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  • Vox

  • By: Nicholson Baker
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett, Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Baker has written a novel that remaps the territory of sex--solitary and telephonic, lyrical and profane, comfortable and dangerous. Written in the form of a phone conversation between two strangers, Vox is an erotic classic that places the author in the first rank of America's major writers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Angela on 02-24-12

Boyett and Zackman Make this Incredibly REAL

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

What did you love best about Vox?

The story is fun in its form already--and it screamed out to be read by a duet of readers because it needed both voices to bring it to life.

What about Mark Boyett and Gabra Zackman ’s performance did you like?

They were sensual without going over the top; it's easy to go over the top with Baker and they kept the story inside the conversation. Impressive.

If you could rename Vox, what would you call it?

I wouldn't--but I'm a writer and I trust other writers in the choices they make.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dubliners (Harper Audio Edition)

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Patrick McCabe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

James Joyce revolutionized twentieth-century writing with his "stream of consciousness" technique. While ingeniously innovative and experimental, he was also a keenly precise chronicler of the people, places, and sounds of his native Dublin. In Dubliners, a cast of 15 internationally famous stage and screen actors perform stories that make up a brilliant journey over a human landscape that captures the bleakest of despair to the most blinding of epiphanies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Stories, Poor Performance

  • By Deirdre on 12-30-11

I dare you not to fall in love with Joyce!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

What did you like best about this story?

Joyce's Dubliners are us, they're Everyman and Everywoman, alive in any time even though they are uniquely situated, of course, in early 20th century Dublin. Joyce's amazing characters come to life through the talented cast of actors and voices reading these timeless stories.

What about Frank McCourt and Patrick McCabe ’s performance did you like?

Their own lives and talents feel interspersed into Joyce's world and it was a pleasure to listen to them.

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

The Dead, of course. It's mesmerizing.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Selected Shorts: American Classics

  • By: Amy Tan, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, and others
  • Narrated by: Freda Foh Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic classics

  • By Michael on 08-30-12

Selected Shorts Always a Listening Delight

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

If you could sum up Selected Shorts: American Classics in three words, what would they be?

Engaging. Dynamic. Diverse.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Selected Shorts: American Classics?

All of them are impressive. The Amy Tan story grabbed me by the heart and drew me in, as she does.

Who was the most memorable character of Selected Shorts: American Classics and why?

Joyce Carol Oates' Where are You Going, Where Have You Been, came alive for me in some new ways despite the fact that I've probably read it ten times in various English classes and on my own.

Any additional comments?

All of these collections of Selected Shorts benefit greatly from being performed in front of live audiences. I've purchased several short story collections because I've heard a story from an author that was well-read and grabbed me. Thanks Audible!

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,031

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Erez on 05-29-08

Perhaps best audiobook performance EVER

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

What made the experience of listening to Lolita the most enjoyable?

Jeremy Irons lives this book in this performance. Maybe it's because he acted in a film version of the movie or maybe it's because he's actually superhuman as a reader. The book comes alive in new ways, and I've read the book multiple times and seen all film versions of Nabokov's true masterpiece. Irons gets into Humbert's head and dwells there while we listen. Astounding.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Humbert Humbert--only one of the richest characters in all of 20th-century literature.

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

Irons IS Humbert but not only in the sense that's he's acting out Humbert's fantasies and life. Because the books is a first person narrative story, Irons is able to generate a unique energy in her performance.

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

Not quite all in one sitting, no. But I couldn't turn it off and I had to actually pull my car over on the highway because some of Nabokov's sentences, and Irons' delivery of them, stopped my heart for a few minutes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful