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Massachusetts | Member Since 2008

  • 3 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 172 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor

    The self-proclaimed Sun King, Louis XIV, ruled over the most glorious and extravagant court in 17th-century Europe. Now, Antonia Fraser goes behind the well-known tales of Louis' accomplishments and follies, exploring in riveting detail his intimate relationships with women.

    Louise says: "Excellent!"
    "I wanted to like this book...but..."

    I really enjoy books about France, French history -- particularly the 17th century. So I really looked forward to this book. But I was so disappointed. Maybe it's my own fault. I should have realized that the title meant it would be all about his excapades with women. But this was over the top. I could barely follow who was who...when and where. After 4 hours of listening -- I did give it a decent trial -- I gave up and am downloading a new book. Other than the narrator whose voice was really engaging and probably the only thing that kept me listening, I feel as if I wasted an Audible credit on this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Far Pavilions

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By M. M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam

    When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

    Velan says: "Heroism, adventure, sadistic cruelty, and love."
    "Just too drawn out"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I should have downloaded the abridged version.

    Would you recommend The Far Pavilions to your friends? Why or why not?

    This story is just way too long. For the first 20 hours or so I really liked it. But then I felt as if I'd never get across that Indian desert. At one point near the end there was a big battle. I listen on my way to and from work each day...about a 30 minute ride. An entire week went by and we were still in this battle. I just couldn't wait for it to end.

    What about Vikas Adam’s performance did you like?

    It was very good.

    Could you see The Far Pavilions being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think it's already a movie

    Any additional comments?

    Listeners need to consider the abridged version.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "One of the best books in a long time"

    This is one of the best books I've read/listened to. Listening has it's added plus because you hear the voice of both the conscierge and the young girl. The flow of the writing is good that, after listening, I purchased a hard copy to go back and savor some of the well written passages. If you appreciate good writing read this book. And...just an aside...the ending was truly a total surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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