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  • Brooklyn

  • A Novel
  • By: Colm Tóibín
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,535

It is Enniscorthy in the southeast of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn to a crowded boarding house. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life - until she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story esp if your family came from Ireland

  • By MB of Brooklyn on 05-20-13

Charming and alarming

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Any additional comments?

It's about choices you make in life, the choices others and circumstance may force you into, and how as time passes you get locked in to a path.

  • Good Girl, Bad Girl

  • Alex Novalis, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Finch
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4

It's 1968, New York City is in a state of mayhem, and private eye Alex Novalis is flat broke. So he accepts a mundane missing persons gig from wealthy construction mogul Gabriel Kravitz, whose 18-year-old daughter, Lydia, has disappeared. The only lead is that Lydia had been sleeping with Jerry Pedrosian, a radical artist and known womanizer. But there are few clues, and everyone in Lydia's life seems to be hiding something... including her miniskirted best friend, Andrea Marshall, who Novalis is inconveniently attracted to.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not good

  • By Elaine on 08-21-15

Not good

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

Jarring story, I never got attached to any of tge characters. anachronistic references for being set in the 60s: movie trailer, latte.

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  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,758

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

30 hours! 20 too many.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The story was disjointed and filled with excessive uninteresting material. One example of being disjointed: after all the references to his ex... there should have been some followup about her. It would have been so interesting and so real! He even called his new girlfriend by her name accidentally once (who hasn't been there!?) - there should have been some effort to close that loop. For 30 hours of lightweight extended people descriptions, I found I never developed any connection to the protagonist or his friends, except for Al and the janitor. I kept wondering, if the protagonist were deleted, would I care? No. What kept me listening was the time travel part, which is tough to carry off convincingly but quite riveting. The one feature of this book that sent (and still sends) my mind into a reverie of pleasure is the

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Time travel and the references to life in the 60's.

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

The narrator was amazing in the number of voices and accents he can do! I continually shook my head in amusement about his radical voice switches. My one complaint was that he made the protagonist sound like a wimp. The namby pamby tone didn't match the words often, because the guy could be pretty manly and aggressive.

Could you see 11-22-63 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, that's probably why he wrote it in this fluff lightweight way. Perfect for a 2 hour movie or tv series.