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Richard

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2014

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  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (112)

    First published in monthly parts from March 1852 to September 1853, this novel follows the fortunes of three pedestrian characters; Esther Summerson, Ada Clare, and Richard Carstone. The story they tell embondies Dickens' merciless indictment of the Court of Chancery and its bungling, morally corrupt handling of the endless case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, giving the novel its scope and meaning.

    UU Ma says: "30 hours was too short for me"
    "A Lively Version of a Masterpiece"
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    Would you listen to Bleak House again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen again. "Bleak House" is one of my favourites. It has a lot to offer. It's probably inexhaustible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dickens' expansive picture of London and English society, the range of characters, the ease of Dickens' writing, though there's a fair amount of repetition and I wondered if he was paid by the word.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Too hard to answer. Many characters are memorable.


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

    Certainly not. It runs for over thirty hours.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great work, humane, generous, humorous and full of life. The reading is upbeat and vivid, with a separate voice for almost every character. I haven't come across a novel in English that I like better. .

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  • The Sound and the Fury

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling", the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers: the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin, and the monstrous Jason.

    W.Denis says: "Hang in"
    "Excellent Reading of a Faulkner Classic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sound and the Fury to be better than the print version?

    I listened to the audio edition and followed along with the print edition in my hand. The two complemented each other well. The audio book helped to smooth out the complicated parts of Faulkner's narrative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Faulkner's unique arrangement of his narrative. The vividness of the characters. Faulkner's instinct for the universal. The interplay of the members of the Compson family and the black characters, whom Faulkner draws well.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    The liveliness and clarity of his reading. He kept the characters separate from each other and managed various southern U. S. accents well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I've been re-reading some of Faulkner's stories and listening to some on audiobook. In my opinion, "Absalom, Absalom" is a great novel. I haven' t yet found anything in Faulkner's work to equal it.I don't know where it came from or how Faulkner happened to write it. "The Sound and the Fury" is innovative and cut to a smaller scale. Jason Compson is overdone, one-sided, without notable ambition. Still, it's a fine novel.


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  • As I Lay Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman, Robertson Dean, Lina Patel, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member, including Addie, and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

    Kristina says: "Faulkner's As I Lay Dying review"
    "One of Faulkner's Most Accessible Novels"
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    What did you love best about As I Lay Dying?

    I liked Faulkner's compassion for characters to whom many people who read literary wouldn't give much more than the time of day. I also liked Faulkner's originality and his ability to make local matters universal.


    What other book might you compare As I Lay Dying to and why?

    I can think of a coupler of recent English novels that owe a debt to As I Lay Dying: The Hide by Barry Unsworth and Last Orders by Graham Swift, which was made into a movie with some good acting in it. Faulkner influenced Carson McCullers and numerous other Americans, including Paul Harding, who recently won a Pulitzer Prize for Tinkers. As for predecessors, how about The Spoon River Anthology.


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

    This is the first time I've heard this team. I thought they read clearly and with expressiveness.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Parts of it made me laugh. No tears here.


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