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Kathleen

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  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    James says: "A Modern (but Subtle) Masterpiece."
    "Years on my shelf, hours in my ears"
    Overall

    My sister gave me this series of books (printed) years ago, and I never got around to reading them. I think it was because the cover art looked so pompous. However, in searching for titles read by the estimable Simon Vance, I came across them, and thought I would give a listen.

    I am so glad that I did. I love the writing, which is witty, literate, and interesting. I love the narration. Simon Vance is one of the best vocal actors around, with the ability to create specific individual voices for a multitude of characters.

    As others have said, the plot is dilatory, but what do you want from an epic that spans the greater part of the 20th century from the point of view of a callow youth as he, along with the century, grows and develops.

    I will definitely purchase the next three sections--though I am stretching it out over a few months, because already I don't want it to end.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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