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  • Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Francine Prose
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Rosalind Ashford, Geoffrey Cantor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Paris in the 1920s: It is a city of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club's loyal denizens, including the rising photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol, and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.

    Melinda says: "A Spectrum of Acceptable Truths"
    "An unmitigated disaster"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 the most enjoyable?

    Absolutely nothing. I stopped listening after the third "'er 'usband in Paree". Why on earth choose such a pot pourri of lousy accents? Gabor doesn't even attempt an accent, while the women mostly sound like bad imitations of Yvonne Arnaud on an off night (look her up).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932?

    When I stopped listening


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Juliet Stevenson


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "This film can't be any worse than the audio version"


    Any additional comments?

    Francine prose is a magnificent writer, and she has come up with an intriguing subject. She deserves better than this. I'm off to buy the hard cover. My ratings for "overall" and "story" are based on what I hope the book will be.

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Orringer
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (218)

    Julie Orringer's astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family's struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

    Howard says: "The Critics Got in Right"
    "A stunning achievement"
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    What did you love best about The Invisible Bridge?

    This is a beautiful, poignant story which held my attention from beginning to end - with one big exception. The canvas is one which particularly interests me, having lived through some of it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Invisible Bridge?

    The ending.


    What didn’t you like about Arthur Morey’s performance?

    Everything. I'm a big fan of Mr. Morey, but this reading is a disaster. As someone who is multilingual, I was appalled at the numerous mis-pronunciations throughout the book. While some of these may have been intentional (though I doubt it), I cannot imagine why the publisher didn't choose a reader who is familiar with the various languages. I winced each time a word or a phrase was mis-pronounced, and this just took me right out of the story and into near apoplexy! Please, Mr. Morey, next time you are hired to read a book which contains words in another language, get some serious coaching from a professional. This one is a blot on your otherwise perfect landscape.


    If you could take any character from The Invisible Bridge out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Andras.


    Any additional comments?

    What's next from Ms. Orringer?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Delicate Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (272)

    A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Darwin8u says: "A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft."
    "What a story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It is thrilling from start to finish.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Delicate Truth?

    When Jeb shows up in Kit's room.


    What about John le Carre’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Who knew he was such a brilliant actor?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The relationship between Kit and Susannah.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. Mr. Le Carre just gets better with age.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Tyneford

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (301)

    It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever. An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden romance in a great English country house.

    Emily - Audible says: "Mixed Opinion"
    "Good potential, sloppy reading"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I didn't finish it because I didn't like the performance.


    Has The House at Tyneford turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

    First of all the reading is sloppy. Numerous mistakes including:
    Desert for Dessert.
    Brasserie for Brassiere.
    Companiable for Companionable.
    Oddly Street for Audley Street.
    And so on and so on.
    Why did the reader adopt such a nasal, croaky delivery? If it was in order to indicate that the story is being told in retrospect by an older woman, then why not hire an older actress? Eileen Atkins, Claire Bloom, Penelope Wilton. Sadly, the delivery really affected my enjoyment of the book, and I abandoned it after a few chapters.


    Do you think The House at Tyneford needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    n/a


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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