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Robert

PARIS, France

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  • The Waste Land & Four Quartets

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By T.S. Eliot
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (70)

    These are masterly readings, by renowned thespian Paul Schofield, of two substantial works of poetry by T.S. Eliot.

    Judith says: "Exquisite!"
    "Superb interpretation."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enthusiastically. It brings meaning to a difficult text.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The meaningfulness of the reading.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Scofield – was your favorite?

    Not relevant.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me understand.


    Any additional comments?

    The best download on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Guermantes Way: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (42)

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. The Guermantes Way is the third of seven volumes. The narrator penetrates the inner sanctum of Paris high society and falls in love with the fascinating Duchesse de Guermantes. Proust describes vividly the struggles for political, social, and sexual supremacy played out beneath a veneer of elegant manners. He also finds himself pursued by the predatory Baron de Charlus.

    David E. Gregson says: "Makes a very big reading project a breeze!"
    "Dazzling reading of a great book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Guermantes Way rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the very best


    What other book might you compare The Guermantes Way to and why?

    To be judged with the other sections of this book.


    Have you listened to any of Neville Jason’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only his volumes of Proust, all similar.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Happiness I am reading Proust in English.


    Any additional comments?

    You must begin with the first section of A la Recherche du Temps Perdu, Swann's Way, and decide to read all (6 or 7) sections, of which this is the third. You will not regret it. I have read French fluently for over 60 years, but failed to make headway with Proust. This translation and reading is a joy, and I am confidently on my way to listening to the whole book, which is unmistakably the great European novel of the 20th. century.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    A Room with a View portrays the love of a British woman for an expatriate living in Italy, a country which to Forster represents the forces of true passion. Caught up in a world of social snobbery, Forster's heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, finds herself constrained by the claustrophobic influence of her British guardians, who encourage her to take up with a well-connected boor.

    Isabelle says: "Horrendous Reader Stifles the Story"
    "The great British author of his time?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does A Room with a View rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The shock of the street murder.


    Any additional comments?

    This great essay into the crippling restraints on British women of his time is well worth the read. The reader held me glued to the story - the only real test of a reader of novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Essential Kipling

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joseph Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas, Martin Jarvis, Richard Pasco, and others
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Throughout his life Kipling never stopped writing. Greatly revered during his own lifetime and recipient of the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature The Essential Kipling celebrates a truly prolific and varied career; with his poetry and stories interpreted vividly by wonderful actors.

    Robert says: "Kipling as you never knew him."
    "Kipling as you never knew him."
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Essential Kipling in three words, what would they be?

    The whole shooting-box!


    Any additional comments?

    This startling compilation of Kipling's life and constant critique of the British Empire around him was a revelation to me. I have always admired him for seeing the Empire as it was. With this sympathetic reading he has become a true hero in my eyes. Well worth buying!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Gerard Manley Hopkins
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A collection of the best-known poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889). One of the Victorian era's greatest writers, Hopkins' reputation has continued to grow since his death. This collection includes "The Windhover", "The Caged Skylark", "Carrion Comfort", "Spring", and "Fall and Inversnaid".

    Robert says: "Excellent encounter with the poet."
    "Excellent encounter with the poet."
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Poets the most enjoyable?

    The variety of moods achieved in selection and voice.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Irrelevant. It is not a story.


    What does Jeremy Northam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It is not a story.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this a remarkable achievement of reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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