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Ariadne

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  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Milan Kundera, Michael Henry Heim (translator)
    • Narrated By Richmond Hoxie
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (174)
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    (171)

    A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon, a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals—while her other lover, earnest, faithful, and good, stands to lose everything because of his noble qualities. In a world where lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and fortuitous events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence we feel “the unbearable lightness of being."

    Darwin8u says: "Muss es Sein? Es Muss Sein! Es Muss Sein!"
    "Disjointed, with Occasional Pearls of Genius"
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    Part love drama, part political commentary, part surrealist theater, part philosophical treatise. These genres kept intersecting one another, sometimes without a clear distinction. To top it off, the narrative was not linear. The author kept jumping forwards and backwards in time, in short chapters that seemed confusing. I found the redeeming value in occasional poignant observations and philosophical pondering of the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mason Currey
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (259)

    Kafka is one of 161 inspired-and inspiring-minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good book, Bad narrator"
    "Delightful"
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    This was an absolutely delightful book easily read in short chapters, ideal for the daily commute. It's very encouraging and inspiring to learn about other people's creative habits, comparing them to my own. The narrator had a pleasant voice and at the 1 1/4 speed (on Android app) kept me engaged. However, the pronunciation of certain foreign names and nouns was atrocious. In the age of Wikipedia where you can look up the basic pronunciation of everything, it is inexcusable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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