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  • The Marriage Plot

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

It’s the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than TV

  • By Penni on 12-16-11

Great narration, not sure about the book

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Wouldn't suit all of my reader friends but for some of them yes. It's entertaining in a lot of ways but I felt it a little long winded at times.

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

He characterises so beautifully, I laughed out loud a some bits. Great narration makes a book for me and David's reading kept me going where if I'd read the book myself I might have given up in the more boring bits!

Any additional comments?

Although I felt the book too long, I still kept with it to the end, partly due to David's narration. It's still a good read, I've yet to read Middlesex but I have it in paper form so we will see if that works for me better as a novel (however, won't have the assistance of a great narrator though will I).

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  • The Art of Fielding

  • By: Chad Harbach
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

A wonderful, warm novel from a major new American voice. In The Art of Fielding, we see young men who know that their four years on the baseball diamond at Westish College are all that remain of their sporting careers. Only their preternaturally gifted fielder, Henry Skrimshander, seems to have the chance to keep his dream – and theirs, vicariously – alive, until a routine throw goes disastrously off course, and the fates of five people are upended.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Carol on 02-29-12

Not just for baseball fans!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

As a Brit with no knowledge of Baseball I was a little sceptical about this book but having read some great reviews in the UK press I wanted to give it a try. I am a great fan of American Literature and I find that having a great narrator really makes or breaks a book for me, in this book Holter Graham is spot on for me.

I love the way Harbach is able to wind his way around life drawing us into the characters and through this thread in the baseball elements and make is so very readable/listenable. It reminds me a lot of John Irving (of whom I am big fan) and that is a great plus.

I liked the suspense Harbach uses in some key moments and didn't myself find this too contrived - don't want to add any spoilers so you'll have to listen to the book to find out how the plot unravels and the story ends.

I loved some of the names of the characters too - Henry Scrimshander, Guert Affenlight, Chef Spirodocus, Pella etc, very inventive.

All in all, a great read which I thoroughly enjoyed!