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Brittnee

A lover of good stories, and the truths they help me remember.

Elgin, IL, United States

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  • The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
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    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    In Homer's account in The Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for 20 years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca.

    Vered says: "A good listen"
    "An Intriguing Perspective on Greek Mythology"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but it would depend on the friend. A fantastic story and a marvelous discourse on the roles of women in Greek Myth, but a bit inaccessible to those unfamiliar with the subject. This is top of the list to recommend to my feminist and anthropologically geared friends. Definitely not top of the list for casual readers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The chorus of hanged maidens. I adored Atwood's inclusion of this uniquely Greek character(s). The chorus is often the voice of reason, truth, or sobriety. Their plain commentary on Penelope's situation and Odysseus' character was breathtaking, although sometimes painful.


    What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

    The voice of the chorus. Spot on.


    If you could take any character from The Penelopiad out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Telemachus. I've always felt so badly for him, but I'd also like to give him a bit of a talking to. It would be a moment to lend him some needed compassion and ego busting, while satisfying my maternal instincts. Bingo.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first foray into Atwood's story telling, and I found that I quite liked it despite some less than glowing reviews. I suppose that means I'll just have to give her best hits a go!

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  • Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By N. T. Wright
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    The Challenge of Jesus poses a double-edged challenge: to grow in our understanding of the historical Jesus within the Palestinian world of the first century, and to follow Jesus more faithfully into the postmodern world of the 21st century.

    Brittnee says: "This is what we need!"
    "This is what we need!"
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    If you could sum up Challenge of Jesus in three words, what would they be?

    Challenging (of course), Fresh, Awakening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Though this is a non-fiction


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I did really enjoy his narration. He carries a great deal of authority, but maintains great accessibility. I imagine him as an older college professor that offers coffee to his students and no excuses for apathy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't laugh or cry, though my reaction to this book was still significant. Just after listening to the introduction I felt a huge constriction in my chest release. The sense of relief that another was thinking and conversing about these things was immense.


    Any additional comments?

    Though I would say first that the discussions in this book are very accessible to both avid readers and the just curious, I must caution that Wright does not shy from his intellectual and academic background. My father is a deep thinker, but not much of a reader. I thought of him often as I listened. Most of the book would have been very enjoyable and interesting to him, but I fear much still would be lost because of the scholastic tone and nature of the content.

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