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  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, Tobias Smollett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield

    Don Quixote, the world's first novel and by far the best-known book in Spanish literature, was originally intended by Cervantes as a satire on traditional popular ballads, yet he also parodied the romances of chivalry. By happy coincidence he produced one of the most entertaining adventure stories of all time and, in Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, two of the greatest characters in fiction.

    James says: "Excellent"
    "A classic tale; wonderful narration & a nit"

    This is a wonderful tale.

    Robert Whitfield's narration of this classic is engaging. I frequently found myself grinning like an idiot or laughing out loud listening to this on my iPod, to some embarrassment on my part when in public.

    Virtually all the characters have distinct and recognizable voices - one doesn't need to hear (for example) "Sancho said" to know that it was indeed the Honest Squire speaking. Bravo Robert!

    The translation is modern and idiomatic. Now the nit. If I have a complaint against this translation it is that the translator obviously does not know that "whence" means "from where." Instead, we constantly hear "from whence" all the time which means "from from where." Similarly, hence, henceforward, thence, thenceforward are almost always proceeded with the redundant “from.” Very irritating, given the frequency of use of these words in this translation.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Within a Budding Grove: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust, C. K. Scott Moncrieff (translator)
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th century literature. Within a Budding Grove is the second of seven volumes. The young narrator, experiencing his youthful sexuality, falls under the spell of a group of adolescent girls, succumbs to the charms of the enchanting Gilberte, and visits a brothel where he meets Rachel. His impressions of life are also stimulated by the painter, Elstir, and his encounter with another girl, Albertine.

    Darwin8u says: "One young nubile girl and then another ..."
    "Jason Brings Proust to Life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Within a Budding Grove to be better than the print version?


    Which character – as performed by Neville Jason – was your favorite?

    Baron de Charlus

    Any additional comments?

    I have just listened to all seven volumes of In Search of Lost Time so these comments apply to the whole series.

    Jason's narration of this poetic work is "sans pareil." He gives all the characters a distinctive voice making it much easier to follow.His pronunciation of the french names is impeccable.

    His English pronunciation is almost as good. Given Jason's mid-Atlantic plummy accent and the work's preoccupation with the upper class, his pronunciation of (the unfortunately frequently recurring word) "analogous" is teeth grating. (Hint: it should be pronounced with a hard "g.")

    Nevertheless, Bravo Neville! (and of course Proust)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Would be twice the book if it were half the length"

    Overlong, turgid, hackneyed post-apocalyptic vampire novel. Romero covered much of the same ground in "Dawn of the Dead" (infectious zombies, looting shopping malls, zombies returning to shopping malls, futile army) in two hours - which corresponds to 100 written pages - with spot on satire, which this novel lacks. "28 Days Later" covered the failed-scientific-experiment-gone-wrong plot much better - even with its rogue army unit plot diversion.

    Was Cronin paid by the word? There are many, many, many, many, many (do you get the point) instances of seemingly incessantly repeated words/phrases. There are literally pages of the listing of surnames. Is this supposed to make this more profound?

    This, from a university English professor? He should know better. This suffers from the modern malady of confusing length/quantity for quality.

    Apparently the movie rights for this novel have been taken up. The Passage will make (if it's kept to 2 hours) for a better movie and a better investment of one's time.

    This was a real slog to listen through to the end. I seriously thought to drop it many times because it was *so* tedious.

    I have absolutely *no* interest in reading the sequels.

    On a positive note, Scott Brick (as usual) and Co. do a laudable job of narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Mr. Samuel Pickwick, luminous presence, general chairman and member of the Pickwick Club, an organization devoted to meeting good friends, sharing good stories and spreading good cheer. Join Mr. Pickwick and his friends Mr. Snodgrass, Mr. Jingle and all the rest in Part One of their adventures, which include: the first day's journey, an old-fashioned card party, the action of Bardell against Pickwick, and Christmas.

    Amazon Customer says: "Pickwick Papers"
    "overpriced & almost unlistenable"

    As good as Tull's reading and characterizations are, at the highest format available (2), this recording makes Tull sound like he is talking through 3 pairs of socks! To the point of its being unintelligble.

    To add insult to injury, this title is split in 2. I don't know what deal Audio struck with Recorded Books for this recording but charging twice as much as most of the other similar length (~30hr) Dickens titles at half the audio quality is, at least by my reckoning, extortionate. At the very least you should consider this only one title.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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