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Tim

Arvada, CO, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6226)
    Performance
    (5391)
    Story
    (5386)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Not as good as it was hyped. Not "The Help""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a love story. And a movie story. I think generally a female audience might appreciate this book.


    What could Jess Walter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I applaud Jess Walter, she is a fine author. For me the story was rather bleak.


    What aspect of Edoardo Ballerini’s performance would you have changed?

    I kept thinking that he sounded a lot like Scott Brick. He did a fine job of distinguishing characters.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I enjoyed hearing about the Cinque Terra and about some of the actual historical actors in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The editors on Audible raved about this book and made it sound amazing. The story was only ok. I feel like it was a bait and switch. The hype made it a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4446)
    Performance
    (2108)
    Story
    (2140)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Kathleen says: "It's not easy being green"
    "No good."
    Overall

    I was expecting a story something along the lines of an Oz fairy tale. Instead, this book was long, boring and just seemed to wander around without a point. It is an adult story, not for the kids. Really heavy handed with half-formed philisophical babble that didn't seem to have much to do with the story. Some of the characters seemed to have a reason to be in the book, but many of them were shallow and didn't have much to do with the plot. I kept waiting for something to happen, trying to figure out when things were going to pick up, but they never did. I can't believe this book was so popular.

    26 of 61 people found this review helpful

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