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Inga E. Calvin

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  • Possession

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (160)

    As a pair of young scholars research the lives of two Victorian poets, they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire - from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany. What emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passion and ideas.

    Inga E. Calvin says: "audible poetry"
    "audible poetry"
    Overall

    When holding the book in my hands, I found the long sections of history and myth woven into poetry interesting in what they revealed about the characters and the author. Strangely, many of these same sections became tedious when translated to the oral format. Perhaps I had jumped ahead or not paid full attention when reading? But when listening there is no effective way of moving the story forward without possibly missing the plot narrative. "Get on with it already!" I cried several times. A warning, the theoretical polemics of post-modern "social scientists" may seem impenetrable to those not embroiled in the verbiage of modern academia; those involved in these fields may see themselves parodied with ironic accuracy. It is words and, as stated by the author, "lists of words that arranged themselves into poems" that form the beauty of this book that ultimately leaves the romantic in tears.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon's Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Janet Lee Carey
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    On Wilde Island, Rosalind and her mother live their lives in exile, awaiting the time they can reclaim their rightful place on the throne. And there is reason to hope - a 600-year-old prophesy has decreed that they will do just that. But little do they know, their destinies hinge on Rosalind's amazing, shameful secret. Beneath her gold gloves, the fourth finger of her left hand is in truth a dragon's claw.

    Corinne says: "Get ready to be whisked away!"
    "Fantastic fantasy"
    Overall

    A tale exploring the various shades of love and betrayal, Bianca Amato's rich voice evokes images and, eventually, tears. The story can be savored by children and adults alike.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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