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Sumner, TX, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 148 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014

  • Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Clarke Peters

    As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there - longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed, between them, more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart - half tavern, half temple - stands Brokeland Records.

    Darwin8u says: "26,784 sq in (and 4.5 miles) surrounded by REALITY"
    "Hard book to follow, disjointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    not sure

    Has Telegraph Avenue turned you off from other books in this genre?


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't have any real complaint about the performance

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Telegraph Avenue?

    It was just a jumble.

    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to enjoy this book. I tried several times restarting it because I always felt like I was missing something. In the end, I didn't even finish the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Do not waste your time"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm not sure anything could help this book. I can't say it's the worst book I've ever read but it's in the top 20

    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Over enunciation!

    What character would you cut from 1Q84?

    The main character. The male writer in the story had a good story line but the young female was indescribable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Nice follow-up"
    What made the experience of listening to Winter of the World the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy series books and this is one of the good ones.

    What other book might you compare Winter of the World to and why?

    The only other series books that I've read is the Outlander series and I loved the fine detail and intricate story lines

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


    Any additional comments?

    Ken Follett is a wonderful series author

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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