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William

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 145 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2177)
    Performance
    (1314)
    Story
    (1310)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Brilliantly Read"
    Overall

    I read this book years ago and liked it just fine, but didn't really see what all the fuss was about. This recording made me understand. Jeremy Irons is nasty, hilarious and (surprisingly) heartbreaking. I can not recommend this book highly enough.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (187)

    Alexandra Fuller tells the idiosyncratic story of her life growing up white in rural Rhodesia as it was becoming Zimbabwe. The daughter of hardworking, yet strikingly unconventional English-bred immigrants, Alexandra arrives in Africa at the tender age of two. She moves through life with a hardy resilience, even as a bloody war approaches. Narrator Lisette Lecat reads this remarkable memoir of a family clinging to a harsh landscape and the dying tenets of colonialism.

    Cynthia says: "Captivating"
    "Great Book, Terrible Reader"
    Overall

    Hearing this recording made me want to read the book, but not finish listening to it. Fuller writes with a lot of humor, but Lecat doesn't seem to get any of it. That means a book which contains a lot of tough situations ends up tremendously dreary.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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