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  • The Good Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ford Madox Ford
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    On the face of it Captain Edward Ashburnham's life was unimpeachable. But behind the mask where passion seethes, the captain's "good" life was rotting away.

    c says: "The saddest story"
    "The saddest story"
    Overall

    The original title of the book was "the saddest story," and it is. It is a classic of early 20th century English literature, ahead of its time in its shifting back and forth in time and in the use of what is known as an "unreliable narrator" as the story is told in the first person by someone who only gradually realizes that most of what he had believed about his life is false. It lends itself very well to be read, as the narrator says he will write this as if he is telling it to someone else, and this narrator was, I thought, excellent. It is a bleak look at personal relationships that, on the surface, appear normal but are not at all what they seem.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens - as he later put it, "It was clear my people needed me." They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.

    Lynn says: "How strange! Not as recently written as described."
    "Dated mock outrage"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was the first audio book I haven't finished. I should have paid attention to the reviews I read, which said it was dated. It was also dull, a series of magazine columns written for a British audience, full of mock outrage about such horrors as the vapidity of US TV. There was a sweet column about how no one in New Hampshire locks their cars or houses (I wonder if that is still the case), but most of it was just tedious. I started skipping segments and finally just gave up on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Game: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When they were little girls, Cassandra and Julia played a game in which they entered an alternate world modeled on the landscapes of Arthurian romance. Now, the sisters are grown and have become hostile strangers—until a figure from their past, a man they once both loved and suffered over, reenters their lives. It is the skittish, snake-obsessed Simon who draws Julia and Cassandra into his charismatic orbit … and into menacing proximity to each other, their discarded selves, and the game that neither of them has completely forgotten.

    Die Falknerin says: "Byatt, 1967"
    "Sad story, unlikeable characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from A. S. Byatt and/or Wanda McCaddon?

    I had loved Possession, so I had high hopes for this one but was disappointed.


    What was most disappointing about A. S. Byatt’s story?

    This is the story of deep conflict between two sisters, but neither was a sympathetic character, and the story dragged. I did listen to all of it, but almost gave up half-way through. It is one of her earlier works, and undoubtedly reflects the well-known conflict between Byatt and her sister, Margaret Drabble.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digging to America: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport: the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryam's fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the instant babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate.

    Everett Leiter says: "Life in transition"
    "The immigrant experience"
    Overall

    Interesting that this book generates such divergent reactions. I was one of the people who enjoyed it and found the characters and their day-to-day lives realistic and, in the end, touching. I recognize that, at times, it was a bit trite, but the struggle to fit in to a strange culture and to make real friendships with people across cultural lines was, for me, quite convincing. I also thought the narrator did an excellent job, including the names and words in Persian (not that I could judge their accuracy).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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