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Victoria Wright

Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA Member Since 2007

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  • "Didion deserves better."

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    Joan Didion's writing is fabulous, insightful, spare. She deserves much better treatment than she gets from Diane Keaton, whom I love as an actress, but who is NOT a good reader. Her mispronunciations are legion, and it is painfully obvious that she is doing this reading cold. But frankly, I blame Audible's obvious desire to whip through these recordings rather than taking the time to produce something flawless--which both the author and the reader deserve. Would it kill them to go back and dub a few mistakes? Didion deserves better.

    Still worth a listen, though, because even though Keaton's not so hot, Didion is that good.

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    Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
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    Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

    Victoria Wright says: "Didion deserves better."
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    I am a big fan of Emerson and have been eagerly awaiting versions of his work in audio -- however, I simply CANNOT listen to this narrator - the voice is overly deep and low. It's like listening to music with too much bass. I've tried turning the bass setting to low, treble to high -- but it's still too much. I probably should have immediately requested a refund but I let it go. Because this book is completely unusable/unlistenable for me, I give it the lowest possible overall ranking, despite the 5-star content.

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