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The Lost Girl audiobook cover art

So glad I "read" this!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-12

It's unlikely I would have purchased and read this book, but the audible version of this early 20th Century novel made it easy/accessible. I was engaged with the story and impressed with Lawrence's telling of this simple, yet deeply woven, tale. As an contemporary American woman, I experienced the stifling atmosphere The Lost Girl lived in is a reminder of how many women have lived (and some do today), and could better appreciate her desire to break from it, and the courage needed to do so. The prejudices and racism of the day are also reminders of how far we have come (or not).

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The Corrections audiobook cover art

Quirky characters and situations.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-12

Franzen's ability to get deep inside the heads of his characters and reveal their thoughts, emotions, and motivations is fascinating. Some characters are likeable. Others are not. But they are a very human mix of fear, frailty, hope and desire.

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Franzen gets deep into his characters heads!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-12

The detail of the physical descriptions and the inner psychological detail of the characters kept me very engaged. He also keeps the story current and "unstuffy," though the level of the writing is very high. Unusual situations and reactions are coupled with very human reactions and interactions.

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Animal Farm & 1984 for A New Generation

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-12

What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

I got to learn why these books are a hit and wanted to understand what my grandchildren were reading. . . wanted to read the first book before I saw the movies. Now I'm listening to the third one!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katniss, of course, as she's central to the story, but I really like Peeta for his gentleness and constancy. Gale is interesting, but not drawn out much.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Katnis is honoring Rue at the time of her death--with the flowers and the singing.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

So much has been said (negatively) about the violence and children killing children, etc. I found a lot more philosophical substance and a lot less violence than I expected. I certainly don't feel the violence is gratuitous,as it is directly related to the authoritarian nature of the capitol, and the iron hand it has on the districts, as well as the basic human instinct for survival (think Lord of the Flies). I ended up believing the Hunger Games series is sort of like the books Animal Farm and 1984 were for my generation (I graduated in 1966). The Hunger Games also raise consciousness by exposing political authoritarianism, cultural brainwashing and vapidity, and the lack of human empathy that results in true evil. I know my 16-year old grandson will be reflecting on the books at this level, and I hope many others will, as well.

Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens audiobook cover art

Fascinating History & Philosophy Lessons

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-12

If you could sum up Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating history and philosophy lessons, not to mention economics, politics, etc., etc., are all contained in Hitchens essays (a title that is a little misleading as many are book reviews--but certainly more essay-like and with way more depth than the usual book review). His breadth is breath-taking and the language/vocabulary extraordinary. Sometimes I didn't know the meaning of a marvelous word he was stringing together in a powerful phrase with other wonderful words, and,since I was listening in the car, I couldn't stop to look it up, An intellectual challenge and delight!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not applicable, though I appreciated the essays/reviews involving the founding fathers, Carl Marx, and other well known historical figures.

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

No.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The personal history of Karl Marx and how his work has been distorted was of great interest.

Any additional comments?

no

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Catherine the Great is Great!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-12

Where does Catherine the Great rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Intelligent, well-written, engaging history. I learned so much about Catherine and Russian history. Very enjoyable!

What did you like best about this story?

How Catherine was made

Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

None due to Deakins performance, which was fairly straightforward. I can't say he added anything significant to the story with his reading, but he did not take anything away from it, and his voice was consistent and engaging.

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

The Education of an Empress

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Engaging Mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-23-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lantern to be better than the print version?

The story was set in Provence and went from present day to an earlier day. An engaging story. Mysterious but not scary. Enjoyed the women's voices.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lantern?

The discovery of the bodies, as it was a turning point in the story.

What about Kristine Ryan’s performance did you like?

Soft and delicate; easy to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful