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merydith

Thousand Oaks, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Henryk Sienkiewicz
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (44)
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    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Marcus, a Roman officer in Nero's army, risks his career, his family, and even his life when he falls in love with a Christian woman named Callina. In order to win Callina's love, Marcus must come to understand the true meaning of her religion, even as Rome sinks under the excesses of Nero and Christians are thrown to the lions. Quo Vadis brims with passion and life as it explores one of the turning points in history.

    adjutant says: "loved every word"
    "More Sienkiewicz, please!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Quo Vadis to be better than the print version?

    No, the book has so many references to historic figures, that the print version offers the opportunity to stop and review--it makes following the story easier.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Frederick Davidson?

    Yes, however i felt his performance was stilted and lacked nuance. For example, Lygia was always breathless and Peter sounded like Dracula. This was the first time I listened to a recording of his and I felt it was the weakest part of the experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity Fair [AudioGo]

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By John Castle
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    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!"
    "A delicious story: amusing and thought provoking!"
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    Would you listen to Vanity Fair again? Why?

    Yes, after I listen to other stories I have downloaded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The charming wit and the author's aside comments to the reader.


    Have you listened to any of John Castle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will.


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

    I do not see how this book successfully made into film, because the "best" parts are the author's comments and interior monologes. The book is so rich, and its power is in these elements.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Bovary: Classic Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Eleanor Marx-Aveling (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    A brilliant psychological portrait, Madame Bovary searingly depicts the human mind in search of transcendence. Acclaimed as a masterpiece upon its publication in 1857, it catapulted Flaubert to the ranks of the world's greatest novelists and ushered in a new age of realism in literature.

    I says: "A masterpiece. The narrator does it justice."
    "Simon Vance does it again!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Madam Bovary is a masterpiece of literature. He carefully constructs a scenario which draws the reader into a deeper understanding of the "human condition" with vibrant characters, wonderful prose, and commentary on the yearnings of the human heart.


    What other book might you compare Madame Bovary to and why?

    Thatcher's "Vanity Fair" discusses the same issues, yet with a satirical wit, that ultimately draws the reader in.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Simon Vance is a wonderful narrator. His voice and elocution is easy on the ears and his performance speaks to his grasp of the writer's intent.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Far From The Madding Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    This is the story of Bathsheba Everdene, who inherits her uncle's farm, then surprises the villagers of Weatherbury by deciding to run it herself rather than hire a manager. 3 men vie for the affections of this independent young woman.

    Bettina says: "Nathaniel Parker is PERFECT as narrator"
    "Wonderful story and perfect narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This Thomas Hardy masterpiece is presented with excellent narration. The quality of the production is wonderful. My only question, why doesn't Nathaniel Parker do more of Thomas Hardy?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel Oak is man of virtue and integrity, a giant in fiction.


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

    Yes, I loved this book!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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