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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2226)
    Performance
    (1977)
    Story
    (1961)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Probably better as a print book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I liked his prior books. This one is not his best, so I would only recommend it to people who are familiar with his work. I found the narration very distracting and, unlike most audiobooks, this one was easy to put down. I am struggling to finish it. I think this book probably is better in print.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Not sure, but a stronger, deeper voice.


    Do you think And the Mountains Echoed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7389)
    Performance
    (6776)
    Story
    (6781)

    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"
    "Can't believe it won a Pulitzer"
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    Would you recommend The Goldfinch to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, especially as an audio book. I got through 10 hours and kept trying, but this book dragged on repeatedly. Just as I thought it would develop, it sank into a poorly edited mess again. I finally gave up during the umpteenth drunken teen moment in Las Vegas. The story has potential with serious editing to tighten the story up and focus on essentials. The performance mY have added to the challenges to connect with this story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Goldfinch?

    Half df the Las Vegas section, which was bizarrely one dimensional plus some of the initial explosion description and follow up.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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