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James C.

San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

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  • 6 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 35 titles in library
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  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    Middlemarch is a recognized masterpiece that explores the complex social world of 19th century England. It is concerned with the lives of several ordinary people, albeit ones with high social standing. The novel explores the very fabric of Victorian society in the 1800s, showing how various human passions, heroism, egotism, love, and lust, interrelate within this society.

    Francis says: "Such books make reading sacred..."
    "Matchless"
    Overall

    I loved both the book and the reader, Kate Reading. This may be my favorite book so far on Audible. The writing tends toward the intelligent, concise and wise, but then there are those inscrutable parts I could never discern. It's moving too, now that's different for me, to care so much about characters. Dorothea is a gem for all time. What a wonderful, wonderful book this is. I want to get more George Eliot and more books by Kate Reading.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Bovary: Classic Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Eleanor Marx-Aveling (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    A brilliant psychological portrait, Madame Bovary searingly depicts the human mind in search of transcendence. Acclaimed as a masterpiece upon its publication in 1857, it catapulted Flaubert to the ranks of the world's greatest novelists and ushered in a new age of realism in literature.

    I says: "A masterpiece. The narrator does it justice."
    "Beautiful and superficial"
    Overall

    This was a big disappointment, having heard how great the book is. "Greatest novel ever written." But why? I liked the delightful naturalistic observations of plants, light, subtle details. But there were two problems: Charles is so dull, and Emma is an unsympathetic, uninteresting character. She is beautiful and superficial. I never engaged with her at any level, never cared what she did, what happened to her, had no empathy or interest in her. And certainly there was little else to do after that--the towns and other characters are of no interest either.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Talk Talk

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By T.C. Boyle
    • Narrated By T.C. Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The first time Bridger saw Dana she was dancing barefoot, her hair aflame in the red glow of the club, her body throbbing with rhythms and cross-rhythms that only she could hear. He was mesmerized. That night they were both deaf, mouthing to each other over the booming bass. And it was not until their first date, after he had agonized over what CD to play in the car, that Bridger learned that her deafness was profound and permanent. By then, he was falling in love.

    glamazon says: "Too Much Talk"
    "Eyes roll"
    Overall

    This book has many problems, not the least of which is the irritating writing style of TC Boyle. After I picked up on it my eyes rolled ever time he started on one of those seemingly interminable lists of descriptors. They go on and on, it's pure torture. If this not the worst book I've gotten on Audible, it's close.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Duncan Carse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is a classic of American and world literature. Written in 1851, this is the incredible story of the crazed captain Ahab who, consumed by his desire for revenge, drives his crew to scour the oceans of the world for the fearsome white whale, Moby Dick. It soon becomes clear that Ahab will stop at nothing and is prepared to risk everything, his ship, his crew members, and his own life. Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) was an American novelist short story writer, essayist and poet.

    JAY says: "THANK YOU..."
    "Uneven"
    Overall

    The book could use major editing. It's an odd thing to have someone with a sort of Scottish accent reading this book, but I did get used to it. There were a dozen or more misspeaking events that went uncorrected. And a couple times a clunking sound came thru from the studio.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tropic of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Henry Miller
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller's masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for 27 years after its first publication in Paris in 1943. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller's famed mixture of memoir and fiction.

    Darwin8u says: "A madman who dances with lightening in his hands"
    "Surprisingly good"
    Overall

    Excellent in every way, except for the music, which I would lose.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Volcano: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Malcolm Lowry
    • Narrated By Nick Ullett
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    James C. says: "Cratering out"
    "Cratering out"
    Overall

    I was able to finish this only through determination, not enjoyment. It's tedious, overblown and downright boring. A highly repetitious account of a drunk trying not very hard to kick his habit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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