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  • Nine Glorious Months

  • Daily Meditations and Reflections for Your Pregnancy
  • By: Michelle Leclaire O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Michelle Leclaire O'Neill
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

More than 4,000,000 babies are born in the United States every year, each the culmination of a remarkable odyssey. For expectant mothers, pregnancy is a time of discovery, change, and inspiration.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not meant to be an audiobook

  • By Lauren on 04-24-13

Not meant to be an audiobook

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

Reviewed: 04-24-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who had an actual paper book in front of them. This was meant to be a journal, not a listen.

Has Nine Glorious Months turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michelle Leclaire O'Neill’s performances?

Sure

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

Disappointment. There were a couple of neat comments about pregnancy, and then she says "My concerns are..." where the reader is obviously meant to write down their own thoughts.

I don't generally buy audiobooks that want me to write stuff down in a book I don't have.

Any additional comments?

Had I been more aware of the structure of the book, I would have purchased it with paper attached instead of sound.

  • 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 11,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,442

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....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

Gyllenhaal is an incredible narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-24-13

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

This has to be one of my top ten favorites - no one can deny that this is one of the greatest American novels ever written.
There's a reason we all have to read it in high school, although lamentably we're mostly too young to understand it very meaningfully at that age.

What did you like best about this story?

Impossible to say - the myriad interpretations offered by various symbols; the forgiving and compassionate way human folly, hypocrisy, and unthinking offhand cruelty are portrayed throughout the book; the equanimity of the narrator; the rich detail of the descriptions of wasteful yet magical opulence; the heartbreaking, love-soaked idealism of Gatsby juxtaposed with the completely amoral and brutal source of the income with which he intended to pursue Daisy; ok so this is already too long and you didn't read it.
My review is really about supposed to be about Jake Gyllenhaal.

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

In short, his narration allowed me to fall in love with the characters.

Jake Gyllenhaal lends a quality to Nick's telling of the story that provides insight into varied aspects of the book - things I would not have understood quite as richly as a female reader with only a page in front of me.

He brings phrases such as "old sport" to life without the cartoonish and annoying cadence my brain would have imposed on them.

His voice is perfect for this. He's at just the right age to play Nick, whose point of view is so essential, and he perfectly portrays Nick's character as earnest, thoughtful, self-aware, unblinkingly critical, and yet still compassionate.
Gyllenhaal also has a more than impressive vocal range to bring the various other characters vividly to life. His portrayal of female characters is notably nuanced.

I'll be listening to anything and everything else he chooses to read.

Any additional comments?

Jake, please keep reading stuff so I can listen to it!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Henry & June

  • By: Anais Nin
  • Narrated by: Cherie Lunghi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Anais Nin wrote her diary at the end of 1931, at the close of a sexually tumultuous and emotional year as part of a ménage a trois with fellow writer Henry Miller and his beautiful wife June Mansfield. 'I really believe that if I were not a writer, not a creator, not an experimenter, I might have been a very faithful wife.' Nin's passionate and consuming relationship with Henry & June transformed a previously monogamous wife into an uninhibited and sexually liberated woman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but...

  • By leanne noble on 03-07-18

Confusing Narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-09

The narrator's voice is a low, breathy contralto. Very low. Although she is an excellent reader, the deep quality of her voice makes this already melodramatic text a caricature of itself. It flattens the quality of the listening experience, and makes it hard to take the content seriously.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful