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sarah Supahan

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  • A Calculated Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anne Charnock
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Big business is booming and state institutions are thriving thanks to advances in genetic engineering, which have produced a compliant population free from addictions. Violent crime is now a rarity. Mayhew McCline, a major corporation that analyzes global trends, has hired a genius: Jayna. A brilliant mathematical modeler, she has the ability to produce accurate predictions that are both good for the world and good for the bottom line. Her latest coup: finding a link between northeasterly winds and violent crime.

    Loretta Franklin says: "Very nice book"
    "tight, well constructed story"
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    If you could sum up A Calculated Life in three words, what would they be?

    Very well done. But I can't leave it there. It was also a well built story. You thought something was different from the first, it grew to understanding, developed into a surprisingly tense climax and ended with some satisfaction of sorts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Futuristic realism. Could it happen? Yes, indeed I'm afraid it could.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    What I thought at first was a sort of robotic-like quality to her voice turned out to be quite fitting for the story. Not sure if it was meant to be that way, but it worked well nevertheless


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

    The ending was unexpected until you read the epilogues. In the end I was smiling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers in the Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By V.C. Andrews®
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (418)

    This best-selling thriller has captivated over 4.5 million readers of all ages; V.C. Andrews’ fans know her mixture of vivid characters and ominous moods is highly addictive. Flowers in the Attic is the first book in a gripping series featuring the Dollangagers - a family haunted by a remorseless, demonic history. This tale of obsession, also made into a haunting movie, has made V.C. Andrews’ name synonymous with the best in dark suspense.

    Marthe says: "Awesome!"
    "Stuck with it and was glad I did"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    With some caveats, I would recommend this book. I wasn't sure I could keep listening at first because the narration was so oddly dramatic and strangely sophisticated for lack of a better way to describe it, and it grated on me, but as the strength of the story took over the irritation of the narration vanished and seemed somehow to fit the storyline. Another thing that bothered me was that the children in the story never talked like real children would, but I even got to the place where I could overlook that, again because of the compelling storyline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Odd, disturbing and somewhat haunting, the story was strong enough to keep my rapt attention.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alyssa Bresnahan’s performances?

    Probably not - at least I'd have to have a good listen first to see if she always narrates with the same tone of voice as she did in this book.


    Do you think Flowers in the Attic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Due to the ending...there must be another book to come.


    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
    (7316)
    Performance
    (6704)
    Story
    (6709)

    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"
    "Great performance; book very depressing"
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    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    The performance by David Pittu was exceptional and I will look for his narration again in audio book choices. The story, however, started out tragic, got miserable and ended still pretty depressingly. After wading through a lot of verbose internal dialog on the part of the main character throughout the story, I kept hoping for a strong ending to make it all worthwhile. Unfortunately, it also ended with another long-winded and negative philosophical rant that did nothing to make the book "worth it in the end".


    Would you be willing to try another book from Donna Tartt? Why or why not?

    There was truly great prose and the author was good at describing scenes quite vividly. It dealt with a life poorly lived and was very good in that depiction - so good perhaps that I couldn't shake the despair that it left me feeling each time I listened to it. Maybe with a different subject and less 'beating of a dead horse' on certain scenes in the book, I'd enjoy the author more.


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was a genius at changing characters. His range of "voices" and accents was pretty phenomenal.


    Do you think The Goldfinch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I couldn't live through another one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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