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Diana

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HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    Newland Archer, Wharton's protagonist, is charming, tactful, enlightened - a thorough product of this society. He accepts its standards and abides by its rules, but he also recognizes its limitations. His engagement to the impeccable May Welland assures him of a safe and conventional future, until the arrival of May's cousin Ellen Olenska.

    Darwin8u says: "Masterpiece of literary construction"
    "Meant to be read, not heard"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't get very far into this audio, because the sentence structures and character tangles are far too complicated for passive listening. Since the failure of this audiobook, I've made it a policy to read (from an actual book!) classics and texts that may have lots of footnotes/etc. I can't recommend this as an audiobook, and cannot comment on the story itself as I have yet to read it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9577)
    Performance
    (4112)
    Story
    (4123)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Interesting Info, not the greatest narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The information in the book is fascinating -- it's incredible how much our circumstances determine our successes and how relatively little our so-called "innate talents" or "drive" do. That being said, I feel that Gladwell could have given more rounded history and perhaps more encouragement to those of us who haven't been doing X activity since age 5. Gladwell also isn't very good at inflecting his voice when he quotes others in the reading, making it difficult on occasion to tell when he's quoting. Towards the end he also gets a bit singsong-y. Overall very worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Goriot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Honoré de Balzac
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Balzac’s universally loved novel explores the great theme of money and its effect on the human character. Old Goriot is a lodger at Madame Vauquer’s Parisian boarding house. At first, his wealth inspires respect, but as his circumstances are reduced, he is gradually shunned. He moves into smaller and less desirable rooms in the house, and soon his only remaining visitors are two beautiful young women. The mystery as to who they are and what is happening to Goriot’s fortune involves several other boarders, including Rastignac, an ambitious youth who hopes to rise in society.

    Eileen says: "Classic novel, classically done"
    "Horrible narrator"
    Overall

    I can't tell you anything about this story, because about five minutes in, I refused to listen any further. This narrator sounds like the biggest pr-ck in the world: super smarmy, full of himself, with an irritating inflection pattern. I didn't want my introduction to Balzac to be colored by so terrible a narrator. If I could return this, I would since I know with certainty that I won't be listening to it any more than the very little I have already. Don't waste your money.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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