Wow! What a joy this book is and wonderfully read to us by Michael Kramer. I now very much want to visit to Gettysburg.
Gabor Boritt gives full credit to Garry Wills (I made sure of that before I bought the book) who wrote "Lincoln At Gettysburg". Boritt gives us the full spectrum between Wills' scholarship and the various contradictory tales of the original origin of the great dedication.
Like it or not you find yourself, with Honest beloved Abe, placed in Gettysburg in 1863.
There's not a dull moment. What I found very interesting and embarressing to myself, was how great is the Edward Everett speech. In my ignorance I had always assumed it to be a "rant". It appears (could it be in its entirety, perhaps as an appendix?) at the end. I have never have been able to READ through it, but listening to it makes all the difference. I think not being able to see all that close packed prose makes it easy and wonderful. Sorry, but there it is.
In his two hour dissertation Everett describes minutely the 3 day horror, the causes of the War, and what is "rebellion" and what is not.
Furthermore, he makes clear how lucky we were and are, as a nation, to have had President Lincoln there at that time. He was such a great and gentle politician. For example, he always referred to the Confederates as "rebels" rather than "traitors" which a less wise man might have done. Nothing in this book is superficial and much new about this great President is brought to light.
I can't stop listening to it.
Great characters. Important message. The different narrators for different characters works well. The characters grow on you. I found myself nearly in tears (good tears) at the end, which rarely happens with me. Wonderful writing. I hated it to end.
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.
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