santa Fe, NM, United States | Member Since 2005
This is one book -- and a fine one, indeed -- where the reader makes listening perhaps even richer and more enjoyable than reading. There are a myriad of voices, accents, personalities, and he renders them with brilliant sensitivity. A stunning listen!
I HAE LISTENED TO SO MANY... BUT THIS IS AMONG THE TOP.
SHE IS CURRENTLY MY FAVORITE READER -- SUCH INTELLIGENCE AND SENSITIVITY IN HER VOICE -- AND SHE CAPTURES THE IRONY AND HUMOR, AS WELL.
NO, I'D RATHER SAVOR IT.
LISTEN TO IT!
...by the reader. The Alexandria Quartet is a fascinating series of novels, and could have been a delightful listen. But the reader is simply atrocious -- affects such mannered voices for all characters that he spoils the prose. For instance, the voice of beautiful, young Justine sounds like an eighty-year-old woman who has smoked all her life. It would be wonderful if Audible would get these books by another reader.
I couldn't stop listening to this book. Cromwell is one of the most finely drawn 'historical" characters I have ever experienced. The whole fascinating world of Henry VIII, Thomas Moore, etc. comes alive and is amazingly fresh. Mantel is an accomplished writer. The reader is up to the task.
Robb brings the City of Light to life in a unique and fascinating way, through the lives of people who have lived there. Napoleon, Mme. Zola, Hitler, and others unknown but remarkable. It makes one want to take the book to Paris and trace the stories. Wonderful, and beautifully read.
But what makes me give this interesting book only three stars is the reader. He might be OK at popular novels, but he has no refinement (lie-berry for library, etc.), mangles French words and names... What a poor choice! He's American, too, which is not appropriate.
A fun, albeit shallow, often silly, recounting of the Mahabharata. But you need to know the story to grasp it at all.
Silly story of shallow college life. After the wonderful Bonfire, this is truly a disappointment.
This book is a masterfully and uncannily astute and deep look into the mind of a child as she observes and is battered by the world of adults. James' deftly delicate treatment the story is moving and enchanting at the same time.
Delightful book, even for grownups. A fantasy world that nonetheless is psychologically complex. And worth the read just to hear that line immortalized by Stephan Daedalus : "Madam, I never eat muscatel grapes!"
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