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Bergljot

Mosfellsbaer, Iceland | Member Since 2009

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  • A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (202)

    When Ernest Hemingway died in 1961 he had nearly completed A Moveable Feast, which eventually was published posthumously in 1964 and edited by his widow Mary Hemingway. This new special edition of Hemingway's classic memoir of his early years in Paris in the 1920's presents the original manuscript as the author intended it to be published at the time of his death.

    Julie says: "Perfect complement-Paris Wife & Midnight in Paris"
    "Is it really a love story?"
    Overall

    To begin with I found this book of limited interest, all these French names of streets and coffee houses sounded a bit pretentious and I didnt care much about Hemmingways tales of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound or James Joyce although I admit the stories of Scott Fitzgerald were amusing. However, after a while I started to sense an undercurrent running right through the book. And this was the love between Hemmingway and his first wife Hadley. They were indestructible, I think he says several times. And because they are so obviously content and happy a sense of foreboding creeps in (after all you know he married four times). And when the disaster strikes in one of final chapters (and this should have been the final chapter) it is heart-rending. It made me wonder if the remorse he felt didnt last all his life and not just until Hadley got married again. This background story made this book a great book after all.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Way We Live Now

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    In this world of bribes, vendettas and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.

    Nardia says: "Long, but well worth it."
    "Good value!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps not one of Trollope's best but still more interesting than "The Prime minister" which was the one I took before and actually gave up on half way through.
    This one has entertaining side stories and Timothy West's reading is excellent as always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (828)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "Very good value!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a classic. I read it more than 40 years ago and it still kept me glued to the (this time) headphones. On the whole the narration was good although sometimes I wished that Simon Preble would clear his throat a bit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Curiosity Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (69)

    Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape - but at what cost?

    Rosemary says: "Outstanding Narration"
    "Good but not the best of Dickens"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is a bit disjointed and sentimental for my taste but Anton Lesser's performance makes it a classic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Dorrit

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (97)

    William Dorrit has been a resident of the Marshalsea debtors prison for so many years that he has gained the nickname "The Father of the Marshalsea". However, his suffering is eased by his close bond with youngest daughter Amy, or "Little Dorrit". The dashing Arthur Clennam, returning to London after many years in China, enters their lives and the Dorrits' fortunes begin to rise and fall. A biting satirical work on the shortcomings of 19th century government and society.

    Michael says: "a melody of genius writer & compelling reader"
    "Great value in every way"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved this long, long story, so well told both by Dickens and by Anton Lesser, perfect!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (262)

    Håkan von Enke, a retired naval officer, disappears during a walk in a forest near Stockholm. Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation, but he is personally affected—von Enke is his daughter’s father-in-law—and Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility. He is confounded by the information he uncovers, which hints at elaborate Cold War espionage.

    Rebecca says: "I'd expect nothing less..."
    "Shame on Mankell"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A fairly typical Wallander story - except for the end which was not satisfactory and a surprising treatment by the author of his long standing, key character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Benevent Treasure: A Miss Silver Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Somewhere among the dust and cobwebs of the sinister Benevent Mansion lies the legendary Benevent treasure. But a terrible death has been prophesied for anyone who uncovers it.

    When Candida Sayle is invited to visit her elderly maiden aunts, she dismisses such gloomy thoughts. But, as Candida begins to discover the family's dark secrets, she puts herself in grave danger. Thankfully, Miss Silver is at hand with investigative skills of her own.

    Constance says: "Clever British Classic"
    "Classical Wentworth"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Old style detective/romantic tale with Miss Silver clearing up the mystery and a happy end for the main characters - what more do you want?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faceless Killers: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (392)

    It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

    Joanna says: "A new favorite detective series!"
    "Typical Mankell and Wallander"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Maybe not the best Wallander story but good all the same. I think this is Mankell's first Wallander book and the character and his background appears fully created here.
    It took time to get used to the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (202)

    The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

    Robert says: "A knockout!"
    "Classic Dickens"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    May be not as well constructed as David Copperfield, which I listened to before, but very enjoyable even so and the reading first class.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath These Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Granger
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Tammy Franklin has learned too much about death, too quickly. Two years ago she lost her mother to a long, lingering illness and now the body of the woman her father married in an attempt to replace his wife has been found on a railway embankment close to the Franklin farm. And this time the death is murder.As Superintendent Markby knows only too well, Tammy also stands to have her father taken from her. For Hugh Franklin is suspect number one...

    Bergljot says: "Standard Granger"
    "Standard Granger"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There are some audiobook authors that I can always rely on for a reasonably good detective story and Ann Granger is one of them (Reginald Hill and Henry Mankell also). Granger does not always stick to the storyline but gets there in the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Thorne

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    Frank Gresham, son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury, has fallen in love with penniless Mary Thorne. Despite the promptings of his family to consider a Miss Dunstable, heiress to a fortune, Frank's affections persist, and the humane Doctor Thorne, as Mary's protector, must confront the prejudices of the mid-Victorian society.

    Joseph R says: "An Adult Cinderella Story"
    "Really a good value!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Trollope is always a good value in Audiobooks, over 20 hours of a well read story that keeps you glued to the headphones - even though you may have heard it nearly all before in other Trollope stories

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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