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Brian

Decatur, GA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Lost Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By D.H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Under-appreciated until now, The Lost Girl is perhaps D.H. Lawrence's most beautiful, thoroughly contemporary, love story. This captivating novel charts the journey of a woman caught between two worlds and two lives, one mired in dreary, industrial England and a life of convention, the other set in the vibrant Italian landscape holding the promise of sensual liberation.

    V. T. Carson says: "Love story in the shadow of World War I"
    "Great performance"
    Overall

    This isn't my favorite Lawrence novel, but this reader is absolutely the best I have encountered in an audiobook. She is a rare find: a reader who really understands what is and what is not important in a novel, and who is conscious at every moment of what the prose -- and especially the dialogue -- means.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Wolfram Kandinsky
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Brian says: "Get this edition -- not the Davidson version!"
    "Get this edition -- not the Davidson version!"
    Overall

    This is a good reading of one of English literature's most fascinating novels. Get this edition; Do not buy the Frederick Davidson reading, which absolutely the worst narration I've ever encountered.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    This work set the style for a whole class of literature, a work that the critic Morton Dauwen Zabel calls an example of Conrad's "central theme...the grip of circumstances that enforce self-discovery and its cognate, the discovery of reality and truth...." It is a novel about a man's lifelong efforts to atone for an act of instinctive cowardice.

    Brian says: "Terrible narrator -- Great novel"
    "Terrible narrator -- Great novel"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite novels of all time; but this narrator is absolutely terrible. The passages in which Conrad's Marlow is clearly supposed to be speaking with a quiet, growling intensity are read by this narrator as if Marlow were a very bored and effete snob. He reads the entire novel this way. I bought this audiobook and couldn't possibly listen to more that ten minutes of it; so I got the Kandinsky reading instead (also available on audible.com), which is infinitely superior.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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