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Howard Taylor

bonzo the cat

Sooke, BC Canada | Member Since 2014

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  • 8 titles in library
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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
    (104)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    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"
    "Beautifully Written, Wonderfully Performed"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 the most enjoyable?

    I don't like first-person narration, and I don't like books that change point of view in each chapter. This book had both, and I loved it! The weaving of the different perspectives built the story in a totally engrossing way.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having different readers for the different voices worked really well. It was almost like a radio play.


    Any additional comments?

    What really makes this book, above all, is the lucid, playful and articulate writing. It is a pleasure to listen to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Annette Bening
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Mrs. Dalloway, perhaps Virginia Woolf’s greatest novel, vividly follows English socialite Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party in post-World War I London. Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right) brings Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling to life, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life in a brilliant performance.

    Howard Taylor says: "A Classic Really Well Done"
    "A Classic Really Well Done"
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    What did you love best about Mrs. Dalloway?

    Annette Bening may seem an odd choice for this very English novel, but she does an absolutely fantastic job. This is the very kind of book that works well in an audio version because you want to go slowly to savour the language.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • French Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (72)

    Each lesson in French Phase 1, Units 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    Joanna says: "Recommended"
    "Excellent Resource for Oral French"
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    Would you listen to French Phase 1, Unit 01-05 again? Why?

    Note: Please change your ratings. This is a language course, so there is no "story" to rate!

    I'm really enjoying this program for learning French. I have some basic French, so the first units are mostly review for me. But they are well done and short enough that I can always find 1/2 hour a day to keep up with it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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