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A. J. Russell

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  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (116)

    First published in 1905, the House of Mirth shocked many by its candour. Lily Bart moves in the shallow, new-moneyed class of New York society in which men make the money and women spend it. There amongst the glib diversions of the newly rich, she seeks a husband who can not only maintain her in this charmed existence, but can also provide unstinting admiration.

    Catherine says: "Wonderful"
    "Near-perfect reading of imperfect classic"
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    Story

    The novel has wonderful prose but, despite its cynicism, a sentimentality and moral flavour that doesn't always ring true to a modern ear. But Eleanor Bron reads it so beautifully and with such wit and feeling that she lends it the lightness it sometimes needs. A classic novel to which the narrator more than does justice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting for the Weekend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Witold Rybczynski
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In Waiting for the Weekend, Witold Rybczynski unfolds the history of leisure. There have always been breaks from the routine of work: taboo days, market days, public festivals, holy days - we couldn't survive without them. He explores the origins of the week and how the weekend as we know it evolved.

    A. J. Russell says: "Good narration of a dull and lazy authorial effort"
    "Good narration of a dull and lazy authorial effort"
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    A dry, dull, informationally light and largely unconvincing wander through the history of leisure.

    Interesting bits at the beginning regarding the development of the calendar and weekdays, but little else to interest besides - too few facts, not enough detail to give colour or interest. I was hoping for something more lively that would teach me interesting things, but I didn't find it here.

    Very well read - I can't fault Nadia May, she did her best with boring material. It just felt like an uncharacteristically lazy effort on the author's part.

    Also, really poor sound quality, with some echoing and a very "distant AM radio" edge to it - poorly dubbed from an original 80s recording I would guess.

    Overall, very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. Now - Caitlin Moran rewrites "The Female Eunuch" from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain...Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina?

    Sara says: "Stirring Stuff!"
    "I feel like I've found a new friend!"
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    Whether or not you agree with her, it's hard not to find Caitlin Moran charming and hilarious, and impossible not to respect her wit and intellect. Her reading of her own blistering, autobiographical, political and somwhat musical and literary account of being female is great, because it sounds the way she wanted it to sound - which is fun, and loud, with a point to make. She never talks down to the reader. Instead, she yaks away like she's talking to a mate, possibly in a pub, possibly after a glass or two. I read the book before listening, so I sort of had a feel for her as a writer already, but hearing it read by her made me feel like I had a new friend. In a non-tragic way, of course. A stellar performance of a terrific and thought-provoking book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Powder and Patch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (74)

    Cleone Charteris is the joy and despair of all the young men of the countryside, and she seeks a husband - a man who can duel and dice with the best of them. One of the men after her heart is the masterful and handsome Mr. Philip Jettan. But compared to other men in 18th-century England, Philip is out of step - he is careless in his appearance and, in Cleone's own words, she cannot marry him because he is 'a raw country bumpkin'. He even refuses to buy a wig!

    Maria says: "Simply Delightful!!!"
    "Not one of her best; but quite nicely read."
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you’ve listened to books by Georgette Heyer before, how does this one compare?

    One of her shortest and least complex (in all ways) stories, but with some nice Paris scenes to liven it up. Still, on the whole, not up to her usual high standard.


    Have you listened to any of Jamie Glover’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like his readings of Heyer. He is quite mannered, but I think that suits the prose.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but only once!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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