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Audrey

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  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Edmund de Waal
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (275)

    The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

    Amazon Customer says: "A vagabond through history, clutching a tiny carvi"
    "Excellent narration !"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hare with Amber Eyes to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I think the proper pronunciation of terms in German and Japanese added alot to the reading. Mr Maloney did a sensitive reading........ he expressed emotions in his voice that he read on the page. It brought it alive and made the listener smile and cry in turn. He also varied the pace to the fit with what he was reading.


    What other book might you compare The Hare with Amber Eyes to and why?

    I would compare it to The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion because it is a memoir that focuses on one particular part of the memoirist's life. Both writers could skillfully tell us the facts and then plunge us into despair or joy by their reaction to those facts.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Maloney – was your favorite?

    He was always speaking as Edmund de Waal.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I've listened to it twice and will probably revisit it in a few years. I also bought the print version so I can see the photographs and copy out some sections that were particularly meaningful to me.


    Any additional comments?

    A fantastic book!

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  • The Wasted Vigil

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nadeem Aslam
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Five disparate lives come together at the intersection of decades of invasion, occupation, and violence. There's Marcus, an English expat who was married to an outspoken Afghani doctor--she was murdered by the Taliban--and opens his home to the others, the house itself a strange and beautiful monument to the inconceivable losses his family suffered...

    Audrey says: "Poor reader marred the story."
    "Poor reader marred the story."
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    What disappointed you about The Wasted Vigil?

    I found the story very over-drawn and anti-Moslem. Predictable and overly-violent.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nadeem Aslam before, how does this one compare?

    I thought the reader was poor. The voices he employed when the characters spoke were inconsistent and caricatures. Nearly offensive.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There was some lovely writing along the way and many interesting details about Afghan life. I took them as true though I don't know if they are.


    Any additional comments?

    I will never buy an audiobook read by Basil Sands.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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