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  • Speak Memory: An Autobiography Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (126)

    Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov’s life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, including Lolita, Pnin, Despair, The Gift, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, and The Luhzin Defense.

    meredith says: "this inspired me to read Nabokov's novels"
    "Glorious memoir"
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    Would you listen to Speak Memory again? Why?

    Glorious memoir, gloriously read by Stefan Rudnicki, who takes great care with his Russian pronunciation (much appreciated!). I'm picking my next Nabokov on the basis of Rudnicki's reading.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Tooth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (547)

    Winner of such prestigious honors as the Booker Prize and Whitbread Award, Ian McEwan is justifiably regarded as a modern master. Set in 1972, Sweet Tooth follows Cambridge student Serena Frome, whose intelligence and beauty land her a job with England's intelligence agency, MI5. In an attempt to monitor writers' politics, MI5 tasks Serena with infiltrating the literary circle of author Tom Healy. But soon matters of trust and identity subvert the operation.

    Susianna says: "Perfect Book for your Literary Sweet Tooth"
    "Less than meh"
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    What was most disappointing about Ian McEwan’s story?

    Pretentious meta-literary claptrap. Not surprising that one of the characters admires John Fowles. I don't. Twelve hours of my life I'll never get back.


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    Typically brilliant reading wasted on distinctly unbrilliant material.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (575)

    Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

    Sally says: "Delightful"
    "Pride and Prejudice with manufacturing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Terrific novel--Gaskell is a new discovery for me. She's not the wit or stylist Austen is, but she gives an entirely new twist to the Victorian marriage plot (no spoilers here, but look for the role reversals in the lead couple). Juliet Stevenson is MAGNIFICENT, goes straight to the top of my brilliant Brit readers list.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Realms of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Keats
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Matthew Marsh
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    John Keats' letters paint an unforgettably vivid and moving picture of the richly productive but also tragic final years of the poet's life. As he ponders on the nature of the writer's craft, he must first confront his brother's death from tuberculosis and then the imminent prospect of his own, tormented by the fear that he will not live to consummate his relationship with Fanny Brawne.

    Josh says: "Ashes in Italy, but alive in my Ipod"
    "Keats Heaven"
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    What made the experience of listening to Realms of Gold the most enjoyable?

    Keats writes like a dream, and the narrators read like a dream. Beautiful job of editing letters and poems together. Music unobtrusive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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