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  • The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    Newland Archer is about to announce his engagement to the docile May Welland when he meets her cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska. Edith Wharton's elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York earned her the first Pulitzer Prize for literature ever awarded to a woman.

    Frederick R. says: "The Best of Its or Any Day"
    "Terrific story, TERRIBLE narrator!"
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    Performance
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    This is one of the best novels ever, but the narrator sounds like she smokes 3 packs a day. The novel says that Madame Olenska has a "faint foreign accent", but the narrator gives her some weirdo Russian-sounding accent, even though Madame was American-born and -raised. It was terribly distracting and annoying. Somebody did a lousy job of editing this in the studio as well. Halfway through a paragraph, the narrator stops, says, "Let me take that again" in her normal voice, then proceeds to read the same paragraph over. There's no excuse for that.

    I love this book, and wish I could trade this recording in for a better one. It was awful.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8985)
    Performance
    (3411)
    Story
    (3447)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "World Without End"
    Overall

    This is a great listen--gripping story and great characters. You don't need to have read "Pillars of the Earth" to enjoy this one. The narrator uses good accents to differentiate characters as well. My beef with Follett's writing is that he is obsessed with the female breast. For nearly every female character, we are treated to a full description of not just her hair, eyes, facial features, but whether her breasts are small, large, round, full, pointed, droopy, heavy, egg-shaped, and on and on ad nauseum. I couldn't decide which word he used more in this novel: "breasts" or "however." By the end of the book, I was gritting my teeth each time either word was spoken. He also tends to retell scenes from the beginning of the book later on. Does he think we forgot? Anyway, with better editing, this would have deserved five stars, but I just can't get past those few quirks. And, BTW, why is there no mention whatsoever of the Weeping Madonna after he went to so much trouble to get her into the first book? If it's action and plot reverses you're looking for, you won't be disappointed. Be warned of some rather raw sex as well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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