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.
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"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)
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.
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.
The book may be a better read on paper. I won't give up on Wouk.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
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.
Tell us about yourself! An Audible member since 2006 and a voracious reader always.
This brought back memories of yesteryear. I will definitely read it again and pass it on to my daughter to read.
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.
Marjorie, and I thought Gabra did an excellent job with all the characters.
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.
Too slow. She read sooo slow. I turned the speed to 1 1/2 and it sounded a little better.
Can't say...I have only listened to a few chapters.
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.
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.
Bright, intelligent, determined.
Nothing comes to mind...
Wonderful book. Can't stop thinking about it...
Both were excellent.
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.
I have not
A naive American girl looking for someone else to give her life meaning, discovers herself along the way.
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.
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.
I have not listened to any other Gabra Zackman performances, but I will be on the look-out for them.
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.
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.
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
Unfortunately, I think today's woman will be utterly bored with this. I was. Not up to the rest of Wouk's offerings.
Avid reader, picky about narrators.
The narrator was really bad.
Complex and engaging plot.
Over-acting, over-pronouncing, and sing-song. Narrator is extremely self-conscious.
Save your money.
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