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  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Helen Olmsted says: "Great classic, hard to listen"
    "Exceptionally good performance"
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    What did you love best about A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?

    I most loved the authenticity and depth of experience in terms of
    a highly personal language. I also loved the subjective sense of
    Irish culture, society and religion from the point of view of a child,
    and then an adolescent, a century ago.


    What other book might you compare A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man to and why?

    I would compare this book to Joyce's Dubliners, because in that earlier work
    one gets that strong impression of subjective reality in a slice of life, which
    is in each story, and the language itself has not yet become so deeply complex
    and subjective as to bewilder one, as with Ulysses.


    Which character – as performed by Donal Donnelly – was your favorite?

    I liked the character of Stephen, the main character, as Donal Donnelly portrayed
    so well, with tones of childish fears and doubts, and of adolescent reflections and
    aspirations, in a variety of voices which are familiar to any introspective person.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and why?

    The character of Stephen's father was most memorable as captured in the eyes of a young man, at the Christmas dinner table with all his animated arguments and anecdotes, reflecting on life's prospects while having a smoke outdoors with Stephen, and reviewing his own youth as he takes a drink with Stephen.


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  • A Passage to India

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (240)

    Dr Aziz is a young Muslim physician in the British Indian town of Chandrapore. One evening he comes across an English woman, Mrs Moore, in the courtyard of a local mosque; she and her younger travelling companion Adela are disappointed by claustrophobic British colonial culture and wish to see something of the 'real' India. But when Aziz kindly offers to take them on a tour of the Marabar caves, the trip results in a shocking accusation that throws Chandrapore into a fever of racial tension.

    Susan says: "Transported"
    "Perfect Rendition"
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    What did you love best about A Passage to India?

    Forster's sensitive and profound penetration into early 20th century India with both the ironical detachment of the modern and the emotional engagement of the subject Indian. Fully considerate of several perspectives of civilization, history, religion, and sex, it is perfectly rendered by Sam Dastor's narration, which with its dynamics, multiple Indian characterizations, male and female intonations, and varying British accents, brings it to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't really have a favorite character since the author compels me to appreciate every character in his or her own psychological space and limitation. A perfectly contrasting couple are the two main characters, Aziz and Fielding. Mrs. Moore is a unique and mysterious spiritual character, an English old lady with an older and wiser soul than the rational English could understand-and who becomes a spiritual figurehead for the Indians.


    What does Sam Dastor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a variety of English and Indian voices in his stock, some old and feeble, some dry and sober, some young, some ingratiating and servile,some mean and domineering, some snobbish--as good as an excellent movie.His soft, even-tempered voicing of Forster's narration (when not in dialogue)allows the listener to consider the author's social and religious commentaryas well as hear some wonderous passages of descriptive poetry.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I wanted to savor it in its several parts and let the meaning of every scene sink in well enough before moving on to the next.


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