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Ruth Green

Bethlehem, PA United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Selected Shorts: Lots of Laughs!

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholson Baker, John Updike, David Schickler, and others
    • Narrated By Thomas Gibson, Charles Keating, David Rakoff
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

    Steve says: "Wonderful Radio Show"
    "An index of the stories"
    Overall

    For those who would like to be able to locate individual stories quickly:
    0 ??? 27:26 * Nicholson Baker's "Subsoil";
    27:40 ??? 49:54 * John Updike's "Farrell's Caddie";
    50:22 ???1:28:47 * David Schickler's "Jamaica";
    1:29:10 ??? 1:55:45 * Neil Gaiman's "Chivalry";
    1:56 ???2:43 * Leonard Michaels' "Nachman from Los Angeles";
    2:43:45???2:55:45 * Ron Carlson's "On the U.S.S. Fortitude";
    2:56???3:04:57 * Etgar Keret's "Fatso"

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Child's Christmas in Wales

    • NONE (48 mins)
    • By Dylan Thomas
    • Narrated By Dylan Thomas
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Thomas's recording of this holiday classic is considered the first official audiobook. You'll hear the author's recollection of a holiday in the seaside town of his youth as well as some of his most celebrated poems, including "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night."

    Ruth Green says: "An index of contents"
    "An index of contents"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    There is a barely perceptible pause between the various pieces on this recording, so I'm providing an index for those who are looking for a particular one.
    00:01 -- 20:48 A Child's Christmas in Wales
    20:50 -- 25:53 Fern Hill
    25:55 -- 26:28 Do Not Go Gentle
    26:30 -- 44:21 In the White Giant's Thigh
    44:23 -- 48:21 Ceremony After a Fire Raid

    The sound quality of the recording is not as excellent as we have become used to with contemporary recordings, but the benefit of hearing Thomas's own rich voice is worth a little background fuzziness, in my opinion.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Children and Fire: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ursula Hegi
    • Narrated By Ursula Hegi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Children and Fire tells the story of a single day that will forever transform the lives of the townspeople. At the core of this remarkable novel is the question of how one teacher - gifted and joyful, passionate and inventive - can become seduced by propaganda during the early months of Hitler's regime and encourage her 10-year-old students to join the Hitler-Jugend with its hikes and songs and bonfires.

    Ruth Green says: "Thoughtful and moving literary fiction"
    "Thoughtful and moving literary fiction"
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    The publisher's summary more than adequately explains the setting of the novel. I simply want to recommend this novel and its narration, done by the author herself. It is warm, intimate, and deliberate. The German accent is not difficult, but rather gives a flavor to the reading that enhances the experience of listening. As a teacher, I found the relationship of the protagonist to her students to be remarkably insightful. The canvas of the novel is brush-stroked with the complexities of human relationships, whether it be parents to children, one teacher to another, among the villagers, or among the children themselves, and the author explores the ambiguous question of when compromise is a virtuous sacrifice, and when it becomes a moral failing. We see this village through a mist of melancholy, as we know what is around the corner for these schoolboys with the rise of Nazism, and yet the experience of listening to this book is ultimately affirming of the preciousness of human life and relationships, at the same time it gives an appreciation for the precariousness of identity and belonging.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Next to Love: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ellen Feldman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    A story of love, war, loss, and the scars they leave, Next to Love follows the lives of three young women and their men during the years of World War II and its aftermath, beginning with the men going off to war and ending a generation later, when their children are on the cusp of their own adulthood. In the decades that follow, the three friends lose their innocence, struggle to raise their children, and find meaning and love in unexpected places. And as they change, so does America.

    connie says: "historical frame for love and war today"
    "Interesting premise, less effective in execution"
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    I wonder if I would have enjoyed this book more if I read the text. Especially for the first half of the novel I was distracted by the overwrought reading of the narrator. She sounded as if she was continually wringing her hands. The book deals with emotional scars left by war, but the topic is more effective if presented in an understated way. Having just finished The Rules of Civility, this suffered by comparison.

    In addition, the jumping back and forth in time as the same incidents were related from the point of view of the different women was a little confusing. Maybe using different narrators (as was done for the wonderful recording of The Help) would have been a good idea.

    The book explores the effects of WW II on three women and their children, during, and in the years after, the war. While too many topics are attempted to be completely successful with all of the threads, the author does write well and I found myself caring about the characters. The title comes from a quote of lexicographer Eric Partridge: ???War???next to love, has captured the world???s imagination.??? This novel is a pleasing foray of imagination into the struggles of loving well under war conditions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Canterbury Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (208)

    In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

    Tad Davis says: "Many voices, at times enthralling"
    "A helpful index"
    Overall

    I love this audio version of the Tales, but without an index it can be frustrating to locate a particular tale. I'm a teacher, and like to have students listen to excerpts. I didn't complete the times for all of the tales, but hopefully what I provide here will save another teacher a lot of time.
    Canterbury Tales Bookmarks on Audible edition

    Part I
    General Prologue, Part I to 46:20

    Knight's Tale, Part I 46:25-- 2:51:52

    Miller's Tale, Part I 2:52:03-- 3:30

    Reeve's Tale, 3:30-- 3:55

    Cook's Tale, 3:55-- 4:06

    Lawyer's Tale, 4:06-- 4:57

    Sailor's Tale, 4:57-- 5:23

    Prioress' Tale, 5:23-- 5:39

    Sir Thopas, 5:39-- 5:50

    Melibee, 5:50-- 7:49

    Part II

    Monk, 00-- 48.56

    Nun's Priest, 49:00-- 1:25:46
    Epilogue 1:25:46 - 1:26.41

    Physician, 1:26-- 1:42:13

    Words of Host to Physician and Pardoner, 1:42:23-- 1:45

    Pardoner, 1:45-- 2:18

    Wife of Bath, 2:18-- 3:32:54

    Friar 3:32:56 --

    Summoner

    Clerk

    Merchant





    Part III

    Squire, 00-- 32:21 (unfinished)

    Host to Squire and Franklin, 32:22-- 34:15

    Franklin, 34:15-- 1:18:33

    Second Nun's Tale, 1:18:33

    Canon's Yeoman

    Manciple

    Parson

    Here the Maker, 6:19-- 6:21:50

    163 of 165 people found this review helpful

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