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  • The Warden: Timothy West Version

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    The first of Trollope's Barsetshire novels, The Warden concerns the moral dilemma of the Reverend Septimus Harding, who finds himself at the centre of a bitter conflict between defenders of Church privilege and the reformers of the mid-Victorian period.

    Joseph R says: "The Old Man & His Terrific and Single Daughter"
    "Short for Trollope; just as good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Timothy West is one of the best readers I've ever heard (going back to "Books on Tape")! Stories are leisurely and engrossing, and I both read AND listen. So much of mid-19th century events and culture resonate with today's world, and I see why Churchill is said to have always had a book by Trollope on hand. New to me, but so glad to have discovered his books. Get a feeling for them with the BBC movies or TV adaptations, then go to the books.
    For me right now, Dickens has just a bit better writing, but stories are darker and more intense. Trollope has so many valid insights into different characters' personalities, a few laugh out loud moments, and vivid characters. I like reading them in order, and this is the first of the Barchester series and is one of his shorter novels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Trollope descriptions of place and character are detailed enough (too much so, some say) to make you feel you're right there even though it's a long time ago. I liked this story especially because of the conflict with a newspaper and the "power of the press". Also, the dynamics of a small town and the relationship between church and its people is interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Timothy West – was your favorite?

    That's what's so great about Timothy West: he alters his voice just enough so that each character is distinct. He almost always reads as if he is finding it just as interesting as you will.


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

    Too long for one setting, but because Trollope issued them in periodicals (as did Dickens), he recaps just a little of the previous chapter so you can continue easily where you left off.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Audible would make it possible to find the BOOK'S chapters rather than the so-called chapters (really sections of the download because it was a long book). It's hard to find where I was or to find a previous chapter if I want to hear it again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Breath: A Lifetime in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Martha Mason
    • Narrated By Catherine Byers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Some might wonder how Martha could have clung to hope at all. In 1948, on the day of the funeral of her adored older brother, Gaston, a quick victim of the great polio epidemic, Martha was struck with the same dreaded disease. After a year in polio hospitals, she was sent back to her home in the village of Lattimore in the cotton-growing hills of western North Carolina. She was completely paralyzed, with only her head protruding from an 800-pound yellow metal cylinder that breathed for her.

    sharon says: "What an amazing story"
    "Narrator almost spoils a wonderful story."
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    What did you like best about Breath? What did you like least?

    Martha Mason's life story is very worth knowing, and her description of the small town atmosphere and helping community is heart-warming. Parts of her writing are well done, but her stretch to use all she learned in her college writing courses shows. A good editor might have helped with this book, and it's too bad she lost writing experience when her father needed her mother's help.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Catherine Byers’s performances?

    No. In this book it was wooden and didn't flow. Maybe she deserves a second chance, but I'd listen carefully to the preview first.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Audible's "chapters" coincided with the book's. Would it be too expensive to have a Table of Contents that directed the listener to a specific chapter in the book even if it were in the middle of the download's 'chapters'?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By L. M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    When the Cathberts adopt an orphan, they aren't prepared for Anne Shirley. But the spunky heroine wins everyone's heart and finds herself a true home at last.

    Ann says: "delightful!"
    "Narrator spoiled the experience"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No. The book deserves its place as a classic in children's literature.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Burton’s performances?

    No. She too frequently paused in mid-sentence (even where there wouldn't be a comma) and restarted as if she were beginning a new sentence. It affected the continuity and understanding of the story.
    Also, her voice for Anne was way too high-toned, fast and childish for an 11 year old, and the tempo for Matthew was exaggerated to make him sound slow-witted.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tea Obreht
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden, Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (524)

    In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

    Howard says: "Left me unfulfilled!"
    "Too many stories.in one novel"
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    Where does The Tiger's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance was outstanding, and I was especially impressed with the male voice for the grandfather's tales.

    Although I didn't give the novel five stars, it will be one I'll remember for a long time.

    I've so far liked all the audiobooks I've listened to. Ranking them is like naming your favorite child. All different. Each special.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tiger's Wife?

    The Grandfather's voice telling about the Deathless Man.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden and Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    Natalia's.


    Any additional comments?

    Learning about the impact of war and superstition in a part of the world I'm not familiar to was valuable in expanding my world view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Framley Parsonage

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (75)

    In the fourth of the Barsetshire Chronicles, the values of a Victorian gentleman, the young clergyman Mark Robarts, are put to the test. Through a combination of naivety and social ambition, Robarts is compromised and brought to the brink of ruin. Trollope tells his story with great compassion, offsetting the drama with his customary humour. Like all the Barsetshire novels, it is an extraordinarily evocative picture of everyday life in 19th-century England.

    Joseph R says: ""Is the Game Worth the Gamble?""
    "Another Trollope winner"
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    What made the experience of listening to Framley Parsonage the most enjoyable?

    Timothy West makes all of Trollope's books special. As long as they are, he is such a professional in making every page and every voice interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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