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Cathleen C. Duff

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  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2864)
    Performance
    (2634)
    Story
    (2617)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Classic Revisited"
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    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    Colin Firth's talented reading of this novel brought our dimensions and emotions that I had missed in (multiple) previous readings. This book is haunting and probably best appreciated by a reader who is of a certain age, having experienced more of life. That is part of what kept me glued to the audio, but -- certainly -- this performance by Mr. Firth is worthy of an award.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ezekiel J. Emanuel
    • Narrated By Ezekiel J. Emanuel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    For years, people have been asking Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, the brash, outspoken, and fiercely loyal eldest brother in the Emanuel clan, the same question: What did your mom put in the cereal? Middle brother Rahm is the mayor of Chicago, erstwhile White House chief of staff, and one of the most colorful figures in American politics. Youngest brother Ari is a Hollywood super-agent, the real-life model for the character of Ari Gold on the hit series Entourage.

    Cynthia says: "I Love You, You Schmuck"
    "Chicago Classic Story"
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    If you could sum up Brothers Emanuel in three words, what would they be?

    Genuine, Jewish, Thoughtful


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Why would a reader want to change someone's life's story? It is what it is. He chose to focus on the positive aspects of his family's journey and there were really no "warts" (painful events, divorce, disagreements) but then again all of the major characters are still alive and why would a loving family member want to do that. He knew the story he wanted to tell and acquitted himself well. I liked it very much,


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ezekiel J. Emanuel?

    His voice isn't the easiest one to listen to, but I did love the inflection and his natural pronunciation of English, Yiddish and Hebrew.


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

    I could have, but it was easy to pick up when I left off . . .


    Any additional comments?

    This is the story of an immigrant family whose story turns out to have some high profile characters, but more than that it is a family's story with emphasis on brothers, parents, grandparents and struggling to move up in their adopted homeland. I thought that it was very enjoyable and seemed genuine to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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