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Virginie Danglades

New York, New York United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 141 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3794)
    Performance
    (3427)
    Story
    (3448)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "A good however gloomy journey!"
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    What did you love best about The Handmaid's Tale?

    It's a frightening account of a society gone very wrong by way of the debasement of women's rights and therefore everyone's human rights. The writing, with its very detailed descriptions of the main character's state of minds and actions powerfully convey a feeling of unbearable decadence and violence. The story is told in an amazingly unemotional manner, and Claire Danes' performance is impeccable that way; yet the uncomfortable story lingered in my memory long after I finished reading the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Yukio Mishima
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    A band of savage 13-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'. When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic. They regard this disallusionment as an act of betrayal on his part - and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying.

    Erez says: "Unsettling writing, flawed reading"
    "Mishima's craftsmanship as a writer is fantastic"
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    Mishima's writing is so expertly precise that it could be compared to the craftsmanship of a master watch maker. Mishima leads us like clock work to the ultimate unfolding of his story but fooling us on the way with poetic and literary meanderings. Like no other writer, he pulls us inside the characters' heads and their thinking. Like no other writer, he manages to elevate the banal and the routine of daily lives into more complex perspectives. It's a beautifully written book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8333)
    Performance
    (5027)
    Story
    (5018)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Engrossing saga with some storytelling weaknesses"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fall of Giants the most enjoyable?

    The overall historical scope of the first two tomes of The Century trilogy and the author's goal to relate the events of the last century through many characters and personal journeys kept my interest going. I thought Pillars of the Earth was better written though. I sometimes got tired of the predictable romances throughout the books, the sex scenes often felt shallow and with them the characters, and at times I felt like I was reading some Harlequin romances. A bit disappointed that the author didn't succeed in transcending the rich material with his writing.


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