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Judith Seaboyer

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  • The Unnamed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Joshua Ferris
    • Narrated By Joshua Ferris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Tim Farnsworth walks. He walks out of meetings and out of bed. He walks in sweltering heat and numbing cold. He will walk without stopping until he falls asleep, wherever he is. This curious affliction has baffled medical experts around the globe--and come perilously close to ruining what should be a happy life.

    Judith Seaboyer says: "Sad, tender, brilliantly clever"
    "Sad, tender, brilliantly clever"
    Overall

    Exemplary contemporary American fiction, the best book I've read in a long time. Heartbreakingly sad. Brilliant characterisation. I was fascinated by the idea of walking across America. Kept recalling something for me I couldn't quite catch. Kept being reminded of Walt Whitman, and the contemporary description of madness + homelessness is straight out of King Lear. An exquisite appropriation, complete with Shakespearian poetry. Pleased to hear at the end he did have Lear in mind. I must say I prefer this kind of delicate textual appropriation to that of, say, Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres.

    I haven't read And Then We Came to the End but since audible has only an abridged version, I'll be reading that through my eyes.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Beastly Things: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared. Where was the crime scene? And how can Brunetti identify the man when he can’t show pictures of his face? The autopsy shows a way forward: It turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease.

    Julia says: "Worth the credit"
    "Best Donna Leon so far"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Beastly Things?

    As usual, Leon addresses a political issue. This time it's the inhumane killing of animals for food. Very powerful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beastly Things?

    The journey into the abbatoir--like Dante's Hell.


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I almost wept at the ending. Touching and powerful.


    Any additional comments?

    Donna Leon's best yet. Exciting storyline, Brunetti is growing older gracefully, and the book has lots of political punch. Don't miss it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cat Abroad: The Further Adventures of Norton, the Cat Who Went to Paris, and His Human

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Gethers
    • Narrated By David Laundra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    From the incomparable Peter Gethers comes true-life adventure featuring the author and his Scottish Fold feline, Norton - seasoned world-traveler and renowned ice-cream critic. Whether it is the trademark flattened ears of his breed or the personality quirks individual to Norton, this cat has an uncanny knack for attracting celebrity attention. Norton’s feline adventures in France are a must for the consummate cat-lover, but also great fun for those not enamored of anything feline.

    Judith Seaboyer says: "heartwarming!"
    "heartwarming!"
    Overall

    I had read A Cat in Paris, and downloaded its sequel, A Cat Abroad, for my aged mother, who has recently had to leave her home and go into care. She LOVED this book--it brought some sunshine into her life at a time that was looking gloomy.

    My mother has been a great reader all her life but her failing eyesight means she is dependent on Audible to keep up with what's being published. She's a very smart critic, so if she says A Cat Abroad is great, I feel I can pass on her opinion with confidence.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Giants of French Literature: Balzac, Flaubert, Proust, and Camus

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Katherine Elkins
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    In this series of lectures, Professor Katherine Elkins details the lives and works of the premier French writers of the last two centuries. With keen insight into her subject material, Professor Elkins discusses the attributes that made classics of such works as Balzac's Human Comedy, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Proust's In Search of Lost Time, and Camus' The Stranger.

    Dudley says: "The Modern Scholar: Giants of French Literature"
    "Aimed at the intelligent reader"
    Overall

    This works for those who have studied literature at university, and for what Virginia Woolf called "the common reader." Catherine Elkins is truly a wonderful teacher. I too would like to see lots more Modern Scholar lectures on Audible.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Black Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jack Davenport
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Black Dogs' is built around a brilliant short story, a mesmerically slow-motion encounter with two terrifying dogs by an English couple who are honeymooning just after the war in a French mountain village.

    Judith Seaboyer says: "Perhaps McEwan's best novel...BUT"
    "Perhaps McEwan's best novel...BUT"
    Overall

    Be warned that the last 39 pages are missing. Or they were from my download. A great pity because in my view this is McEwan's finest novel, and it this version is brilliantly read. So wait until Audible confirms the whole text is available. (I've downloaded literally hundreds of audible books, so I don't think it's me.)

    It's a superbly constructed page turner that discusses good and evil, and juxtaposes the rational with the passionate, even the spiritual. It's a novel about individual loss, cruelty, love, happiness, contentment, played out against memories of Nazism and the Holocaust, and the failure of communism.

    Its evocations of place, particularly the Causse of Southern France, are to die for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (241)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "What a superb novel"
    Overall

    In haste... I can't think when I was so swept away by a novel. A glorious play on the idea of narrative--history, fiction, the fictionality of history, the truths that the very best and most imaginative fiction can convey. I was hooked from the beginning, swept along by the story, but the prose is sos fine that I kept skipping back to replay a paragraph here, a paragraph there. I loved the characterisation of Kahlo and Trotsky, and of the protagonist. I tried to read The Poisonwood Bible years ago and I'm not sure I finished it, but The Lacuna is a masterpiece.

    And what made it perfect for me was Kingsolver's reading. Not often a writer is also so fine a performer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Dickens and the Victorian Child

    • NONE (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Polhemus (Professor of English, Stanford University), Diane Wood Middlebrook (Professor of English
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In the process of creating some of the most famous children in literature, Charles Dickens revolutionized the storytelling technique by making children the focus of many of his novels. Until Dickens, most novelists featured adult characters who served as role models to the reader. Professor Polhemus shows how Dickens broke tradition by using children as a way of candidly reflecting the dynamics of society. In his discussion, Professor Polhemus, an expert on the 19th-century British novel, explains his theories by assuming the voices and interpreting the thoughts of Dickens characters such as Oliver Twist, Little Nell, and David Copperfield.

    Kathleen says: "Fascinating lecture, but audio quality so-so"
    "Wonderful lecture"
    Overall

    Robert Polhemus is a foremost Dickens scholar, and this lecture is exemplary in every way. Astute, witty, generous. I loved it. Wish Audible provided more academic lectures of this standard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (854)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Didn't expect to like this, but I loved it"
    Overall

    Loved this book--lots to say about the sociopolitical situation in contemporary Sweden, as well as a strong love story (sort of!), as well as lots of scary stuff, and to top it all off strongly feminist female and male protagonists. I loved the detail--every sandwich eaten is described with the same care as the discussions of computer hacking. The only thing that didn't work for me was that despite an otherwise good reading, the Australian accent is HORRIBLE.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alice I Have Been: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Samantha Eggar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit holeand the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

    Amazon Customer says: "Perfect Combination of Story and Narration"
    "Neo-Victorian Alice needs better research"
    Overall

    I have to admit I've stopped reading. The interpretation/fictionalisation of Alice Liddell's relationship with Charles Dodgson is, as far as I've gone, intriguingly handled, not at all salacious, but the prose could do with some help. In particular, Alice too often doesn't speak in the kind of language that would have been used in mid-Victorian England. I stopped soon after Alice recalls a clapboard railway station. Too many good listens through Audible to bother with the second rate.



    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Infinities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Banville
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    On a languid midsummers day in the countryside, old Adam Godley, a renowned theoretical mathematician, is dying. His family gathers at his bedside: his son, young Adam, struggling to maintain his marriage to a radiantly beautiful actress; his 19-year-old daughter, Petra, filled with voices and visions as she waits for the inevitable; their stepmother, Ursula, whose relations with the Godley children are strained at best; and Petras.

    Annette says: "family. even the gods seem to know about it."
    "Banville is a genius"
    Overall

    Britain has so many wonderful novelists just now but Banville is surely one of the best. The Infinities is witty, sweet, funny, generous to say nothing of as clever as all get out, and plays beautifully with the contemporary fascination with the conflation of science and literature. Beautifully read, too. Don't miss it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (490)

    Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

    Sally says: "Delightful"
    "Juliet Stevenson is miraculous!"
    Overall

    The wonderful Juliet Stevenson reads this fine Victorian novel with superb skill and intelligence. If you have already read the book, her reading will bring new insights; if not, you are in for a rare treat.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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