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alvaro de torres

54 years old. Love short stories, history, bios,

madrid, madrid Spain | Member Since 2011

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  • Gardens of Stone: My Boyhood in the French Resistance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephen Grady, Michael Wright
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin, Luke Thompson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    An extraordinary wartime memoir, combining the best kind of adventure story with a coming-of-age testimony of unforgettable resonance and poignancy.

    September 2011, Halkidiki, Northern Greece: A solitary 86-year-old man gazes across an Aegean headland, knowing that he must finally confront his past. He begins to write...September 1939, Nieppe, Northern France:14 year-old Stephen is living with his family, 25 kilometres from Ypres. His French mother battles with her encroaching blindness.

    alvaro de torres says: "great book, though with a technical problem"
    "great book, though with a technical problem"
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    Where does Gardens of Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book is very good and interesting. There's a problem, which is probably caused by the editing of the recording.
    In the chapter 25, minute 5,20 ( according to the recording order, not the book order ), suddenly you get the same part of the book that appeared some hours before.
    This repetition lasts until the minute 14, which is the end of the chapter 25, and then the story continues correctly with chapter 26. The main problem is that you don't know if this mistake implies that you got the wrong recording during these 9 minutes and you are missing the good one, therefore missing a part of the book.
    Alvaro


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Washington Square

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A wealthy spinster receives a proposal from a dashing suitor, and her father threatens her with disinheritance if she accepts, in Henry James's masterful exploration of the moral consequences of a tender heart's ruthless manipulation.

    Sandra K. Heinzman says: "Loved this book!"
    "delicious!"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Washington Square the most enjoyable?

    I love the performance of the reader!!The accents, the voices, the intonation..!!great!!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't dare to change a word to Mr. Henry James!!!


    What about Lorna Raver’s performance did you like?

    Everything!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joël Dicker
    • Narrated By Robert Slade
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that secured his lasting fame. Quebert is the only suspect.

    George says: "A beautifully crafted crime-thriller!"
    "That s what I call bad writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Bad, bad, really bad!!

    Sometimes it just hurts to keep on reading. The worst of all, the parts with the mother of the character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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