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Martha

Crawfordville, FL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (243)

    The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.

    Susan Holland says: "Not what I was expecting..."
    "Really?"
    Overall

    This is unutterably boring, and there's so much of it! It's not just the hours of editorial commentary, but Clemens himself. OMG. Save your money. Reread Huck Finn. You have to give a review at least one star, which explains how it got that.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (143)

    Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

    Victoria Wright says: "Didion deserves better."
    "Great essays, poorly read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I loved these essays when I first read them in the 70s and was happy to hear them again.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Didion's prose.


    What didn’t you like about Diane Keaton’s performance?

    Pretty much everything. She mispronounces a LOT of words and it becomes insulting to the material and the listener.


    Could you see Slouching Towards Bethlehem being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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