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Walter

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Brideshead Revisited

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (23)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    The inspiration for a major film releasing 2008 starring Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon. A study of faith and disillusionment in a glamorous upper-class world, Waugh’s most famous novel is partly autobiographical and is a gripping multi-character-study.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Evelyn Waugh read by a truly great actor..."
    "OMG a Catholic Tract!"
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    Would you try another book from Evelyn Waugh and/or Jeremy Northam?

    Oh My God I thought Evelyn Waugh was an intelligent author, where did I ever get that idea? As a former-Protestant freethinker I was perturbed to discover partway through that this rather aimless story revokes around a lot of religious nonsense associated with the Catholic church, which is of less than no interest to me, and I stopped listening. But friends, for those of you interested in the bizarre 20th-century renaissance of "faith" among certain literary & aristocratic types, go for it.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shibumi

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Trevanian
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (312)

    Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi.

    David says: "Only a Russian could be this shibumi"
    "bad, bad, bad, bad, bad"
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    Probably the worst book ever written for the eighth-grade-boy reading level. Featuring a god-like hero who makes one stupid move after another, this exemplar of pompous blowhardery is marked by idiotic plotting, obnoxious characters, a story filled with cliches and no action or exciting plot developments. Add to that casual racism, stupid anti-American asides and repulsive sex scenes, and you have a book that leaves no doubt in your mind why the author chose to write pseudonymously.

    Is there no other author to fill the shoes of Elmore Leonard or Don Westlake?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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