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Elisa

Congers, NY, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Fleeing the respectable society that wants to "sivilize" him, Huck Finn shoves off with Jim on a rhapsodic raft journey down the Mississippi River. The two bind themselves to one another, becoming intimate friends and agreeing "there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft".

    Amazon Customer says: "A true classic"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Hard to say what I liked best about this book. The story is great, the writing is fantastic, the reader excellent. I recommend enthusiastically!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    Wuthering Heights is the name of a rustic old house situated above the Yorkshire moors and dominated by its new master, Heathcliff. It is a famous story of love, passion, and the nature of man.

    Elisa says: "If you want passion..."
    "If you want passion..."
    Overall

    This is probably the most passionate love story I have ever read - of course written in nineteenth century manner. There is plenty of hearlessness and cruelty but deep passion is the undercurrent that moves the book. You may not like the characters, but the intensity of feeling will bowl you over. If you like that, this is the book for you.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Burger's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nadine Gordimer
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This is the moving story of the unforgettable Rosa Burger, a young woman from South Africa cast in the mold of a revolutionary tradition. Rosa tries to uphold her heritage handed on by martyred parents while still carving out a sense of self. Although it is wholly of today, Burger's Daughter can be compared to those 19th century Russian classics that make a certain time and place come alive, and yet stand as universal celebrations of the human spirit. Nadine Gordimer, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born and lives in South Africa.

    Anne says: "No wonder she won the Nobel Prize for literature!"
    "Terrible audio"
    Overall

    I really, really wanted to hear this audiobook, but the quality of the recording was so bad I had to give up. I hope that Audible finds a new version, as this is a book that deserves to be heard...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Red and the Black

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stendhal
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    So what would Al Gore choose if he had a book club? Gore named Stendhal's The Red and the Black, a 19th century classic chock full of adultery, betrayal, and moral vacuity, as his favorite book on a recent broadcast of Oprah. It's a bit shocking of a choice, given his wife and running mate's position on clean, wholesome literature. Listen and decide for yourself the merit of this presidential pick.

    Elisa says: "I wish it was better..."
    "I wish it was better..."
    Overall

    I really wanted to listen to this book, but the audio quality was prohibitive...
    I hope that audible will find a better recording at some point, as this is great book.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (673)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    This book should be obligatory reading for all leaders that are thinking of starting a war. Tolstoy dissects, with vivid detail, the consequences of arrogance and lack of understanding that so often cause the deaths of thousands of men.
    The characters are very real, and, because the book is so long, become almost acquaintances.
    I strongly recommend this audiobook. The reader is great, and really keeps you wanting to come back for more.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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