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dorothy

flushing, NY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (300)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "Disappointed!"
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    This book started off great! First of all, I loved the Scottish accents, however when the reader was doing the non-Scottish voices they all both male and female sounded too much alike and strained. I am thinking that the reader was a native Scotsman and perhaps that was the reason he had trouble...anyway, the plot moved along so well, until the end and then it flopped! I was so disappointed! It had so much potential, especially with the odd connection of "Fern" to both son and father, to really have a powerful ending.!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10233)
    Performance
    (9363)
    Story
    (9383)

    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"
    "The adventures of Theo and Boris!"
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    Wow! This was quite a story! A wonderful plot, full of twists and turns yet the "wordyness" of the many, many descriptions of people, places, situations, thoughts, emotions, etc., left me wishing the author would just "get on with it"! Several times I was just going to quit, but then always curious to find out how it would finally play out I carried on in spite. A friend of mine tried to read it and quit very early on...The main characters, dark, brooding Theo, lovable Hobie and the charming bad boy, Boris, were well done and truly enjoyable although again the descriptions often got in the way of the "action" when the action finally came! I did not really like the reader, his male voices were OK only for the main characters, his female and other male voices were truly lacking in depth. I came up with several of my own versions of a possible ending, none of which materialized and in that I was more than a bit disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3029)
    Performance
    (2788)
    Story
    (2789)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Totally charming story!"
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    First of all, Mr Guidall could read anything to me and I would love it! This is the second book that I listened to that he narrated and his voice is perfect! He is a master of accents and inflections that add so much depth to the whole experience!
    The story was a bit "bizarre" but the plot intrigued me...how the author created these "not really" real creatures into real scenarios was well thought out and researched in both cultures, Jewish and Arab. I am a great follower of the immigrant experience and the author brought all of that out as the two groups stayed separate in their communities yet intermingled on the streets of "ole New York" I loved the way she went back and forth into time to reinforce the plot and explain some of the "goings on" as well...I loved the book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anya Seton
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (311)

    Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine.

    Patricia says: "Wonderful the 2nd time around, forty years later!"
    "A very "nice" long love story"
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    I do enjoy novels about the middle ages and how an author can make the people, places and situations seem very much like modern times with the characters going about their daily activities. It helps to have some historical facts as background, and these characters were supposed to have been the start of the Tudors. The story was just nice, with a few twists and turns but nothing to get your teeth into. I stopped and started several times and never felt like I couldn't wait to find out what was happening next. The reader however, was excellent! She did so many voices, all different with much perfect French and varied English accents. Her own voice was quite a pleasant listen and probably one of the few reasons I finished the book.. All in all, not bad, but not great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miles: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Miles Davis
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

    Diane Havens says: "Dion Graham IS Miles Davis"
    "loved it!"
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    Mr Graham's reading was "right on" although in the beginning I didn't think I could listen to that low raspiness for a whole book! However, similar to the unusual voice in "A Prayer for Owen Meeny", once the story takes you, the voice becomes it's vehicle! Mr Graham WAS Miles Davis and the story gives you such a musical history ride through the country and abroad. It says so much about the culture of the United States during the segregational times, the integrational times and of course, the turbulent times of the 60s & 70s and Miles did not "mince" any words or thoughts on all of those times!
    He was honest and candid about his own personal struggles and much of his personal life, but always so very excited about the music! Much of the technical musical chat was beyond my understanding, yet it added to the sense of music and muscians as true art and artists... I went into the computer often during the "read" to listen to certain pieces that he discussed both for their musical and personal relevance and I now have my own Miles Davis collection!
    I watched the French movie "Ascenseur pour l'echafaud" just to hear the sound track he wrote and his interpretation of Rodrigo's "Concerto de Aranjuez" is amazing! He gave credit and criticism to all he came in contact with and adapted himself to the changes in music, not so much to stay popular, but because the creation and interpretation of sound was truly who he was and he couldn't keep playing that "same ole boring .$#^**%! stuff"

    2 of 2 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
    (21050)
    Performance
    (18876)
    Story
    (18946)

    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!"
    "Great story, disappointing ending"
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    In spite of not liking either one of the readers voices, the story grabbed me from the beginning and so I kept listening. The plot took so many different turns, I especially liked the way the main characters gave their side of the story right up to the end! And then, the end! I was hoping for an ending that would make me gasp because that is where the plot seemed to be heading and then, poof!...not an ending that I think suited the plot, but it was great up until then! Would definitely recommend the listen as I thought the story was quite clever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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