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Paul

Wellesley, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (696)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "Absorbing"
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    This is a book that I expect I will reread again and again over the years. I haven't read Barnes since "Flaubert's Parrot;" however, after reading this I intend to read his other works. There is no way this book could have not not won the Booker.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nick Adams Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    "Of the place where he had been a boy he had written well enough. As well as he could then." So thought a dying writer in an early version of The Snows of Kilimanjaro. The writer was, of course, Ernest Hemingway. The place was the Michigan of his boyhood, where he remembered himself as Nick Adams. The now-famous "Nick Adams" stories show a memorable character growing from child to adolescent to soldier, veteran, writer, and parent - a sequence closely paralleling the events of Hemingway's life.

    Paul says: "Let Nick Adams introduce you to Ernest Hemingway"
    "Let Nick Adams introduce you to Ernest Hemingway"
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    In Hemingway's best short stories, a curtain is parted then closed, revealing the center of a man's being. Some of these stories are included in this collection, such as "Big Two Hearted River," "The Last Country" and "Fathers & Sons."

    Stacy Keach is outstanding, and cleary understands the writer. I hadn't realized how versatile Keach was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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