Really would rate this 4 1/2 stars overall. A classic novella from one of the best prose writers of all time. Wilde was a master at the "turn of phrase", and in this story the character of Lord Henry (called "the prince of paradox") is a stand-in for Wilde himself. This is a novel that needs to be read (or listened to) more than once to catch all the philosophical ramblings. I did not think that Dorian should be blamed for all the degradation he believes he caused. After all individuals are responsible for their own actions and have a choice - they followed Dorian willingly. He himself was greatly influenced by the cynical Lord Henry. The idea of having the picture change with each cruel action was a brilliant literary device. Simon Prebble's narration was excellent although I did have some problems telling Lord Henry and Dorian apart.
A historical novel about the beginnings of the Civil War mostly from the Southern point of view. Bernard Cromwell is British, but gives us a great look at the Battle of Bull Run. His main character, Nathaniel Starbuck, is a Yankee who fights for the South. There is humor in the book and the characters really come to life. Cromwell's writing about the battle strategies of both sides places the reader in the thick of the fighting. Ed Sala's reading is perfection - he brings all the characters to life. I especially liked his voice for "Pecker", Washington Faulconer's brother-in-law. I look forward to downloading the next in the series so I can find out what happens to the characters.
This novel deals with amnesia and I chose it because I've always been interested in that subject. The beginning of the book was very intriguing - Christine wakes up every morning and doesn't remember anything about her life. The reader gets information as the character does and it's fun to work out the puzzle of what happened to Christine and why she has amnesia. But as the novel goes on, I found it repetitive as she learns many of the same things each day, but we the reader already know some of it. I figured out the end of the book and thought that Christine should have had some inkling of what happened to her and who was responsible. I won't give anything away, but points in the plot seemed very far-fetched even for a thriller. It was an easy listen and I thought Cassidy's narration was perfect - she read with the right amount of confusion and fear in her voice as this is a first-person narrative. I would try another of the author's books, but probably won't put any at the top of my reading list.
This enduring classic was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1919. The novel shows life in a small town in the early part of the 20th Century before and after the automobile made an impact and changed the status of the town's prominent families. The author portrays the decline of the big estates and the rise of a new aristocracy based on business acumen and not only inherited wealth. The main character, George Minafer, is not very likable, although by the end of the book, he is more sympathetic. His mother seems to me overprotective and indulgent toward George and this leads to his personality problems. Tarkington introduces humor, especially in the first part of the book, where the townfolk gossip about the Amberson family. This is a well written story with astute characterizations.
The narration by Geoffrey Blaisdell is excellent. I especially liked his tone and inflection when George exclaims: "riff-raff!".
James Thurber is one of my favorite authors and this is one of my favorite short stories. Henpecked Mr. Mitty is a character everyone can relate to - we all have our daydreams in which we are the hero or heroine and at times want to get away from reality. Ben Stiller brings out the humor in the story. Thanks Audible for this free download!
Excellent review of the Kennedy assassination with the actual ABC radio broadcasts of the time. Narrated professionally by Diane Sawyer. You really get the feeling of "being there". I especially liked the comments of Ike Pappas during the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by "an elderly man" (Ruby). He exclaims: "Holy Mackerel!" Other highlights are the interview with the surgeon in charge of trying to save JFK, the interview with Officer Tippet's wife, and the closing interview with Larry Sabato, author of the recent "The Kennedy Half Century". Thank you Audible and ABC for this free program! It brought back all the memories of that awful time.
A sweeping novel of Mid 20th Century India told with fantasy and humor. Rushdie is a brilliant writer who shows the history of India through the eyes of Salim, one of the children born on the stroke of midnight that heralded India's independence from Britain. This book is not an easy listen - one that you can listen to while doing other things. There are multiple characters and for someone not real familiar with Indian names, it is difficult to remember who everyone is, especially when you hear but not see the written names of people and places. I would recommend reading this instead of only listening to get the most out of the novel and if you are not familiar with post-independence Indian history, then you should check out some other sources. I have a cursory knowledge, but found myself not knowing who the author was referencing at times. I will probably get the book to read as this is a novel that can be read many times.
I liked the narrator very much, although I understand that he is using more a British than Indian accent. His voice was pleasant to listen to and his female voices were good.
Gaiman's enjoyable short story about a Texas backpacker in coastal England is a fun listen. There were many chuckles, although I think someone more familiar than me with H. P. Lovecraft would get more of the innuendos. I really liked Gaiman's narration as well and the excerpt of his new book also motivated me to buy the audiobook version of The Ocean At the End Of the Lane.
Good short audiobook mystery that had me guessing until near the end. I liked that the setting was a rare book store and the detective an ordinary guy. Will check out Pronzini's other novels. Sullivan's reading was very good - I heard the world-weariness in the first person narration of the detective.
This short interesting audiobook gives the listener an insight into how a musician prepares to record or perform a piece. Bliss tells how the act of recording is different from the act of performing. Bliss mentions two pianists who influenced him: Arthur Schnabel and Rudolph Serkin and explains how their playing of Beethoven's sonatas differ. The only drawback to the audiobook for me was the exclusion of any music to explain what Bliss was saying about certain Beethoven sonatas - unless the listener is a trained classical musician and/or very familiar with the mentioned sonatas, he or she would have a difficult time understanding Bliss' dissection of the music. This book did spur me to check out the pianists on youtube to get a flavor of their playing. And I will definitely see if my vast record collection contains any of the sonatas.
The narrator was easy to listen to and added to the enjoyment of the audiobook.
Since this book was about the idea of free and especially its use in the internet age, it was a free download from Audible. Of special interest to me was the history of free in business - the marketing of Jello and Gillette razors for instance - where the makers creatively promoted their products. When the author presented economic theories, my mind began to wander, but that was only a tiny part of the book. I learned how the internet has changed the concept of free and that the pre-internet ways of making a profit may not apply anymore. The author's reading of his work was enthusiastic and he spoke in a clear voice; I do think he could have spoken a bit slower as I sometimes wanted a second to digest the thought. All in all, this was an informative listen and I'm happy I downloaded it.
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