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Cynthia Sheller

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Ivanhoe

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    During the reign of Richard I, Wilfred of Ivanhoe earns his father's disapproval by falling in love with Rowena, his father's ward. His father had planned to wed her himself, and reestablish the Saxon line.

    Tobin says: "A great classic romance/adventure"
    "Delightfully stilted speech and pomposity"
    Overall

    Enter the chivalrous excesses of Merrie England in the days of Robin Hood and Richard the Coeur de Lyon, and the skullduggery of Prince John, through the witty eyes of Sir Walter Scott. Settle in for a long and verbose wandering through Sherwood and environs, amidst smashing of staves and swashbuckling last-second saves. If you don't mind spending the first, oh, what is the audio-equivalent of many pages? in a description of the dress and mein of two merely supporting characters, this may be the story for you.It is hard to "come to" in the 21st century, after this listen.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (296)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "Attonement ... reasons to read"
    Overall

    The two previous pans of this piece of literature spurred me to add my review. Yes, there was such a complex set of possiblities of meaning that I did listen to the beginning and other parts more than once. For me, that's what you do with a really great book. Light fluffy books have their place, as do deep and complex books. Attonement tends toward the latter; towards literature as opposed to entertainment, though not in a highbrow and full of its own importance way. Its certainly really funny in parts. So that is what I would like to add to the discussion....read Attonement if you love books that lift you beyond your narrow existence.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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