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.
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.
Newland Archer, because he is so completely realized as a character and because his journey is so gracefully and intelligently conveyed.
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.
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.
This is a worthwhile listen for the quality of Jennings's narration, but the story is awfully contrived. Still good fun, though.
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.
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.
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