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Daniel

kirkland, Quebec, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • The Rich are Different

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susan Howatch
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    The Rich Are Different is the story of Dinah Slade, a young Englishwoman of immense vitality and great sensual power, whose life, loves, and fierce ambition become entangled with the fate of an American banking family. When Paul Van Zale, a handsome patrician and powerful American banker, meets Dinah in London, he commits the imprudence of falling in love with her. When Dinah follows him to his world, she is caught up in the currents of Paul's life. And among her new acquaintances is Paul's wife.

    Linda Lou McCall says: "Excellent!"
    "excelent"
    Overall

    Good book and excellent narration. After just few hours I felt that there couldn't be a more appropriate reader for this book. She is not using only accents to delimiter the characters but different tonalities as well. I didn't have any confusion whatsoever during the dialogs. I wrote this review in order to help dispelling the subjectivity introduced by some preceding reviews. Enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Janet McTeer, David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (272)

    When Mr. Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity, and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.

    Stephanie says: "Classic"
    "exceptional"
    Overall

    Couldn't put it down. I even avoided my friends during the lunch break in order to listen to it. Janet McTeer's interpretation adds an unimaginable realism. I'm very disappointed that Audible doesn't have more books read by her.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (557)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "amazing naration"
    Overall

    The book is definitely a masterpiece, as praised already by so many critics, but the reading of it is astonishing. Frederick Davidson interpretation of the personages is extremely realistic and it helps a lot in enjoying this marvelous book.
    Even if it doesn't seem to have the deepness of Dostoevski's books, this book definitely keeps a listener, who had been able to pass over the first 2 hours, hooked for the other 63.
    The epilogue is a bit disappointing as it is awkward to hear lectures on "freedom" while praising a society based on slavery (serfdom), but I still give it five stars.
    (Don't miss Kamarozov Brothers, interpreted by the same Frederick Davidson:)

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky explores human nature at its most loathsome and cruel but never flinches at what he finds. The novel tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, shy, silent, and cruel. They are behind the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters: their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and perhaps his finest work.

    David says: "superb rendition of Dostoyevsky's greatest novel"
    "Finally, something you can call a book"
    Overall

    Amazing book. One of the kind you want never to finish. The interpretation is just outstanding. The narrator is using at least 10 tonalities, each associated to a main character.
    Still, I have a warning. The book is a bit slow and confusing at the beginning but the middle is rewarding and the final wordless

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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