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  • 2666

  • By: Roberto Bolaño
  • Narrated by: John Lee, Armando Durán, G. Valmont Thomas, and others
  • Length: 39 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 538

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Book I Read or Listened to in 2009

  • By William on 01-05-10

Multiple narrators

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

Reviewed: 03-03-13

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I didn't notice that Scott Brick was among the five narrators who read this book. After 15 hours of pleasant listening, I was aghast to hear his flat, whiny, preachy, same-same-same voice assault my ears. I will try to get through it because I desperately want to finish the book and cannot read it off the page, but be forewarned if you, like me, avoid anything read by this narrator.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Paris Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,557
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,801

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and entertaining, well read

  • By SarahHouston on 10-24-11

Last time I will listen to this narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-24-11

I couldn't tell whether this book was written as a romance, or whether it was just narrated like one -- probably both.

This was my book group's choice, and I was looking forward to peeking at the Hemingways' life in Paris in the 20s. I'm sorry I exposed myself to it, because now I fear my view of Hemingway has been poisoned by an amateur with the audacity to put words into Hemingway's mouth. The only antidote is to reread A Moveable Feast.

What was really irksome, though, was the narrator. I will never again subject myself to her reading. It was dripping with syrup, and her attempts at foreign accents were laughable. She reads as though to a child, but I wouldn't let her loose on Dr. Seuss, either. She gets tons or work, though; you've got to give her credit for that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A Novel
  • By: Marilynne Robinson
  • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Glory Boughton, aged 38, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack - the prodigal son of the family, gone for 20 years - comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish that I had read this one

  • By S. Elder on 10-02-08

Good book, dreadful narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-09

I was pressed to finish this book for my book group meeting, so I forced myself to slog through the worst narration to which I've ever been subjected. It's a hauntingly beautiful story that deserves a good reader -- how could the publisher let this happen? The voice of Robert Boughton was done so amateurishly as to be laughable -- very distracting! If you can read this book any other way, please do yourself a favor and avoid this recording.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful