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E. Stern

Cleveland, OH | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 345 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • On Chesil Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is July 1962. Florence is a talented musician who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, an earnest young history student at University College of London, who unexpectedly wooed and won her heart. Newly married that morning, both virgins, Edward and Florence arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their worries about the wedding night to come.

    George says: "One of the best new novels in recent years"
    "Another phenomenal book"

    Ian McEwan is a master; this short book was riveting and revelatory. If you've read him before you know that his depiction of the inner experience of women is astute and often astonishing. In the interview at the end (we're so lucky to have Audible!) he talks about limiting actual depicted conversation between the two main characters until the ultimate confrontation at the end. This is a fascinating narrative tool in the hands of an artist like McEwan. Next download: everything else by McEwan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    M Kaner says: "I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads"
    "Best Ever, and I mean EVER"
    If you could sum up Middlemarch in three words, what would they be?

    Exquisite x 3

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is wonderful, multi-layered, intriguing. But what's best is the writing and the observations on human nature and instinct. Completely on-target, relevant in today's world, profoundly insightful and sophisticated. I wanted to quote this book all the time.

    Which character ??? as performed by Juliet Stevenson ??? was your favorite?

    I'd have to say Mr. Brooks and Rosamund were brilliantly captured as comic roles.

    Who was the most memorable character of Middlemarch and why?

    Of course, the hero, Dorothea. A thoroughly modern woman; intellectually and emotionally open and generous.

    Any additional comments?

    I resisted reading this all my life because it

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • I, Rhoda Manning, Go Hunting With My Daddy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ellen Gilchrist
    • Narrated By Amanda Meadows

    With all the poignancy, hilarity, and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her fiction, Ellen Gilchrist introduces a gallery of unforgettable characters, Southern women and men whose off-kilter lives are delicately revealed by the author's keen and forgiving gaze.

    E. Stern says: "Phenomenal"

    As a long-time fan of southern fiction, I'm ecstatic to have discovered Ellen Gilchrist. This collection is comprised mostly of stories about Rhoda Manning, a southern woman, daughter of a classic patriarch (Burt Lancaster, John Huston, you'd have been perfect for the role)who struggles to be loved, and carries that struggle through her childhood and adult life. I've learned that Gilchrist pulblished a novel length collection called Rhoda, with other stories of this character. In addition are a handful of other stories with topics as varied as a terrorist cell pursuing a bookstore owner, discovered by a nosy upper-east-side condo association president; to a young pair of lovers dealing with an unwanted pregnancy in the face of southern mores and parental ambitions. I've debated whether this writing is more character or plot driven; the wonderful reality is that the characters are beautifully and truthfully drawn, and the stories riveting and poignant. In addition, the reading is superlative. I've been to the library to pick up all the Ellen Gilchrist I can carry home, I only wish there was more on audio in her wonderful throaty voice. Enjoy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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