Category Book + Movie reviews

Book (+Movie) Review: Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Pride and PrejucidePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Date Released: 1813

Pages: 279

Read/listened: 23.3.2014

Format: audiobook/ebook

Source: ebook bought, audiobook borrowed

Narrator: Carolyn Seymour





When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited, while he struggles to remain indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever...

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Book (+Movie) Review: The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

The Devil Wears PradaThe Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Series: The Devil Wears Prada #1

Date Released: 2003

Pages: 432

Read/listened: 5.2.2014

Format: audiobook

Source: borrowed

Narrator: Bernadette Dunne





The Devil Wears Prada gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about "The Boss from Hell." Narrated in Andrea's smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties...

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Book (+Movie) Review: The Road – Cormac McCarthy

The RoadThe Road by Cormac McCarthy

Date Released: 2006

Pages: 241

Read/listened: 20.7.2013

Format: e-book

Source: bought

A summary can be viewed here.




My review




This must be one of the weirdest reviews to write because I really liked some parts of the book but still couldn't finish it.

Yeah, I did not finish this book. I gave up when I had only 20 minutes of reading to do (93%). I just couldn't finish.

But let's start from the beginning. The theme of the book is really good and interesting. I think survival in extreme conditions is a very interesting topic. Also I have the weirdest fascination with deserted buildings and cities so it was interesting to read what they found in buildings when they foraged them.

The biggest problem in the boo...

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Book (+Movie) Review: Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Life of PiLife of Pi by Yann Martel

Date Released: 2001

Pages: 356

Read/listened: 5.7.2013

Format: audiobook

Source: bought

Narrator: Jeff Woodman

A summary can be viewed here.




My review




I wish I had read the book instead of listening to an audiobook because there were so many quotable quotes! You know, the perfect kind of quotes.

The narrator is very good. His voice is pleasant and I really like his Indian accent, it made the story feel more alive!

I like how the book slowly moves forward without a rush, exploring religion, animals and life. I like that the book has a special feel because it truly forwards all the agony, joy and awe Pi experienced. It makes you value life...

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Book (+Movie) Review: The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the RingsThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Date released: 1966
Pages: 1285
Read/listened: 2.5.2013
Format: audiobook
Source: bought
Narrator: Robert Inglis

A summary can be found here.

My review
Finally I managed to finish this one. I feel so bad that it took me so long to finish it! I have read this before both in English and in Finnish and watched the movies a million times. I don't know why I had a sudden urge to re-read this, but what can you do!
I decided to listen to and review this as one book rather than three because after all this is just one really BIG and LONG book.
It was really hard to find a version in which the ORIGINAL book was read. I think I bought at least two other (and HORRIBLE) versions....
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Book (+movie) Review: The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

The Virgin SuicidesThe Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Date released: 1993
Pages: 249
Read: 30.3.2013
Format: audiobook
Source: bought
Narrator: Nick Landrum

A summary can be found here.

My review
Just finished this and it's really hard to decide if I like it or not. Weird little book this certainly is.
The narrator is good. His voice is pleasant enough and he speaks clearly and not too fast.
The plot is very interesting. The story is amazing and rather sad. I kind of like that you never get to know the teller of the story. But I don't know if I like the style it is written in. It give's the book a very strange vibe. But then again it kind of suits the story.
Eugenides definitely is an outstanding writer...
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