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Eleanor Corner

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  • Life and Fate: The Complete Series (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Vasily Grossman
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh, David Tennant
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Kenneth Branagh stars in BBC Radio 4's ambitious eight-hour dramatisation of Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman's epic masterpiece set during the Battle of Stalingrad. This powerful work, completed in 1960, charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the KGB placed the manuscript under arrest and Grossman was informed his book would not be published for at least 200 years.

    Alifa says: "Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate"
    "Painfully well done"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Trumpet-Major

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Against the larger-than-life backdrop of England's conflict with Napoleon, young Anne Garland is courted by three suitors: the trumpet-major John Loveday, his sailor-brother Bob, and Festus Derriman of the yeomanry cavalry. For Hardy, the loves and sorrows of ordinary characters are as much the material of history as any record of emperors and generals.

    Eleanor Corner says: "Far Below Both Author's and Narrator's Quality"
    "Far Below Both Author's and Narrator's Quality"
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    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..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trespass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rose Tremain
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In a silent valley in southern France stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Aramon, the owner, is so haunted by his violent past that he's become incapable of all meaningful action, letting his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. Meanwhile, his sister Audrun, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this closed world comes Anthony Verey....

    Eleanor Corner says: "Saved by the amazing Juliet Stevensen"
    "Saved by the amazing Juliet Stevensen"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom and the Great Commission

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin DeYoung, Greg Gilbert
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Addressing mission, evangelism, and social justice, two pastors draw listeners to the Bible's teaching on some contentious matters. Listeners in all spheres of ministry will grow in their understanding of the mission of the Church and gain a renewed sense of urgency for Jesus' call to preach the Word and make disciples.

    Matthew says: "Bringing us back to the core"
    "Inspiring and Thoughtful Content"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Canterville Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    A terrifying ghost is haunting the ancient mansion of Canterville Chase, complete with creaking floorboards, clanking chains and gruesome disguises - but the new occupants seem strangely undisturbed by his presence. Deftly contrasting the conventional gothic ghost story with the pragmatism of the modern world, Wilde creates a gently comic fable of the conflict between old and new. Rupert Degas's hilarious reading brings the absurdity and theatricality of the story to life.

    Maria says: "Family ghost story"
    "Not of Wilde's usual caliber"
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    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Awake and Sing!

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Clifford Odets
    • Narrated By Emily Bergl, Ben Gazzara, Jonathan Hadary, and others
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Clifford Odets’ masterpiece, starring Mark Ruffalo, Jane Kaczmarek, Richard Kind, and Ben Gazzara, brings to life the struggles of a working-class family aspiring to the promise of the American Dream. Even as they endure the country’s worst economic nightmare, three generations of an immigrant family are crowded into a Bronx tenement, fiercely determined to stay afloat, no matter what the cost.

    Eleanor Corner says: "Top talent, top play."
    "Top talent, top play."
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Secret Kept

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way.

    Janice says: "Couldn't finish"
    "Great narration, boring story"
    Overall

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet: Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner, and others
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    Experience Hamlet as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.

    Shaun says: "Performance great; commentary lacking"
    "Shakespeare revealed!"
    Overall

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Forest: A Journey from the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sonya Hartnett
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Kian, a cossetted suburban cat, is snatched from his comforts and dumped in the bush along with two kittens, Cally and Jem. The greatest threat to their survival are other cats, ferals who fiercely guard their territories. Kian survives some unnerving and vicious encounters but is unswerving in his desire to make the long journey home to his territory even though it is apparent his owner is dead and that there will be no welcome from the cruel man who has taken over the house.

    Eleanor Corner says: "Australian gem"
    "Australian gem"
    Overall

    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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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