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Julie

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 83 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (116)

    Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

    Victoria Wright says: "Didion deserves better."
    "So so"
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    I love Joan Didion and I loved this collection of essays when I first read it many years ago but Diane Keaton's reading of it just seemed a little flat. I wish Ms. Didion had read it aloud herself.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Tim Robbins
    Overall
    (1489)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (899)

    The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder". It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated, and studied 20th-century works of American fiction.

    Redhawk Readers says: "Something you won't fall asleep to..."
    "Eh"
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    It goes without saying that this is a great book but Tim Robbins as the narrator just didn't do it for me. I thought he did the voice of Daisy's husband Tom perfectly but the rest was just eh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1976)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1123)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Lyrical"
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    I have read this novel, seen both movie versions, and listened to Jeremy Irons read it - twice. It's that good. I would highly recommend reading this book first so you can really savor the masterpiece that it is. Then afterwards, listen to it. Hearing it read aloud gives you a much deeper appreciation of the lyrical quality of Nabokov's writing. I can't recommend it enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2294)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Graham Greene & Colin Firth, a must listen to!"
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    Greene is really a superb writer and you can you hear just how great he is in Colin Firth's absolutely riveting narration, full of pathos, bitterness, and love. I wish Firth had played Bendrix in the movie version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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