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  • Parade's End

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ford Madox Ford
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    First published as four separate novels (Some Do Not…, No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up, and The Last Post) between 1924 and 1928, Parade’s End explores the world of the English ruling class as it descends into the chaos of war. Christopher Tietjens is an officer from a wealthy family who finds himself torn between his unfaithful socialite wife, Sylvia, and his suffragette mistress, Valentine. A profound portrait of one man’s internal struggles during a time of brutal world conflict, Parade’s End bears out Graham Greene’s prediction that "there is no novelist of this century more likely to live than Ford Madox Ford."

    leora says: "A brilliant, challenging, and valuable work"
    "Probably easier to listen to than to read"
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    This is a long and difficult work. Having an audio version probably makes it easier to follow since much of it is stream of consciousness, and the narrator does an excellent job of distinguising the different characters. The effect of the novel is cumulative--and well worth the effort.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3133)
    Performance
    (1480)
    Story
    (1481)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Horribly written."
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    I was very much looking forward to reading this book. I love long books, and this one had been enthusiastically recommended. I could not get past the equivalent of the first twenty pages. Two reasons. First, I had just finished Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers and found this author's romantic portrayal or the Mumbai slums unreal and offensive. Second, his writing is truly horrible. Repititive, jargon-filled, just plain clunky. Given the build up (including the number of five-star reveiws), I was incredibly disappointed. Read Katherine Boo and read good literary fiction. Give this turkey a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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