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  • Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Gerard Hopkins (translator)
    • Narrated By Ronald Pickup
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    Emma Bovary, a doctor's wife, seeks an escape from her dull life through having extra-marital affairs. Flaubert's novel scandalized its readers when it was first published in 1857, and it remains unsurpassed in its unveiling of character and society.

    A. Laprade-velasco says: "Fantastic Narrator"
    "Somewhere in the universe, Flaubert is smiling..."
    Overall

    ...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!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, 1830-1900

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring - and until now, untold - story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    Barbara says: "Terrific book, terrible abridgement"
    "Terrific book, terrible abridgement"
    Overall

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (64)

    The House of Mirth was Edith Wharton's first great novel. Set among the elegant brownstones of New York City and opulent country houses like gracious Bellomont on the Hudson, the novel creates a satiric portrayal of what Wharton herself called "a society of irresponsible pleasure-seekers" with a precision comparable to that of Proust.

    Everett Leiter says: "Fine reading of a great classic"
    "Twentieth Century Ophelia"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Wharton's most erotic and lyrical novel, Summer explores a daring theme for 1917, a woman's awakening to her sexuality. Eighteen-year-old Charity Royall lives in the small town of North Dormer, ignorant of desire until the arrival of architect Lucius Harney. Like the succulent summer landscape in the Berkshires around them, Charity's romance is lush and picturesque, but its consequences are harsh and real.

    Angelynn J says: "Excellent first audible purchase!"
    "Required "Summer" reading"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (275)

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    ""You can run, but you can't hide...""
    Overall

    ...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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8615)
    Performance
    (3071)
    Story
    (3100)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Novels are like children..."
    Overall

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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