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ABERDEEN, MS, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Adam Bede

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    George Eliot’s first full length novel is the moving, realistic portrait of three people troubled by unwise love. Adam Bede is a hardy young carpenter who cares for his aging mother. His one weakness is the woman he loves blindly: the trifling town beauty, Hetty Sorrel, who delights only in her baubles—and the delusion that the careless Captain Donnithorne may ask for her hand.

    C. Telfair says: "First George Eliot Novel and First-Rate!"
    "Excellent, excellent book."
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    Would you listen to Adam Bede again? Why?

    I look forward to it. It was beautiful and artfully narrated. Count me in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was unlike so many Dickensonian stories. It was plain and real and lovely.


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    I loved Totty...she was perfect.


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

    Yes. It was so possible...so sad. Poor, poor Hettie. Women are such suckers!


    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
    (7474)
    Performance
    (6855)
    Story
    (6861)

    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"
    "Couldn't put it down!"
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    What did you love best about The Goldfinch?

    Donna Tartt paints this story with incredible skill and in language that stays with you. The characters are painfully genuine ...no caricatures here... and you leave off trying to save them from themselves early on. They have set their feet on a unconventional path and will reap what they sow whether you like it or not. Extraordinary!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    The moments in the museum...from beginning to end...are so real, you can feel the grit in your teeth, and hear the ringing in your ears.


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

    No...I was unfamiliar with his work until now. Will absolutely look for him in the future.


    If you could rename The Goldfinch, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't change a thing about the book...let alone the title.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm off to read another Donna Tartt book....I'm hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15842)
    Performance
    (14054)
    Story
    (14094)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "This Book Will Give You Whiplash!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I hated the ending of this book. I really DO like it when the bad guys get punished and those in the white hats ride off into the sunset.

    The writing was great. The performance was good. The story line was exhausting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Throughout the book I kept worrying about the author. I'm not sure what kind of mind comes up with this stuff. It was worthy of an Alfred Hitchcock episode with all the twists and turns but, nevertheless, I found it all to be troubling.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    They were very believable in the roles of Nick and Amy.


    Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

    Yeah. This book makes me look more closely at the people around me. From the Nick and Amy experience, I've learned that all is NOT how it appears to be.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all not a great book. I would not buy this one again. (The good news is, I don't have to. I already know how it ends.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9611)
    Performance
    (8720)
    Story
    (8791)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Brown creates another yawner."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Well. I did recommend this book to a doctor friend in order that we might discuss the matter of overpopulation. Otherwise, I found the book to be disappointing. The information about historic sites was good, particularly for one who is not apt to travel to Florence or Istanbul. Nevertheless, it wasn't enough to keep me awake. I will say that this book is much, much better than the last one. (The Lost Symbol.)


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Brown? Why or why not?

    I'll give the guy one more chance.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I literally hated the narrators "soft girlie voice." It irritated me tremendously.


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ


    Any additional comments?

    I loved The Da Vinci Code. Everything since then has been downhill. Too bad.

    2 of 5 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
    (593)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (540)

    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"
    "I Did This All Wrong!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Black House the most enjoyable?

    I particularly enjoyed the characters in this book. Sadly, I had not yet read The Talisman when I read Black House, so I did it all backwards. Don't let that stop you though. This is classic King. Exciting, colorful and creepy.


    What other book might you compare Black House to and why?

    Not sure. Still reading the Talisman which pales by comparison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The most effective scene was the slow and agonizing death of the biker. It was awful - I could envision it all. Very...maybe entirely too...graphic. I was queasy through several chapters.


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

    "Be sure to pick up your barf-bag at the ticket window."


    Any additional comments?

    In spite of the brutality and very graphic violence, I'd still recommend this as an excellent book for Stephen King fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1447)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (489)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    Joseph says: "Oh, wow."
    "How on Earth Did I Miss This One?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lisey's Story to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version of Lisey's Story. As a matter of fact, I've bypassed this book in both print and audio incarnations many times. Perhaps it was the title. Perhaps it was the fact that there were no spooky pictures on the book's cover. I just wasn't interested in Lisey's story. But, when I recently succumbed to a Stephen King fever and found nothing else in his collection I hadn't read, I took this one. WOW! What an exciting surprise it was for me!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the story but I have to say Mare Winningham's performance was magical. If this audio book had been blessed with pages, I couldn't have stopped turning them. As it was, I listened far into the night each night until I was finished.


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

    No. But I will. She may be my new all time favorite.


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

    The descriptions of Scott and Paul's abuse at the hands of their father was heartbreaking.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be enjoying this book again. Thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (581)

    It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

    rlovegreen says: "Interesting, revealing and a little - scary..."
    "A Pre-Election Must Read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Amateur to be better than the print version?

    This is probably a book I would like to have in my hard-copy collection. That said, this was a short, sweet listen and fit into my schedule well.


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

    It made me outraged and fearful. Does that count?


    Any additional comments?

    Every voter in the United States should read this book before they go to the polls on November 6th. This is enlightening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8305)
    Performance
    (7610)
    Story
    (7643)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Roy Dotrice fails the fans..."
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    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Oh, hell yes. I'm hooked. I did find this book to be a let-down primarily because the voices of the already well known characters were NOT even similar. It was distracting. Of course, it must be said that Mr. Dotrice was magical in the three previous books.

    Today I launch into A Dance With Dragons.

    I'm also sending a letter to the author. It's time he got the other two books out of his head and into mine.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I've come to have a grudging appreciation for Jaimie - he's a jerk, but the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Again, I was disappointed in Dotrice's rendering of the character voices.


    Could you see A Feast for Crows being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Of course.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1010)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "My first Faulkner experience!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Light in August to be better than the print version?

    I believe the audio version of this book is easier to follow than the written version would be. Since Faulkner writes as people think, I believe I would be forever going back to the previous paragraph or page without the excellent narration provided with this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I admired the descriptions of Mississippi within the book. As a Mississippi newbie, I'm fascinated by the people and the landscapes here. Faulkner nails it.


    What about Will Patton???s performance did you like?

    His was a quietly passionate performance. Believable and compelling. Extremely well done.


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

    No. I needed breaks to digest the storyline and reflect on the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    As a writer, it's obvious to me that Faulkner was a frustrated poet. His words, though poetic and very descriptive, make the reader work too hard. I prefer writers who don't let their words get in the way of the story itself. But who am I to criticize a master?

    I'll read more of Faulkner's work. (And no, it's not required in order to maintain one's citizenship in Mississippi. Unless you live around Oxford, maybe.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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