Oh my goodness. From the opening Mozart piano concerto I knew I was in for a great ride. The narrator, Alison Larkin, has nailed it. Like Mozart she deftly plays each note, each word of Jane Austen’s as though she is performing at Carnegie Hall.
If I may come down to earth now it was fantastic to hear Pride and Prejudice read so well. My big surprise was her portrayal of the often dismissed Lydia, Lizzie’s younger sister. She is delightful, not so much silly and annoying as we tend to think of her, but full of life and we can only wish her well. Larkin has got the humor, the irony and affection that Jane Austen obviously intended and had for all these wonderful characters.
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.
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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