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  • Charlie Chaplin and His Times

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kenneth S. Lynn
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Author Lynn delves into Chaplin's childhood and family, his often controversial relationships with four wives and a slew of mistresses, and his associations with British music-hall impresario Fred Karno and silent-screen star and pal Douglas Fairbanks. He addresses Chaplin's political influences and convictions, and brings a keen, critical intelligence to the meaning of the films, illuminating Chaplin's elusive genius.

    Denis says: "Flawed by bias"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    It seems the author has a growing distaste for Charlie Chaplin, and especially his politics as the book goes on. This is a good thing. CC was not at all an angel. A sycophant may have varnished over the unpleasantness. Lynn goes into full tilt sneer mode concerning Chaplin in the MacCarthy era. Also good because one gets the full measure of contempt the United States felt for Charlie at this time. Then back to pro Charlie in the last part of the book. Just like the country was. Also lots of peripheral classic hollywood lore.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Swann's Way is the first volume of Proust's supreme masterpiece, the seven-part novel entitled Remembrance of Things Past. In it, Proust recalls the early youth of Charles Swann in the small town of Combray as seen through the eyes of the narrator. It then shifts to Swann himself, now a fashionable man caught up in turn-of-the-century Paris and a tortured love affair.

    Cheryl says: "A masterpiece, brilliantly read"
    "snooze fest"
    Overall

    I finally finished this novel. Has to be the worst book I've ever read. It wonders all over the place. It starts with the author and his childhood, then it goes to this guy Swann and his ridiculous obsession with his mistress Odette, who plays him like a fiddle. Then there is an unbelievably tiresome 3 hr dinner party that goes on for ever in minute detail, with the most insufferably boorish snobs imaginable. Then its back to Swann and his pathetic obsession with Odette. Then back to the narrator. If you have a choice of shooting yourself in the head, or reading this ridiculous waste of time called a "classic"...Anny get your gun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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