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Marilyn S

Seattle , WA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

    Carol says: "Great AudioBook"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    If you like Jane Austen and are looking for something funny and engaging, I think you may enjoy this. The dramatisation works very well and the actors are uniformly excellent.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10247)
    Performance
    (9376)
    Story
    (9396)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "A terrific novel - "sorrow inseparable from joy""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    I want to start over again immediately, a novelty for me. I want to read it as well - and that is a first.

    I was greedy and listened to this book practically non-stop. Now I want to re-listen, because I want to go back to the early pages, which impressed me as I heard them, and hear them again knowing how they illuminate all the rest of the story. The connection and comfort of his mother, the disaster - what occurs and how vividly it is described. The bleakness of the Los Vegas section - there is something I want to hear again in every earlier portion of the book, and by the time I finish I'm sure I will be ready to hear the ending portion again as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Theo, the narrator, is a great character and it is wonderful how the author keeps you learning more about him throughout the book. She doesn't wind him up with a description and let him go. But Boris is also a favorite, written with such charm, humor and refusal to fit a stereotype. I enjoyed every scene he was in and hoped he would come back in the periods where he was missing.


    Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard any other performances but I liked this one. He made some characters sound a little precious, but I think that was probably appropriate for them.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is incredibly satisfying. I slowed down my listening at the end because I really wanted to savor it. I listen a lot and rarely review, but this book thrilled me. Maybe I hang out with too many posers, but I keep hearing how novels are over and that depresses me. So I am incredibly happy to have found this wonderful, complex, funny, sad and modern novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Irene Sutcliffe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Pride and Prejudice, the best known of Jane Austen's novels, reveals the acerbic and amusing critique of manners and morals in 19th-century England. Hear how the daughters of the bookish and indolent Mr. Bennet search for husbands...and how the family reacts when one of the daughters marries a scoundrel!

    Serra55 says: "Read this one!"
    "My favorite Pride & Predjudice"
    Overall

    I had this version on tape years ago, so I decided to try a different one on Audible. It was good, but I really missed the quality of Irene Sutcliffe's narration and downloaded this one again. She does a great job establishing the voices of the different characters and she seems entirely comfortable with the language of the period. This is definitely the version I would recommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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