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  • The Guermantes Way, Part 1

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In The Guermantes Way, Part 1, the third volume of Marcel Proust's monumental, seven volume Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel penetrates the inner sanctum of Paris high society and falls in love with the fascinating Duchesse de Guermantes. With his unmatched powers of observation Proust vividly describes the struggles for political, social, and sexual supremacy played out beneath a veneer of elegant manners.

    beatrice says: "missing the good parts"
    "Unabridge it, Please!"
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    What did you like best about The Guermantes Way, Part 1? What did you like least?

    What is read is fine, but an awful lot has been left out. Seems like those interested in Proust at all would be interested in all of Proust. Leave the abridging for those books which won't suffer from it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Marcel Proust before, how does this one compare?

    Delighted by the first two; this one less. In fact, the abridgement makes me think twice about getting the next volume, also abridged.


    What about Neville Jason’s performance did you like?

    It was fine. Good range of voices; perhaps over Anglicizing some of them. It is, after all France, not England,we are hearing about....


    Do you think The Guermantes Way, Part 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Offer the whole book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Time Regained: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 7

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Lost in the blacked-out streets of Paris during the First World War, Marcel stumbles into a brothel and accidentally witnesses a shocking scene involving the Baron de Charlus. Later, at a reception given by the Prince de Guermates, his meditations on the passage of time lead to his determination to embark on his life's work at last.

    Darwin8u says: "Full of emotional/intellectual/experiential joules"
    "Excellent but...."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Time Regained to be better than the print version?

    Audio and print complement each other. I enjoy both


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time Regained?

    Madame Verdurain carrying on about her salons as if the war weren't raging miles away. What an ear Proust has!


    What about Neville Jason’s performance did you like?

    Excellent all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    It is terrible that Audible does not see fit to acknowledge the translator of non-English books! Proust wrote in French. Neville Jason reads in impeccable English. Who translated this? There are many translations and all serious readers want to know who has done the work, and when. I have searched high and low at Audible and Naxos and found nothing. A disgrace, if not actionable....

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky (translated by Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky)
    • Narrated By Debra Winger
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    TomD says: "Disapointing"
    "Don't Buy This"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about The Brothers Karamazov?

    My goodness, that an actress could read so poorly and her director and editors let it pass is a big disappointment

    And, I must have missed that it was an abridged version. Argh! Don't do this with the great classics


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brothers Karamazov?

    I had to stop listening


    What didn’t you like about Debra Winger’s performance?

    Wooden, mono-stress, one word at a time reading, not honoring comma pauses much less full stops.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a good reader and do an unabridged version. Thanks

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Time Regained

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Lost in the blacked-out streets of Paris during the First World War, Marcel stumbles into a brothel and accidentally witnesses a shocking scene involving the Baron de Charlus. Later, at a reception given by the Prince de Guermantes, his meditations on the passage of time lead to his determination to embark on his life's work at last. Time Regained is the twelfth and final part of Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past cycle.

    Tom says: "It's Proust, for goodness sake"
    "Abridged and no translator listed"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe,depending on what she wanted out of Proust


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's Proust. 'nuff said


    What about Neville Jason’s performance did you like?

    Excellent reader. Multiple dialects and proper emphasis


    Do you think Time Regained needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It's the last of a 7 volume series; I don't think so


    Any additional comments?

    Those who listen to or read Proust aren't the sort who want Cliff Notes, or abridgements. Please, get Mr Jason back to work and give us the whole thing!

    Please, please please. Proust wrote in French, not English. It is a crime not to tell us who the translator is. There are multiple translations and it matters. It really does. If we circulated Naxos or Audible work and stripped attribution from it we would be sued. If I were the translator of this version of Time Regained, I would have my lawyer write to Naxos and Audible until my name were restored as the translator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Plague

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    In the small coastal city of Oran, Algeria, rats begin rising up from the filth, only to die as bloody heaps in the streets. Shortly after, an outbreak of the bubonic plague erupts and envelops the human population. Albert Camus' The Plague is a brilliant and haunting rendering of human perseverance and futility in the face of a relentless terror born of nature.

    Plain English says: "Translator Please!"
    "Translator Please!"
    Overall

    Please please list the translator for books that come from other languages. Who did the translation and when makes an enormous difference in what we are reading! It is hard to make a choice without this knowledge.

    In this case it is Stuart Gilbert, done in 1947 just as it was released in French. He renewed the copyright in 1975, presumably with some changes. But there is also a 2002 version by Robin Buss edited by Tony Judt -- so please, help us out here!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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