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Nathan

Saint Helena, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

    RYAN says: "There's a good story in there. Somewhere."
    "This was just great from start to finish"
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    Would you listen to The Human Stain again? Why?

    I loved this book, am a latecomer to Roth, listened first to American Pastoral and the Counterlife. This was like the commentator said in the interview: Roth playing a brilliant sonata up and down the key board with intense virtuosity. Extremely satisfying and I preferred it slightly to the Pulitzer Prize Winner, American Pastoral. I liked the narrator better here too. I did not listen to it again because I just listened to Infinite Jest twice, which took seven months or so. This was not quite that hard. I went from this to Franzen's Freedom. Wow, so many great books!


    Any additional comments?

    A big rave.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By David Atlas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (112)

    >In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

    Lee Chemel says: "Exquisite"
    "A well deserved award winder"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend because of the WW II history of it that is probably as obscure to most people as it was to me. Plus the author's sensibility about life and love is modern, sophisticated and moving.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Narrow Road to the Deep North?

    The scenes in the POW camp in Siam blending horror with high sensibility were most memorable to me.


    What does David Atlas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice, of course.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No clue


    Any additional comments?

    All good modern novels are like cubist paintings, it seems, and this one is no exception. It seems normal now.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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