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Columbus, OH, United States | Member Since 2005

  • 3 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 160 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham

    One of the greatest works in literature, Dante's story-poem is an allegory that represents mankind as it exposes itself, by its merits or demerits, to the rewards or the punishments of justice. A single listen will reveal Dante's visual imagination and uncanny power to make the spiritual visible.

    whynot? says: "Almost Divine"
    "The Divine Comedy"

    I had no problem with the transition from Canto synopsis to the Canto itself. The style of language is very different and the narrator/reader does pause. I found this recording very satisfying.

    My complaint about most audible products is the difficulty to find a specific point in the text. For example, where does Canto 17 start? I suggest giving readers a separate text index of what time Chapters, Cantos, and Tales start. Even if one knows the text, finding a chapter is hit and miss.

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  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "Can we trust those memories which define us?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sense of an Ending to be better than the print version?

    No. While listening works well, the book is better read. 1. Julian Barnes writes beautiful English that deserves to be reread and savored occasionally as one moves through his work. One really cannot do this with a recording. 2. The Sense of an Ending is a complex, intricate story. I needed/wanted to go back and check facts and writing tactics which is very difficult with a audio book.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The book raises profound questions of who we are and what part our memories play in that creation.

    Which character – as performed by Richard Morant – was your favorite?

    The story is written first person, so who else but Tony Webster, the narrator? :)

    If you could take any character from The Sense of an Ending out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Veronica's mother, who might be an oracle.

    Any additional comments?

    An aside to Audible: This review system's online editor is very poor. Formatting text is next to impossible. I had to edit and rewrite after the preview showed that the editor did not respect my punctuation, spacing, and paragraph breaks.

    A wysiwyg editor would be nice :)

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  • Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Winter Carnival - not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

    Susan says: "Ms. Penny writes a wonderful mystery story"
    "Mysteries and Quebec atmosphere"

    Bury Your Dead is a leisurely paced story, heavy with Quebec and Quebec City flavor, history, and lore. Several plots are threaded together around Chief Inspector Gamache including an historical episode which intrudes into the present. As I recall, there are now seven Inspector Gamache books. The second segment of the Bury Your Dead recording includes a revealing short interview with author Louise Penny. Narrator Cosham does a good job handling simultaneous dialogue amongst groups of characters. All in all, a very agreeable audible book choice.

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