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Catherine

West Chester, PA, United States

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  • Ragtime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By E. L. Doctorow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (328)
    Performance
    (230)
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    (230)

    The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears.

    Catherine says: "Ragtime and Doctorow are compelling"
    "Ragtime and Doctorow are compelling"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ragtime the most enjoyable?

    I already love the musical so I had wanted to read the book for a while. As usual the book is even better. The perfect combination of history and fiction. I did not want to


    What other book might you compare Ragtime to and why?

    I also just listened to Caleb's Crossing on Audible. Another good mix of fact and fiction.


    What about E. L. Doctorow’s performance did you like?

    Doctorow's reading is excellent. Fast-paced when the story needed, more tender when needed. Not all authors make good readers, but Doctorow was perfect.


    If you could take any character from Ragtime out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mother. She was a modern woman at the turn of the century, realizing her life did not have to depend on a man. And that her compassion for Sarah, Coalhouse, and the baby were what drove her decisions.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the audio books I have purchased on Audible seem to have a very muffled audio quality, including Ragtime.

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