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Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 57 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (113)

    First published in 1905, the House of Mirth shocked many by its candour. Lily Bart moves in the shallow, new-moneyed class of New York society in which men make the money and women spend it. There amongst the glib diversions of the newly rich, she seeks a husband who can not only maintain her in this charmed existence, but can also provide unstinting admiration.

    Catherine says: "Wonderful"
    "Brilliant Writing"
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    This book is amazingly well written. There were so many beautiful turns of phrase and amazing metaphors and insights (comparing the wrinkled finery left on the floor after undressing to the unappealing leftovers of a banquet, allusions to the manacle-like nature of women's jewelry, chaining them to a life they may not have chosen). Edith Wharton truly is one of the great writers of the 20th century. I was a Literature major in college and I'm sad I never had a chance to study her works there. The narration was very good, the speaker had a pleasant voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Songs on Bronze: The Greek Myths Made Real

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nigel Spivey
    • Narrated By Yuri Rasovsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Songs on Bronze is the first major retelling of Greek mythology in half a century; a set of lively, racy, dramatic versions of the great myths, which, in a multicultural society, are recognized more than ever as stories without equal.

    Cheryl says: "Wonderful"
    "What a Wonderful, Interesting, Unique Listen!"
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    This book was a delightful surprise. The book seeks to teach readers/listeners the myths of ancient Greece in the format those myths were so often passed on: the oral tradition of story teling. While many of the myths are gruesome and violent, the book almost reads like a night time fairy tale that you'd listen to around the fire or tucked snugly into bed. The narrator is just perfect for bringing out this storytelling quality - it's more like he's "telling us" the book than reading it to us. A wonderful performance - this is one of the rare times I believe the audio book may be better than the actual book! Highly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (485)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Descriptive, Interesting Story, Nice Narration"
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    I found this book to be interesting, informative, and well written. Admittedly, the plot is not that great because not a lot happens and it's all very subtle. However, the details are brilliant and it really gave me a sense of life at that time for these women. I love Janet Song's narration - I've listened to several of her performances and I think she's the perfect choice for this specific book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1950)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (758)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Do You Like Random Lists of Words Read Aloud?"
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    While this may be a great "actual" read, it doesn't make a good audio book. The subject matter is interesting, but the book seeks to show how English has roots in different languages like French or Latin by listing all the common words we use that have those roots. And not just one list. There are at least two lists per chapter for something or other (all the words that deal with law, all the words that deal with cooking etc etc etc). This is super tedious and not fun to listen to. Did not hold my attention in any way.
    The narrator has a nice voice and he was fine, but I would not recommend this book in audio version, it just didn't translate to the spoken medium.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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