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James

Westfield, NJ, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tony Judt
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    The accelerating changes of the past generation have been accompanied by a similarly accelerated amnesia. The 20th century has become "history" at an unprecedented rate. The world of 2007 was so utterly unlike that of even 1987, much less any earlier time, that we have lost touch with our immediate past even before we have begun to make sense of it - and the results are proving calamitous.

    Louis says: "Superb. Insightful essays, Performance to match"
    "give us more"
    Overall

    Tony Judt is revealed to be one of the most thoughtful, incisive writers on the history and politics of the last 100 years. Let us have more of Tony.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (713)

    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'..."
    "Booker Prize absolutely deserved"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Sense of an Ending the most enjoyable?

    This beautifully contemplative and mysterious novel has been perfectly rendered on audio by a reader who has captured the author's voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At first the book seems like an aging man simply reflecting on loves lost and failed, but it slowly builds to be an intriguing mystery with a knockout conclusion. It will have one thinking about one's own life and the reconstructions we do to survive.


    What about Richard Morant’s performance did you like?

    Richard Morant is perfectly on target withe the mood of the novel.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have owned this audio book for only a week, and it is so irresistible, I am about to conclude a second reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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