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Judith

Brisbane, QldAustralia

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  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By James Wilby
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (18)

    Saturday, February 15, 2003. Henry Perowne is a successful neurosurgeon, devoted husband, and father of two grown-up children. Unusually, he wakes up before dawn, troubled about impending war in Iraq, and the fear that his city and happy family life are under threat. Later, Perowne makes his way through London streets filled with anti-war protesters. A minor car accident brings him in to contact with Baxter, an aggressive young man who is to change his life irrevocably.

    Judith says: "Well worth reading"
    "Well worth reading"
    Overall

    This is a fine novel, for all that it contains the oddest flaws (sex scenes that belong in Mills and Boon--hard to credit McEwan could have written them). Takes on the difficulty of writing a novel about a man who is lucky, happy, contented, fortunate. Almost succeeds, against all the odds (think here of McEwan's US counterparts--Roth, for example). An intriguing post 9/11 novel, and worth reading for the aspects of it that are wonderful. The reading lets it down--an effort to make Perowne sound excitable that works against McEwan's characterisation.

    I wish more of his novels were available on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Odyssey (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By Tim McInnerny, Amanda Redman
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    "My fame is written in the heavens, and my fate too..." So speaks Odysseus as he starts to recount his struggles to sail home to Ithaca, in one of the greatest pieces of storytelling in Western literature. The Odyssey is his incredible traveller's tale, and also the story of his faithful wife Penelope who waits for him, besieged by suitors, and their son Telemachus who has a quest of his own.

    Jimmy says: "This was great"
    "A way in to Homer"
    Overall

    This reading of the Odyssey is dramatised by Simon Armitage, one of Britain's finest contemporary poets. He manages to get across the sense of Homer's poem using contemporary language. It really works. The use of street language, for example, reminds us that Homer's companions were pretty rough and ready. The actors live up to Armitage's fine script. I'd strongly recommend this recording, first because listening to it is such a pleasure, and second because it is useful to anyone who needs a sense of this influential work--students of English literature, for example.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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