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tom

san diego, ca, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    One of Dickens’ earlier works, dating from 1839, this novel charts the fortunes of an honorable young man, Nicholas Nickleby, who has set out to make his way in the world. Dickens presents a remarkably vivid display of Victorian characters and the lives they lead, from the generous to the fated to the crushed. Hope springs eternal, however, and righteous persistence brings rewards.

    tom says: "humbled"
    "humbled"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was humbled by the reader's awareness of the piece and his ability to covey it. worth a hundred of my college courses on dickens. dickens ain't too shabby either of course.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ralph. Tho as a kind of caricature of heros, Nick is pretty good too.


    What about David Horovitch’s performance did you like?

    see above


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

    yes and neither. see above.


    Any additional comments?

    thanks to both my companions of many happy hours.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alistair Maydon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Published in 1854, the story describes class conflict in Victorian England and serves as a powerful critique of the social injustices that plagued the Industrial Revolution. Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life - along with his memorable characters - have made him beloved by readers the world over.

    Hazel says: "mediocre story brilliantly read"
    "hurrah for Dickens! hurrah for Maydon!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hard Times the most enjoyable?

    As to the story, for me it is a great one. Dickens was passionately committed to helping improve the plight of working people in his day. This story comes straight from that passion and from a genius for presenting a situation very powerfully without seeming to try hard.

    As to the volume, I agree that the reader tends to vary it more than normal, and this is a problem for me because I have a hearing defect. Despite this fact, the reading is the best I've ever heard. To take one feature which astounds me, I could not find one instance where the reader put the stress on the wrong word in a phrase. I think that this quality in itself makes the reading an extraordinary accomplishment. And just the north of England accents are worth the price of admission.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Short Tales of Joseph Conrad

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Wolfram Kandinsky
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The author of Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim also wrote brilliant works of short fiction. His stories, ironic and penetrating, expose the dark recesses of the human character that make us squirm, for we recognize them in ourselves.

    skee a. Goedhart says: "What a Shame"
    "interesting reader"
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    What made the experience of listening to Short Tales of Joseph Conrad the most enjoyable?

    both content and reader's interpretation


    What did you like best about this story?

    there were many of them. i liked Karain very much for its depiction of the main character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the final scene in Karain.


    If you could take any character from Short Tales of Joseph Conrad out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    the narrator, which is these stories really is Conrad because he was a part of the world he writes about in the stories.


    Any additional comments?

    i highly recommend this reader. he is quite different from my usual favorites -- he does not for example do dialog particularly well -- and at first i didn't like his style. but midway into the first story, i became fascinated with it. usually, a good reader creates something which is both himself or herself and the author's work. Kandinsky did not do that, but instead made me focus on the work itself, on Conrad's words. i felt at times as if while reading the stories, he was at the same time yelling, "look at them, the words, the text! how magnificent!" and making me see them in my mind's eye almost as if for the first time. (over a period of more than fifty years, i've read all of Conrad's stories, some of them many times.) it was this attitude of both enthusiasm and self-effacement which kept me listening to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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