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Robin

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  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (100)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "good narrator - relationships tough to buy"
    Overall

    The narrator is excellent, and does a good job navigating a variety of accents.

    This is my first encounter with Smith's writing. The wide spread of character types made the relationship dynamics tough to buy. The members of the Belsey (sp?) household didn't seem to share any common traits or know much about each other. The academians wore on me. Like "cweather" I found it hard to accept that the dry teacher, Howard, could be alluring to the hottest young student in the story.
    There were some interesting subplots - like Carl's foray into musical study, and Kiki's development.

    Just not the tale for me...

    I only finished listening, because I had already logged the hours to get through the first 2/3rds.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

    Susan says: "What a gem!"
    "Well Read - Good book for lit majors"
    Overall

    Narrator was great.
    Very fun novel, with a bit of wit & wimsy thrown in. Literary references (even for books I had not read) were cool. Should be required reading for all literature grads, to validate time spent dissecting classic prose.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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