...to hear the sound of Ronald Pickup's deft Bovary character interpretations, whose cadence, rhythm, and intonation are nothing short of masterful. My only regret is that no other Flaubert offerings are entrusted to him. This one is a must-listen!
I purchased the abridged version in error. I loved what text there was (about half of the unabridged), but the ending was so mysteriously abrupt and unfulfilling that I had to call a friend who had the hard copy and ask him to recite the last four sentences just to make sure that an error in my download was not the problem. He asked me whether I meant for him to read from the last chapter or the epilogue. Epilogue? What epilogue? Apparently there was even more left out than I had realized. Fortunately, the chopped version did not dampen my enthusiasm for this book. In fact, I cannot wait to purchase the unabridged version and listen, this time, to the whole work.
The not unpleasant gravelly character of Narrator Anna Fields's voice evokes the same hypnotic effect as does the pleasant purring of one's beloved cat. Its lure subtly weaves the listener deeper and deeper into the fabric of the dilemma, begging the answer to the question of where the responsibiity for personal tragedy lies: within oneself or the conspiracy of higher powers.
Grace Conlin's initial rapid delivery of Edith Wharton's sensitive penetration of the Summer of adolescent dreams collapsing into the Fall of the realities of adult choices is worth the investment of the listener's patience. Once Conlin settles into her natural rhythm, she crafts a gem that should become the centerpiece of the setting of required summer reading for every high school girl--and her mother.
...from a destiny that is punctuated by either hubris or humility, and "Pompeii" offers up the alternatives for us to consider in our own lives. I had read the hard copy of "Pompeii" when it first came out in print, and because I had loved it so much through the filter of my own inner voice, I was reluctant to "read" it again through someone else's in an audible. I needn't have worried, however, because I have been successfully transported to other times and venues in the eminently capable hands of narrator John Lee on many other occasions, and Lee's rendering of "Pompeii" was no disappointment. Harris provides no safe keyhole through wihch to peer in this page turner: the pelting of pumice upon my head, neck, and shoulders was palpable in my attempt to flee destiny along with the virtuous and the vicious alike.
Like my first child, Pillars of the Earth held special meaning because its delights were uncharted territory. I loved World Without End, however, in much the same way that I love my second born: both share characteristics of their older siblings, yet each takes on a life of its own with its own separate virtues that have brought both joy and tears to my eyes. I love one neither more nor less than the other. World Without End was worth every listening moment. And ever since I first heard Narrator John Lee's voice, I started my search for new audibles by keywording his name.
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