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  • Thalia Book Club: Emma Donoghue's 'Room'

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michael Cunningham
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 37

Emma Donoghue discusses her extraordinary new novel with author Michael Cunningham ( The Hours and By Nightfall). This wondrous book is told from the point of view of a five-year-old boy who lives with his mother in an 11-by-11 foot room.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • BE CAREFUL

  • By stephanie on 09-27-11

Not the full book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-15

What disappointed you about Thalia Book Club: Emma Donoghue's 'Room'?

I thought this was the full book.

What could Emma Donoghue have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I thought this was the full book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I thought this was the full book.

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

No, I thought this was the full book.

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  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,833

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

"Humans need... fantasies to make life bearable"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-13

What made the experience of listening to Life of Pi the most enjoyable?

I found the first part of the book (on land) to be a bit drawn out. You would think spending most of the book describing a young man's struggle to survive on a life boat would be dull, but it was quite the opposite. The author did a wonderful job keeping the reader interested. You can almost feel the hunger that Pi feels and each small triumph warms your heart. The book is very intriguing and I would recommend it to everyone.

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

He brings the characters to life.

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

In the end, you'd pick the tiger, too.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,657

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Deplorable ending

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different ending would have made this book not be a tangle of hatred toward women and a look into the twisted minds of sociopaths...and nothing else.

What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

The ending wasn't an ending. It wasn't even a "create your own ending" finish. It just left you sick and upset. The lack of justice is such a load of bull. The characters just give up. Really?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too much back and forth and plot twists that left the author with no idea how to wrap it up. Figure it out next time. Don't play us into your world and leave us hanging at the end.

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

I did like most of the book. The ending, however, ruined everything.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad I got this for free and listened while training for a race, so at least I was multitasking and don't feel like I just wasted 20 hours of my life for THAT ending.

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