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Nora

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  • A Short History of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jonathan Bardon
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    In the wake of its 30th birthday celebrations in 2006, BBC Radio Ulster marked the beginning of a new broadcasting era by embarking on the station's most ambitious project to date: a recounting of the history of Ireland.

    Anne says: "Three and a half?"
    "Marred by background music"
    Overall

    I'm afraid I'm unable to comment on the content of the book as my attempt at listening was marred for me by the background music.I couldn't concentrate on the spoken word at all. Very disappointing. Unfortunatley, I didn't listen to a preview before buying. I'll learn ....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dubliners (Tantor Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Dubliners is a collection of short stories by James Joyce that was first published in 1914. The 15 stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle-class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written at a time when Irish nationalism was at its peak and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences.

    Nora says: "Brilliant stories about Dubliners"
    "Brilliant stories about Dubliners"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Dubliners?

    I loved the characters and how they are so faithful to the real thing.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    I love the way Gerard Doyle speaks in the typical Dublin accent;


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The narrator was able to transport me directly to Dublin all though these stories told in a Dublin accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so happy i bought the edition read by Gerard Doyle. I'd love to hear him reading Ulysses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume I Section II: The Prison Industry, Perpetual Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917. This volume involves us in the innocent victim's arrest and preliminary detention and the stages by which he is transferred across the breadth of the Soviet Union to his ultimate destination: the hard-labor camp.

    Erik Fosshage says: "Continues the epic story, but drags on a bit long"
    "Best reader ever"
    Overall

    When I'm listening to this book I get the impression that the speaker is Solzhenitsyn, it's so well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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