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Olena

Kiev, Ukraine

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  • Tender Is the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Trevor White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    It is 1925, and Richard Diver is the high priest of the good life on the white sands of the French Riviera. The Beautiful People – film stars, socialites, aristocrats – gather eagerly and bitchily around him and his wife Nicole. Beneath the breathtaking glamour, however, is a world of pain, and there is at the core of their lives a brittle hollowness. Beautiful, powerful and tragic, Tender is the Night is one of the great works of American fiction.

    Richmond Rabinowitz says: "Just fair"
    "So-So..."
    Overall

    Not much can be added about this book. A classical roman about classical people. The idea is pretty simple, but the description is a bit difficult. Too many characters, too many details and events. The narrator is not expressive, women and men talk in the same way. I guess there are books for reading and books for listening, and perhaps this book is not for listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revolutionary Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Yates
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (144)

    From the moment of its publication in 1961, Revolutionary Road was hailed as a masterpiece of realistic fiction and as the most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the American suburbs. It's the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple who have lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner.

    Diana - Audible says: "Soul-crushing...but in a good way!"
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall

    The book is great. The plot is touching. Till the very end you hope everything will be fine, and it's really hard to keep yourself from drawing a parallel between the heroes' lives and that of your own. Indeed, what happened to the heroes could have happened to Romeo and Juliette had they not died.
    A special tribute must be paid to the narrator. Due to his unsurpassed skill the heroes and even their voices are so vivid. The book has lots of dialogues, but due to Mark Bramhall you can not only recognize who's talking immidiately, but also feel the finest nuances of their mood!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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