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  • Flashman and the Angel of the Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    If only Flashman had got on with his dinner and ignored the handkerchief dropped by a flirtatious hussy in a Calcutta hotel... well, American history might have been different, a disastrous civil war might have been avoided, and Flash Harry himself would have been spared one of the most hair-raising adventures of his misspent life. If only... but alas, the arch-rotter of the Victorian age could never resist the lure of a pretty foot.

    Tyrus07 says: "David Case reads excellent as Flashman"
    "The Flash Goes Marching On"
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    Performance
    Story

    The irascible character of Harry "Flash" Flashman is compelled by various forces to join the John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. Along the way, Flash encounters many characters who sport a variety of accents- Upper Crusty English, Scottish, American Southern, to name a few. This narrator does a good job with the British accents, and handles John Brown himself with aplomb. The whining, keening tone of Brown's rhetoric still resonates in my head. What the narrator does best is take certain phrases and make them immensely humorous. I laughed outloud at some of the well-timed comments.

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  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Emily Brontë
    • Narrated By Carolyn Seymour
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Wuthering Heights is the sole novel of Emily Brontë, who died a year after its publication at the age of 30. A tale of exceptional emotional and imaginative force, it is an arresting vision of metaphysical passion, in which nature and society, heaven and hell, and dynamic and passive forces are powerfully juxtaposed.

    E. says: "Classic novel faithfully rendered"
    "Classic novel faithfully rendered"
    Overall

    I'd just finished Jane Eyre and was inspired to read more by the Bronte sisters when I chose this book. And, like Jane Eyre, it takes place in lonely houses on the moors. But the tone and tenor of the tale is very different.
    There are some very unpleasant characters in this book. They argue, harrass and harangue each other. These disagreeable exchanges dominated the book for me, and made it difficult to listen to at times. Overall, though, I am glad to have experienced this classic novel, which is a touchstone for many modern authors.

    The narrator was for the most part very good. She gave different tones and inflections to each character and seemed to be consistent, although there were times when I lost track of some of the characters. And, even though I think I am able to understand more "rustic" British accents than many Americans, there was one servant character who was overall unintelligible to me.

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