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  • Gift from the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    • Narrated By Claudette Colbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    In this inimitable, beloved classic - graceful, lucid, and lyrical - Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude, and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. A mother of five, an acclaimed writer and a pioneering aviator, Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye on the trappings of modernity that threaten to overwhelm us and helps readers find a space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives.

    Rebecca says: "A Treasure"
    "Excellent book wonderfully read."
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    What did you love best about Gift from the Sea?

    It is written in an easy style that was a pleasure to read (I also bought the book) and an absolute pleasure to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are no characters in this narrative. Just Lindberghs wonderful reflections on life and relationship.


    What about Claudette Colbert’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is amazing. I will listen to this again and again just to hear her read. Also, she is in character for Lindbergh and does it superbly.


    What did you learn from Gift from the Sea that you would use in your daily life?

    Look at the shell of your life and know yourself is just the begining. Her reflections on relationships is right on.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book with a book club. The discussion went twice as long as usual. The book is just that good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4299)
    Performance
    (3864)
    Story
    (3938)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Tolkien is a master storyteller"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book many times. This time I listened to it being read by Rob Inglis. The source is Audible Books. I listened as a fan and can report that Mr. Inglis does a fairly good job. While he does his best to give the various charcters a distinct voice, it is sometimes a little difficult to imagine an elf with an English accent. In spite of that, he pulls it off well enough. I especially appreciate his handling of the poems and songs. To my mind the chants, poems, and songs are as important to the story as the dialogue or narrative.

    Tolkien is a painter who uses words to create images in the mind, and you can watch as the tapestry is made. Hearing it just enhances the effect. It is better, I feel, to experience his stories in this way (in your mind) than to rely on any movies vision. Middle Earth lives clearest in your own imagination, unfettered by someone elses vision.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (650)

    A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

    Teddy says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Amazing story wonderfully read"
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    Where does A Tale of Two Cities rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has been the most satisfying experience I've had with audio books so far. The others were good, but so far this has been the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The language is compelling and thought provoking. Dickens weaves an amazing story fleshing out all the characters to the fullest, arriving finally to a perfect finish.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Simon Vance before. The voice he gives to each character is perfect, well delivered, and perfectly timed. I'm sure to listen to him again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book surprised me. It's been quite a while since I've felt such a large variety of different emotions in a single book. Charles Dickens creates so believable a set of characters and situations that I found myself hoping and fearing for them often. Just fiction, but such a display of the human condition that I could identify with the many truths behind the fiction, and so felt real grief and hope and love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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