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Blind Girl

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  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

  • A Novel
  • By: Hank Green
  • Narrated by: Kristen Sieh, Hank Green
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., 23-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship - like a 10-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor - April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads Online. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world - everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires - and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense media spotlight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grape jelly in the void

  • By Marissa on 09-27-18

Not a literary gem

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I have been spoiled by a recent Daily Deal title, 'The Bloody Chamber'. Angela Carter's prose mesmerises me. In comparison everything is so down-to-earth, especially this one. This is not literature. It is a so-so story told like the author sits in a pub chit-chatting after the third round of ale. An absolutely unremarkable thing. If you want good sci-fi, I still recomend PKD or Bradbury.

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  • The Clothing of Books

  • By: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Narrated by: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer. Probing the complex relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce, Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform; explains what book jackets and design have come to mean to her; and how, sometimes, "the covers become a part of me".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where's the Italian version?

  • By Blind Girl on 04-10-18

Where's the Italian version?

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

This is a pretty good essay on book covers. However, it was a bitter disappointment for me. I simply loved the bilingual edition of 'In Other Words' and even if I found at times painful Mrs. Lahiri's pronunciation, I enjoyed the original version very much. Here I find only the English translation.

I really recommend the editor to release Mrs. Lahiri's following writings bilingual. I think the author is pleased to narrate in Italian and there are many Italian or Italian-speaking fans (such as me) who want to listen the original text.

  • Flowers for Algernon

  • By: Daniel Keyes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,272

Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Walk with a Swagger

  • By Tim on 05-30-14

Patience Lost

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

I know this is a modern classic. And that narrator did a great job indeed. But after 1,5 hours of listening I skipped to the last track and did it done. Somehow the perspective to struggle myself through the mostly unprobable rise of Charlie's IQ seemed exhausting. And the pacing is also somehow old-fashioned and longish, whilst the degression comes too soon. I think the first and the last tracks are sufficient to get an outlook.

You know... I grow older and older and I must realise that everything written before the 90's get me bored. The only exception are the shorts of Bernard Malamud and iron curtain classics. I simply can not keep myself on the mood and I loose the focus. May it be the beginning of my degression report?

  • Spoon River [Italian Edition]

  • By: Edgar Lee Masters
  • Narrated by: David Riondino, full cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Un secolo fa, con l'Antologia di Spoon River e i suoi oltre 200 immortali personaggi che popolano un piccolo cimitero di campagna, Edgar Lee Masters ha consegnato ai posteri la memoria poetica di una comunità. Cent'anni dopo, quei personaggi trovano una voce nuova grazie a 243 ragazzi e ragazze e alla loro interpretazione spontanea, da attori per un giorno. Così il microcosmo umano che era ieri un'immaginaria cittadina dell'Illinois rivive oggi in una rete di scuole dall'altra parte del mondo.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • O mangiare questa minestra...

  • By Blind Girl on 01-26-18

O mangiare questa minestra...

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Vi spiego perché ho dato all'audio sole due stelline. Tutto sommato niente male, ma parliamo della registrazione come di un prodotto per il quale pagavo un paio di dollari. La traduzione é bella ed affidabile, questo va da sé. Il concetto "full cast" molto fortunato visto la varietá delle voci a Spoon River. Il problema é che la maggior parte dei ragazzi non mi sembra per niente convinta di dover avuto partecipare. Come tirati sul palcoscenico a furia di pedate e minacce. Alcuni di loro sono stati incapaci di capacitare e di consequenza interpretare i loro brani. Iddio, sono ragazzissimi! Alcune voci erano godibili e belle, ma c'erano anche qualuni appena appena intelligibili. Sputa fuori la gomma, figliuolo!

Eccolo. Se l'avevo acquistato gratis, direi va benissimo, bravo scuola. Ma per un prodotto da vendere un pochino da lavorarci su ancora. Buon proseguimento e coraggio!

  • Learn Finnish: Finnish Survival Phrases: Lessons 1-50

  • By: InnovativeLanguage.com
  • Narrated by: FinnishPod101.com
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Survival Phrases - Finnish will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and prepare you with cultural insight, travel tips, and other information to utterly shock and amaze your friends and family, travel companions, and people you meet along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May I rate it 0 from 5?

  • By Blind Girl on 01-25-18

May I rate it 0 from 5?

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

A very efficient tool, cleverly structured and actually practical. But the poor Finnish girl...

I met many Scandinavians with peculiar pronunciations. And I am still unable to comprehend why an intelligent human being can not make a distinction between sh and s. She says Finnis. She says dis instead osf dih. She says always Finnis. And this is only a sample of her immense buchering of Englis. First it made me laugh then angry and in the end I decided to return the title. It's idiotic to listen for six heavy hours. Maybe this narrator is not at all an intelligent human being. Just a being. What a shame!

  • Complete Short Stories, Volume 3

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 27 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

In 1938 Maugham wrote, "Fact and fiction are so intermingled in my work that now, looking back on it, I can hardly distinguish one from the other." Maugham also wrote that most of his short stories were inspired by accounts he heard firsthand during his travels to the lonely outposts of the British Empire. In volume three of this series, we present all of the remaining short stories which Maugham published after World War I and which he subsequently caused to be republished in various collections.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complete list of Short Stories

  • By Julieta de los espíritus on 03-11-17

The very shame of all narrators

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Hear the very first story. The female voice is high-piched like a gay pig. And all along the audio this diamond of all actors keeps on voicing women like this. Quite hateful, it spoils all my pleasure gained by listening to these briliant stories. What a shame, Mr. Griffin!

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  • Oceano mare

  • By: Alessandro Baricco
  • Narrated by: Riccardo Bocci
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

"Oceano mare" racconta del naufragio di una fregata della marina francese, molto tempo fa, in un oceano. Gli uomini a bordo cercheranno di salvarsi su una zattera. Sul mare si incontreranno le vicende di strani personaggi. Come il professore Bartleboom che cerca di stabilire dove finisce il mare, o il pittore Plasson che dipinge solo con acqua marina, e tanti altri individui in cerca di sé, sospesi sul bordo dell'oceano, col destino segnato dal mare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Falso...

  • By Blind Girl on 05-05-17

Falso...

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Scrivere sa, Baricco. Però su tutto il libro regna qualcosa di falso. Verità false, mezze verità, lo sforzo incredibile di dire una saggezza un po' misteriosa ma assoluta in ogni paragrafo. Oceanomare vuol essere un ritratto artistico del mare, ma lo stesso progettorisulta falso nella sua grandiosità confusa e ottusa. Sono un grandissimo lettore di Baricco, ma questo non mi veniva giù facilmente nonostante le bravure stilistiche ed effettivamente non ha aggiunto alla mia vita un gran bel niente. Mi rincresce, Alessandro.

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  • In Other Words

  • By: Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Goldstein - translator
  • Narrated by: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75

In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love story - of a long and sometimes difficult courtship and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery always eluded her. Seeking full immersion, she decides to move to Rome with her family for "a trial by fire, a sort of baptism" into a new language and world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For me, 1 problem with the book, and 1 1/2 problems with the audio version

  • By RdRydngHd on 02-28-16

Confessioni d'amore a una lingua

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

Caspita! La mia scrittrice Americana prediletta diventò un’ autrice tutta Italiana! Non ne sapevo un bel nulla di questo suo lato segreto, la mia sorpresa è così ancora più grande. Eppoi questo testo è inpeccabile, tutto lei.
Per me questa narrativa sa del Secondo Dopoguerra, Morante, Ginzburg, Silone, magari Pavese o Primo Levi. Antiquata in un senso positivissimo, una prosa profondamente radicata nelle tradizioni letterarie novecentesche. Be’, mai dei predecessori migliori!
Tale cambiamento linguistico è ben raro nella letteratura. Mi viene in mente “L’analfabeta” di Ágota Kristóf, ma il suo è un resoconto assai scarno rispetto a questo saggio serio. Ognuno che riflette sulla lingua, su qualsiasi lingua, deve leggere „In altre parole”. Spero non ci vuole sottolineare tale obbligo di pensare spesso alle lingue, all’identità.
Certamente, questa mi è subito diventata un’opera arciimportante, stracolma di idee e contenuto molto compatti. Quanto alla versione sonora, per me è decisamente il libro audio dell’anno 2016.
Penso alle mie lotte diurne con l’Inglese e non vorrei aggiungere molto alla pronuncia della signora Lahiri. Dimenticavo per interi minuti che ella non è italofona, e questo non è poco. Una cosa però deve comprendere: senza l’uso corretto (e frequente) del raddoppiamento consonantico il flusso del discorso non sarà mai completamente autentico. Penso una seconda lettura avrebbe anche portata dei risultati migliori. Comunque sia, l’autrice ci offre un’esperienza del tutto gradevole.
Raccomando i lettori bilingui ascoltino ambedue le registrazioni. La traduzione Inglese del testo originale dà effetti sorprendenti, ci mette qualcosa di più, qualcosa di diverso. Tutto sommato lo considero un capolavoro e lo riascolterò varie volte di sicuro.
Penso a Giumpa con calore. Penso in un certoqualmodo sia arrivata a casa. Benvenuta in Italia, benvenuta nell’Italiano!

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