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Julia

Seattle, WA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 264 titles in library
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  • The Ambassadors

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Peter Gray
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Here is Henry James' dark comedic masterpiece, written in the final period of his life. Lambert Strether goes to Paris to bring back Chad, son of the wealthy New England widow he plans to marry. But he gradually comes to feel that life in Paris may hold more for him than in Woollett, Massachusetts.

    Erez says: "A very problematic reading"
    "terrible recording"
    Overall

    This is a very old recording and the sound quality is very bad. I don't think it should be available through audible.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4738)
    Performance
    (2571)
    Story
    (2602)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "really terrible"
    Overall

    banal story, horrible narration (narrator can't do English accents; she's a native Australian.) Another Audible disappointment that I couldn't deal with after about an hour of listening. I am learning to only buy books that I know I am interested in, and not to buy anything recommended by Audible.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • L'Affaire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diane Johnson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    When Amy Hawkins, a young dot-com executive from California who has made her fortune at the top of NASDAQ, overhears a pair of elderly and thus much wiser socialites decry the new generation for their incompetence in all things worldly, she sets off for Europe to find culture, her roots, and maybe a cause to devote her considerable fortune to.

    Julia says: "A wonderful comedy of manners"
    "A wonderful comedy of manners"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who has spent some time in France or England. The book is a modern meeting of Balzac and Jane Austen, very funny, very intelligent, and the author while bitingly satirical, is affectionate about her characters. An excellent book, superbly read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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