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kim

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brookline, MA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Wallflower at the Orgy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    From her Academy Award-nominated screenplays to her best-selling fiction and essays, Nora Ephron is one of America's most gifted, prolific, and versatile writers. In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best: embrace American culture with love, cynicism, and unmatched wit. From tracking down the beginnings of the self-help movement to dressing down the fashion world's most powerful publication to capturing a glimpse of a legendary movie in the making, these timeless pieces tap into our enduring obsessions with celebrity, food, romance, clothes, entertainment, and sex.

    kim says: "Not for me."
    "Not for me."
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    What disappointed you about Wallflower at the Orgy?

    I had higher expectations for this book and so I am disappointed. I don't find her writing has anything with wit or punch. I also found the material to be dated.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Ephron’s story?

    Nora Ephron not a favorite of mine as I now know from trying this audiobook. I gave up about half way through.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was fine. I found the content lacking.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't be bothering with Nora Ephron again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (272)

    In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

    Joseph says: "Hilarious and a little scary"
    "Horrible Narration had to offload this one"
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    Would you try another book from Jon Ronson and/or Sean Mangan?

    I love the other Jon Ronson books and I just couldn't make the narration work on this one. Really awful and so sad because why didn't they just have Jon Ronson read it??


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will try new Jon Ronson books if he narrates.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Mangan?

    John Ronson


    Any additional comments?

    I've said it before. The narration makes or breaks an audiobook. This is a looser.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (367)

    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    Melinda says: "What in the heck happened?????"
    "Not working as an audio book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I had read this book years ago and loved it. When the author died recently I thought I would love to experience the book again. For me listening to this book is an excersize in frustration. The characters names are so similar that I cannot keep them apart and this is ruining the experience. With a book I can underline, check back easily and even keep crib notes but not in audio. For me audio books have limitations and this is one of them.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    He is much too aggressive in his voice. It feels like I am being yelled at during the reading. He also is pretty consistant in this voice and so there is no break from his heightened voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I do not recommend this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (414)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Love Jon Ronson"
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    What did you love best about Them: Adventures with Extremists?

    A romp through crazy town with a great host. Also learned some things.


    What other book might you compare Them: Adventures with Extremists to and why?

    Jon Krakauer without the yuks. They like the same subjects.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the descriptions of bohemian grove and the men urinating on trees!


    Any additional comments?

    His books are great and I am going to read all of them at some point. I love that he is the narrator. Self narrations really adds allot in my opinion. Good narration can make or break an audiobook in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hologram for the King

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (177)

    In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This richly layered novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment.

    Darwin8u says: "Subtle Paean to Emptiness, Failure & Loneliness"
    "worst narration ever"
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    What disappointed you about A Hologram for the King?

    No. No. A male narrator should not imitate female voices. I thought I was listening to Austin Powers coming up with new characters.


    What could Dave Eggers have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written a much better story. What a waste. I have enjoyed his other books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dion Graham’s performances?

    God no.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Hologram for the King?

    Too many to even get into. This story was off the rails pretty soon.


    Any additional comments?

    BAD BAD BAd

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Summerland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    It's summer, and the Clam Island fairies, or "ferishers," as the North American Fair Folk call themselves, are in grave peril. War is coming, another battle in an ancient conflict, a struggle against the Fell Smith and his power of Anti-life. He and his host of demon engineers, kobolds, and warriors have sought to destroy the fairies since time began. When the Clam Island band sends for a champion, they get an 11-year-old boy named Ethan Feld.

    A Reader says: "Unforgettable characters!"
    "Warning: This is for kids!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Summerland the most enjoyable?

    I didn't realize this was a kid novel. I have read his other books and liked them. This one is not for me.


    Would you recommend Summerland to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you are a kid..yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    From the incomparable David Rakoff, a poignant, beautiful, witty, and wise novel in verse whose scope spans the 20th century. Through his books and his radio essays for NPR's This American Life, David Rakoff has built a deserved reputation as one of the finest and funniest essayists of our time. Written with humor, sympathy, and tenderness, this intricately woven novel proves him to be the master of an altogether different art form. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish leaps cities and decades as Rakoff sings the song of an America whose freedoms can be intoxicating, or brutal.

    FanB14 says: "Pure Poetry"
    "very hard to hear, the narration is very poor"
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    What disappointed you about Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish?

    The reading voice of the author is very hard to hear. The tone is low and very bassy and I could not follow at times...many times.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance while hearfelt did not work for an audiobook. I could not hear him.


    Any additional comments?

    I would caution your readers before spending on this book.

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful

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