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Anthony

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  • Within a Budding Grove: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust, C. K. Scott Moncrieff (translator)
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th century literature. Within a Budding Grove is the second of seven volumes. The young narrator, experiencing his youthful sexuality, falls under the spell of a group of adolescent girls, succumbs to the charms of the enchanting Gilberte, and visits a brothel where he meets Rachel. His impressions of life are also stimulated by the painter, Elstir, and his encounter with another girl, Albertine.

    Darwin8u says: "One young nubile girl and then another ..."
    "Fantastic narrator with unobtrusive French pronunciation"
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    The narrator sounds like he understands what he's reading and pronounces French quite well and with only a few mistakes (e.g., with names ending -bourg). Highly recommended production!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (translator)
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (197)

    Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth-century bourgeois France, Madame Bovary is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman’s gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the man of science, escapes the author’s searing castigation, and it is the book’s final profound irony that only Charles, Emma’s oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace.

    Esther says: "Ironic, humorous, and restrained"
    "Flawless reading"
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    Flawless reading of what is now the new standard translation. Completely worth the extra money or a credit for Lydia Davis's translation and Kate Reading's reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness of Poetry: Charles Eliot Norton Lectures

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Czeslaw Milosz
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    Czeslaw Miosz, winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature, reflects upon poetry's testimony to the events of our tumultuous time. From the special perspectives of "my corner of Europe", a classical and Catholic education, a serious encounter with Marxism, and a life marked by journeys and exiles, Milosz has developed a sensibility at once warm and detached, flooded with specific memory yet never hermetic or provincial. Milosz addresses many of the major problems of contemporary poetry, beginning with the pessimism and negativism prompted by reductionist interpretations of man's animal origins.

    Anthony says: "Audible needs more university press books"
    "Audible needs more university press books"
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    Fantastic narration job, and I'm glad to see accessible lectures and thought provoking lectures offered through audible. This merits multiple listens and thus the price tag for such a short audiobook. Narration was fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 20th-Century American Fiction

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Arnold Weinstein
    • Narrated By Professor Arnold Weinstein Ph.D. Harvard University
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Hemingway. Fitzgerald. Faulkner. These and other giants of literature are immediately recognizable to anyone who loves to read fiction and even to many who don't. Now, thanks to these 32 lectures, you can develop fresh insight into some of the greatest American authors of the 20th century. Professor Weinstein sheds light not only on the sheer magnificence of these writers' literary achievements but also explores their uniquely American character as well.

    W Perry Hall says: "America comes to Life in 20th Century Fiction"
    "Remarkable performance by Weinstein"
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    Deftly navigating a series of brilliant close readings to share a lifetime of study, Weinstein demonstrates a mode of critique that dialectically links critical theory with previous styles of critique that are less suspicious of the text. A must-listen for anyone interested in 20th century US literature or culture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Another Country

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Baldwin
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (267)

    Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, Another Country tells the story of the suicide of jazz-musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way. Another Country is a work that is as powerful today as it was 40 years ago - and expertly narrated by Dion Graham.

    Kenneth says: "Powerful and sad"
    "Dion Graham is a tour de force"
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    Dion Graham is the best narrator on Audible, as far as I'm concerned. Flawless performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bartleby, the Scrivener

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (221)

    The life of a Scrivener can be a dull one. After all, your entire occupation has to do with the handwritten copying of law documents. But when Bartleby arrives, he turns the office upside down with the enigmatic phrase: “I prefer not to.”

    Julie Gray says: "Haunting..."
    "Listen to this version"
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    The narrator is very good, and the other versions are far too pricey for a tale of this length.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Idiot

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    In The Idiot, Prince Myshkin possesses a childlike innocence and trusting nature that leave him vulnerable to abuse by those around him. Returning to St. Petersburg to collect an inheritance, Myshkin realizes he is a stranger in a society obsessed with wealth, manipulation and power.

    Anthony says: "Avoid Constance Garnett"
    "Avoid Constance Garnett"
    Overall
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    The Alan Meyers translation used for this recording is much better than the translation used for the other recordings on Audible. The performance is also quite good.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • On Tennis: Five Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    A "long-time rabid fan of tennis" and a regionally ranked tennis player in his youth, David Foster Wallace wrote about the game like no one else. On Tennis presents David Foster Wallace's five essays on the sport, published between 1990 and 2006, and hailed as some of the greatest and most innovative sports writing of our time.

    Darwin8u says: "Inspiration, though, is contagious, and multiform"
    "Fantastic performance"
    Overall
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    Footnotes aren't distracting, as I feared that they might be. Highest marks to the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1935)
    Story
    (1937)

    In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat.... Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid 16-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.

    REBECCA says: "Wonderful book, flawed narration."
    "Props to the narrator"
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    Rupert Degas is the only narrator, so good that he has made me want to seek out other books by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Yukio Mishima
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    A band of savage 13-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard this disallusionment as an act of betrayal on his part - and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying.

    Erez says: "Unsettling writing, flawed reading"
    "Excellent reading"
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    This is the third Mishima work read by Brian Nishii that I've listened to now. He has really grown on me. His subdued style works well and does not become intrusive. As a student of Japanese, I appreciate that he actually knows how to pronounce

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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