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C. Gartner

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  • We Were the Mulvaneys

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Scott Shina
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (109)

    Judd is the youngest of the four Mulvaney children - three boys and a girl - on their parents’ lush farm in upstate New York. In his childhood, Judd is swept along by the sheer energy of the Mulvaneys and their wealth of beloved family stories. But now, 30 years old, Judd looks back through his memories to tell the secrets that eventually ripped apart the fabric of his storybook family.

    Jason says: "Overlooked Masterpiece"
    "Why the Texas Accent?"
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    Aside from the middlebrow writing of Oates, the narrator is completely irritating. The Mulvaneys live in upstate New York and always have. But whenever the narrator "does" either the mother's or the father's voices, he uses a down-home Texas accent. Mrs. Mulvaney sounds like Sissy Spacek. It is so irritating I could not go on.

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  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (989)
    Story
    (999)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Slater for young TC, Vance for Older?"
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    I've just started listening to BUTB -- and I immediately feel something is missing. It is Simon Slater's ability not only to play up Cromwell's tenderness and regrets (as another reviewer mentions), but also (just by his tone of voice?) to underline Cromwell's modern-seeming, stepped-back distance from the events around him. As I read Wolf Hall, I felt that Mantel was portraying Cromwell as an early incarnation of a 20th century man, which gave me a truly new perspective on the much-told story of Henry VIII. Perhaps Slater was not available to read BUTB, or perhaps the choice of Vance was intentional. Maybe More's death has aged Cromwell and hardened him. In the early pages of BUTB, Cromwell no longer can summon his feelings of attraction to Jane Seymour, and his dead wife and daughters have become blood-soaked falcons intent only on prey. Perhaps the chill of Vance's narration better suits this book. I'll find out.

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