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  • Marjorie Morningstar

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 28 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

Marjorie Morningstar is a love story. It presents one of the greatest characters in modern fiction: Marjorie, the pretty 17-year-old who left the respectability of New York's Central Park West to join the theater, live in the teeming streets of Greenwich Village, and seek love in the arms of a brilliant, enigmatic writer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyed!

  • By Teresa Levite on 06-20-12

Thoroughly Enjoyed!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Marjorie Morningstar to be better than the print version?

Definitely!. I recognized the characters immediately. I ‘knew’ them. They were family members, classmates, coworkers, people I grew up with. Their backgrounds and the setting may be different, but the people were all the same. Even though I personally know little about York City and the Theatre life, the story could be played out in any setting. The characters and the story are timeless.

Any additional comments?

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. There were bits here and there that bogged it down a bit. The ‘philosophizing’ would sometimes drag out a bit longer than I thought necessary. Some dialog was a bit ‘wordy’. But they were more tolerable when listening to the audio version. I probably skimmed and skipped through a lot of that when I read the hardcover book 35 or so years ago.

Gabra Zackman did an excellent job with the performance. There were times, particularly at the beginning, when the men’s voices were a bit flat. But she either got better at reading their parts as the story progressed, or I got better at hearing it the way I thought it should be.

I first read Marjorie Morningstar when I was in high school. I still remember clearly discovering the book on the shelf, flipping through the pages, reading a bit here and there, and taking it to the counter to check it out, writing my name on the card to be filed away and the librarian stamping the return date on the slip of paper glued to the inside front cover. I read a lot of books then – two or three books a week for weeks and weeks at a time for the years I was in junior high and high school. Many of the books have long been forgotten. But Marjorie Morningstar stood out. When I saw it was available on audio book, I got excited and immediately downloaded it.

I had forgotten a lot of the details of the book. I think reading it as a 15 to 17 year old, I had a different understanding of the characters and the plot. The parts of the book, the message of the story, were different when read as a teen. Just as Marjorie’s point of view changed, so has mine.

I am now looking forward to reading/listening to more of Herman Wouk’s work. I think that might be the best reveiw/recommendation a book can have.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,298

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A tale of two publishers:

  • By J. Cano on 07-31-11

Save Your Money

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

Reviewed: 06-13-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This series just never ends. There's never a real closing to the books. They just lead to the next book. Characters die and new characters are introduced. And it just keeps going.

What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

It seems as though Mr. Martin doesn't know how to write and ending so he just keeps writing. Will there ever be an ending? There was for me. If he decides to write a Book 6, I won't be reading/listening to it.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrative reading was excellent. The voices and dialog, not so much. I know it has to be difficult with all the different characters. And by the time he got to this book, who knows which character is which anymore?

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98,737
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98,603

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Love the Story!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-12

Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version. As time allows, I may go back and read it. Not sure though. There are so many fantastic books available. Time may never be allowed.

What did you like best about this story?

The story and the characters evolve and develop. There's not always a happy ending. Main characters can die. The story pulls you in emotionally.

What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s performance?

disappointing, distracting,

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

I may have liked to, but considering the length, that will never happen.

Any additional comments?

The performance of the reader is excellent at times. The different voices for the characters are sometimes spot-on, but often miss the mark and is a distraction to following the story.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful