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David

Fresno, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Leopard

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Elegiac, bittersweet and profoundly moving, The Leopard chronicles the turbulent transformation of the Risorgimento, in the period of Italian Unification. The waning feudal authority of the elegant and stately Prince of Salina is pitted against the materialistic cunning of Don Calogero, in Tomasi's magnificently descriptive memorial to a dying age.

    beatrice says: ""one of the great lonely books""
    "A must read classic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a deep book on many levels. Although translated from Italian, the story is easy to follow.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1023)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Enchanting, compelling, wonderful, true story."
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    What made the experience of listening to Call the Midwife the most enjoyable?

    Oh my.! I loved this book. I've read hundreds, probably thousands of books, but this was one of the best. Don't miss this series (I read all three, and they're all great. A memoir, Jennifer Worth describes the most interesting people living in the dockside area of London in the 1950's. I suppose this book would appeal to women more, but I (as a man) could not put the book down. The wonderful English dialect is great to listen to. Give yourself a treat, and buy all three of these books.


    What other book might you compare Call the Midwife to and why?

    A unique book. A little Dickensian, but really it's a unique memoir.


    Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber – was your favorite?

    Jennifer Lee (Jennifer Worth)


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (629)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Rebekah - a psychological thriller"
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    What did you love best about Rebecca?

    This is one of the best books I've ever read. It is a psychological thriller sort of like "crime and Punishment". I really enjoyed the character portrayal of Mrs. de Winter as she goes from a young shy wife, to dealing with complex issues from the past of Rebecca and Mr. de Winter.


    What other book might you compare Rebecca to and why?

    Crime and Punishment


    Which character – as performed by Anna Massey – was your favorite?

    Mrs. de Winter


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

    They've made at least two films of this book. The PBS version was quite good.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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