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mariaan

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  • Babette's Feast and Sorrow-Acre

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Isak Dinesen
    • Narrated By Colleen Dewhurst
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    "Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: give me leave to do my utmost." This line from "Babette's Feast" lends itself to both of the stories in this audio collection, which tell of unbreakable human spirit and total commitment to life choices. "Babette's Feast," now an award-winning film, takes a humorous look at a pure-spirited community in which love, lost youth, self-denial, and creative urges contribute to making the right choices. And "Sorrow-Acre," the most anthologized of Isak Dinesen's stories, challenges the most profound choice of all. Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Colleen Dewhurst's warm, sensitive interpretation reveals the subtle beauty of Dinesen's prose.

    Rose says: "Brilliant writing, beautifully read"
    "Wonderful"
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    I read this story many years ago, so the events depicted were not new to me. The narrator brings great gentleness and beauty to the writing, though. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drowning Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christina Schwarz
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.

    Steven says: "Drowning Ruth"
    "Good read, very well read"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this well-crafted novel - can't believe it was the author's debut work. The narrator was perfect too. It is more of an emotional than an adventurous journey, and Blair Brown tells it very well and with obvious understanding of the intent behind the author's words. Chick lit? No, definitely not, even though the main characters are women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kevin Powers
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Everywhere John looks, he sees Murph. He flinches when cars drive past. His fingers clasp around the rifle he hasn't held for months. Wide-eyed strangers praise him as a hero, but he can feel himself disappearing. Back home after a year in Iraq, memories swarm around him: bodies burning in the crisp morning air. Sunlight falling through branches; bullets kicking up dust; ripples on a pond wavering like plucked strings. The promise he made, to a young man's mother, that her son would be brought home safely....

    mariaan says: "Excellence all round"
    "Excellence all round"
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    If you prefer your books action-driven, fast-paced, more linear, chronological, this is probably not for you, although the war action is there in all its devastating detail. The story alternates between events in Iraq in 2004-2005 and alienation and repercussions back home in the US afterwards. The narrator did a very good job of portraying the internal voice of the young soldier. The story, as it is pieced together, is heart-breaking. What takes this book way beyond the usual war novel is the exquisite writing. One of my favourite books this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5815)
    Performance
    (3984)
    Story
    (3991)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Shabby ending"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of An Echo in the Bone to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would've ended it properly. It seems the author ran out of time, perhaps because of deadline pressure. Most disappointing.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    All of the men are perfectly done. The women less so, and Claire sounds like an airhead sometimes. But the narrator is very good nonetheless.


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

    I really was disappointed about the sudden ending. Especially since this is not a series with the next instalment coming up soon. If one is going to wait so long for the next book in the series, at least leave the main threads neatly tied up. I do believe the author ran out of time - we know she has no qualms spending pages and pages on details. But in the last part of this book, she brushes over most issues as if they have no real significance. Pity.


    Any additional comments?

    The author is brilliant at devising twists and turns and connecting the dots. The book is well narrated, as are the others. But the book directly before this one in the series is unavailable, which means there are important gaps to contend with anyway, and then the abrupt ending.

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  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    John says: "Engrossing, Rich and Powerful"
    "Shadow Country is excellent"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Depends on the friend's reading tastes... If you are more interested in whodunnit, then this drawn out account is probably not for you. If you appreciate truly excellent writing alongside many unravelings of exactly the same events, then yes, I very highly recommend this book. And if you are likely to appreciate a most remarkable reading/rendition in terms of accents and eccentricities and atmosphere, then yes, I highly recommend this book to you.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Country?

    When the older brother writes about the day of the double murders to his younger sibling. Almost every single description of Watson is memorable. All those downtrodden women are memorable. The overall impression of the islands is amazing too. Of course, the racism is gut wrenching and most revealing of place and time.


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

    I am not American, so I should probably not attest to accents, but to my ear they were authentic, real - that's what I think people in the deep South sound like. His reading was astonishing, not an easy task considering the quirkiness of characters. Perfect all in all. He definitely draws one in and keeps one present in ways the printed book cannot achieve.


    Who was the most memorable character of Shadow Country and why?

    EJ Watson, by far, but it is the other characters that make him compelling. I suppose I wanted him to come out of it okay, not a murderous swine. Those were hard times, the place was harsh, clearly, and all the men seemed ... hard? So within those parameters, and even though I knew Watson had done some terrible things, I didn't want him to be merely evil. I also think his sense of humour was too intelligent for his neighbours to grasp. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    I love Peter Matthiessen's work. And I would love to see more of his books on Audible. "In the spirit of Crazy Horse" was just as astonishing in terms of vast research and intelligent writing and gripping story-telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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