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Katherine

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  • The Old Curiosity Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (64)

    Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape - but at what cost?

    Rosemary says: "Outstanding Narration"
    "Dickens and Lesser"
    Overall

    Anton Lesser does a fabulous job of reading Dickens. And the book is just as touching and interesting now as it was when crowds gathered to find out if Little Nell had died. Listening to Dickens read by someone who knows all the different dialects contributes immensely to appreciating the worlds D. creates.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Paradise Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    In words remarkable for their richness of rhythm and imagery, Milton tells the story of man's creation, fall, and redemption, "to justify the ways of God to men". Here, unabridged, and told with exceptional sensitivity and power by Anton Lesser, is the plight of Adam and Eve, the ambition and vengefulness of Satan and his cohorts.

    David says: "Great Epic Poem Narrated Well"
    "Great poem, wrong reader"
    Overall

    I actively seek out Anton Lesser's recordings, but he's the wrong pick for Paradise Lost, at least for my taste.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Citizen of the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (504)

    Citizen of the Galaxy takes place far in the future, when the human race has spread out to colonize other planets. In a slave market in the capital of Jubbul and the Nine Worlds, an auctioneer announces, "Lot 97. A boy." Slavery is commonplace in Jubbul, and the sight of the ragged, starving boy, Thorby, on the auction block is not unusual. What does puzzle bystanders and Thorby himself is his purchase by crippled Baslim, the beggar who sits every day in a corner of the marketplace.

    L. says: "One of Heinlein's best"
    "Dated and Undeveloped"
    Overall

    Well, this book is dated, but Heinlein always managed to tell a good story, although there are a lot of easy outs in this plot which leave one feeling let down. Still, good stuff for post-long-day escapism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Riddle Of The Sands

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Erskine Childers
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Riddle of the Sands is set during the long suspicious years leading up to the First World War and is a classic of spy fiction.

    Katherine says: "Slow and Earnest"
    "Slow and Earnest"
    Overall

    Admittedly, I am an hour and a half from reaching the end of this book. And I wouldn't make it to the end except that the pace has finally picked up. You'll listen for a long time to much ado about little with this one. Even the reader, Anton Lesser, can't really bring it alive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cat O' Nine Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    Cat O'Nine Tales is the fifth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller. Ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and Jeffrey Archer's trademark unexpected conclusions, some of these 13 stories were inspired by the two years he spent in prison, including the story of a company chairman who tries to poison his wife while on a trip to St. Petersburg - with unexpected consequences.

    Katherine says: "Excellent pick!"
    "Excellent pick!"
    Overall

    I don't usually like to listen to short stories, but these aren't really short short and they are marvelously engaging, always with a twist at the end. Thoroughly enjoyable listening, and well read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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