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  • Sodom and Gomorrah: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason

    Accidentally witnessing an encounter between the Baron de Charlus and the tailor Jupien, the narrator’s eyes are opened to a world hidden from him until now; he suspects that Albertine is attracted to her own sex.

    Darwin8u says: "Looking back obliquely on Proust's fourth volume"
    "Worth the wait and wonderful every step of the way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without the audiobook, I would never have attempted to read the book, and even if I did, I couldn't have brought as much to it as the narrator. Few realize how funny as well as insightful it is.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlus is both the figure of fun as well as a historical anomoly and Neville Jason milks him for all he's worth--and more.

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

    Listening to Jason is like rejoining an old friend over a glass of brandy after a wonderful dinner. The stories, the digressions, all are first rate.

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

    At 24+ hours, it's too much. I listen during my commute and the time in the car flies by.

    Any additional comments?

    For those who have only heard of, wondered about, and might be intimidated by the heft and the reputation of the novel, this are the best way to go. The insights into human nature are timeless. The abridged versions are worthless, since plot is the least of the charms.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "David Pittu Redeems Himself"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Like so many audiobooks, it forces you to take it more slowly and savor the good (or bad) writing. I would have liked it 3 hours shorter, but it was good fun

    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His female characters were awful in some earlier books--I had to stop listening to Marriage Plot because they were as whiny and untruthful as Jim Dale's Hermione in the Harry Potter books. Pittu redeems himself with a marvellous assortment of accents, characterizations, and understanding. He richly deserves his accolades for this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Delicate Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Darwin8u says: "A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft."
    "By George, He's Got It"
    If you could sum up A Delicate Truth in three words, what would they be?

    Unfortunately too believable

    What did you like best about this story?

    It stays with you after it's over

    Which character – as performed by John le Carre – was your favorite?

    He does them all well, which a quite a feat for an author. I had no idea he had such skill. He avoids the pitfalls of doing women's voices as an impersonator rather than an inhabiter.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Who really is our own worst enemy?

    Any additional comments?

    The silken elegance offsetting the horror and suspense are terrific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Jackie says: "I should have listen to the other reviewers"
    "Repetitive and mostly obvious"
    What would have made What Every BODY Is Saying better?

    Some books are better on paper or Kindle--ones where you can easily skim over the padding of introduction and constant repetition of simple points. Did you know sometimes people lie with their faces?

    What could Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Shorter or more details insights faster in the text.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Costanzo’s performances?

    I can't tell if the book drove the performance, so depends.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance and disappointment it wasn't edit better and more substance put it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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