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  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Published in 1853, Bleak House is one of Dickens' most mature and ambitious novels. From London's slums to the Court of Chancery, where the endless case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce devours the future of several generations, the author's canvas of Victorian society vividly conveys an indictment of legal corruption, a riveting tale of detection, and a compelling emotional drama.

    Thomas says: "So good!"
    "Frustrating"
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    If you could sum up Bleak House in three words, what would they be?

    Cunningly woven tale


    What did you like best about this story?

    Charles Dickens has a delightful and subtle wit. I find I need to listen closely to understand just what he means, but it's well worth the effort. It was worth the work to follow the characters set up in their individual lives and then watch as Dickens drew them together. I felt I had "aha!" moments when I remembered where I heard a character's name from an earlier chapter.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Case?

    I am not familiar enough with narrators to make a suggestion, but anyone else could have been better. I realize there are LOTS of characters, but Mr. Case often started reading a character in one voice and then switched to another character's voice while in midstream. It often made an intricate story very confusing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2772)
    Performance
    (2474)
    Story
    (2460)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "I couldn't stop listening!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I usually listen to audiobooks just once in a while, but I couldn't stop with Speaks the Nightbird. Edoardo Ballerini does a wonderful job creating individual voices for McCammon's characters---and keeping them consistent! (Hate listening to a book where a character's voice suddenly becomes someone else's.) The ending is a totally surprise and McCammon builds suspense wonderfully. There are several underlying stories, but they all contribute to the main theme. I have downloaded McCammon's other 3 books and cannot wait to listen to them as well. If you like historical fiction, mystery, good characters---I totally recommend this work!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaks the Nightbird?

    The changing relationship of the Magistrate and Matthew


    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a melodic voice with excellent rhythm and inflection. I appreciated his range of characters' voices and the CONSISTENTCY with which he maintained them. He made this book more alive for me.


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