It is difficult to listen to this book and not think that it is vaguely biographical. Or, at least, the author or a close friend or family member has had a run-in with a person like Henry.
The slow revealing of the menace in this man is quite skillful, as is the susceptibility and weakness of Daisy for his attentions. What formed them and caused them to be a pair is very well delineated.
At first, I was impatient with Alan Bates' narration, it was too deliberate and tedious.
But the pace picked up and it was excellent. Diana Quick does a good job, as well.
Worth a read, but it is really quite creepy.
This is one of the few audiobooks I couldn't stomach. I am going to read it, instead. The narrators are inappropriate. Barbara Rosenblat (who I think is terrific, usually) sounds like a crabby old yenta. She does not sound the least bit Gallic. Cassandra Morris is completely off tone. She sounds like a character in "Clueless." -- a Valley Girl with no idea how to pronounce correctly in French. Paloma has a much loftier opinion of her intellectual prowess than is portrayed by her thoughts and actions.
She sounds like an ordinary snotty know-it-all teenager to me. I have a feeling I will like it in print when I can be free of bad narration.
When Irene and Vera are together, pandemonium ensues. However, it is when they are apart and corresponding that we get the full range of petty jealousy, mutual defamation, sly but withering criticism, and killer malapropisms.
I found it completely hilarious, and can't wait for more. My only criticism is that the shorter
programs (about a hour) are one credit, which will also buy you the longer ones (over 3 hours).
This under-the-radar Bronte book is a cautionary tale. It is wonderfully narrated by both narrators.
It is an important book and stands easily with Wuthering Heights as a study in unfortunate marriage. It makes one long to read the definitive Bronte biographies.
Don't miss it.
If this is the best book I won't read this year
as Stephen King refers to it, then conversely, it is the worst book I did read.
I found it tedious, badly narrated, and unremarkable.
I was unable to finish listening to this book. This ia a rare occurrence for me.
I found the protagonist to be self absorbed to an extent that is unusual even in our culture.
Her collapse because her marriage and her adulterous affair fell apart is hardly a reason for sympathy. She is spoiled and selfish. Go whine somewhere else.
This book,which I have recommended to everyone I talk books with, is a marvel of intertwined narratives.
It also is prophetic, with the rise of right wing Turkish nationalism and radical Islam in Turkey. Turkey still denies the massacre of millions of Armenians, people are getting assassinated for demanding it be acknowledged.
It brought home the hopelessness of the tangle of interests in that part of the world. It is fine and important literature. If I was teaching I would put it on my syllabus.
John Lee, as always, is superb.
This is a very well written book, full of humane and caring characters, who are also not without some major faults, to say nothing of eccentricities.
The narration is very fine, as well.
This is a very elaborate history of the exploration to find the source of the Nile, and the characters that played the major roles.
The unbelievable toughness of the explorers, the travails of the journeys and the constant exposure to danger make for very interesting reading.
Superbly read, as always, by this stellar narrator.
The autistic spectrum is apparent in Daniel's extreme recall of detail-- some judicious editing might have eliminated some of the tedious bits. But, self involvement is part of the spectrum as well as the astounding gifts of the savant. Even understanding that this is the case, one doesn't necessarily want to read what the fellow had for breakfast when it does nothing to inform or
lead us to understanding. But, in all, it is a book about a unique person and a worthwhile read.
Temple Grandin's books on autism are more riveting, without the self-obsessed point of view.
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