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Christianne Bennington

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  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (878)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

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    "To sit at Hugo's feet for hours...but...."
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    Would you listen to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose again? Why?

    I would - but now I know what parts to skip!!! Don't misunderstand, I appreciate a well written essay and Hugo and I have many points of view in common. However, Les Miserables is mislabeled as a fictional dramatic novel. The novel is IN the text, but there is quite a bit of rhetoric as well. I did LOVE the essays - just not so fully expanded within the text of the novel. Now, to have sat at Hugo's feet for hours and listened........THAT would have been wonderful!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    No, Hugo crafted the story too well. I could not possibly pick one memorable moment from the many.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Bishop Myriel. The performance was solid throughout, but Guidall made sure the Bishop never became an unbelievable, simpering mass of 'do goodness'. He remained real.


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

    There was no part that did not. It was thought provoking and surprisingly fresh at every turn.


    Any additional comments?

    It should be required reading for all, but may be better appreciated in the latter years. It requires a stretch for a young mind to appreciate the nuances that exist within each character.

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  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3688)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1093)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Just Plain Beautiful Storytelling"
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    What did you love best about The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?

    As with all of his works, the author assumes innate intelligence in all of his readers. Not a socioeconomic level, or even a level of acquired education - BUT a present ability to understand. He speaks to this audience as though he were sitting next them on a train, telling a tale to pass the time. He does not pander, he does not insult.


    What other book might you compare The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to and why?

    J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, because the author treats children as people and a good tale as a good tale - not a 'children's' story to be labeled and dumbed down.


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

    I have not, however I have enjoyed his acting for years.


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

    My favorite part is when the older children realize Lucy has not created Narnia. They, unlike too many adults, frankly admit their mistake and move on to be better and stronger. They even repeat the mistake, but they press on. Edmund lags a bit, but let's hope the older audience learns the most from that lesson.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend all of C.S. Lewis' works.

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