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Publisher's Summary

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. In this memorable novel, Herman Wouk, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has created a story as universal, as sensitive, and as unmistakably authentic as any ever told.

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Critic Reviews

"Herman Wouk's Marjorie Morningstar is timeless.... Gabra Zackman has a sweet, warm voice, which she mixes with a seriousness that complements Wouk's prose and dialogue. Zackman's ability to change tone, from high-pitched to deep and feminine to breathless, brings the book and its personalities to life.... With Zackman at the mike, every chapter brings a new reason to continue." (AudioFile)

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Revisited an old favorite

What made the experience of listening to Marjorie Morningstar the most enjoyable?

The narration of Gabra Zachman was, with a couple of reservations, just amazing! She did a variety of characters -- male, female, young, elderly, middle aged, some with eastern European accents. I felt that her younger men (George, Sandy, Wally) were the weakest characterizations in that they sounded too much like young women in their breathlessness. Initially, I wasn't all that impressed with her Noel as I thought it was too harsh sounding, but as the recording went on, it grew on me. Marsha sounded more refined that I expected but it was a good overall performance. I think her best characterizations were the Morgensterns, and other older characters.

What did you like best about this story?

It is a saga and, therefore, a commitment of time. I had forgotten how long the book actually is as it has been several years since the last time I read it. It gives a wonderful picture of what life for an upper middle class Jewish family during the 1930's may have actually been..It covered six years in the life of the main character, Marjorie, from age 18 to 24 (and the years 1933-1939). I think the fact that we, the reader and/or listener, know what is coming over the course of the next 15 years makes it very moving, especially as events take the characters closer to World War II.

Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other Gabra Zackman performances, but I will be on the look-out for them.

If you could take any character from Marjorie Morningstar out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would actually like to take Marjorie and her mother out to dinner. Much of their relationship reminds me of that of myself and my own mother, who passed away in 2001.

Any additional comments?

I was very impressed with the overall performance and the ability of the narrator to do a variety of voices. I felt that the author did stretch out some scenes past the time I found them interesting, something I did not notice with the book but which were more obvious in the recorded version.

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  • SydSavvy
  • PARIS, TX, United States
  • 03-09-14

Yawn

Unfortunately, I think today's woman will be utterly bored with this. I was. Not up to the rest of Wouk's offerings.

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Awful narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator was really bad.

What did you like best about this story?

Complex and engaging plot.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Over-acting, over-pronouncing, and sing-song. Narrator is extremely self-conscious.

Was Marjorie Morningstar worth the listening time?

No.

Any additional comments?

Save your money.

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Very weak

I didn't get very far on this one. When they constantly refer to Marjorie's parents with "the mother said" or "the father said" I was turned off. Can't they have names??! And so much of different individuals, "said this" or "said that" it was tiresome. Not well written, at all. Don't waste your credits or money on this one.

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Do not get this Book

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This was the worst book ever!! No story,, blah blah.. no point and no story at all

What didn’t you like about Gabra Zackman’s performance?

ok

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

bordom

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story well told; narration disappointing

Would you try another book from Herman Wouk and/or Gabra Zackman?

By Herman Wouk, yes; by Gabra Zackman, no.

What other book might you compare Marjorie Morningstar to and why?

Can't think of one at the moment.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's performance of some characters was quite good however the character Marjorie sounded quite flat. Also, even though the voices changed for each character, the narrator said "he said" or "she said" after nearl every statement. It's redundant and makes the story longer than it needs to be. I think the story is longer than it needs to be anyway.

Do you think Marjorie Morningstar needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Enough is enough.

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  • Rockie
  • Mentone, AL, United States
  • 11-28-12

Not my favorite Herman Wouk

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was worth the time, yes. The story was only good, however. Not as compelling as "War and Rememberance" or "Winds of War," which I truly loved.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have cut down on some of the long winded monologues by the character Noel and I would have added some danger or excitement to the plot. The story moved along, but nothing really happened. Also, Marjorie needed more of a backbone and Noel needed several slaps in the face.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Gabra Zackman?

I wouldn't look for books with her as a narrator, but I wouldn't avoid a book because she was the narrator.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

I was looking for a long story to listen to, and Herman Wouk is one of my favorite authors. This story was long, alright, but long and drawn out. I was glad, and a tad bit disappointed, when I reached the end.

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Dated and Tedious

Wow, what a chore. I'm nearly finished listening and wonder why I've stuck with it so long. This book takes place in the 30s and was probably dated even then. I know a few people who were Marjorie's age then and none of them remotely resemble the characters in this book. The conversations between friends and lovers alike pretend to be philosophical, but are simply sophomoric, rude, and demeaning. The characters are one-dimensional - no one grows, no one learns - and meanwhile pretty Marjorie endures it all, moving through her life like a Barbie Doll. Other characters in the book apparently find her to be quick, witty and bright, but those traits surely aren't evident in any of her conversations or decisions. I didn't mind the narration as much as other reviewers, even though I agree that all the Jewish men sounded like they just stepped off the boat.

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  • Terri
  • Diamondhead, MS, United States
  • 09-12-12

Disappointing!

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

I really didn't like the main character, Marjorie. I thought she was shallow as a teenager. She did get better with age, though...

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

I love Wouk! Have read everything I can get my hands on. Loved "Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance". I was ready for another epoch, but didn't find it in Marjorie.

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  • Debra
  • Twin Bridges, MT, United States
  • 08-02-12

32 Hours of Tedium

The only thing that saved this book from 1-star is that I finished it. I can generally find something redeeming in most every book but not this one. If I have been too subtle, my recommendation is that you not buy this book.

Marjorie is, at best, one dimensional for 99.9% of the book and the 0.1% section where she isn't a piece of moving wallpaper isn't worth the wait. By the time I was halfway through the book, I just wanted her to give up and "marry the Butcher!" (Sorry, that was Fiddler on the Roof.)

Most of the male characters in the book are pretty interesting, except for their lifelong servitude to the alter of Marjorie. However, even the dynamic Noel becomes annoyingly whiny after the halfway point.

I could not wait for this book to end. If I wasn't such a cheap Scot, I would have shut if off and moved on.