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  • 3 reviews
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  • 18 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Seven Ages: An Anthology of Poetry with Music

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
    • Narrated By Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench

    This highly entertaining anthology of verse is the comic, tragic, tender, and telling story of life's seven ages, from childhood to old age. Within the framework of Shakespeare's speech, "The Seven Ages of Man," performed by Sir Ian McKellen, are 150 great poems from all ages, from Chaucer to Emily Dickinson to Walt Whitman and many others. The poem are presented by the finest cast ever assembled on one recording and includes Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench, John Cleese, Michael Caine, and more.

    ESK says: "The Anthology of 'Music-Makers'"
    "Good but easily could get lost."
    If you could sum up Seven Ages in three words, what would they be?

    The narrative is sensational (except for one poem in wich the make an ugly fake children voice).The selection of material really good; however if you want to listen a particular poem or fragment it is impossible, because it would mean to add a bookmarks to every single poem to be able to return to it later, besides, you can only know who is narrating if you recognize the voice, which actually sucks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "It acompolish to create the exact ambience."
    What did you love best about Pride and Prejudice?

    Both the complex and simple characters. The spirit of Miss Elizabeth Bennet, so contrasting yet complementary to the one of Mr. Darcy.

    What other book might you compare Pride and Prejudice to and why?

    It reminded me of Jane Eyre, both depict strong personalities and complicated interactions, as well a strong moral component on the main characters.

    What about Flo Gibson’s performance did you like?

    The naturality of the rhythm, the subtle impersonation of the characters, and the fluidity of the narration.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Strong characters on a moving romantic story.

    Any additional comments?

    I loved it as much as I loved the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Sullen narration"
    What did you like best about 1Q84? What did you like least?

    Although intricate, the story is fascinating. The ability of Murakami to make the descriptions of everyday life so intriguing, natural and easy to read continues to amaze me. In this case I preferred not to keep on listening because I was falling sleep due to the tone and intonation of the voice. The sullen sensation is given by the narrative, it is too much to emphasize so strongly with the reading.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1Q84?

    The fact that it depicts you the actual Tokyo (according to those who have lived there) and makes you believe on this magical transformations.

    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    It felt forced and made me loose concentration, like overacted.

    Did 1Q84 inspire you to do anything?

    It, again, made me yearn to know Tokyo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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