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Stephen

New York, NY, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Swann's Way is the first volume of Proust's supreme masterpiece, the seven-part novel entitled Remembrance of Things Past. In it, Proust recalls the early youth of Charles Swann in the small town of Combray as seen through the eyes of the narrator. It then shifts to Swann himself, now a fashionable man caught up in turn-of-the-century Paris and a tortured love affair.

    Cheryl says: "A masterpiece, brilliantly read"
    "Extraordinary, unforgettable reading"
    Overall

    . . . by John Rowe. His diction, his sense of the rhythm of the lovely Moncrieff translation, his subtle and often hilarious characterizations in the dialogue passages (contra the review below) make this the finest reading I've ever heard. Roger Shattuck in his commentary on Proust says that hearing the book aloud is the ideal way to experience it. I never knew what he meant until I heard this reading. Please! Can't Rowe read the rest? Like Cheryl, I think that you only have the abridged versions of the other volumes available is a scandal. I've listened to long passages from this reading many times and each time I'm struck again by the beauty of both the prose and the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raylan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Brian D'Arcy James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (241)

    With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky coalmines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross three-hundred thousand dollars, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you - especially when it’s sold off piece-by-piece. So when Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them.

    Roy says: "Justified"
    "Contra Alex"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Raylan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is first rate Leonard. The book compares interestingly with the use of these stories in the TV series.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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