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Frank

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  • Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Geoff Dyer
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Every two years the international art world descends on Venice for the opening of the Biennale. Among them is Jeff Atman, a jaded and dissolute journalist, whose dedication to the cause of Bellini-fuelled party-going is only intermittently disturbed by the obligation to file a story.

    Frank says: "Hate Jeff in Venice, Love Death in Varanasi"
    "Hate Jeff in Venice, Love Death in Varanasi"
    Overall

    I've been a Geoff Dyer fan for years and I hit a wall of disappointment listening to "Jeff in Venice". I couldn't figure out why the text even existed. Who could care about the sex life and gorged ego of the lead character? There is little reason to read this first half of the book although I forced myself to finish it.
    "Death in Varanasi" is a fresh start with the same, or similar, character. Only one problem with "Varanasi." The narrator doesn't know how to pronounce the name of the city. It drove me wacky listening to him mispronounce it over and over again. Finally, I learned to ignore his pronunciation and fell deeply into the story. This is a great tale of "neurotic enlightenment." I started listening to "Venice" again after finishing "Varanasi," but it still wasn't worth the time. I listened "Varanasi" again and fell into it with a new level of comprehension. This is a great short novel. Five stars for "Death in Varanasi" minus one star for pronunciation. No stars for "Jeff in Venice." Simply ignore it.

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