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Ruth

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  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (780)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "The best book I have ever read!"
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    Would you listen to Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose again? Why?

    I doubt it, but it was amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Difficult to chose - perhaps Gavroche.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the apartment when Jean was about to be killed & Javert almost caught him - suspense at its very best!


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

    It haunts me. I never knew there was so much left out in the musical, as it would've been impossible to cover it all. Victor Hugo was truly gifted. I would, however, recommend listening to another great read, "The Greater Journey" by David McCullough, before reading Les Mis - it includes a terrific history of Paris, including Victor Hugo's humanitarian activities. I can't wait to see the movie premiering this Christmas!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend - don't be intimidated by its length - take your time and savor it!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (785)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "Excellent - an engrossing read!"
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    What did you love best about The Greater Journey?

    How the author and reader bring the characters and Paris to life during this time period.


    What other book might you compare The Greater Journey to and why?

    Can't think of one, but it was a great background for reading Les Miserables afterward.


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

    No, but I look forward to doing so.


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

    Not really, but I enjoyed learning about Morse the most.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend - definitely not a dry history lesson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Canaan’s Side: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    From the two-time Man Booker short-listed author of The Secret Scripture comes a magnificent new novel that is the story of the twentieth century in America. Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere’s life over seventeen days, On Canaan’s Side opens as Lilly mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill.

    Laurene says: "Lovely and sad"
    "Excellent!"
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    Would you listen to On Canaan’s Side again? Why?

    Loved it, but I very rarely listen to a book twice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead character had a wonderful story to tell.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1025)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Loved it!"
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    If you could sum up Sacre Bleu in three words, what would they be?

    Enticing, humorous, transporting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sacre Bleu?

    Monet's home


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    His performance of the variety of characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of Sacre Bleu and why?

    Toulouse La Trec - very funny and eccentric.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved envisioning the lives of the Impressionists and revisiting my beloved Paris a great read - highly recommend.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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