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T. Vega

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  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (891)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "Interesting Concept"
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    Would you try another book from John Jakes and/or Grover Gardner?

    I don't know if I would try another John Jakes book, but I would give Grover Gardner another try.


    Would you recommend North and South to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would probably not recommend North and South because it was kind of dry. I'm a fan of historical fiction, but this was kind of shallow and repetitive. Everyone is very one dimensional.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know how much a narrator could pull out of this book. He did the northern and southern accents, unfortunately the characters really had nothing to say.


    Was North and South worth the listening time?

    It was something to fill freeway time. It is better than AM radio.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4815)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1707)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Amazing! Mysterious! Tragic!"
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    Would you listen to The Thirteenth Tale again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again because I'm sure I missed some of the foreshadowing that led to the unraveling of the mystery at the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Vida Winter. Her story and her rigidity about telling it the way she wanted it told spoke to her strength in light of the adversity she experienced in her life.


    What about Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner ’s performance did you like?

    I liked the conversations between Vida and Margaret because the two narrators made it a conversation. It wasn't one person impersonating two people.


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

    The story that will never be told!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved, loved, loved this book. My sister recommended it (thanks sis!) and it was very good. There are all the elements of a trashy novel (incest, dead bodies in the woods, foundlings), but it never comes off as trashy or trite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dante Club

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By John Siedman
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    In 1865 Boston, the members of the Dante Club, poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, along with publisher J. T. Fields, are finishing America's first translation of The Divine Comedy and preparing to unveil Dante's remarkable visions to the New World.

    Barbara says: "Fun, if a little long-winded"
    "A Group of Authors get Tangled in a Crime Spree"
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    Would you listen to The Dante Club again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because the characters were so amazing that the listener actually is emotionally tied to their lives. They are richly written and seem to come to life.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There were points in the story where I didn't want to get out of my car. I sat there waiting to find out what was going to happen next.


    What about John Siedman’s performance did you like?

    The narrator managed to differentiate the characters through intonation and accent to the point that I always knew who was speaking.


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

    There were times that the witty remarks made me laugh out loud. The group of men (Henry Longfellow, James Lowell, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr) are translating Dante's Inferno and their closeness to each other makes the reader an unspoken part of the group. It's like being part of their club.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black House

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (614)

    Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories....

    Brian says: "Jack Sawyer delivers"
    "A Fun Fairy Tale"
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    Where does Black House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Black House ranks among the top audio books I've listened to. My son and I listen to this story on the way to and from school. We listened to The Talisman by the same authors and narrator and I wanted him to hear this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator does a good job of switching between characters. We can recognize them by his cadence and intonation.


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

    Yes, we listened to The Talisman. The main character is the same person from the other book only he is an adult now. Mr. Muller does a good job of distinguishing between the young Jack and his now older self.


    Any additional comments?

    The collaborations between King and Straub are very good. While I am pretty sure I can distinguish which author wrote what section, they do a good job of blending their styles. If I were to guess I would put the first book, The Talisman, more heavily weighted to King's character driven style. This second book has a heavier Straub feel to it because of the story arc and importance placed on plot. My son is a teenager and I feel comfortable with the conversations we have about the content of The Black House. If he were younger I would not have him listen to it. The story of mutilated children is generally not appropriate for little people. The Talisman is more palatable to a younger audience despite some of the language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Victoria Mcgee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    Austen’s classic tale of love and values in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century is her most beloved. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in landed-gentry society. One of the most popular novels of all time. Has been adapted to countless variations for the screen.

    T. Vega says: "Victoria McGee pulls off the tone of the story"
    "Victoria McGee pulls off the tone of the story"
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    Would you listen to Pride and Prejudice again? Why?

    I would listen to this story again because it really captured the era. The class distinctions were interesting and the story is an historical snapshot of a time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pride and Prejudice?

    I have read the book a few times before, but I thought the narrator really captured the biting commentary of the characters. The words seem so innocent, but they have a lot of power, and at times cattiness, behind them. I am a fan of the compliment delivered with the slap across the face and this story has quite a bit of that.


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

    I laughed all the way through the conversation between Lady Catherine and Elizabeth. It was like watching a tennis game where each tries to get one over on the other and Lizzy came out on top.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that was a little off-putting were the huge silent gaps between chapters. I checked my iPod quite a few times to make sure that it hadn't stopped playing (my iPod does that sometimes for no reason). Once I got used to them though I just let it go.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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