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French professor, ebook creator, and bien d'autres choses (lots of other things). Fan of 19th-20th Cent French & European Fiction, western thought (homer to heidegger), Rushdie, Murakami....


  • Midnight's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

    Marc-Fr says: "Outstanding book, superb narration"
    "Outstanding book, superb narration"

    Salman Rushdie is a writer's writer. I have been hooked on his fiction ever since I discovered Satanic Verses - All of his books are full of humour, contemporary culture and some of the best prose since James Joyce & Marcel Proust. The narration is masterful - but the language is dense and requires the reader's full attention. The narration resembles that of "I Claudius" in that it wavers between 1rst & 3rd person points of view. The history of modern india at the moment of its independence is collapsed into the life-story of the narrator, born at the stroke of midnight of independence.

    In short I love this book and have thoroughly enjoyed it's narration.

    38 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Cheever: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Blake Bailey
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner

    John Cheever was a soul in conflict, a high-school dropout who published his first story at 18, a dire alcoholic who recovered to write the great novel Falconer, a secret bisexual who struggled with his longings and his fierce homophobia, whose groundbreaking work landed him on the covers of Time and Newsweek, a man who believed in the power of family love and sexual pleasure, a man whose desperate loneliness was never wholly offset by his faith in the joy of creation.

    susan says: "What feast for Cheever enthusiasts!"
    "all you ever wanted to know about Cheever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great biography - and a lot of painful revelations about Cheever. I was always a fan of his short stories - but this book goes into details about the pain of creation, and failure, and family life, too. It's too bad Cheever is not more widely read.

    What other book might you compare Cheever to and why?

    Updike is the natural pair for cheever. Same generation, slightly different feel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    Amazon Customer says: "Guns, Germs, and Steel is History 101, this is 201"
    "Not detailed enough"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this might be interesting for someone who knows less about western civ. The author jumps all over the map and uses examples that are not particularly well supported in detail.

    What could Niall Ferguson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have like a more scholarly book. This is more for the general public

    What didn’t you like about Niall Ferguson’s performance?

    He's a bit overly bubly and strident for my taste. More serious tone?

    0 of 1 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

    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."
    "Most delicious irony"

    I never expected 19th century fiction to be as relevant and delicious as this is. You have it all - a devilishly witty narrator, a self-destructive gambling son and his over-protective mother, a european ponzie scheme based on american railroad speculation, and aristocratic characters motivated by trivial, petty, and self-destructive psychology. I would love to see this novel turned into a movie or series. Very British yet so contemporary.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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