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.
The narrator is a great reader but Alice is a quintessentially English story, and the American narrator just doesn't work. I found it very jarring to hear all the unmistakably English characters speaking in American accents. I soon turned it off altogether.
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.
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.
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.
I like his readings of Heyer. He is quite mannered, but I think that suits the prose.
Yes, but only once!
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