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Debra

Maylands, WA, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Here is the dramatic story of young, docile Emil Sinclair's descent - led by precocious schoolmate Max Demian - into a secret and dangerous world of petty crime and revolt against convention and eventual awakening to selfhood.

    Debra says: "Demian"
    "Demian"
    Overall

    We listened to Demian on a long car journey. It is a very dense, complex piece of writing...but we greatly enjoyed it! We still have a few chapters left, and we tried to listen to it on the hifi at home but it's the type of story that works best in the car - just you in the pod with the narrator! It would make a good companion on a long flight, for example. The introduction, giving biographical information about Hesse, was also useful. I'd remembered him from school (Siddhartha) but didn't know much about his life. The story of Demian is interesting, because the path it's going to follow isn't obvious. The imagery and characterisations are well-drawn, I think - certainly I have pictures in my head as the narrator relates the story (I hasten to add that I am the passenger in the car!). In short, it's worth investing the time in Demian.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gift of the Magi

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Wesley Mann
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (82)

    Jim and Della Dillingham Young are a couple very much in love. But they can barely afford their one-room apartment. What sacrifices will they make to buy each other the perfect Christmas gifts?

    Debra says: "Gift of the Magi (Unabridged)"
    "Gift of the Magi (Unabridged)"
    Overall

    A lovely little story, nicely narrated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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