John Neely

Savannah, Georgia United States
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  • Look at Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Rachael Warren
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 132

At the start of this edgy and ambitiously multilayered novel - a National Book Award Finalist - a fashion model named Charlotte Swenson emerges from a car accident in her Illinois hometown with her face so badly shattered that it takes 80 titanium screws to reassemble it. She returns to New York still beautiful but oddly unrecognizable. With the surreal authority of a David Lynch, Jennifer Egan threads Charlotte’s narrative with those of other casualties of our infatuation with the image.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, horrible narrator.

  • By Denise on 09-19-12

Could not finish due to terrible narration

3 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-13

Would you try another book from Jennifer Egan and/or Rachael Warren?

Yes, I loved A Visit from the Goon Squad

Any additional comments?

I may finish this later, but can only stand listening to this narrator for short periods.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • In the Woods

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,200

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detection with a Difference

  • By Lesley on 07-18-07

Not worth listening for 20 hours

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-11

This book starts with a great idea but it never really develops. There are two mysteries, one in the past, one in the present. The reader is led to believe that they are connected, but after lots and lots of dialogue, memories, etc we find that the first cannot ever be explained (due to "amnesia" on the part of the narrator) and the second could have been solved right away if the right technology had been applied sooner rather than later. The middle third of the book can be dispensed with- it doesn't have anything to do with either plot. Disappointing.

34 of 41 people found this review helpful