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benjamin

Fitzroy North, Australia

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  • NW

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Karen Bryson, Don Gilet
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of NW, Zadie Smith’s first novel since the bestselling On Beauty. Read by Don Gilet and Karen Bryson. This is the story of a city. The north-west corner of a city. Here you’ll find guests and hosts, those with power and those without it, people who live somewhere special and others who live nowhere at all. And many people in between.

    benjamin says: "Feels like three unfinished books."
    "Feels like three unfinished books."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While a lot of the insight and small passages are quite good, with sharp writing and fine observations, the stories felt a bit long and never quite closed in on anything or resolved the three stories, two of which overlapped, one which was only minimally related.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound of Things Falling

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Juan Gabriel Vasquez
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    In the city of Bogot, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medelln cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend’s murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend’s family have been shaped by his country’s recent violent past.

    Melinda says: "'The Damaging Exercise of Remembering'"
    "Good story, well told."
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    Performance
    Story

    This audiobook is easy to follow and also tells a good story using delicate language at times.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Distant Star

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolano
    • Narrated By Walter Krochmal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (8)

    A chilling novel about the nightmare of a corrupt and brutal dictatorship. The star of Roberto Bolano's hair-raising novel Distant Star is Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, an air force pilot who exploits the 1973 coup to launch his own version of the New Chilean Poetry, a multimedia enterprise involving sky-writing, poetry, torture, and photo exhibitions. For our unnamed narrator, who first encounters this "star" in a college poetry workshop, Ruiz-Tagle becomes the silent hand behind every evil act in the darkness of Pinochet's regime.

    benjamin says: "Probably better on paper."
    "Probably better on paper."
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    Performance
    Story

    Easy to miss important details if carrying out other tasks while listening. Otherwise the story is layered and well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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