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  • Daisy Miller

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Mark says: "low sound quality"
    "low sound quality"
    Overall

    Listen to this story, but be sure to get one of the other versions available from Audible. This one is muffled, as though being spoken through a thick layer of cotton. Even at only two hours in length it is a chore to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Herzog

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Wolfram Kandinsky
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This week in 1915, Saul Bellow, was born in Lachine, Quebec to parents recently emigrated from Russia. Bellow would go on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976. Herzog, a story of surviving midlife crises and being Jewish in the middle part of the 20th century, is his masterpiece. "

    Phil says: "Wolfram Kandinksy reads"
    "low sound quality"
    Overall

    The problem for me with this 18 hour recording (I'm at hour 5, and asking myself whether I can stand to continue) is not the narrator but the low (level 2) sound quality of the recording, which makes what might have been a subtle narration sound blaring and monotonous, with narrative "levels" (is Herzog writing one of his long letters? is he talking to someone? Is he remembering talking to someone? is someone else talking to him? etc) difficult to separate.

    I have listened to other Bellow books and been enraptured by them, but this one needs to be remastered so it can be downloaded at quality level 4. As it is it has all of the subtlety of a speech being spoken through loadspeakers at a political rally. Okay, it's not quite that bad, but then again political speeches aren't 18 hours long!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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