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G. Butera

Providence, RI | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 765 titles in library
  • 95 purchased in 2014

  • Devils

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall

    Exiled to four years in Siberia, but hailed by the end of his life as a saint, prophet, and genius, Fyodor Dostoevsky holds an exalted place among the best of the great Russian authors. One of Dostoevsky’s five major novels, Devils follows the travails of a small provincial town beset by a band of modish radicals - and in so doing presents a devastating depiction of life and politics in late 19th-century Imperial Russia.

    Lawrence says: "Excellent translation and narration"
    "One of Dostoevsky's best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Devils to be better than the print version?

    This is like comparing apples and oranges.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Devils?

    Stavrogin's confession. Pyotr Stepanovich's death scene.

    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Guidall's reading is superb. I listened to his reading of Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich and thought this reading every bit as good as that. He imbues his characters with all the life and inner tension that make Dostoevsky's writing so engrossing.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not a chance. It's too rich and complex to be taken in all at once.

    Any additional comments?

    Devils takes a long time to really get going as a novel. Dostoevsky was well aware of this problem, but doesn't seem to have found a solution, although he himself may have been satisfied with the final result. Don't give up on it, though. By the 1/3 mark, the novel finally hits its stride and never lets up until the end. There are enough haunting and beautiful scenes, not to mention some harrowing and grotesque ones, to make this one of Dostoevsky's most memorable novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

    Paul says: "Its not the movie but its still good"
    "Captivating writing and narration. Wonderful!"

    Jean Shepherd's writing has to be experienced to be believed. I couldn't imagine a better narrator for A Christmas Story than Dick Cavett. He captures the spirit of the tale perfectly. The other short stories in the collection are very good, as well, although none rises to the level of A Christmas Story. A truly inspired tale, every bit as charming as A Christmas Carol.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iliad

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Fagles (translator), Homer
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, Maria Tucci

    Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer’s poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance."

    Amazon Customer says: "Outstanding in every way"
    "An incomparable reading! Jacobi is brilliant."
    Where does The Iliad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This recording of the Iliad is the best recorded book I've ever listened to. Sir Derek Jacobi is brilliant! He brings the text to life in a way no other narrator I've ever listened to has brought any other book to life.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hector. His nobility and devotion to Troy, his love for his family and his willingness to put the good of others before his own, is deeply inspiring. And although he is beastly in his wrath, Achilles is realized with such power and understanding by the combined forces of Homer's poetry and Jacobi's inspired reading that it's impossible not to fascinated by him, as well.

    Any additional comments?

    Get this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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