Dickens is at his best with this book and the reader brings each character to life! His rendition of "Mrs. Gamp" is unforgettable; his "Pecksniff" pitch perfect; and the American characters are hysterical. You will laugh your way through this marvelous reading of a great Dickens
NO! This is a book about the vapid lives of the rich need-do-wells. I've listened for 2.5 hours and am bored, bored, bored. And Simon Vance's prissy, arrogant voice makes it even more tiresome.
write a compelling story
His oh-so prissy voice
This isn't a great book. It's a Summer kind of read - fun, well-written, easy to listen
I enjoyed his narration
Clearly, the Chinese, who have bought it in droves. It must speak to a Chinese cultural lore, like the Native Americans do for the US
I listened for 4 hours and wasn't engaged at all. By that time, I would have expected to be captivated by the writing, the story,or the characters, but I wasn't by any of those.
Like many people, I thought, "What could be better? The great PD James' plots with Jane Austen's characters?" You will be supremely disappointed. PD James can't get Jane Austen's voice and characters (not surprising, after all, since nobody else but Austen can), and she abandons her own wonderful characters, giving us the worst of both authors in a book that is boring, stiff, and tiresome. There is next to no plot; she spends about 1/3 of the book repeated "Pride & Prejudice" lines so that you know that she's familiar with the characters, and you keep waiting for something new and interesting but it never happens. The narrator is all wrong for anything of Jane Austen's characters, as she reads in an imperious tone for nearly every character, but which suits only one, Lady Katherine. All in all, it's tremendously disappointing but yet another example of why sequels to classic works, don't work. Get it from the library if you must, but don't pay for this one.
Tana French's writing is so good that you don't care whodunit; you just don't want these people to leave your life. I have recommended this book to many because the writing and character development is so outstanding and they all had the same experience that I did, which is that we had to read the next two Tana French books, without pause. You can't stop at one. When you finish the third, Faithful Place, we all immediately searched the Internet to find out the date of her next book and are so disappointed that we have to wait several more months for it.
Enjoy this gifted writer.
Robert Whitfield does an outstanding job as the narrator of this Dickens story. His voices and inflections are masterful. You will enjoy every minute.
If you like Dickens, you're gonna love this reading by Patrick Tull, who gives every character his/her own identity with a multitude of lively voices, making this rendition a wonderfully funny 'read'.
This story of "the colored" household help in the 50's and 60's provides a perspective on segregation that I hadn't read before, which are the everyday indignities that these domestic workers suffered, even as they tended to and loved many of the white children of their employers. The reader is struck by how much both blacks and whites lost under the system but this is a story of change and of human redemption. The book is highly entertaining despite the serious issues, and the excellent readers make it captivating.
I got this book because I think that David McCollough is a spectacular writer and because didn't know all that much about Truman and George W. Bush kept comparing himself to Truman so I wanted to learn more about him. This was a book I thought I should read; it turned out to be a book that I loved 'reading'. It's an outstanding biography, so well written that when Truman dies (as we all know he did), I was in tears for the loss of this great and ordinary figure.
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