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alura

huntsville, al, United States

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  • The Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Scobie, a police officer in a West African colony, is a good and honest man. But when he falls in love, he is forced into a betrayal of everything that he has ever believed in, and his struggle to maintain the happiness of two women destroys him.

    Elanjelian says: "A Novel on Sin and Damnation"
    "A perfect reading"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Heart of the Matter the most enjoyable?

    Michael Kitchen's narrative style


    What other book might you compare The Heart of the Matter to and why?

    George Orwell's Burmese Days because the tone, cadence and style are similar


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kitchen – was your favorite?

    all fantastic, but the main character, Scobie, was hauntingly poignant


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

    definitely


    Any additional comments?

    simply superb

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decline and Fall

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Rik Mayall
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The king of farce strikes a royally hard slap to the face with this gloriously funny study of the life of Paul Pennyfeather, an Oxford expulsion who finds himself a job as a teacher, only to discover that his fellow educators are no better than a rag-tag bunch of oddballs, rascals, and even criminals! As an attractive and wealthy parent of one of the pupils is thrown into the mix, along with the chaos of the school sports day, no one is safe, least of all Paul Pennyfeather.

    alura says: "An Amazing Barrage of Characters"
    "An Amazing Barrage of Characters"
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    What about Rik Mayall’s performance did you like?

    Mayall's range of expression and pathos was perfect; no surprise to those familiar with his work.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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