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Patricia

NEW YORK, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Vanity Fair [AudioGo]

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By John Castle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp.

    Constance says: "A book that was meant to be read aloud!"
    "Thoroughly delightful!"
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    If you could sum up Vanity Fair in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous, elegant and sly.


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

    Castle's performance really enhances Thackeray's humor and insights re. British society at that time. He also has a wonderful voice and does a great job portraying the many different characters with appropriate accents, etc.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Hugely entertaining. I loved it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Conscience of a Liberal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    America emerged from Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal with strong democratic values and broadly shared prosperity. But for the past 30 years, American politics has been dominated by a conservative movement determined to undermine the New Deal's achievements. Now, the tide may be turning, and in The Conscience of a Liberal Paul Krugman, the world's most widely read economist and one of its most influential political commentators, charts the way to reform.

    carl801 says: "Great Book!!!"
    "A must for anyone interested in U.S. politics."
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    Where does The Conscience of a Liberal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Krugman goes beyond economics by placing the current economic issues that plague the U.S. into their historical and political context. Easy to understand but not "dumbed down".


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

    • UNABRIDGED (79 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Randy Shilts
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (142)

    Upon its first publication 20 years ago, And The Band Played On was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international best seller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80s while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat.

    ricketsj says: "Stunning, informative, well-written, but biased."
    "Important book performed well."
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    What did you love best about And the Band Played On?

    This book is a highly informative and deeply moving. Its relevance extends beyond the AIDS crisis to public health (and other political) issues generally.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Nigel Hawthorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Set in the world of the Victorian professional and landed classes, the story centres on Mr Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity who is nevertheless in possession of an income from a charity far in excess of the sum devoted to it.

    Janet says: "a delight"
    "Not the best of the Barchester series."
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    What did you like best about The Warden? What did you like least?

    Trollope is wonderful. The characters at the center of this story aren't particularly interesting, however.


    Would you recommend The Warden to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend The Warden to anyone who likes Trollope. Despite certain weaknesses, as the first book in the Barchester chronicles, it is worth reading. The later books in this series are more interesting. Don't give up on the series as a whole, if you don't find The Warden to be particularly compelling.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Frenchman's Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By John Castle
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Seeking peace of mind, Lady Donna de Colomb flees the stews of London and the Restoration court for remote Navaron. There she finds the boundless passion her spirit craves - daring to love the pirate hunted by all Cornwall.

    Tara says: "Spellbinding...I loved every moment!"
    "Silly bodice ripper of a story but great narration"
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    Would you try another book from Daphne du Maurier and/or John Castle?

    I would not purchase another book by du Maurier. BUT, if John Castle is available, he should be engaged to narrate more (and better) books.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    V. Woolf - The Voyage Out


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

    He does a wonderful job. I don't think I would have listened to the entire book if anyone else was the narrator. As was the case re. his narration of Vanity Fair, the level of drama, the accents of various characters, etc. - all perfect.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs)
    • By Tony Judt
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (319)

    Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world’s most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change—all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

    History says: "Great book, but not terrific listening"
    "Challenging but well worth the effort."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book covers a very broad topic and does so extremely well. The political history of Europe since WWII is fascinating. It is also relevant to anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of many important current issues and struggles in this region of the world.


    Any additional comments?

    This material requires real attention and focus by the listener. If you have the opportunity to approach it with this understanding, it is well worth your while.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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