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Thomas Jay Rush

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  • The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, and others
    Overall
    (164)
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    (123)
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    (113)

    John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".

    Scot says: "Thank You, JL"
    "Excellent!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poets' Corner to be better than the print version?

    If you like poetry you will love this book. John Lithgow may not be the most scholarly poetry critic in the world - but that's what I liked most about this book. His comments about each poet's life as well as their poetry is, if not amazing, at least entertaining. The readers of the poems, which in some cases is John Lithgow, and in other cases other notable actors and readers are all great. If I found other books like this I would buy them.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reflections in a Golden Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Set on a Southern army base in the 1930s, Reflections in a Golden Eye tells the story of Captain Penderton, a bisexual whose life is upset by the arrival of Major Langdon, a charming womanizer who has an affair with Penderton's tempestuous and flirtatious wife, Leonora. Upon the novel's publication in 1941, reviewers were unsure of what to make of its relatively scandalous subject matter.

    Thomas Jay Rush says: "One of my new favorites"
    "One of my new favorites"
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    If you could sum up Reflections in a Golden Eye in three words, what would they be?

    Who killed whom?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not a single character in this book is likable in any way. They are all petty and self centered. If I had to pick one least unlikable character I guess it would be the Major's wife and Anakleto.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The way the captain is both deeply frightened and completely exhilarated by the wild horse ride, and the way he later reacts to that exhilaration.


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

    That never happens to me. I usually listen as I walk or ride bike.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent book structurally. I won't reveal what I think to be the beauty of what this writer does in the construction of this plot, but it worked fantastically I thought. Hint: the first paragraph (so I'm not giving anything away) says that a murder happened that involved six characters, one of which is a horse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Train Dreams and Jesus' Son

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Denis Johnson
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    Here are two complete audiobooks by Denis Johnson, narrated by Will Patton. Listen to both Train Dreams and Jesus’ Son, as well as an excerpt from Denis Johnson’s National Book Award-winning Tree of Smoke.... In Train Dreams, Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the 20th century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world.

    A User says: "I Should Have Disliked These Stories"
    "Wonderful"
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    If you could sum up Train Dreams and Jesus' Son in three words, what would they be?

    I did not listen to Jesus' Son but Train Dreams was excellent. The voice of the narrator was perfect for story. The story itself was great and I won't give away the end but I found it to be perfect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is only really a single character so I would guess it was that one. There are other characters but they do not play a huge role in the story.


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

    As is true of most audible books I think the human voice, and Will Patton's in particular, brings something that is just not present in when I read.the


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

    I thought the end was stunning. I didn't cry but only because my son was sitting next to me in the car.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the price (or at least it's worth one of my annual tokens).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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