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stephen

new york, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By LeVar Burton
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, Kenny, and Byron, Kenny's older brother, who at thirteen is an "official juvenile delinquent." When Momma and Dad decide it's time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. Heading south, they're going to Birmingham, Alabama, and toward one of the darkest moments in America's history.

    Melissa says: "Required reading but not too bad"
    "Huckleberry Finn Lite (very lite)"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps more suitable for young people who haven't read many books.


    What could Christopher Paul Curtis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A stronger plot.


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

    LeVar Burton's reading is excellent and is the main reason why I listened to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The book had far too much descriptions of family life at the Watson home and too little story. The book ultimately made an important event in American history into a tedious tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (997)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    Suzn F says: "Epic story of Love and Loss"
    "I Didn't Want it to End"
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    Would you listen to East of Eden again? Why?

    Yes I would because it is touchingly brilliant.


    What other book might you compare East of Eden to and why?

    Perhaps Alex Haley's 'Roots'


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    Samuel Hamilton, maybe because we are both from Ireland.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What is a tag line?


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book with a fantastic reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (2031)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1166)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "I Hadn't Realised How Good this Book Is."
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    Where does Roots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Roots is in the top 5 of over 300 books I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    For me, not being an American, this book is a real eye opener and a reasonably well told story.


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

    A magnificently crafted performance. One of the best readers around. wish he did some more.


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

    The selling of Kizzy.


    Any additional comments?

    A worthwhile experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
    • Narrated By John C. Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (380)

    Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

    Scott says: "Fantastic"
    "Well Worth A Listen"
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    Would you listen to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest again? Why?

    Certainly. Because I enjoyed it so much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its pace, descriptions (both characters and scenes) and of course, the story.


    Have you listened to any of John C. Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hard to say. There aren't any more books read by John C. Reilly on Audible. But his reading of this book is excellent, up there with Jeremy Irons reading 'Lolita' or Colin Firth reading 'The End of an Affair'.


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

    No. Because it is too long for that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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