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G. W. Stebbins

taos, nm | Member Since 2007

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  • Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Published two weeks after Vladimir Nabokov’s seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of his greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist. It tells a love story troubled by incest, but it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat. This is the first American edition to include the extensive and ingeniously sardonic appendix by the author, written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom.

    Darwin8u says: "Incest, a game the Whole Family Can Play"
    "Butchering Nabokov"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Ada, or Ardor? What did you like least?

    I wouldn't have thought anybody could make Nabokov's wonderful prose sound this bad: grating, irritating and affected. In his mouth, all the characters sound like conceited, shallow, spoiled, self indulgent teenagers, instead of thoughtful, lyrical, mulitdimensional people. Yes, the characters are meant to be young and self absorbed, but they shouldn't sound like valley girls (and boys) with big vocabularies, insulated from real emotional life and development by even bigger bank roles. What a disappointment ! ! !


    What did you like best about this story?

    But, of course, it is Nabokov, and if you can some how tune out the ugly veneer applied by the reader, the story, and the language, are still there.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Arthur Morey?

    Anybody else, alone or with a cast, would be better.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2622)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (390)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Great story marred by reader"
    Overall

    I've been a science fiction reader for over 40 years and didn't think there was anything new to be done with time travel. This book proved me wrong. Both original and enthralling. Very stong characters. But the reader didn't do it justice, a grating, adolescence voice that seemed ill suited to the story. I still recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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