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Glassboro, NJ, USA

  • 3 reviews
  • 58 ratings
  • 105 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Master

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Master, his brilliant and profoundly moving fifth novel, Colm Toibin tells the story of Henry James, a famous novelist born into one of America's intellectual first families two decades before the Civil War. James left his country to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers.

    Kathy says: "Perfect"
    "A Gentle Story"

    I couldn't get any of my friends or relatives to read this with me, and they were all wrong to avoid it--it is a sensitive and gentle rendering of certain segments of James' life, easy to follow in this recorded form, and not reminiscent of those tangled James short stories you never finished in college. Toibin keeps it believable and doesn't charge in and detail torrid love affairs (of any orientation). Unlike other novels 'from a life' this didn't make me worry whether Toibin had guessed correctly at the deepest secrets of James' personal life. It's a great portrait with a nice "nuanced" narration that suits the material very well.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Ahab's Wife: The Star-Gazer

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Sena Jeter Naslund
    • Narrated By Maryann Plunkett

    Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last. This is destined to be remembered as one of the most-recognized first sentences in literature - along with "Call me Ishmael." And Una Spenser, the transcendent hero at the center of Ahab's Wife may well become every bit as memorable as Ahab. Inspired by a brief passage in Moby Dick, Sena Jeter Naslund has created an entirely new universe - an epic-scale, enthralling, and compelling saga, spanning a full, rich, eventful, and dramatic life. In the "soprano voice" whose absence critics lamented in Moby Dick - the strong, intelligent voice of a woman whose life is dominated by the sea - Naslund tells many stories.

    Anne says: "Not"

    I listened to the first hour of this abridgement and then compared it to the text, and concluded that I would be better off re-reading the enormous novel instead (for my book club).

    While the abridgement seemed like a decent effort to capture the highlights, and the narration was pleasant, the incredible artistry of this novel's language is largely lost in the process of shortening the lengthy descriptions. You also miss out on the sense of being enveloped in the characters' lives and thoughts. (I think a screenplay writer would have the same problem...I'd rather see it done as a ten hour miniseries.)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Riddle of the Sands

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Erskine Childers
    • Narrated By Dermot Kerrigan

    Carruthers is rescued from a hot summer at a deserted Foreign Office in London, by an out-of-the-blue invitation to join an acquaintance, Davies, on his yacht in the Baltic. He arrives to find not only that he comprises the whole crew, but also that Davies needs his help in a spying mission with enormous stakes.

    Anne says: "Lost treasure"
    "Lost treasure"

    I read an old paperback of this book a few years ago, and am so pleased to see it here where it will hopefully be rediscovered. The best aspects are its unusual geographic setting and the dreamlike/nightmarish quality taken on by the protagonist's little sailing trip. I hope the recording is good because the story deserves a larger audience (not to mention a film deal).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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