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Judith Levy

United States | Member Since 2014

  • 5 reviews
  • 10 ratings
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  • 23 purchased in 2015

  • Martin Short with Dick Cavett at the 92nd Street Y

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Martin Short
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett

    Martin Short, one of today's most inventive and popular comic actors, is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, SCTV, and in the films The Three Amigos and The Father of the Bride. The creator of such memorable characters as Jiminy Glick, Ed Grimley, and Irving Cohen, Short returned to Broadway in the "alternate autobiography" Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Here he talks with Dick Cavett.

    Casey says: "I Want My 99 Cents Back!"
    "...a little alarming"

    This was disappointing. Short comes off well, but Cavett, who is usually such a wonderful interviewer, indulges in a non-stop, awkwardly self-referential name-drop fest. He also seems to be slurring his words, which is alarming -- I don't know what was causing it, but it actually made him sound a little impaired at times.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Countess Olenska, separated from her European husband, returns to old New York society. She bears with her an independence and anawareness of life which stirs the educated sensitivity of Newland Archer, engaged to be married to May Welland.

    Ilana says: "Narrated to Perfection"
    "Exquisite in every way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It's a deeply moving, extremely witty, beautifully told story, peopled with extraordinarily vivid characters. It's also an exceptionally detailed portrait of a time and place (1870s New York City among the extremely wealthy). And it's narrated just about perfectly.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Newland Archer, because he is so completely realized as a character and because his journey is so gracefully and intelligently conveyed.

    Have you listened to any of David Horovitch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will certainly seek him out. He managed to convey not only Wharton's sly humor but also a real compassion for the characters he was playing. It's a wonderful, sensitive, thoughtful performance.

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

    So many! Two come to mind: the carriage ride Newland and the Countess Olenska take in May's carriage late in the story, and the moment at that last dinner when Newland realizes what everyone around the table is thinking about him, and what they are trying to communicate to him. And of course the ending, so fitting and so moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Adversary: A Tommy & Tuppence Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley team up for the first time in Agatha Christie's second crime caper, originally published in 1922. The two unemployed school chums bump into each other in London and over tea agree to become the "Young Adventurers" who will go anywhere and do anything, according to their ad. Soon they are involved in a complex plot involving the sinking of the Lusitania, British Intelligence, false identities, kidnapping, and poison.

    L. Williams says: "Frothy fun"
    "excellent narration; story so-so"

    This is a worthwhile listen for the quality of Jennings's narration, but the story is awfully contrived. Still good fun, though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Murder is Announced: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Rosemary Leach

    Who would advertise a murder? The ad reads "A murder is announced, and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m. Friends, please accept this, the only intimation." Surely it must be a hoax? Clearly it's in bad taste. But when someone really is murdered, Miss Jane Marple, elderly sleuth extraordinaire, gives you the tantalizing pleasure of solving a mystery along with one of the best detectives ever created in fiction.

    Amanda says: "One Of The best!"
    "first-rate narration"

    Rosemary Leach does an excellent job with this book. The many characters are all well delineated, and she has a lively, well-paced delivery. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Dalziel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Shaun Dooley

    Caught in the blast of a huge Semtex explosion, the only things preventing Superintendent Andy Dalziel from stepping through Death's door might be his own size and indomitable willpower. As he lies on a hospital bed, it falls on DCI Peter Pascoe to seek justice for Andy. The security services have written it off as an accident: the terrorist suspects have paid for their clumsiness with their lives. Who, then, are the Knights Templar, a shadowy group exacting summary public justice on their enemies?

    A User says: "Great Entry in a Great Series"

    The narration of this audiobook is wonderful. Shaun Dooley has the local accent down perfectly and reads with great energy and an excellent sense of pacing. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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