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Jacob Arnon

Cambridge, MA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Dangling Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Expecting to be inducted into the army during World War II, Joseph has given up his job and carefully prepared for his departure to the battlefront. When a series of mix-ups delays his induction, he finds himself facing a year of idleness. Written in diary format, Bellow’s first novel documents Joseph’s psychological reaction to his inactivity while war rages around him and his uneasy insights into the nature of freedom and choice.

    Jacob Arnon says: "thoughtful"
    "thoughtful"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The novella was Bellow's first and many of the themes he will develop more fully later are already adumbrated here.


    What other book might you compare Dangling Man to and why?

    Sartre's la Nausee each book looks for life's meaning and sees aimless freedom as inherently meaningless.


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  • Story

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Story is the narrative of a princess, whose husband has gone out hunting. She is inspired by her uncle showing her paintings of a nearby ruined castle which has become overgrown with trees to ask him to take her there on their afternoon ride. On the way, they pass through the busy market and see that there is a showman exhibiting a range of wild beasts. When they reach the base of the castle, they have a fine view back towards their own castle and the town beneath it, but they quickly spot that something is wrong. A fire has broken out in the marketplace.

    Jacob Arnon says: "Good story"
    "Good story"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Story better?

    A different reader, someone who knows that to read a story is not the same as performing a play. The reader needs to brig out the natural style through the reading and not try to dramatize it. The drama here is int the style not the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was read, nothing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too much emphasis on voice not enough on the words.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story, yes, the "performance" no.


    Any additional comments?

    Re record the story with a different reader.

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