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Gerald

PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA

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  • The Sun Also Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (596)

    The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

    Gerald says: "Bravo Papa!"
    "Bravo Papa!"
    Overall

    This is possibly the best audio book I have ever listened to. William Hurt's narration is masterful bordering on dramatization but never losing touch with the classic Hemingway prose. This is one of those rare books that I did not want to end. It is altogether possible I will listen to it again simply because it was such a pleasure.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Blair's Italian in No Time

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Blair
    • Narrated By Robert Blair
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    You're vacationing on an island off the Tuscan coast when you discover that a mad designer is attempting to brainwash its inhabitants to purchase a new clothing line from the runways of Milan. Suddenly, it's up to you to save the world from really bad fashion, and success will depend on your ability to learn enough Italian to complete your mission.

    Gerald says: "More fun than the average..."
    "More fun than the average..."
    Overall

    This book presents a fresh approach to learning language with a different design for each chapter which keeps it interesting. The use of narratives that intertwine English and Italian makes it easier to learn vocabulary baseed on context and throughout, there is a sense of humor lacking in most such texts. I won't know if it works until I go to Italy in a few months and I certainly wouldn't put all my eggs in this or any single basket, but even it it doesn't make me fluent, it has been way less painful than most and I have enjoyed playing it over and over..and over and over...and over and over...

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
    Overall
    (2014)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (493)

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
    "Listen before buying"
    Overall

    Pretty good material and well written but never should have been read by the author. Her voice is totally annoying especailly her insufferable proclivity to put whole phrases in the middle of very long sentences into questioning inflectives...if it's a question, ask the damn question, if it's not, stop making it sound like one. About one third through it and not sure if I can make it. Please, please, please, listen before you buy!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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