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Grace

BAGNOLET, France

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  • Chapters from My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    This book is part memoir, part philosophical text, part study in human behavior, from one of America's greatest literary treasures. Narrated masterfully by Bronson Pinchot, this audiobook also includes Twain’s popular short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County".

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "Good stuff!"
    "Like spending an evening with Sam himself"
    Overall

    I am looking forward to reading the new complete and authorised version appearing on the 100th anniversary of Twain's death, but I couldn't resist listening to this "self-censored" version read with such skill by Bronson Pinchot. Twain's humor is legendary, but here we get a close look at his tender side as well, as he writes about his family. The quotes from his daughter Suzy's childhood biography of her father add special depth and the narrator does an excellent job of communicating how Twain must have felt as he revisited her writings years after her death. The details of his travels, daily life and professional and political considerations are so lively it's hard to believe that he is describing events that took place more than a century ago. Pinchot is wonderfully present too.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Tunnel Vision: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Shannon Engemann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago office. With her grand old Loop building set to be razed, she's become a hold-out tenant amid frayed wiring and scary, empty corridors. Then she finds a homeless woman with three kids in the basement, and before she can rescue them, they disappear. Worst of all, she's been implicated in a murder after the body of Deirdre Messenger, a prominent lawyer's wife, turns up sprawled across her desk.

    Shaliali says: "What a Shame"
    "Alas poor Paretsky, I knew her well!"
    Overall

    I have long enjoyed Paretsky, but this narration takes all the fun out of the book. Not only does the narrator miss V.I.'s wit, the flattened rhythm makes it hard to follow the story. This reader should have had a pronunciation editor. i have never listened to a book with so many mispronunciations, it became very annoying. I wish I'd bought the paperback instead!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Orhan Pamuk
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother's funeral. Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle-class youth, he is even more disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country: a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school.

    Elizabeth says: "All the good & bad that is Pamuk"
    "magic"
    Overall

    An exotic look into a culture that few western readers are likely to discover otherwise, translated and read with a feeling for making the strange familar and the familar strange. The "dramatic" coup is underlined by the enigmatic ending that leaves the reader wondering where the lines are drawn between what is real, what we invent for our own, various purposes, and what other perceive as reality. Pamuk well deserves his Nobel.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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