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Caxias, Portugal
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  • Altered Carbon

  • Altered Carbon, Book 1
  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smooth book - the recording, not so much

  • By Æ Mann on 01-21-18

Fractionally good...

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Great story. Great reading. Fractionally good writing... That IS about it, really, in a nutshell...

  • O Anibaleitor [The Anibaleitor]

  • By: Rui Zink
  • Narrated by: Rui Zink
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A pouco e pouco, à medida que nos aproximávamos do nosso destino, os nomes iam ficando mais sinistros: numa manhã de neblina deslizámos Mar das Serpentes adentro. Dois dias depois estávamos no Lago da Morte, paredes meias com o Lago dos Sonhos. Quando entrámos no P'ntano das Epidemias, já quase não falávamos, e a neblina cercava o barco. Andávamos todos meio doentes, como se tivéssemos bebido água inquinada. Mas eu iria jurar que não era da água: era dos nomes. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adorable little story

  • By Pedro on 08-28-18

Adorable little story

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Finally, a contemporary portuguese author, reading a portuguese book - in portuguese!
A peculiar reading voice, for a peculiar work, pun ridden and very enjoyable - you have either to be portuguese to enjoy it, or really want to learn about the current portuguese language and idioms.
More, please!

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsby’s lavish West Egg parties - and of his undying love....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just the right reading style

  • By Matthew Stavros on 05-09-13

Great book, but I've heard better...

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

Reviewed: 07-06-13

Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Jake Gyllenhaal?

I tried "Tender is the night" but I found it was a bit of a letdown: "The great Gatsby" good, "Tender is the night" bad...
Mr. Gyllenhaal however, who I like as an actor, I deeply dislike as a reader - you see, I had the luck to hear this book read by Robertson Dean (which is no more, sadly - the version, I mean), and it brought out all the greatness in Mr. Fitzgerald's work, with a deep and slow reading, whereas Mr. Gyllenhaal's performance sounded to me a bit monotone. In short - I'll see your movies, Jake, but I won't ever hear your readings...

What other book might you compare The Great Gatsby to and why?

No clues.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s performances?

On screen, definitely. On audio - never!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Detached curiosity about the lives of the wealthy and glamorous. Made me a bit sad that the main character - but no, I'll refrain myself from publishing spoilers...

Any additional comments?

I know there are a few others of quality, but what about bringing back Robertson Dean's performance of "The great Gatsby"?