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Angela

Nashville, TN, United States

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  • Daniel Deronda

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    One of the masterpieces of English fiction, Daniel Deronda tells the intertwined stories of two characters as they each come to discover the truth of their natures. Gwendolen Harleth is the beautiful, high-spirited daughter of an impoverished upper-class family. Daniel Deronda, the adopted son of an aristocratic Englishman, is searching for his path in life.

    Tad Davis says: "An intense novel with a few flaws"
    "Nadia May reading is superb"
    Overall

    After reading/listening to Middlemarch and Adam Bede, I embarked on the 4 volume Deronda. I was happy that I enlisted Nadia May whose spectacular voice rendition of charcters pulled me through all 4 volumes. I enjoyed it all and was particularly captivated by the ugly experience of British prejudice so prevalent in cultured British society. The love story as with all George Eliot's books was tender and romantic.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

    Sarah says: "Gripping despite the minutiae"
    "BETTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Moby Dick in three words, what would they be?

    The Great American Novel


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ishmael narrates this tale about the hunt for the white wale on his first voyage as a seaman. He tells it without exposing us to his psyche and with reverence for the professional whaler and the honorable men aboard the Pequod. From his very first words of the book "Call Me Ishamel" to the his final words as the only survivor, Ishmael is the keyhole through which we view the events and history and the sea. And most importantly, he makes us believe every word.


    Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

    No doubt, it was Ahab. Ahab whose madness is reflected in his soulful yearning for a confrontation with Moby Dick but then his poignant revelation of his love of the sea and whaling forces us to wonder if perhaps he was correct to follow his destiny and not mad. This journey evolves slowly and Mr. Heald performs it magnificiently, from the respected captain and earnest whaler to a driven obsessed madman. When Ahab succumbs to Moby Dick he reminesces on the loss of his life and the sacrifices he made to pursue the whale. Sacrifices that include loss of time with his child, wife and home. Mr. Heald presented Ahab with sensitivity and emotion. When members of the crew are killed, Ahab mourns and grieves with voice of an angel and when Ahab realizes that Moby Dick prevails, Mr. Heald projects audible surrender.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2459)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1173)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "A Mystery With a Narrative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does A Dangerous Fortune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Even though my audiobook preferences are classics, I found this book spellbounding The narrative was crafted on the John Grisham model as the outcome was unpredictable but like the English novel pleasing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augusta was my favorite character and this does Michael Page honor, as his voice renditions of the female characters are worthy of Shakespeare. Also, the author develops this wicked and self centered character so carefully that she garners sympathy.


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

    Unfortunately not however I will keep him in mind as I select more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Since this was a 2 volume book, there were many directional changes in the story. Most were unsuspected as most of life is; but the most memorable to me was the last scene of the book - an ending at the beginning of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Bede

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    George Eliot's first full-length novel is the moving, realistic portrait of three people troubled by unwise love. Adam Bede is a hardy young carpenter who cares for his aging mother. His one weakness is the woman he loves blindly: the trifling town beauty, Hetty Sorrel, who delights only in her baubles - and the delusion that the careless Captain Donnithorne may ask for her hand.

    Angela says: "Smooth and Enjoyable Listening"
    "Smooth and Enjoyable Listening"
    Overall

    After listening to MIddlemarch, I eagerly sought-out another of George Eliot's books. I am satisfied that I selected Adam Bede. As her first book, it is not as polished as Middlemarch; however, it is quite enjoyable. The reader, Nadia May, is superb. She employs every voice mechnization possible to portray the many characters authentically and she succeeds.A good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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