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Marjorie Morningstar Audiobook

Marjorie Morningstar

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Publisher's Summary

Marjorie Morningstar is a love story. It presents one of the greatest characters in modern fiction: Marjorie, the pretty 17-year-old who left the respectability of New York's Central Park West to join the theater, live in the teeming streets of Greenwich Village, and seek love in the arms of a brilliant, enigmatic writer. In this memorable novel, Herman Wouk, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has created a story as universal, as sensitive, and as unmistakably authentic as any ever told.

Check out two of the best reviewed titles and biggest customer favorites in our store, Wouk's The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

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What the Critics Say

"Herman Wouk's Marjorie Morningstar is timeless.... Gabra Zackman has a sweet, warm voice, which she mixes with a seriousness that complements Wouk's prose and dialogue. Zackman's ability to change tone, from high-pitched to deep and feminine to breathless, brings the book and its personalities to life.... With Zackman at the mike, every chapter brings a new reason to continue." (AudioFile)

What Members Say

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    Marcia 06-17-12
    Marcia 06-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "OOF, is it Wouk or Zackman who makes this so dull?"
    What disappointed you about Marjorie Morningstar?

    I listen to several books a week due to the nature of my work. After nodding off and forcing myself to listen to a mere 2 1/2 hrs of this I give up. Listen to War and Peace or Wouk's Winds of War and War and Remembrance--all excellent.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Zackman's monotone drone and s l o w manner of speaking made it an agonizing 2 1/2 hrs, I'll steer clear of her in the future.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book may be a better read on paper. I won't give up on Wouk.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 07-22-12
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2010

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "Herman Wouk? Really?"

    I LOVE Herman Wouk. But I'm just going to have to pretend that he didn't write this. It's not dreadful, it's just not in the same category as "Winds of War," "War and Remembrance," or "The Caine Mutiny." It's petty. I don't know if it was the struggle with writing about a woman or what, but this is definitely one Wouk book you can skip. But don't miss the others. They are brilliant.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    KATHERINE KINGWOOD, TEXAS 05-08-12
    KATHERINE KINGWOOD, TEXAS 05-08-12 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! An Audible member since 2006 and a voracious reader always.

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    "nostalgic 40's love story"
    Would you listen to Marjorie Morningstar again? Why?

    This brought back memories of yesteryear. I will definitely read it again and pass it on to my daughter to read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The poignant description of the 40's and 50's mores and values of American women and the way they handled the conflicts of their religious beliefs to the developing American culture.


    Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

    Marjorie, and I thought Gabra did an excellent job with all the characters.


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

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    Once started this book was very difficult to put down. The male characters in this novel had many profound observations about our culture and human nature. Herman Wouk had us all figured out.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    debrah Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 05-11-12
    debrah Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Would probably be better with a different narrator"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too slow. She read sooo slow. I turned the speed to 1 1/2 and it sounded a little better.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Can't say...I have only listened to a few chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    Herman Wouk is a fantastic author. I love all his books. This is the first I have listened to. I was very disappointed. Have to say I am sorry I used the credits.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joanie C 01-02-17
    Joanie C 01-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A walk down memory lane"
    Any additional comments?

    This was one of my favorite books in adolescence. Hearing it on audio was fascinating--I never realized how much I missed in visual print. Though the story and values are timeworn, the nostalgia made it worth the listen. I almost did not buy this title, as someone had mentioned that a chapter at the end is missing--IT IS NOT. The entire book was presented, including the wrap-up chapter (Wally's epilogue, so to speak). I agree with other presenters that the narrator did a hit or miss job--mostly ok, but her "New York Jewish" accents left much to be desired. I have no idea what she was going for, but she did not approximate anything remotely familiar with them It was a bit distracting, but not enough to ruin the book for me. All in all, this was a wonderful listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    irina 12-24-16
    irina 12-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Another incredible story by extraordinary writer!"
    If you could sum up Marjorie Morningstar in three words, what would they be?

    Bright, intelligent, determined.


    What other book might you compare Marjorie Morningstar to and why?

    Nothing comes to mind...


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great performance.


    Who was the most memorable character of Marjorie Morningstar and why?

    Mike Eden.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book. Can't stop thinking about it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 04-22-16
    Michelle 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A tragedy or a fairytale? Or both."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Marjorie Morningstar to be better than the print version?

    Both were excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Marjorie Morningstar?

    There are several. Her horse ride in Central Park and the resulting date with her first love. Her tragic affair with the director. Her naiveté on the cruise. And finally, the ending.


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


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

    A naive American girl looking for someone else to give her life meaning, discovers herself along the way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 08-21-14
    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 08-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Revisited an old favorite"
    What made the experience of listening to Marjorie Morningstar the most enjoyable?

    The narration of Gabra Zachman was, with a couple of reservations, just amazing! She did a variety of characters -- male, female, young, elderly, middle aged, some with eastern European accents. I felt that her younger men (George, Sandy, Wally) were the weakest characterizations in that they sounded too much like young women in their breathlessness. Initially, I wasn't all that impressed with her Noel as I thought it was too harsh sounding, but as the recording went on, it grew on me. Marsha sounded more refined that I expected but it was a good overall performance. I think her best characterizations were the Morgensterns, and other older characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a saga and, therefore, a commitment of time. I had forgotten how long the book actually is as it has been several years since the last time I read it. It gives a wonderful picture of what life for an upper middle class Jewish family during the 1930's may have actually been..It covered six years in the life of the main character, Marjorie, from age 18 to 24 (and the years 1933-1939). I think the fact that we, the reader and/or listener, know what is coming over the course of the next 15 years makes it very moving, especially as events take the characters closer to World War II.


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other Gabra Zackman performances, but I will be on the look-out for them.


    If you could take any character from Marjorie Morningstar out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would actually like to take Marjorie and her mother out to dinner. Much of their relationship reminds me of that of myself and my own mother, who passed away in 2001.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very impressed with the overall performance and the ability of the narrator to do a variety of voices. I felt that the author did stretch out some scenes past the time I found them interesting, something I did not notice with the book but which were more obvious in the recorded version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 03-09-14
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    "Yawn"

    Unfortunately, I think today's woman will be utterly bored with this. I was. Not up to the rest of Wouk's offerings.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 07-20-13
    Catherine 07-20-13

    Avid reader, picky about narrators.

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    "Awful narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator was really bad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Complex and engaging plot.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Over-acting, over-pronouncing, and sing-song. Narrator is extremely self-conscious.


    Was Marjorie Morningstar worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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