I had a bit of a struggle following the thread of the story between the characters, however the narration skills of these amazing actors overcame this difficulty for the most part. As indicated in other reviews, the story is unrelentingly grim, realistic, and painful to listen to because of its adherence to accurate portrayal of individual experiences in World War II.
I have been quite taken by the Hardy oeuvre: have both read and listened to more than ten books; have swooned over nearly all; but this one is by far the worst. I tried to get past Mr. Vance's sing-song and condescending narration but couldn't because there was not enough character draw to keep me engaged in this story. After 90 minutes, decided I'd given this enough time and deleted it from my phone..
I've listened to several other Rose Tremain novels and this one left the most to be desired. I couldn't get attached to any of the main characters as their flaws, especially their extreme lack of empathy for others, far outweighed any evident positive attribute. However, I listened to the entire book because Ms. Stevensen's gift of narration and acting is a treat to hear regardless of the quality of the content.
This book provides an unapologetic, refreshing, biblical-based perspective on the responsibilities of Christians. The only disappointment was that when the book quoted scripture, the narrator assumed an almost-Ossie Davis tone which detracted from the content because it wasn't genuine.
This period piece by Wilde was not as enjoyable to listen to as were "The Importance of Being Earnest" or "An Ideal Husband" both of which were literary treats. This play merely seems to dramatize Americans' lack of appreciation for all that is British without being either funny or enlightening. I'm not partial to the favorable portraiture of Americans but the characters in this play were one-dimensional and not engaging, and I couldn't suspend disbelief in the premise of the story. I tried, but I couldn't listen to more than 30 minutes. Instead, I'd highly recommend the two plays previously mentioned.
This play showcases the phenomenal talents of the very gifted cast. This fast-paced drama with subtle and not-so-subtle humor provides a slice of life in the tenements of the Bronx with wisdom that is timeless. I enjoyed it so much that I listened to it three times, getting something different out of it each time. Once again, another fantastic offering by LA Theater.
While Simon Vance narrates this book extraordinarily well, it is insufficient to save this story from droning on about the French bourgeois, the French middle class, and subsequent ennui. The author's premise of an accident in which a sister is nearly killed is enticing but I think the real "Secret Kept," is why should the reader care.
While I have loved the poetry of Hamlet, it wasn't until I listened to this performance of the play - powerfully well done - with commentary that I was able to transcend 21st century culture and immerse myself in the depths of Hamlet. The program unveiled my brain to the beauty which had been previously obscure.
The narrator delivers an exquisite and memorable performance of this well-written, believable, and fascinating story of urban cats abandoned in the forest amid ferals. Each of the cats are distinct not anthropomorphized with admirable and delectable, sometimes detestable, feline qualities. The descriptions of the Australian fauna and flora round out this highly satisfying book.
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