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David

docdave

Jackson Heights, NY USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1119)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "come on..."
    Overall

    Light in August is certainly one of Faulkner's best three or four novels, which makes it pretty much one of the ten or twenty greatest works of American prose. And Faulkner is a writer whose density and (occasional) real difficulty (even in just parsing one of those two page sentences) somehow really blossoms into something much clearer when read aloud.

    I have heard three other complete readings of this book, and this is a very good one, but it'd be really nice to have the others available as well. Dick Hill did a highly "interventionist" reading (lots of accents, with the narrator's voice being a very good one-off of Faulkner's own), and is certainly worth hearing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (526)

    The first new collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, Arguably offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell.

    Kristopher says: "Written with skill and style"
    "Grab it"
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    Performance
    Story

    These essays are extremely varied in subject matter and tone and make a worthy addition to the last Hitchens works recorded for audio (usually by the author but, given his current medical condition, this seems not really feasible right now even if Hitch is, far and away, his own best reader). There are lots of political essays, but a whole lot of his extended literary essays (many from The Atlantic and Vanity Fair), which are often an extraordinary pleasure, as well as being exceedingly well-judged. I am a lunatic for books like this, and this is now one of my favorite Audible offerings (this past year or so, others along the same lines include Tony Judt's Reappraisals and Simon Callow's A Life in Pieces, which you need to check out if you go for responsible left wing politics and theatre history, which are two preoccupations of mine.). The four stars ratings are only because Simon Prebble is wonderful, but isn't Hitch and because I would have chosen a few different essays. Otherwise, this is a true five-star, highly recommended selection. The price is also great, considering how much you get.
    Keep this sort of thing up, please.

    44 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    James says: "A Modern (but Subtle) Masterpiece."
    "Finally!!"
    Overall

    I have been waiting for a recording of this masterpiece for as long as I have been addicted to audiobooks (there was a full-length reading by David Case, but it was never available in Audible; there were two full-length readings available in the UK, and one was by the great Simon Russel Beale, who also played Widmerpool in the BBC-TV version). This is a big, tough job, but this version really is about as good as can be imagined. Congratulations to everyone involved.

    Now, how about finishing up a complete Proust?

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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