I love the classics. I've listened to almost 100 books, most of them classics. I know Vanity Fair is considered a classic, and as I've not read anything else by Thackeray, I thought I'd give this a try.
I had to get used to how Thackeray wrote -- it's like he's talking with the reader. His ramblings made the story somewhat longer than it had to be.
This story laughs at the ridiculousness of the upper classes -- their ignorance, their greed, their falseness.
The main characters are Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley. Neither one is very likable. Becky is a user and out to get whatever she can from whomever she meets. Amelia is a nice but simple-minded girl who never stands up for herself.
Becky gets far by using the upper classes to gain popularity though she has no money and constantly performs theft of services. Amelia gets nowhere by being herself and not seeing the true character of the people around her.
Amelia is loved by Dobbin, who waits years for her to return his affections. She is too in love with the memory of her dead husband to see the man her husband truly was, or to see the man she could have in Dobbin.
Overall, the story was often frustrating, perhaps because while it reflects the character of people from the 1850's, it also reflects the people of today. How many financial scandals have there been lately? And aren't people famous today simply as a circumstance, and not for any true value they give to society?
The narrator was excellent, each character had its own voice. The story was good in that you learned a lot about history (Waterloo and that time period), The characters were interesting and frustrating.
Listened to Sister Carrier once, when I first purchased it, and didn't care much for the narrator. At that time, I hadn't had much experience with Audible books, so I didn't have much to compare it to. Now I've been listening for years; and I've heard some WONDERFUL narrations.
This book was chosen by our book club as our classic for this year, so I tried to listen to the book again and simply could not take listening to it again.
The cadence of the speech, the voice, everything, just isn't good.
The story isn't a happy one, and it really shows you the customs and value of women (or lack thereof) for the late 1800s/early 1900s.
If you really want to read this book, find another version, or get a printed copy.
I was excited for this audiobook to come out. I LOVED the first story and couldn't wait to hear this sequel.
I have to ask the publisher -- was the narrator of the first book not available to complete this one? That's the only reason I can think of that you wouldn't have the same person narrate both books.
I grew to accept Lauren Fortgang as the voice of Camryn and Andrew, and I expected to hear her continue the story in this new book.
I am SO disappointed that she didn't narrate this book. It changed the whole experience.
These narrators are ok. But they aren't the voices I expect to hear.
Bottom line, the story is good, but the overall experience was ruined for me because of the change in narrators. Overall -- disappointed.
This is my first Nicholas Sparks book. It won't be my last. I can only hope the next is as good as this story. I just finished listening, and wish there was more! I'd love a sequel to learn more about Sophia and Luke and their life together.
What can I say? The narrators were excellent. I like that they had a male and female voice instead of just one person reading the whole book.
While I listened, I found myself laughing, getting scared, getting teary-eyed. It was a love story, true, but it wasn't predictable. I always find myself trying to figure things out -- how everything will connect, and usually I'm pretty good at it. I figured everything would connect, and it did but not how I expected.
While I loved Ira's story, I still couldn't wait to get back to Sophia and Luke's story, I guess because Ira's story was ending and Luke and Sophia were just beginning.
Wasn't sure what to expect when i stsrted listening but I got very invested in Camryn and Andrew's story. I'he been reading several romances lately and there is definitely a formula - the girl is ready to have crazy sex with no strings and the guy wants to please the girl before he takes anything for himself. And this story isn't really different in that sense. But I found I liked these people and I cared about them. I am looking forward to listening to the continued story - "the edge of always".
I listened and listened and kept hoping one of the characters -- any of the characters -- would give Georges Duroy a good thrashing!
If this story is any indication, Guy de Maupassant doesn't have a good opinion of women. Is there nothing he can do that would make them dump him?! Only one woman in this story had any self-respect, and even she gave in to him!
In any case, while this was written in 1885, I could see the exact same story being written about people today.
And that is scary!
I don't know what made me select this story to listen to -- perhaps it was because it was narrated by Jim Broadbent. In any case, this was a good listen!
Jim Broadbent's voice gave just the right amount of feeling to Harold's voice. This book was similar to a Faulkner work, in that the more you listened, the more you "peeled the onion" and learned what happened to cause the "Pilgrimage".
The story wasn't one that you could say, "I've read/listened to something similar before." It was very unusual, and gave an excellent view of our current culture of celebrity.
It seemed an incredible premise -- leaving the house to mail a letter to a friend, and instead starting to walk over 300 miles to see that friend. But the issues Harold dealt while walking were what we'd expect. And it was interesting to hear his voice and thoughts go through changes as the miles passed.
The characters in this story were so well written. I could see the viewpoint of Harold, and that of his wife. I really felt for Harold throughout the story. I wanted him to succeed -- but I didn't want the story to end!
I highly recommend this book.
This was an interesting story. I read that there is controversy over whether or not he really went "on the road" and met all the characters he described in the book. But I thought he did a good job describing America of the 1960's.
I loved when he talked about his poodle, Charley. I thought those parts were highlights!
Gary Sinise gave an excellent performance. I'd listen to other books he narrates, if there are any!
I love classics. I've said that before. This is my third Faulkner. I listened to "The Sound and the Fury" and "Light in August" and now, "Absalom, Absalom!".
Faulkner is difficult, but I was able to follow each of the first two stories without a lot of difficulty.
But Absalom, Absalom! was a disappointment.
I didn't like the narrator at all. He didn't create a different voice for each character and it was hard to keep track of who was speaking. I read on the web that he has a beautiful reading voice -- but I was just irritated. I was frustrated through the entire first half of the story. When I got to the second half of the story, which was being told by the younger generation, I started to figure out what was going on.
There was enough of a story to make me want to listen to the entire recording -- I didn't give up on it. But I actually listened at 1.5 just to get it over with. Maybe some day I'll see if there is another narrator available and listen again -- or maybe I'll try actually reading it!
I had no idea what to expect. I just chose this book on a whim and I'm happy I did.
I was brought to tears and to laughter. I was anxious and upset at times, happy at others. Such a moving story. A dog's life, written from the dog's perspective and very well done. I don't want to give too much away. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a pet.
I simply loved this book. I couldn't stop listening, and was sad when it was over.
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