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Sam

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  • A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England. A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson---who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist - Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires.

    Sam says: "Comically Enlightening"
    "Comically Enlightening"
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    Performance
    Story

    No spoilers here.

    This was my first E. M. Forster title, and I couldn't turn it off. Crossley's intonation conveys a real understanding of the text, and he has excellent timing, which is crucial for the delivery of this funny novel. There's a moment of confusion with the voices near the beginning, but it doesn't happen again. I highly recommend this narrator.

    Forster has a touch of Dickensian ridiculousness, and dissects the human condition (more especially, the British condition) admirably. Thoughtful and entertaining, this novel is driven by insight and idea. It will make you laugh, but it will also make you reconsider.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Infinite Jest

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (441)

    A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

    Charlie R. Williams says: "good if you already read the book."
    "THIS IS ABRIDGED"
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    This audiobook is falsely advertised as "unabridged."

    David Foster Wallace wrote this novel with literally *hundreds* of footnotes that are INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT to the story. Some of them are dozens of pages long, and contain important dialogue/explanation. You actually cannot fully understand the book without the footnotes, and the audiobook does not include them. In fact, it begins by telling you that, though a female voice will tell you where the footnotes are, nobody will read them. These footnotes are not "supplemental" material - they are an integral part of the novel, making this audiobook unequivocally ABRIDGED.

    Audible, it should be labelled as such, or there should be a very visible disclaimer.

    In addition, the reader is pretty good, but ridiculously slow. This (in a book that is well over 1,000 double-sized pages) is a bit of a problem. Some of his lengthy pauses make it difficult to get through. It can take him almost an hour to get through ten or so pages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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