My wife and I put this on at the beginning of a long trip, and could only get thru the introduction. The writing was very repetitious, and felt like he had sat in front of his typewriter (computer) and just bashed out words until he met his quota.
The New York Times lists this as one of the best books of 2006, but after listening to the introduction, we couldn't find the energy to find out.
Jeremy Irons, Vladimir Nabokov, and darling Lo--how can you go wrong? Listen, concentrate, imagine, enjoy.
A fascinating look at the life of Charles Dickens from another writer who asks: How did he create his career? How did he choose what to work on?
According to the reviews, this biography is shorter than others, which makes it perfect for an audiobook. It is just right for a trip from Oakland to San Diego, or a few weeks' commuting, and you come away with deep insight into a fun and famous author.
'Most everything I've read by Jane Smiley I have loved, and this is among her better books.
The narrator is perfect. Great rhythm, deep knowledge of the words in their context, for a very powerful book. This is one of the books that is better heard than read, because of the large number of unusual and foreign words
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