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Pip

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  • Humboldt's Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    For years, they were the best of friends: the grand, erratic Humboldt and the ambitious young Charlie. But now Humboldt has died a failure, and Charlie's success-ridden life has taken various turns for the worse. Then Humboldt acts from the grave to change Charlie's life: he has left Charlie something in his will.

    Scott says: "Great Book, Great Reader"
    "That fellow Bellow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Humboldt's Gift rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In terms of the quality of the reader, very good, but the book is long winded and repetitive.


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

    An elegant conclusion left a feeling of satisfaction.


    What about Christopher Hurt’s performance did you like?

    He had a pleasant voice which suited the narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Navel gazing galore!


    Any additional comments?

    Bellow's hero is a mid twentieth century author not too dissimilar from himself. His quest for truth requires introspection rather than action, but a glorious list of writers and philosophers are bit players in the story.

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