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Margaret

VONORE, TN, United States

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  • 14 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Essential Welty

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Eudora Welty
    • Narrated By Eudora Welty
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In 1956, Caedmon had the great fortune to record Eudora Welty reading some of her finest stories. In her sweetly vibrant Mississippi drawl, Ms. Welty deftly draws the listener in to the uproariously multilayered "Why I Live at the P.O.", the spontaneous "Powerhouse", and the insightful voice of women's truths in "Petrified Man". Ms. Welty's reading brings immediacy and resonance to these wonderful tales.

    Judy says: "Lovely Stories"
    "Quality"
    Overall

    Loved the author and a chance to hear her reading her own work.
    However, this audio download is not the easiest to listen to.
    The speed of this recording could be slowed down considerably if it is to be enjoyed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Inheritance of Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kiran Desai
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (122)

    In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge. He only wants to retire in peace, but then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, who is hop-scotching from one New York restaurant job to another. A novel of depth and emotion, Desai's second, long-awaited novel fulfills the grand promise established by her first.

    Bob says: "Gorgeous prose but grim"
    "Daunting & a slog to listen to but I did in total."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author had a lot to say and she said it well, but found her too impressed with her own writing skills. A simpler turn of phrase would have contributed so much more to the book.

    More attention might be given to choosing a narrator, this is paramount with audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thalia Book Club: Memoirs of Africa with Alexadra Fuller and Wendy Kann

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller, Wendy Kann
    • Narrated By Alexandra Fuller, Wendy Kann
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Alexandra Fuller (Scribbling the Cat and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight) and first-time author Wendy Kann (Casting with a Fragile Thread) discuss growing up in colonial Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. They tell many amusing and thoughtful anecdotes and reflect on their childhoods, revisiting a changed Africa as adults, the ties they have to the families and community that raised them in Africa, and the transition to living in the U.S.

    Lisbeth says: "Authors trying to be comedians"
    "Introduction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wonderful introduction to both authors.

    Confess I am more than tempted to read how they both write.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talking Heads

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By Alan Bennett, Full Cast
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    Performed by the author and five of Britain's leading actresses, Alan Bennett's tales are full of quirky, insightful detail that bring the characters vividly to life. From Julie Walters' portrayal of an actress seeking fame to Anna Massey's alcoholic vicar's wife, these individuals are linked by their self-delusion, desperation, and vulnerability.

    Ron says: "Impeccable, terrific, and moving"
    "Good listening."
    Overall

    Wonderful listening to Alan and company as they traipse along with their tales short and sometimes bitter sweet of an age now past, but a reminder of what was.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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