expressive voice, conjures all the subtleties of conversation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Humanity pervades gender.


    Any additional comments?

    Cal is such a memorable character... stays with you long after the book is done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tap on the Window

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Mark Zeisler
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    International best-selling author Linwood Barclay delivers pulse-pounding suspense that puts him among the masters of the genre. A Tap on the Window finds private investigator Cal Weaver making an ill-advised decision to pick up a young female hitchhiker who reminds him of his dead son. But something is off about the girl, and Cal is soon drawn into a host of nightmarish secrets.

    Mark says: "mystery thriller that totally hooked me"
    "Suspensefull thriller was engrossing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Tap on the Window to be better than the print version?

    The reader was superb at evoking many different characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening sequence is riveting and sets the stage for everything that follows.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Lost children, lost hope.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending went a bit off the rails and was a bit far-fetched, but I really enjoyed the book nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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