Brilliantly read. You feel you are sitting in the drawing rooms of the Russian aristocracy and you are ready to join in the conversation. The excellent use of French to give the flavor of the Russian inferiority complex. I bought the paperback also. But reading it didn't compare to this audio presentation. Pierre and Prince Andrei come vividly alive with their own distinct personalities. I think Tolstoy would give this audio five stars. Bravo!
Author does a nice job of bringing Jane down to the kithchen; good story telling in the tradition of you know who.
I know a little about Wall Street and a lot about my 401K. This book sent chills down my spine. I had no idea such things were going on at Wall Street. Brilliantly explained by Lewis.
I got it. A great listen.
The richness of the setting. The parlor scenes. Listening to this marvelous recording transports you through time and space. The reader is outstanding.
All of this book is memorable!
A five star reading. May is so appropriate for this book. An amazing listening experience.
I felt an extreme contact with historical figures; with May's reading they are vividly brought to life.
Brilliant, accessible world history in an elegant nutshell. Perfectly done. From the beginning of the universe to modern day. Here are the people, the cultures, the philosophy
of 3000+ years of history. Erudite, humane, no judgments made -- history pure and simple.
Was written for his grandson but it's an adult read. A must read for those who like history and for those wondering what's it all about.
What a wonderful way to experience the culture of Chinese country folk who were catapulted into the modern day. How resourceful they were and so sorry to see these
country people go modern. But they want TVs and useless goods just like the rest of us.
Nicely written and characters interesting. This is a good read and a great introduction to the unsophisticated Chinese people.
Why have I waited s0 long to read this American classic. This is not a love story, it is the South as we'll never know it -- how it was before the Civil War -- and how the yankee destroyed a rich American culture. Sure, Mitchell puts a pretty face on slavery -- but I believe that the African American became a part of the family. And yes, Thomas Jefferson had a child by one of his slaves, but who knows what really happened. Could there have been love there. Can't assume this rich southern culture was all evil. It had it's good points, on which Mitchell only has scratched the surface. A wonderful read. A gripping story with the characters symbolic of the old south. Richly drawn. The performance is superior. No wonder this book won the Pulitzer Prize. Positively a brilliant, mind-blowing experience to listen to the reading -- even if you have seen the movie five times.
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