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Julia

Glastonbury, CT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Sun Also Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (680)

    The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

    Gerald says: "Bravo Papa!"
    "Brilliant! Loved it!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! We've all read some Hemingway in the past - possibly while we were at school, but listening to one of his earliest books, now that we're older and wiser, brings a whole new dimension. I was inspired to reread this (or should I say listen) after reading The Paris Wife which is about Hemingway and Hadley during the period he wrote The Sun Also Rises. It was wonderful to make the connections between the real life friends and the marvelous characters in the book. I was addicted. I hated unplugging to recharge my iPod. Loved it!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sun Also Rises?

    All the scenes in Paris. It's one of my favorite cities and this just made me wish I had been there in the 1920s.


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

    Mr Hurt did an excellent job. His accents were very respectable but more importantly he has a wonderful cadence to his performance that really captures the pace of the time.


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

    Definitely. I was quite sad as I realized we were nearing the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (353)

    Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

    Joanne says: "Not Elizabeth George's best..."
    "A very enjoyable listen - but not George's best."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth George and have read all her books. My first listening experience of her books was


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth George? Why or why not?

    Yes. As I said although this was not her best, she's a wonderful writer and not every book can be a masterpiece.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great accents, captured the personalities of the key characters well.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3828)
    Performance
    (2200)
    Story
    (2205)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Brilliant Book. Great Narrator!"
    Overall

    Definitely the best of Tana French's three novels. The story line is great but the dialogue and the interactions between Frank Mackies very dysfunctional family is brilliantly observed and made the book. The narration is excellent. Fabulous Irish accents and the subtle differences between the characters made it a delight to listen to. I don't often reccommend a listen over a read but in this case definitely the way to go.

    45 of 45 people found this review helpful

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