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Myssi

Somerville, MA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Thomas Hardy, never one to be conventional, took a very unconventional moral stance in this novel, which shocked readers of the time. In doing so, he created one of the great romantic novels of all time, the story of a striking and tragic heroine who came to life for the reader as she did for the author.

    Eddie says: "excellent novel and reading"
    "Not a quality recording"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While I would recommend this book, I would suggest you download one of the other recordings. There are too many peaks and inconsistencies in the audio. In a few scenes you can tell the narrator went back and rerecorded the script, and it was edited back in with no regard to the older audio's sound level or her reading pace. In other scenes there is a slight echo, which is very distracting, and enough places to note where the audio skips.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rhett Butler's People

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Donald McCaig
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    Rhett Butler's People is the long-awaited novel that parallels the great American novel Gone with the Wind. Twelve years in the making, Rhett Butler's People marks a major and historic cultural event for millions of Gone with the Wind readers, complementing and adding new dimensions to its timeless story.

    Marie says: "Fiddle-dee-dee, this was fun!"
    "Barely palatable"
    Overall

    I was very disappointed that none of Rhett’s adventures before GWTW, nor during the Civil War were portrayed in this book. From the synopsis I read, I thought this book would be about Rhett Butler, but his appearances are few and far between. New scenes with him are interesting, but brief. Scenes from GWTW are glossed over, and it seems like Rhett’s internal monologues are afterthoughts by McCaig. Character dialogue is very stilted, and often expositional.


    The new character POVs McCaig introduces are flat, and so none of their emotional decisions carry any weight. None of the scenes that are supposed to be climactic have any buildup, nor do they have enough detail to make them exciting or engaging.


    I am undecided if John Bedford Lloyd didn’t have much to work with, or just phoned it in; there were many occasions where I couldn’t tell the difference between the characters he was voicing, and I felt there wasn’t enough emotion portrayed. His pacing was also a bit off the mark.


    I was unhappy with McCaig’s portrayal of Melanie and Belle, as his characterizations of them do not remain true to how they were portrayed in GWTW: Melanie is supposed to be a proper lady, but in this book she makes several comments that are at odds with this. Belle is supposed to be a strong, no-nonsense woman living on her own terms, but this book paints her as soft, pitiable creature.


    The shift in POV and story events are schizophrenic, often switching from one even to another without any kind of transition, which led me to wondering in many instances if I had skipped a chapter. If you are a fan of GWTW, I wouldn’t recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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