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  • Trollope: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    Anthony Trollope is most famous for his portrait of the professional and landed classes of Victorian England, especially in his Palliser and Barsetshire novels. But he was also the author of one of the most fascinating autobiographies of the nineteenth century. Trollope was born in 1815, the product of a formidable mother and a tragically unsuccessful father who was socially ambitious for his sons. He was the victim of vicious bullying at Harrow and Winchester. But he had inherited his mother's determination, and managed later to carve out a successful career in the General Post Office while devoting every spare moment to writing. How he paid his groom to wake him every morning at 5:30 a.m. and disciplined himself to write 250 words every fifteen minutes has become part of literary legend. His efforts resulted in over sixty books, a sizable fortune, and fame, and his autobiography. Trollope looks back on his life with satisfaction. Perhaps as interesting as the facts he reveals and the opinions he records about Dickens and George Eliot, politics and the civil service are the judgments he passes on his own character.

    Fortunee says: "the meaning of work"
    "great but flawed autobio"
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    Would you listen to Trollope again? Why?

    of course - anytime anywhere because he's a great writer


    What did you like best about this story?

    his early struggles - when the autobio finished with that it became uninteresting mostly


    What does Bernard Mayes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    at first i couldn't stand him - but he grew on me until i felt that i was listening to trollope himself


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when trollope was a poor schoolboy


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Portrait of a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By John Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (155)

    When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword and that there is a price to be paid for independence.

    Neil Chisholm says: "An American Jane Austen"
    "couldn't listen the narrator is so annoying"
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    What would have made The Portrait of a Lady better?

    different narrator because i may just be forced into spending more money because i know it's got to be better


    What other book might you compare The Portrait of a Lady to and why?

    the europeans - excellent narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    breathing and pausing and making noises with his moth


    What character would you cut from The Portrait of a Lady?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ivanhoe

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (213)

    Wilfred, knight of Ivanhoe, the son of Cedric the Saxon, is in love with his father's ward, Rowena. Cedric, however, wishes her to marry Athelstane, a descendant of the royal Saxon line, whom Cedric hopes will restore the Saxon succession. With a colorful cast of chivalric knights and fair ladies, this action-filled novel comes complete with feats of derring-do, the pageantry of a tournament, and a great flame-engulfed castle - all of which makes it the most enthralling of Scott's creations.

    Bill Dewey/Reclaiming Quarterly says: "Great Adventure, Good Rendition"
    "great adventure story"
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    What did you love best about Ivanhoe?

    the clarity of the characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    the portrayal of rebeca and her father issac


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the first lists


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    girth being held by thieves


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Europeans

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Eugenia, an American expatriate brought up in Europe, arrives in New England with her brother Felix, hoping to find a second husband. Their sophisticated airs cause quite a stir with their affluent, God-fearing American cousins, the Wentworths - and provoke the disapproval of their uncle. Eugenia wins the attentions of Robert Acton, the most appropriate suitor in the area, while also seducing her younger cousin, Clifford. Felix's luxurious romantic ways find acceptance with the American women - particularly Gertrude Wentworth.

    murray says: "excellent book -bron exceptional"
    "excellent book -bron exceptional"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Europeans the most enjoyable?

    the characters - the narration


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Europeans?

    the final chapters


    What does Eleanor Bron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    beautiful expressive voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    felix and mr. Wentworth at the end -


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Smiley's People: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    A very junior agent answers Vladimir's call, but it could have been the Chief of the Circus himself. No one at the British Secret Service considers the old spy to be anything except a senile has-been who can't give up the game - until he's shot in the face at point-blank range. Although George Smiley (code-name: Max) is officially retired, he's summoned to identify the body now bearing Moscow Centre's bloody imprimatur. As he works to unearth his friend's fatal secrets, Smiley heads inexorably toward one final reckoning.

    Darwin8u says: "NEAR Perfect Ending for One Best Trilogies Ever"
    "the best"
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    What did you love best about Smiley's People?

    smiley the character is one of the most enjoyable characters in fiction - he's a hero and so common at the same time


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Smiley's People?

    interrogation of gregoriev


    Which character – as performed by Michael Jayston – was your favorite?

    smiley


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    karla in dehli jail


    Any additional comments?

    the reader jayston is just so good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Le Pere Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    At the shabby boarding house in the rue Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève, petty Madame Vauquer and her tenants wonder at the plight of the aging resident Goriot. Once a well-heeled merchant, Goriot was, at first, afforded special treatment from the Madame. But now something is clearly amiss in his financial affairs, and his increasingly tawdry appearance makes him a subject of ridicule in the household.

    beatrice says: "balzac rocks"
    "Not as good as i remember it"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    take it out of the classic books of the19th century


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    make it not so ridiculously soap operish


    What three words best describe Paul Hecht’s voice?

    doesn't do character that well


    Did Le Pere Goriot inspire you to do anything?

    go back to english novels


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (245)

    Countess Olenska, separated from her European husband, returns to old New York society. She bears with her an independence and anawareness of life which stirs the educated sensitivity of Newland Archer, engaged to be married to May Welland.

    Ilana says: "Narrated to Perfection"
    "HAS IT ALL"
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    If you could sum up The Age of Innocence in three words, what would they be?

    romantic love squared


    What did you like best about this story?

    portrayal of the life style of the new york in the 19th century


    What does David Horovitch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    all the characters - he does it so well - they each have such distinct voices


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    just a very tight story about a family and an era and a society that was beautifully and insightfully written

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dr Wortle's School

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Can it be right to persist in a bigamous marriage? Mr Peacocke, a Classical scholar, has come to Broughtonshire with his beautiful American wife to live as a schoolmaster. But when the blackmailing brother of her first husband - a reprobate from Louisiana - appears at the school gates, their dreadful secret is revealed and the county is scandalised.

    Joseph R says: "What is a Little Bigamy Among Friends?"
    "trollope rocks!"
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    What did you love best about Dr Wortle's School?

    just loved all the characters and the story just moved right along - sorry it ended so soon


    What did you like best about this story?

    the shock of the storyline - couldn't believe it in victorian times


    Which character – as performed by Timothy West – was your favorite?

    the doctor who timothy west plays to perfection - makes you see that person.


    Any additional comments?

    as much as i love mr. west i am always amused the way he portrays american women with a deep voice

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Custom of the Country

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Edith Wharton stands among the finest writers of early 20th-century America. In The Custom of the Country, Wharton’s scathing social commentary is on full display through the beautiful and manipulative Undine Spragg. When Undine convinces her nouveau riche parents to move to New York, she quickly injects herself into high society. But even a well-to-do husband isn’t enough for Undine, whose overwhelming lust for wealth proves to be her undoing.

    Esther says: "Cannot recommend a better narrator!"
    "slow starter but picks up"
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    Where does The Custom of the Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it's right up there with the best but didn't quite satisfy as much as eliot's mill on the floss.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the character undine never ceased to surprise but she got almost everything she wanted


    Did Barbara Caruso do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    excellent


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    kept an amused smile on my face and i came close to tears with the story of the unwanted child


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (212)

    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

    Sarah says: "Gripping despite the minutiae"
    "great reading - great novel"
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    What did you love best about Moby Dick?

    great novel but the story was somewhat thin. quick somebody tell someone but the overall majesty of this book is what makes it such a treasure. and it is a book about whales and whalers which is fascinating.
    the reader was really wonderful - heald - just perfect. took me a while to warm up to him but about 6 hours into it he came alive for me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    litte bit underplayed actually


    Which scene was your favorite?

    meeting the fellow whaling ships especially the english one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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