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EVERETT

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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (329)

    Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

    The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.

    Robert says: "Excellent rendition"
    "Great literature, superb narration"
    Overall

    What more can be said about Oscar Wilde's novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray"? Fascinating, mysterious, gripping, and witty. Simon Vance's narration captures every nuance of the language, story, and dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Passage to India

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (56)

    What really happened in the Marabar caves? Adela Quested arrives in Chandrapore, India, prepared to marry a British magistrate who exemplifies the narrow-minded, anti-Indian projudices of the imperial bureaucracy. But she soon meets the charming and mercurial Dr. Aziz, who offers to show her the "real" India. An expedition to the famed Marabar caves ends in explosive accusations and a schism that foreshadows the eventual end of British rule in India.

    Benedict says: "What a pleasant surprise"
    "Great literature - great narration"
    Overall

    What more is there to say about this wonderfully evocative novel full of vivid characters and historical detail? The narration is superb, even if his rendition of the female voices falls a bit short of perfect. Nicely paced. Highly recommended. A favorite author...and now a favorite classic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wings of the Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Kate Croy is secretly engaged to Merton Denscher, a journalist who lacks money. By chance, Kate befriends Milly, an American heiress, and learns she is suffering from a fatal illness. Kate devises a scheme to maximize their combined assets: she encourages Merton to take an interest in Milly and marry her. Kate intends to make him a rich widower whom she herself can marry. But such well-laid plans are not enough for the subtlety of the heart.

    Alain says: "Wings!"
    "Late Henry James - a challenge to read/hear"
    Overall

    Wings of the Dove is a very good story, and I very much liked the way the different lines of plot were woven together. However, the story is long, and with all due respect to this highly revered writer, I felt that the writing rambled a bit. Nadia May is one of my all-time favorite narrators. For this novel, though, she was mildly disappointing. Not all the voices of the characters were distinct. Two of the principal characters are American, while most of the rest are British. Ms May was not able to read the American dialogue consistently with a recognizable American accent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (499)

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    Andrew says: "One of a Kind."
    "Highly suspenseful, highly recommended"
    Overall

    This is not the typical kind of book I listen to, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story of these two late Victorian magicians is framed within a modern story about two of their descendents. Fascinating for the period details. Fascinating for the representation of art, performance, and secrecy of magical illusion. Although I personally found the science fiction aspect of it (the latter part of the book) to be less convincing and appealing than the earlier, more realistic parts, I found the book so intriguing that I could hardly put it down. The narration by Simon Vance is a superb performance.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Comfort of Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan has won the Booker Prize, Whitbread Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his masterfully accomplished fiction. The Comfort of Strangers is an exquisitely crafted gothic novella. On holiday, Colin and Maria wander the ancient streets of Venice and frequently lose their way. When they are accosted by a man with a strange and alluring story to tell, they soon become entwined in a fantasy of violence and erotic obsession.

    EVERETT says: "Mysterious, bizarre"
    "Mysterious, bizarre"
    Overall

    A couple visits a famous tourist city (unnamed in the novel) and become victims of a deranged man's fantasies. Much of the novel is written with oblique descriptions, but there is nevertheless a sense of dark suspense that builds. I would not say this is one of McEwan's finest novels. If you're a fan, it's definitely worth the read!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    The first of Jane Austen's novels to be published, Sense and Sensibility marked the debut of England's primary novelist of manners. Convinced that "three or four families in a country village is the very thing to work upon", Austen created a brilliant tragicomedy of flirtation and folly.

    EVERETT says: "Enjoyable reading of a great classic"
    "Enjoyable reading of a great classic"
    Overall

    I can't add more to what has already been said of this great classic early novel by Jane Austen. Times and customs certainly have changed since the early 19th century in England, but Austen's portrayal of human relationships comes through with a sharpness, wit and tenderness that can still engross the interest of a reader from the early 21st century. Nadia May's narration, as always, is faultless and brings each of the characters to life with a distinct voice.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Enduring Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    On a sunny afternoon, the middle-aged writer Joe Rose and his wife look up from their picnic in the countryside to see an elderly man desperately trying to anchor his giant helium balloon. Running to help, Joe is joined by other bystanders. But from that fateful day, one of them, Jed Parry, will begin to stalk Joe. Driven by religious zeal and misdirected love, the strange young man will slowly unravel each strand of Joe's life.

    EVERETT says: "Thriller of the minds and relationships"
    "Thriller of the minds and relationships"
    Overall

    I found this novel to be original and engrossing. It's about a writer makes a chance acquaintance with another man, who is psychologically disturbed. They both have witnessed a tragic balooning acident. The disturbed man falls in love with the writer after this briefest of encounters and stalks him persistently, creating tension in the writer's marriage. The author describes the writer's research into the man's clinical disturbance and makes this almost unbelievable plot seem plausible. This book has suspense, as well as an interesting cast of characters. A good read!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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