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kgunn66

Lees burg, VA | Member Since 2007

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  • Barchester Towers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    This magnificent novel, sequel to The Warden and second in the Chronicles of Barsetshire, satirizes the struggle for ascendancy among the clergy of a cathedral city. The contest is between the outgoing church authorities led by Archdeacon Grantly and the newcomers led by Mrs. Proudie and her protégé, the ambitious Mr. Obadiah Slope. Each wishes to become the dominant voice in the quiet diocese of Barchester, and they contend for the newly vacant post of warden of Hiram's Hospital.

    Marv Klinger says: "Entertaining"
    "Charming and Laugh-out-load!"
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    Story

    It's very seldom I LOL at an audio-book--this one did it for me! Of course, Trollope's charming Victorian writing style had a lot to do with it, but Simon Vance's delivery was impeccable, engaging, and thoroughly enjoyable. I enjoyed this title even more than "The Warden" (book one in this series). I'm on to Doctor Thorne and am sure I won't be dissappointed!

    One word of caution on this recording: it sounds like it may have been digitized from a previous analog recording. There are brief (a few seconds) sections throughout the recording that sound muffled--much like a stretched or damaged cassette tape might sound. Not overly disturbing, and it doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the work, just noticeable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Nigel Hawthorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Set in the world of the Victorian professional and landed classes, the story centres on Mr Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity who is nevertheless in possession of an income from a charity far in excess of the sum devoted to it.

    Janet says: "a delight"
    "Great Discovery (for me)!"
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    Being an avid reader, and having read a LOT of Victorian fiction (Dickens, Austen, the Brontes, etc.) I'm almost ashamed to say I'd never heard of Anthony Trollope. I'm glad I discovered him!

    This was thoroughly enjoyable "read" with a thoroughly enjoyable narrator in Mr. Hawthorne.

    I heartily recommend anything Mr. Trollope has written and anything Mr. Hawthorne has narrated!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Don Randall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Considered one of Twain's most important short works, The Mysterious Stranger tells the story of the devil coming to a medieval village in the persona of a beautiful, lovable, yet exasperatingly amoral young man. Befriending a small group of boys, Satan exhibits strange charm, compassion, and indifference as the tale comes to a surprising comclusion.

    William says: "Seriously. Worst Narrator Ever. Buy a different 1."
    "Very Poor Narration"
    Overall

    I got, perhaps 10 minutes into the story before stopping it. The Narrator is very difficult to listen to. He recites the story rhythmically as if it were poetry (which it's not), offers no characterizations, and has some very irritating vocal habits (like a very bizarre pacing of the word "and"). It's absolutely maddening!
    I'd recommend looking for a recording with a different narrator, if possible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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