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Lillian

Staten Island, NY, USA

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  • Within a Budding Grove, Part 1

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Within a Budding Grove, Part 1 is the second volume of Proust's monumental, seven volume, quasi-autobiographical novel Remembrance of Things Past, which has been described as "one of the greatest works of imagination of all time." As the young narrator succumbs to the charms of the enchanting Gilberte, the author presents us with an unparalleled account of the pangs of adolescent love.

    Marius says: "More social mores"
    "running for the bus"
    Overall

    It took me nearly a year to listen to the first book. I loved the leisurely pace of the narrator and his ability to convey the real thoughts behind the characters. I also loved the way he used slightly different voices to bring alive each character.

    But the narrator of this second book in the series is terrible! He's rushing through the book. Rather than being transported to another time, I feel like I"m running to catch a bus. Such a disservice to this story to change narrators like that. I'm very disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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