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  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (135)

    Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

    Victoria Wright says: "Didion deserves better."
    "Buy the book. Avoid the audio."
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    What disappointed you about Slouching Towards Bethlehem?

    I had to stop listening after about 5 minutes. I've never been to California - I've lived in Missouri my whole life. But I know that "San Bernardino" is not pronounced: "San Berdino." I suppose it's possible Keaton knows something I don't about the way the locals pronounce things in casual conversation. But at *best* this performance would be something like replacing "you" with "ya'll." It's grating. Language matters to Didion:"I am still committed to the idea that the ability to think for one’s self depends upon one’s mastery of the language, and I am not optimistic about children who will settle for saying, to indicate that their mother and father do not live together, that they come from 'a broken home.'"Her language is, in my view, butchered here. Shame on Audible for publishing the audiobook in this state. Buy the book - the prose is excellent. I'm getting my money back for the audio version.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work, 1888-2006, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Walt Whitman, and others
    • Narrated By William Butler Yeats, W.H. Auden, Ezra Pound, and others
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Poetry on Record is an engrossing collection of poems read by the people who wrote them, from the dawn of sound recording to the current day. Over the course of four volumes, it tells the story of the past 120 years of poetry in English. Equally important, it allows listeners to understand exactly how the poets intended their poems to be read aloud.

    Bazbar says: "Terrible audio quality"
    "Terrible audio quality"
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    Many of the readings are totally worthless. I don't know if it's the encoding, or the original recordings but you can't even make out the first few poems. Don't be fooled (as I was) by the preview. There are some clear recordings but, sadly, this isn't worth your money.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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