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Malden, MA, USA

  • 5 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 146 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014

  • The Old Curiosity Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape - but at what cost?

    Rosemary says: "Outstanding Narration"
    "Outstanding Narration"

    After listening to Mr Lesser's narration, I was reminded how enjoyable the book was the first time I read it. Mr Lesser using his acting skills to the fullest, and his understanding of the characters comes through in his narration. It felt as if Quilp was actually narrating the script himself. I listened to the book in only a week, and I couldn't recommend a better book to listen to.
    The story itself was pieced together by Dickens and was never meant to become a novel. However, the narration makes it sound as if the continuity flowed---something I could not manage when reading it myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Janet McTeer, David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Mr. Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity, and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.

    Stephanie says: "Classic"
    "One Of The Best Narrations"

    Reading Wuthering Heights in high school and again in my early thirties, I never could lose myself in the characters. Although one of the great "stories" in English literature, I never thought of it as a classic "novel".

    However, after listening to Ms McTeer's narration, I have become much more appreciable of this story. Her ability to tell the story, I got lost in the characters; in fact, I thought Ms McTeer was Nelly at times. She brings you back to the time when your mother read to you before bed. Her timing between silences and emphasis of phrases (her overall intonation) was superb.

    Mr Timson's narration is also superb. The way he introduces the book and allows "Nellie" to tell the story is a classic approach. I wish audio books would use this method more often. It made the book and narration more exciting. It's as if I was Mr Longwood (Timson's character) listening to Nellie. They made a great narrating team.

    A definite 5-Star narration I highly recommend. This is only the third 5-stars rating I have assigned to audio books (out of more than 100 audio downloads).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Greta Scacchi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Persuasion, Jane Austen's last novel, is a tale of love and marriage told with irony and insight. Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth have met and seperated years before. Their reunion, after the passage or irrecoverable years of their youth, forces a recognition of the false values that drove them apart.

    Patricia says: "Really lovely . . ."

    I believe this the most mature of Austen's novels and it is timeless (as are all of Austen's novels). Of course, Austen was always about character, and Persuasion demonstrates this. I find the novel as fresh as the first time I read it, and learn something different after each re-reading of it.

    Although I have read the novel 5 or 6 times, Ms Scacchi brought the characters to life. Her tempo was outstanding, as was her ability to "act" out the characters. I highly recommend this narration, even for those who have read the book several times.

    The only negative thing is that there appear to be long pauses (8 seconds) between some paragraphs, but a minor distraction that has very little affect on the reading's flow and continuity.

    In addition to personal enjoyment, I hold group get-togethers with older people, and present "the classics" to them, using a combination of Audiobooks, Texts, and BBC/PBS productions. Ms Scacchi's narration has received high praise by my audience as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
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    Middlemarch is considered one of the masterpieces of English fiction. Published in 1874, it is the seventh and penultimate novel by George Eliot. It pursues a number of underlying themes, including the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism and self-interest, religion and hypocrisy, political reform, and education.

    Miss Belgravia says: "I Loved It!"
    "Worst Narration Of Absolute Classic"

    The 1-Star rating was kind. In fact, he is the worst narrator of the 125 audio books I own. I have read this classic at least 15 times, and it only gets better as the years go on. But I can't believe how it's destroyed by Mr Woolf's narration. Sounds as if he recorded this in a closet. Eliot has created the best characters in literary history, only to be flattened by bland emotion. Also, he seems to lose his place often. TERRIBLE. I am shocked Audible sells this.

    Stay away from the Great Literary Classics. They are generally of inferior quality. Some are "fair" (2-Stars), but you are better paying full price for other classic narrations.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nicholas Nickleby combines comedy and tragedy in a tale of triumph over adversity. Nickleby succeeds despite social injustice, in a story that mirrors Dickens' own rise from poverty to great success.

    Richard says: "Wonderful tale, wonderful reader"
    "Overall Average"

    Although not one of Dickens' great texts, Jennings' gives a flat, boring narration of the novel. What I found most troubling is his inability to present the female parts in an enjoyable reading; they were quite annoying actually. I much prefer Robert Whitfield's narration. Overall, a poor narration. It sounded as if he were forced to read this novel and didn't enjoy it himself.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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