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Judith

I believe in global warming, re-cycling, using less. I like making things, painting and reading. And eating. Yes.

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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2639)
    Performance
    (2345)
    Story
    (2346)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Unexpected Journey"
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    If you could sum up The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in three words, what would they be?

    Time, reclamation, memory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The journey was my favorite character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she gave him a bath.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was bought on a BOGO sale, and has surprised me joyfully. I felt laughter and tears and hope.


    Any additional comments?

    Harold's pilgrimage is a wonderful story, well written and universal. Carries us back through time and forward to reclaim forgotten life and truth and memory. I have rarely enjoyed a book as much, and the narrator gives life to the author's wonderful story in a perfect marriage. I loved this book. And, yes, I cried at the end...but for happy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Way Station

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Clifford D. Simak
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (540)

    In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

    Noe says: "A very special novel that will inspire you."
    "Plot meets Narrator Successfully!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The ethical and philosophical considerations raised by Simak. This is a gentle book that manages to encompass human frailty, war and a multi-pointed view of what it means to say "alien" in a very, to me, successful fashion.



    Which character – as performed by Eric Michael Summerer – was your favorite?

    It would be easy to say Enoch was my favorite, but truthfully I found all the characters engaging and interesting. Some of the aliens were more human than some of the earthlings!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No...I find breaks to think about the story very pleasant.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this book. I think it stands the test of time better than many science fiction books of that period because of the strong characters.

    The narration worked very well. Enoch's voice was well realized, I think. I recommend the story and the production.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (320)

    "After the first forty days we were alone," writes Churchill. This edition is part two of Churchill's own abridgement of his original six-volume history of the Second World War.

    Susanne Jerome says: "the rest of the story"
    "The War Fought by Churchill"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Second World War: Alone to be better than the print version?

    I do not believe the audio version is any better than the written version. I have read Churchill's books and love his writing. The audio edition does have a marvelous narrator, though. He sounds much as I recall Churchill sounding on the radio.

    By the way, Christian Rodska has not only the cadence of speech down well, but he also has the unconscious quality of Churchill's conviction of being right. It is quite wonderful, and makes the man come alive.


    What other book might you compare The Second World War: Alone to and why?

    Antony Beevor's "Stalingrad" is as detailed and thorough and harrowing, if not more so. I loved this book.


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    His cadence and deliberateness was wonderful. See above for further observations.


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

    Germany's betrayal of Russia...although expected, of course, it was a shock to many and particularly to Russia.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful read, and when combined with the other books in the series it is quite a good and thorough history of WWII. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2178)
    Performance
    (2004)
    Story
    (1996)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "My favorite story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    I first read this book in college. It was one of my favorites, and since then I have re-read it three times. Each time I enjoyed the story as it revealed the motives, complications, expectations and denouements of characters and plot.

    Colin Firth's reading of it is masterful! I have never realized how lovely it could be to have a favorite book read by someone who can bring nuance and meaning where I thought I knew it so well. Thank you, Colin!

    I recommend it! One of his best, I think. Also, The Quiet American.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Kingdoms

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By N. K. Jemisin
    • Narrated By Casaundra Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    The gods have broken free after centuries of slavery, and the world holds its breath, fearing their vengeance. The saga of mortals and immortals continues in The Broken Kingdoms. In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy.

    Laurene says: "Very enjoyable new epic fantasy"
    "Inheritance Trilogy"
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    Would you listen to The Broken Kingdoms again? Why?

    Yes, I would. I think the story is complex enough to warrant re-reading. The world is interesting as an extension of the previous: Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and their changes.


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

    not to my knowledge.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I felt a quiet enjoyment as the story unfolded. And I appreciated the ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justine: The Alexandria Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (40)

    Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

    Judith says: "Durrell and Alexandria"
    "Durrell and Alexandria"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Justine to be better than the print version?

    I don't think it is actually better than the print version, but I read that four times over twenty years and love it madly. That said, the audio version with Jack Klaff is quite wonderful. He gets the characters and seems to understand the city and the circumstances better than most. I think his voice works well for this title...and probably the whole quartet as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The slow unfolding of the storyline/plot is beautifully handled and neither too fast nor too slow. I love this because there is a sense of leisure and of the Alexandrian baroque in the book. He is right when he says the city is a character...it affects everything that happens and everyone. This story would not have been the same in another city.

    Time unfolds and the plot unfolds in a way which is not usually seen in novels. I love the books because there is time to savor what happens and discover what it means to the characters and to me.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Waste Land & Four Quartets

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By T.S. Eliot
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    These are masterly readings, by renowned thespian Paul Schofield, of two substantial works of poetry by T.S. Eliot.

    Judith says: "Exquisite!"
    "Exquisite!"
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    Paul Schofield's reading of these two poems is nothing short of masterful. Even after years of reading and loving "The Four Quartets", I found my appreciation of the rhythm, language and structure growing. There is nothing better than listening to poetry read aloud by a master. I highly recommend this selection.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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