I just finished a five-month long romp through the entire set of Anthony Trollope's Barchester Chronicles. Each one builds on the last, with earlier characters forming the background for the protagonists of the day. The final book (The Last Chronicle of Barset) is perhaps the best, as he has rounded out his style and he does not give everyone a happy ending. The Warden contains a good bit of social commentary about the power of the press, and in particular the power of a celebrity op-ed columnist. As with all of the books in this set, the characters are vivid and their conversations wonderful.
This is as fine a story as you will ever find. I stopped reading when he was packed off to the POW camp because I didn't want to listen to the brutality. I went back several months later and I'm glad I did. This is an absolutely wonderful tale.
Edward Herrmann is not my favorite reader but he does a fine job overall. What I missed were the photos that are sprinkled throughout the printed book. Also, Hillenbrand has a wonderful Acknowledgment section in the print book that is worth finding a copy to read. Luckily, we had a book on the shelf and I was able to enjoy both.
This is a lovely story about love in the days when love's expression was circumscribed by the traditions and social customs of England's country villages in the mid-1800s. As usual, Trollope's characters are superbly described and each has a role to play in this tale of provincial life. Lovely story, well told. I think you can assume that you will forgive his heroine her desire for emotional fulfillment. But it's good read and another wonderful Trollope story.
I got this from one of audible's sale days. It's quirky and fun. It's not earth shattering or terribly important, but it is a romp through the history of our English language, and this makes for an enjoyable read.
I could listen to Simon Winchester read his grocery list, so I'm predisposed to like this book. My husband and I listened to him read his story about Krakatoa several years ago and it was wonderful. This book begins with the man charged with the task of measuring out -- by metes and bounds -- the entire western portion of the United States. Even that small story is wonderful. Winchester goes on to tell about the trailblazers of American history, from the Erie Canal to the railroads, the telegraph to the radio, and even up to the internet of today. We read this while on summer driving trips and found we could leave it at any time and pick it up later without missing a beat. It is fascinating and quirky. Just like Mr. Winchester himself.
I am glad that I was introduced to Terry Tempest Williams in this book. It is a wonderful book about womanhood in the Mormon community of Utah. How does a woman communicate when her religious tradition insists that she remain silent? How does this religious tradition live out in the relationship that Mormons have with the land? It helps that the book is read by its author, as her inflection is important in giving you a sense of her true feelings. That is as valuable as the words themselves.
I've been reading through some of the great English authors: Trollope, Dickens, etc. Penelope Lively is not in their league. But she creates a lovely story here, and it is worth reading.
I remember reading in the 1960s that there was great drama in the publishing of Doctor Zhivago in the west, and in Boris Pasternak being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. This is the story of that drama. "The Zhivago Affair" will give you a better understanding of the times and how difficult it was for Pasternak to publish an honest book about Russia in the early days of the USSR. We can only dimly imagine how fraught with terror were the lives of Russian intellectuals. This is a wonderful history of the author, the book he wrote, and the consequences of its publication.
This book is a phenomenal accomplishment of research and compilation. I cannot imagine that anything important about Charles Dickens' life remains unsaid. There is almost too much detail here, but one finishes this book with a very good understanding of the author, the place of each book in his life, and the dynamics of his authorship. You may be surprised that some of his best books are given short shrift, but then, this is about Dickens and not just his books. Very interesting read!
I read Middlemarch as an audible.com book. This modern-day corollary is a must to understanding it. Rebecca Mead's curiosity about George Eliot, her family relationships, the people in her circle of friends, and the events of her time, all make this an essential complement to that book. I now want to re-read Middlemarch with a new sense of understanding about its characters and their creator.
Hearing Maya Angelou read her own story is one of the great privileges of an audible.com patron. This is a classic book narrated by the woman who wrote it. Nothing can be better than this wonderful book!
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