Note: These are my impressions after listening ONLY to the "1st Chapter" free-download option. It seemed she was trying too hard. Jokes didn't come off.
Not as funny, or eye-opening as Tina would have liked, I think. Not what we would expect from the brilliant Tina we see on SNL. In this instance she seems to be one of those story tellers who tell stories on themselves about how bad they are, but really it's all about good they are. i.e.; "I just couldn't tear myself away from Hamlet to go the Prom...." sort of thing, which Tina certainly didn't say ... but you get the idea.
I think perhaps it could have been. Not really fair to judge without hearing more.
Well, it IS Tina Fey, who I love and, as I say above, perhaps it gets better as it proceeds.
Fine writing as always, but nothing but gratuitous nastiness. Everyone you like is hit with coincidental disaster. No reason for it. People of no account undo all those of account. And no retribution. Everyone gets wiped out. Why such meanness, Barbara?
Not a dull moment and uproarious too. Cast of characters wonderfully acted by actors of repute as well, as may surprise you, intelligence.
Having heard about The Cricket On The Hearth endlessly all my childhood, but somehow not having read or had read to me the book itself, it has been a special Christmas treat. Thank you Mr. Cricket for all your good deeds.
Wonderfully intricate and fanciful plot. The usual marvelously Dickensian cast of characters: mistakes made, rectified and the grand unexpected ending where all comes out as one would wish.
McPhee tells us the story of the discovery of the speeding of the ocean floor and the Tectonic Plate which result and on which we live.
The narration leaves something to be desired, but well worth buying.
An outstanding performance. I hadn't read C&P since high school. I was kind of dreading rereading it….so gloomy, I thought. Wrong. Raskalnikov fascinates … not only us, the readers, but all the characters in the book. He is sought after and wondered at and loved. The characters are many and wonderfully created by Anthony Heald.
I can't stop listening to this most recent recording of Pride and Prejudice celebrating Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary.. Over and over again I replay certain scenes. I don't know who deserves the most credit, Alison Larkin the reader or Jane Austen the writer. They are totally co-mingled in this remarkable recording. In all my reading of Jane Austen, over the course of many years, I somehow never did get how truly witty and wise Jane Austen was and is.
Alison Larkin brings it all to light. I fear that when reading to oneself one (me) may tend to become glassy eyed now and then. All I know is I missed much which came as a revelation through listening to Larkin’s wonderfully expressive reading. So many characters, so many voices. All crafted with delicacy, care and intelligence.
I could bring up many scenes from the whole great thing, but having just finished listening to the recording for the second time the scenes that stand out just now are those most recently read; those from the last chapters.
1. Mr. Bennet's reading of Mr. Collins' letter. I never in my earlier readings really took in either Mr. Bennet's wit or his really unforgivable indolence.
1. The confrontation of Lady de Burgh and Catherine.
3. The marvelous and ever so satisfying scene between Lizzie and Darcy where things are finally, thanks to each the other, worked out. In this day and age where people have a hard time expressing themselves it is refreshing that these two proud, prejudiced and splendid creatures make themselves beautifully clear to each other. Most satisfyingly indeed.
Plain and simple, and I hate to say it, but without this remarkable narration much of this great writer was lost on me.
Somewhere in "Aspects of the Novel" alluding to actors, E. M. Forster observed and, I paraphrase: "It is inexplicable to me how a handful of neurotic men and women can improve upon a perfectly good work of literature and yet time after time, they do". There you have it. It certainly is true for me.
And let me add that the music is dynamic and delightful, Wonderful work. The little known Mozart excerpts fit perfectly. Great pains have been taken to mimic musically what has just transpired between the characters. The music ends and begins each chapter and It makes one smile and sometimes laugh aloud.
I have other books I should get to. I just can't for the present.
The Great Master of the historical novel leads us impeccably through the Roosevelt/Truman years with wit, hindsight and revelation. May all this great series be soon recorded!
A huge cast of characters including horses, a Jack Russell terrier named Eileen, and even a pig. Their must be at at least a twenty men, women and 2 precocious children, whose lives we follow and who are caught up in Jane Smiley's world of thoroughbred horse racing.
The woman is a wonder. She writes of this world with a kind of love, even as she casts her eye and ours on the highly unnatural and often cruel fate that has been been bred into and eventually creating these glorious animals.
I enjoyed it immensely and didn't want it to end. As the book neared its end I would relisten at random - didn't matter where - just to put off being goodbye to it. It's all good.
Shelley Thompson does a fine job in wending her way through the myriad characters. Each character has his or her own voice .. including the animals. She reads with both passion and compassion. She is a fine reader.
This novel is all insight and irony. The writing is glorious. Listening to the superb reading of it by Edward Hermann it took my breath away.
I wonder if without that superb voice, I would have gotten it. It's amazing to me after a lifetime of reading books, to think that I might have missed a great deal by not having them read to me. A reader of intelligence and eloquence, brings to a great book much of what an actor such as Lawrence Olivier brings to Henry the Fifth.
As I write this I am nearly finished with it and will, as I often do with a book I love, start it again from the beginning before I do. This way I not only put off parting ways with it but get to savor it with a double appreciation, so to speak.
I wish I had the capacity to find the words to review it properly. Just have a listen.
Change At Jamaica is the story of Eddie, who is desperately trying to break away from his rich and powerful dad. There is a rich assortment of characters, who alone are worth the cost of the book: a Muslim cab driver named Moose; Eddie's first cousin, the randy Randy; the cursing Lipschitz, from whom Eddie leases a cab and rents a room. Each of the many voices--points of view, accents, emotions and all--are performed to perfection by the author on the audio edition, which is often NOT the case when writers read their own work.
The writing is tight, no extra words. Marshall Messer can't write a sentence that isn't good. The whole thing is full of irony and good humor. I found myself laughing out loud and then marveling so much at what I'd just heard that I had to replay it. I learned a lot too: about the geological birth of Long Island; the ins and outs of the rare coin business; horse racing; birds; the taxicab business; and more than I needed to know about human coupling. But I liked Eddie so much, I was able to slog through the sex scenes, and eventually I realized that they aren’t gratuitous; they fit, and they’re often hilarious, sad, and full of metaphor (as is the whole book). The language is superb, sometimes grotesque, frequently beautiful, and the novel reads wonderfully well. Needless to say, I recommend this book.
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