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rebecca

I live in the deep woods of Alabama-an aspiring writer/illustrator. I spend my time consumin' literature and poopin' out Doodles. :)

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  • The Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Chopin
    • Narrated By Kim Basinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (174)

    Kate Chopin’s novel, a landmark work of early feminism, is seen as a pre-cursor to the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. The upper-class Creole society of New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the 19th century is brought to audio in a stirring performance by Academy Award-winning actress Kim Basinger.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Better to sleep in peace than awake to nightmare?"
    "Powerful and poetic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I chose it at random during the Daily Deal offer and had no pretext for the work. I was surprised to learn how long ago it was written. The protagonist is easy to relate with and has depth. I was in a trance through the whole thing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagery reads like train-of-thought and the audience is allowed to "wake up" with the protagonist. The plot is well constructed and builds like a house of cards. It is subtle and shows the reader a pre-feminist view of a woman's life.


    What about Kim Basinger’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is lovely but she reads very, very slowly. I had to speed it up so it wouldn't drive me mad. Aside from that, her breathy voice lends a sort of quiet frustration to the reading and that works well with the story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World Made by Hand: The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Howard Kunstler
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    The electricity has flickered out. The automobile age is over. In Union Grove, a little town in upstate New York, the future is nothing like people thought it would be. Life is hard and close to the bone. Transportation is slow and dangerous, so food is grown locally at great expense of time and energy, and the outside world is largely unknown. There may be a president, and he may be in Minneapolis now, but people aren’t sure.

    David says: "A kind of Amish post-apocalypse"
    "Must Listen!"
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    Where does World Made by Hand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 favorite books. Beautifully written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's not just another dystopian future story with zombies and evil governments (don't get me wrong I like those, too). I love the book's small, simple world and how it is constructed.


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

    No. I wanted it to last longer so one sitting wouldn't work for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to this book several times now and it doesn't lose it's charm. It has a super-natural element that blends seamlessly with Kuntsler's hyper-realistic writing style. Some reviewers were distracted by the "old-timey" slang but I thought it furthered the books character and dimension.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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