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David T. Johnston

The Passionate Genealogist

Salt Lake City, USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Brideshead Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    Evelyn Waugh's most celebrated work is a memory drama about the intense entanglement of the narrator, Charles Ryder, with a great Anglo-Catholic family. Written during World War II, the story mourns the passing of the aristocratic world Waugh knew in his youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities; in so doing it also provides a profound study of the conflict between the demands of religion and the desires of the flesh.

    Vieux Carré Blonde says: "Extraordinary"
    "Great Listen"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Brideshead Revisited?

    Jeremy Iron's performance. Compelling story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's intrigue


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

    A masterful performance turning a book I don't think I would have ever read, into a drama and masterpiece that I now recommend to friends.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1062)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Great Story; Weak Peformance"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Nothing to Envy the most enjoyable?

    The story line is informative and compelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nothing to Envy?

    None so far


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The gasps for air while reading the book nearly caused me to stop listening in the first half hour. Couldn't they have been edited out? Very distracting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The medieval North Korea of today


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not all the way though the listen yet, I hope I can make it with poor performance of the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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