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George

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  • The Golden Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (41)
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    (41)

    Published in 1904, The Golden Bowl is the last completed novel of Henry James. In it, the widowed American Adam Verver is in Europe with his daughter Maggie. They are rich, finely appreciative of European art and culture, and deeply attached to each other. Maggie has all the innocent charm of so many of Jamess young American heroines. She is engaged to Amerigo, an impoverished Italian prince; he must marry money, and as his name suggests, an American heiress is the perfect solution.

    Erez says: "Collapses under the weight of its own brilliance"
    "Very affected and FAKE British accent narrator"
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    If you enjoy Henry James as I do, but if you think that the novel being narrated by a D grade very affected and fake British accent would ruin the experience for you, then DON'T PURCHASE THIS audiobook!!! I love Henry James and the story of The Golden Bowl, but I simply cannot fathom why they would not hire a native British narrator to read this aloud, or if they are going to employ an American to do it, just read it in a clear and easy neutral American accent. Katherine Kellgren's voice is SO annoying - it sounds like Mary Poppins British English and really makes me regret the credit I spent on this book. You have been warned!

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Doll: The Lost Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Daphne Du Maurier
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Tales of human frailty and obsession, and of romance gone tragically awry, the thirteen stories in The Doll showcase an exciting budding talent before she went on to write one of the most beloved novels of all time. In these pages, a waterlogged notebook washes ashore revealing a dark story of jealousy and obsession, a vicar coaches a young couple divided by class issues, and an older man falls perilously in love with a much younger woman - with each tale demonstrating du Maurier’s extraordinary storytelling gifts and her deep understanding of human nature.

    Diann says: "Always Loved Daphne du Maurier's Books but. . ."
    "A highly enjoyable and delicious collection"
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    This is a very enjoyable collection of Daphne du Maurier short stories, which brings together a varied but fast paced range of writing styles.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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