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  • Daniel Deronda

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    One of the masterpieces of English fiction, Daniel Deronda tells the intertwined stories of two characters as they each come to discover the truth of their natures. Gwendolen Harleth is the beautiful, high-spirited daughter of an impoverished upper-class family. Daniel Deronda, the adopted son of an aristocratic Englishman, is searching for his path in life.

    Tad Davis says: "An intense novel with a few flaws"
    "How did George Eliot know so much?"
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    Daniel Deronda is the eponymous character but he shares the main focus of the novel with Gwendolyn Harleth, a young woman who falls from egoistic selfishness into a rollercoaster of unfortunate events.Their lives entangle but their relationship is not what you might expect. The novel is filled with wisdom that George Eliot presumably found in her extensive reading but she must have lived as well. She must have experienced so much in order to understand humans in their various economic, religious and moral dilemmas. The performance rattles along terribly quickly which is sometimes a bit bumpy but mostly entirely great storytelling. I wanted it to keep going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Gerard Hopkins (translator)
    • Narrated By Ronald Pickup
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Emma Bovary, a doctor's wife, seeks an escape from her dull life through having extra-marital affairs. Flaubert's novel scandalized its readers when it was first published in 1857, and it remains unsurpassed in its unveiling of character and society.

    A. Laprade-velasco says: "Fantastic Narrator"
    "An energetic, sensual experience."
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    Flaubert is justifiably lauded for his magnificent work, Madame Bovary. She is a creature of her time and class and as such could not exist in today's world. But she is recognisably human and so beautifully written that we cannot help but gasp as the story plays out.

    All the surrounding characters, particularly Charles, the unwitting husband, Rodolphe, the corrupting neighbour and Leon, the ardent lover, are depicted entirely believably. The surroundings are an enormous canvas painted in great detail.

    Mr Pickup hits verbs head on in a sensuous read that caused shivers unexpected from such worthy classic edification. It's very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (444)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    M Kaner says: "I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads"
    "Didn't want it to finish"
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    George Eliot's story of human frailties still captivates after well over a century. Juliet Stevenson brought Middlemarch to life consistently. Her crisp enunciation and brilliant characterisation made listening to this other world a wonderful experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses, Volume 1: Episodes 1-3

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, 16 June 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    Timothy says: "This book shouldn't be"
    "Living, breathing expressionism"
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    Ulysses by James Joyce is universally acknowledged as a difficult read on paper. There's no doubt it's never going to be an easy book but when Jim Norton speaks, he brings such a wide range of characters to life it's like being in Dublin. You may not understand why they're saying what they're saying but at least you can hear the different speakers. Mr Norton has incredible diction, rhythm and control. He immerses the listener into the world of Joyce. I commend Mr Norton for a fantastic performance. He's given me an entree into a detailed impressionistic portrait of a particular time, a city and its citizens. I've listened to part one twice already and can only marvel that Jim Norton has been able to delineate the characters so clearly. Wait till you hear part two and thank goodness Jim's there for us as Joyce just keeps on piling it on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    Overall
    (1844)
    Performance
    (1534)
    Story
    (1521)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Taufiq says: "A great read!"
    "Start your business"
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    Start small, succeed and grow. If you don't succeed, pivot.

    Eric Ries, an entrepreneur, has studied businesses as they begin and those who encourage innovation within large companies. The core of the Lean Start Up comes from Toyota's beginnings but Ries has examined and expanded the theory in practice across many different types of businesses, from huge corporations to small not for profits.

    He's come up with a 'scientific' way of posing a hypothesis, testing and then evaluating the data from the thesis. This is done before spending large amounts of money on building large amounts of widgets. You don't need a business plan any more. You need an idea to test. Then keep some of the idea, and pivot to the next idea and so on until you're a multi millionaire.

    This is not a doctrine, it's adding flexibility to your risk management. It's working with feedback in today's connected world.

    As a non-business person I found the theories based in common sense but a little repetitive. I imagine that in the corporate world Ries might come across as something completely different, but this is not my scene, so I really have no idea. I found his voice comforting and I would encourage anyone thinking of starting any kind of business to listen to him.

    He may save you a lot of money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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