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Marius

Irene, South Africa | Member Since 2004

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  • The Pilgrim's Progress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Bunyan
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (110)

    This is the enthralling account of a Christian's epic journey. With a burden on his back, Christian reads a book that tells him that the city in which he and his family dwell will be set ablaze. Christian flees from the City of Destruction and journeys through the Slough of Despond, the Interpreter's House, the House Beautiful, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains, and finally reaches the Celestial City.

    Tobin says: "A good Audio Book"
    "Change of pace"
    Overall

    Not exactly riveting stuff, with no car chases, CIA double agents or political scheming. It's well worth a listen when you need a change of pace. Whether you're a deeply-religous Christian, vaguely Christian, of another religion, agnostic or atheist, if you want a relaxing, thought-provoking listen, this is worth a download.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bangkok 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By Glen McCready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When a U.S. Marine is killed in Bangkok, the task of finding the murderer falls to Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, seemingly the only member of the Royal Thai Police Force whose idea of justice excludes the habitual bribe-taking practised by his fellow officers.

    Marius says: "Off the wall Buddhist thriller"
    "Off the wall Buddhist thriller"
    Overall

    This book introduces Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep and the extraordinary milieu in which he operates. I had previously read Bangkok Haunts which is one of the sequels, so I knew what to expect. The book is at once sleazy, refreshing, intrigueing and edgy, and is a major departure from the conventional cop thriller. It is definitely a good listen, and the narration by Glen McCready is first class. It would have garnered 4 stars, but lost a star when the author lapsed into explanation mode for much of its second half.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Captive, Volume II

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Marcel, pathologically possessive, continues to keep Albertine a virtual captive in his Paris apartment, while the Baron de Charlus, obsessed with the young violinist Charles Morel, receives an unexpected shock. A deeply perceptive study of love and jealousy.

    Marius says: "Quarrels, real and contrived"
    "Quarrels, real and contrived"
    Overall

    The Captive is the fifth book of the seven-volume In Search of Lost Time / Rememberances. For audiobook purposes, it is divided into two parts, this being the second. As with this entire series, it is beautifully narrated by Neville Jason.

    Albertine remains a captive of sorts. The narrator literally transforms his jealousy into a fine art. Duplicity of speech is the order of the day. In a side show, the Verdurins engineer an extraordinary quarrel between Morel and M. de Charlus, so claiming Morel for themselves.

    Proust tends to confine his violence to the verbal variety, and this volume does not lack for cutting speech. However perhaps the phrase that will stick most with the reader, or listener, is a poignant one. The narrator pretends to Albertine that they must and will part forever. She meekly accepts this, and looking around the room in his home, at the pianola, and the blue satin armchairs, she responds, "I still cannot make myself realise that I shall not see all this again, to-morrow, or the next day, or ever. Poor little room. It seems to me quite impossible; I cannot get it into my head." This phrase will come to haunt him.

    As I have noted before, Proust is an unhurried author, who delights in ordinary events (and some that are rather out of the ordinary). If you like really wonderful writing, a relaxed pace, and are after a break from a diet of thrillers, you will really like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Captive, Volume I

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Marcel's suspicions regarding Albertine's lesbian desires lead to his keeping her a virtual prisoner in his Paris apartment. The Captive is a masterly portrayal of obessional jealousy.

    Marius says: "A Prisoner in Paris"
    "A Prisoner in Paris"
    Overall

    The Captive is the fifth book of the seven-volume In Search of Lost Time / Rememberances. For audiobook purposes, it is divided into two parts, this being the first. As with this entire series, it is beautifully narrated by Neville Jason.

    This particular section commences with the period in which the intriguing Albertine lives with the narrator in Paris, virtually as a prisoner in a gilded cage, hence the title. A feature of the book is his increasing obsession and near-paranoid episodes of jealousy regarding Albertine. The narrator selects Andr?e (another of the little band of Balbec) to be a guide and companion to his mistress, and also entrusts her to the Verdurin chauffeur, a friend of the sinister violinist, Charlie Morel, both rather unwise choices. Morel in turn continues his relationship with M. de Charlus while also increasingly becoming seriously smitten by Jupien's niece.

    For readers seeking action, I regret that there is neither a speedboat chase up the Seine, nor a gangster shootout amid the gargoyles of the Notre Dame. The action is instead far more deadly, concentrating on barbed words and spiteful actions.

    As I have noted before, Proust is an unhurried author, who delights in ordinary events (and some that are rather out of the ordinary). If you like really wonderful writing, a relaxed pace, and are after a break from a diet of thrillers, you will really like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sodom and Gomorrah (Cities of the Plain), Part 2

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In Sodom and Gomorrah (Cities of the Plain), Part I, the fourth volume of Marcel Proust's monumental, seven volume Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel continues his voyage of discovery through the homosexual world, where the affairs of the ageing Baron de Charlus lead to unexpected and hilarious adventures.

    Edward says: "Great, as far as it goes"
    "Increasing infatuation, snobbery and a duel"
    Overall

    Sodom et Gomorrhe is the fourth book of the seven-volume In Search of Lost Time / Rememberances. For audiobook purposes, it is divided into two parts, this being the second. As with this entire series, it is beautifully narrated by Neville Jason.

    Warning: This book contains absolutely no nuclear submarines, espionage double agents or KGB poisoners. In compensation, it does feature a sort of duel, but this turns out more comic than tragic.

    This particular section covers the increasing infatuation of the narrator with the intriguing Albertine during his second visit to Balbec, and his agonsing over her apparent lesbian tendencies. The social rivalries between Mme. de Cambremer n?e Legrandin and her tenant, Mme. Verdurin, at la Raspeli?re and a sham duel involving M. de Charlus inject high humour, while the machinations of the scheming violinist Charlie Morel provide a sinister undertone. A delightfully spiteful quote by M. de Charlus: "But I ordered champagne. Take away that filth, which has no connection with the worst champagne in the world. It is the emetic known as cup, which consists, as a rule, of three rotten strawberries swimming in a mixture of vinegar and soda-water.”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sodom and Gomorrah (Cities of the Plain), Part I

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Accidentally witnessing an encounter between the Baron de Charlus and the tailor Jupien opens Marcel's eyes to a world hidden from him until now. Meanwhile his love for Albertine is poisoned by the suspicion that she is attracted to her own sex. Sodom and Gomorrah (Cities of the Plain), Part I, the fourth volume of Marcel Proust's monumental, seven volume Remembrance of Things Past, addresses the subject of homosexual love with insight and understanding.

    Edward says: "The Masterpiece Continues"
    "An increase in pace and fervour"
    Overall

    Sodom et Gomorrhe is the fourth book of the seven-volume In Search of Lost Time / Rememberances. For audiobook purposes, it is divided into two parts, this being the first. As with this entire series, it is beautifully narrated by Neville Jason.

    Warning: There are no serial murders in this particular volume, although serial philanderers are another thing altogether.

    This particular section more explicitly covers various homosexual liaisons, previously only hinted at, some real and some surmised. Oodles more society gossip, snubs and snobbery, mingled with anti-semitism and the ongoing Dreyfus case, with support slowly swinging towards the falsely-accused officer. The impending demise of Swann casts a shadow, while the narrator visits Balbec a second time and is further drawn into a relationship with Albertine.

    As I have noted before, Proust is an unhurried author, who delights in ordinary events. If you like really wonderful writing, a relaxed pace, and are after a break from a diet of thrillers, you will really like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guermantes Way, Part 2

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The Guermantes Way, Part 2, the third volume of Marcel Proust's monumental, seven volume Remembrance of Things Past, continues the story of Marcel's entry into the highest circles of French aristocracy. Having renewed his acquaintance with the enchanting Albertine, who now submits to his amorous advances, Marcel finds himself pursued by the predatory Baron de Charlus.

    Marius says: "Albertine, Charlus and the hissy fit"
    "Albertine, Charlus and the hissy fit"
    Overall

    The Geurmantes Way is the third book of the seven-volume In Search of Lost Time / Rememberances. For audiobook purposes, it is divided into two parts, this being the second. As with this entire series, it is beautifully narrated by Neville Jason.

    Warning: Although this particular book is short on helicopter explosions (in fact the whole series is regrettably lacking in this regard) there is a particularly delicious hissy fit that should compensate.

    This particular section covers the death of the the beloved grandmother, the return of Albertine to Paris, and the role of these two events in the advancement of the narrator into adulthood. With bucketloads of society gossip, this book also contains the celebrated hissy fit between the narrator and M. de Charlus, who roars "Do you suppose that it is within your power to insult me? You evidently are not aware to whom you are speaking? Do you imagine that the envenomed spittle of five hundred little gentlemen of your type, heaped one upon another, would succeed in slobbering so much as the tips of my august toes?" culminating in the narrator tap-dancing in a rage on the new silk hat of the Baron. (My clumsy wording is an attempt to avoid the apostrophe, which seems not to translate well when uploading reviews)

    As I have noted before, Proust is an unhurried author, who delights in ordinary events. If you like really wonderful writing, a relaxed pace, and are after a break from a diet of thrillers, you will really like this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Guermantes Way, Part 1

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In The Guermantes Way, Part 1, the third volume of Marcel Proust's monumental, seven volume Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel penetrates the inner sanctum of Paris high society and falls in love with the fascinating Duchesse de Guermantes. With his unmatched powers of observation Proust vividly describes the struggles for political, social, and sexual supremacy played out beneath a veneer of elegant manners.

    beatrice says: "missing the good parts"
    "His first Duchess"
    Overall

    The Geurmantes Way is the third book of the seven-volume In Search of Lost Time / Rememberances. For audiobook purposes, it is divided into two parts, this being the first. As with this entire series, it is beautifully narrated by Neville Jason.

    Warning: This book contains no car chases or helicopter explosions.

    This particular section covers the return of the narrator to Paris, his obsession with making the acquaintance of his neighbor, the Duchesse de Guermantes, and his growing friendship with her nephew, Robert Saint-Loup, who is in turn obsessed with his mistress, Rachel. In between these relationships, and an increasing emphasis on complex rules of society weave the tendrils of the Dreyfus case.

    As I have noted before, Proust is an unhurried author, who delights in ordinary events. If you like really wonderful writing, a relaxed pace, and are after a break from a diet of thrillers, you will really like this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Within a Budding Grove, Part 2

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Within a Budding Grove, Part 2 is the second volume of Proust's monumental, seven volume, quasi-autobiographical novel Remembrance of Things Past, in which young Marcel falls under the spell of an enchanting group of adolescent girls. At first, intoxicated by their beauty and athletic energy, he finds it difficult to choose between them. But gradually he finds himself drawn to the beautiful Albertine, without guessing how much she is to mean to him in the future.

    Marius says: "I DO like to be beside the seaside"
    "I DO like to be beside the seaside"
    Overall

    Within a Budding Grove is the second book of the seven-volume In Search of Lost Time / Rememberances. For audiobook purposes, it is divided into two parts, this being the second. As with this entire series, it is beautifully narrated by Neville Jason. This particular section covers the first visit of the narrator to the seaside town of Balbec. At first he is very much in the company of his grandmother and her friends and acquaintances, but he later forms three significant friendships. The first is with the astonishingly good-looking (and finely dressed) Marquis de Saint-Loup. The second is with the painter, Elstir. The third, and most intriguing, is with Albertine Simonet, one of the little band of seemingly wild young girls holidaying in Balbec. Proust is an unhurried author, who delights in ordinary events, and this book is no exception. If you like really wonderful writing, a relaxed pace, and are after a break from a diet of thrillers, you will really like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Within a Budding Grove, Part 1

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Within a Budding Grove, Part 1 is the second volume of Proust's monumental, seven volume, quasi-autobiographical novel Remembrance of Things Past, which has been described as "one of the greatest works of imagination of all time." As the young narrator succumbs to the charms of the enchanting Gilberte, the author presents us with an unparalleled account of the pangs of adolescent love.

    Marius says: "More social mores"
    "More social mores"
    Overall

    Within a Budding Grove is the second book of the seven-volume In Search of Lost Time / Rememberances. For audiobook purposes, it is divided into two parts, this being the first. As with this entire series, it is beautifully narrated by Neville Jason. This particular section covers, amongst others, social interaction with the Marquis de Norpois, infatuation with the actress Berma, discussion of the author Bergotte, social difficulties relating to Odette, now married to Swann, and a growing relationship between the narrator and their pretty redheaded daughter, Gilberte. Proust is an unhurried author, who delights in ordinary events, and this book is no exception. If you like really wonderful writing, a relaxed pace, and are after a break from a diet of thrillers, you will really like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Swann in Love

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Swann in Love is the continuation of Swann's Way, the first part of Marcel Proust's monumental, seven volume Remembrance of Things Past. It tells the story of man-about-town Charles Swann's passionate, tormented love affair with the courtesan Odette de Crecy, and of its surprising outcome.

    Marius says: "Well swum, Swann!"
    "Well swum, Swann!"
    Overall

    Swann in Love is the second part of the first book of the seven-volume In Search of Lost Time / Rememberances. As with this entire series, it is beautifully narrated by Neville Jason. The books tells the story of Swann's courtship of Odette de Cr?cy. Proust is an unhurried author, who delights in ordinary events, and this book is no exception. Helicopter explosions are at a minimum, and I cannot recollect any noteworthy car chases or bloody murders. If you like really wonderful writing, a relaxed pace, and are after a break from a diet of thrillers, you will really like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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