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  • 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
    (118)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Le Pere Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    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"
    Overall
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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 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (137)

    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
    (52)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    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
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    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 (24 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    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
  • Phineas Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    In Phineas Finn, the second of the Palliser novels, Trollope balances the rival demands of public and private life, entangling political ambitions with the experiences of love. Phineas Finn, an irresistible but penniless young Irish barrister enters Parliament and comes to London leaving behind him an Irish sweetheart, Mary Flood-Jones. In London, Phineas wins friends on all sides and is admitted to high society.

    Leni Ramberg says: "The entire book is in the 3 parts of download."
    "great story - young poor boy makes good"
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    Would you listen to Phineas Finn again? Why?

    yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Phineas Finn?

    the trial for his life


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

    madam goesler


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    poor boy comes to big city for fame and fortune and is almost hung


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Duke's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium and former Prime Minister of England, is widowed and wracked by grief. Struggling to adapt to life without his beloved Lady Glencora, he works hard to guide and support his three adult children. Palliser soon discovers, however, that his own plans for them are very different from their desires. Sent down from university in disgrace, his two sons quickly begin to run up gambling debts.

    Virginia says: "Heaven On A Stick!"
    "finally a bad trollope"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    it stinks - and it's long - kept on waiting for it to turn around but never did - even timothy west couldn't make this nag run.


    Did Timothy West do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes but found his depiction of american women voices to be irritating - for some reason whenever an american woman speaks mr. west adopts a deeper voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Duke's Children?

    most of it


    Any additional comments?

    i'm a big fan of trollope and west but this one was a stinker.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mill on the Floss

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Eileen Atkins
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    As Maggie Tulliver approaches maturity she enters into conflict with family and community over her desire for self-fulfillment. Eliot's exploration of Maggie's dilemma makes this novel as relevant today as it was in the 19th century.

    John says: "Magnificent reading"
    "poor audio quality but still a great listen"
    Overall

    in spite of the audio quality loved eileen atkins reading. story was almost great - it took too long to grip but then when it did it was outstanding.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Way We Live Now

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    In this world of bribes, vendettas and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.

    Nardia says: "Long, but well worth it."
    "what a story!"
    Overall

    everything after melmot's death could be lost and not hurt the novel but up to that it's great.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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