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Richmond Rabinowitz

ratings
74
REVIEWS
11
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
7

  • Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

    Sandra says: "It's not about the ending!"
    "I loved this book!"
    Overall

    If you are looking for adventure and swift plot, this is not for you. If, however, you are looking for great characters and like English country stories, you will have a wonderful time with this one. The characters are a little like those in Trollope's Barsetshire novels, but they are more realistic - Cynthia is a great charachter, flawed, loving and fabulous. Nadia May is, of course, wonderful.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Corduroy Mansions: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    In London’s Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as “a building of no interest whatsoever.” But the residents of Corduroy Mansions—including a literary agent, a wine merchant, a thoroughly unpleasant member of Parliament, and a vegetarian dog—are a rather fascinating lot.

    connie says: "Oedipus Snark, MP"
    "Totally delightful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Alexander McCall Smith and Simon Prebble? Well of course it's good! A great cast of fun characters, including a wonderful dog, and a few fun twists in the story. Certainly not deep or life changing but a really fun way to spend a few hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2126)
    Performance
    (1874)
    Story
    (1861)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Very appealing but a little thin"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Elizabeth McGovern does a lovely job with this story which never quite fullfills its promise but is very pleasant.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1926)
    Performance
    (1675)
    Story
    (1672)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Good look at a President we learn little about"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked this book and learning about Garfield. His death was all I really knew anything about so finding out how extraordinary he was was and more about the times, particularly the science of the times, was well worth the time spent . I found the writing to be repetetive, however, and in serious need of a good editor. The performance was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • West with the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Beryl Markham
    • Narrated By Julie Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (351)

    West with the Night is the story of a remarkable woman molded and shaped by many things: the African jungle, a certain dog, horses, airplanes, friendships with white men and black. There is no life, no story quite like it.

    Michael Moore says: "Top Notch Writing; Riveting Stories"
    "Beautiful prose - beautifully read"
    Overall
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    Markham's prose is gorgeous and the her story very interesting. I thought Julie Harris did a marvelous job as reader. There is a description of a horse race that is one of my favorite audible moments! There were some slow moments and I admit that it took me a little while to get into it but that said, I highly recommend this memoir.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When young Edwin Drood disappears, suspicion centers on John Jasper, a drug-addicted choirmaster who hungers after Drood's fiancé. So does Neville Landless, a Ceylonese who has previously quarreled violently with the missing man. The mystery if further enhanced because it was left unfinished at the author's death. Thus the book has challenged the imagination of generations of readers.

    Richmond Rabinowitz says: "The production is awful"
    "The production is awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This may be a great story but I couldn't listen because the quality was very bad. I am actually surprised that Audible offers it in this version.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (474)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "I enjoyed this one very much"
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    I downloaded this with trepidation as so many reviewers disliked the reader. I think she did a fine job. I agree some of her accents were overdone but she is a good, well paced reader. The story is very interesting and kept me completely engaged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (275)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    jennifer says: "A Masterpiece on All Counts"
    "too slow"
    Overall

    I almost never give up on books but I just couldn't do this one. Simon Vance does a good job but this is way to pointless.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tender Is the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Trevor White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    It is 1925, and Richard Diver is the high priest of the good life on the white sands of the French Riviera. The Beautiful People – film stars, socialites, aristocrats – gather eagerly and bitchily around him and his wife Nicole. Beneath the breathtaking glamour, however, is a world of pain, and there is at the core of their lives a brittle hollowness. Beautiful, powerful and tragic, Tender is the Night is one of the great works of American fiction.

    Richmond Rabinowitz says: "Just fair"
    "Just fair"
    Overall

    The narration of this made me absolutely nuts. The reader has a good feel for the story but ruins the book by ending almost every sentence on an up inflection as in a question. The end result was that all of the characters sounded perpetually petulant so by the time things are falling apart you are so annoyed that there is no impact.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13102)
    Performance
    (5548)
    Story
    (5614)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall
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    The other reviews say most of what I thought. I would just like to add that Jacob at 90 or 93 was one of the most well drawn characters in any book I have ever read. Great story that you can't bear to leave, beautifully written and read but best of all, it gave rare insight into old age. Don't miss this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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