Book: absolutely. Audiobook: not at ALL.
Didion's amazing ability to describe time, place, characters.
Let me count the ways! San Bernardino (first story's setting, mentioned in the second sentence and about a dozen times after that) has never been called "San Bern-dino." Merced is not "MURSE-ed." Sausalito is not "Souse-alito." These are real towns, important to the script (if you will). Correct pronunciation should not be optional!
Diane Keaton isn't the first I've heard pronounce Washington "Warshington," but ... really? In a professional production? Was no one directing? Editing? Audible should be embarrassed.
This recording needs to be corrected if Audible continues to sell it. I have bought and listened to dozens of audiobooks; none has been this bad. As another reviewer noted, Didion deserved better. So do Audible's customers. I had to stop listening and go buy the paperback book before Diane Keaton completely ruined it for me.
I loved these characters, especially Fern and her brothers and sister. I could just see them at Harry's. Jo Knowles makes this family come alive as they deal with life and all its challenges and, as it turns out, tragedies. Kate Rudd is a brilliant reader, too.
My Beloved World is up there in my top five or six audiobooks, along with Angle of Repose; Tim Robbins's The Great Gatsby; Code Name Verity; and Crossing to Safety. I didn't want it to end.
I love Sonia's spirit, her perseverance in spite of all the obstacles she had as a child. I feel as if I really know her - and that's rare for a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. I appreciate that.
Rita Moreno does a fabulous job. I have not heard any of her other readings.
I am so glad Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. I cannot imagine a better choice! Her story is so inspiring, I want every kid to read My Beloved World or listen to it.
This translation is better than any print version I've found, and was a joy to listen to. It now holds a permanent place on my iPod.
Passepartout carried the day, the trip, the story.
My favorite line: Jim Dale as Passeparout exclaiming, "That takes the biscuit!"
I very much appreciated the comments at the end from Tim Ditlow of Listening Library, putting the book in context of the time in which it was written and also giving listeners a history of his company.
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