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UU Ma

Claremont, CA | Listener Since 2001

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  • 3 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 319 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Andrew Lycett
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, spy, this suave Old Etonian creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complicated and interesting than his major fictional character, Agent 007.

    Chris says: "Great book, unlistenable audiobook"
    "Interesting man? Boring book"
    Overall

    Mostly a string of names and events, in boring detail, particularly for an American who doesn't know the names of everyone who's supposed to be impressive in England. No wonder Fleming wrote fiction...

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (115)

    First published in monthly parts from March 1852 to September 1853, this novel follows the fortunes of three pedestrian characters; Esther Summerson, Ada Clare, and Richard Carstone. The story they tell embondies Dickens' merciless indictment of the Court of Chancery and its bungling, morally corrupt handling of the endless case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, giving the novel its scope and meaning.

    UU Ma says: "30 hours was too short for me"
    "30 hours was too short for me"
    Overall

    You'd think that with the title Bleak House and a length of 30 hours it would be deadly. Actually it has an engaging story, plus fascinating insights into the legal "system" of 19th century England. You keep wishing people would get smart and that the absurdity of the legal system would be cured, but everyone seems to keep hurtling toward their fates.
    As always, Robert Whitfield does a great job of reading. Giving different voices to different characters in such a complicated book helps the reader/listener keep them all straight.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak House, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    First published in monthly parts from March 1852 to September 1853, this novel follows the fortunes of three pedestrian characters - Esther Summerson, Ada Clare and Richard Carstone. The story they tell embondies Dickens' merciless indictment of the Court of Chancery and its bungling, morally corrupt handling of the endless case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, giving the novel its scope and meaning.

    UU Ma says: "Amazingly engaging"
    "Amazingly engaging"
    Overall

    You'd think that with the title Bleak House it would be deadly. Actually it has an engaging story, plus fascinating insights into the legal "system" of 19th century England. As always, Robert Whitfield does a great job of reading. Giving different voices to different characters in such a complicated book helps the reader keep them all straight.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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