This dramatised version of Oscar WIldes' A Woman of No Importance is stunning. I listened to this three times over enjoying the visions that danced so easily in my head as the performers each carried their part to nth degree of perfection.
This play is rich in cultural pearls of wisdom and highlights divide between male and female, between the rich and the poor and working class and it explores the ties that bind people in society and what strengthens and weakens the ties. Love of course triumphs and in a way only the wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde could produce.
Alexander McCall Smith writes in such a way he creates images in your mind that bring the story to full life as the characters play out their parts in your minds eye as you listen. The narrator does a fantastic job! I bought this series for my daughter to listen to, she has a brain injury and has a vision impairment (Thank you Audible for having so many great books!) and yet the whole house seems to stand still and just listen when these books are playing. With such strong female lead characters that bare their inner most thoughts feelings and beliefs these books are a must read/listen.
What an incredibly insightful man! I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. Peter Ustinov also wrote a fabulous book called The Old Man & Mr Smith. It is well worth a read.
Rudyard Kipling plainly and with great insight describes what masculinity really is, He has a skill at succinctness and plain talking. I printed this poem up and gave it to my son when he was young. He still has the poem.
I stopped in my tracks when the story reached the part where the Neuro registrar is testing Julia's brain function and he asks her to count backwards from 100 by sevens. Her husband's response was brilliant. "Don't write that down" "Why not?." "Because Julia couldn't do that before the stroke"
How well this and so many other moments in the book articulate the difficulties involved for patients in a medical world.
My daughter who has a brain injury and I listened to this book together. We laughed, we related, we cried along with Julia.
A powerful story of a woman with guts and determination.
Joyce Bean's narration is wonderful. She articulates so well this story of courage and triumph. I am not sure how she could have narrated this book except through a veil of tears and laughter and admiration.
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