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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Patrick Fraley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the greatest treats in all world literature, this masterpiece from Mark Twain inspired a literary revolution. The novel offers both brilliant humor and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore the moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Huck, the narrator, is shrewd, ingenious, and literal; he reports on everything he sees, which allows the listener to experience the hypocrisy of "sivilization".

    Andrea says: "Terrific interpretion of an excellent story"
    "Patrick Fraley"

    This is the most satisfying purchase I have made from Audible (besides Persuasion read by Gretta Scacchi).

    I kept checking the credits to make sure that only one narrator was reading, Patrick Fraley has such a supernatural way of changing his voice. The voice he does for Jim is so completely different from Huck's voice that it sounds like two different readers. All the voices are fantastic. Patrick Fraley made me laugh out loud. The whole thing was delightful and I was sorry when it was over.
    The only small thing I can think of is that the music isn't dead on to my taste. They do short musical interludes in between chapters, just a few banjo lines or whatever, which I think is a good idea, but some of the composition wasn't exactly right for me.

    Overall this was a great listening experience. There are so many Huck Finn choices on Audible that I was worried I would choose the wrong one, but this was a real prize and I would recommend it to anyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity Fair

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By Jill Masters

    Becky Sharp, a willful, resourceful, and charming pleasure-seeker, uses her finishing school credentials and connections to get a job as a governess. In her new position, she wins the hearts of the moneyed young and old and is soon living well beyond her means. Meanwhile, her boarding-school friend Amelia Sedley is honest but poor and must give her son into the care of his grandfather, who will have nothing to do with her. The two meet up again at the novel's ironic climax.

    Lissa says: "Improved quality recording?"
    "Jill Masters"

    Jill Masters' main narration is steady, and although her characterizations are a little halting and undifferentiated, I enjoyed her voice and performance much more than Fredrick Davidson's in the other audiobook option.

    The sound quality is only medium.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    Generally considered to be his masterpiece, Vanity Fair is Thackeray's resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled "A Novel Without a Hero", it traces the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women: the scheming opportunist Becky Sharp, one of literature's most resourceful, engaging, and amoral heroines, and her foil, the faithful, naive Amelia Sedley.

    Charles says: "Superb Version --- Highly Recommended"
    "Frederick Davidson"

    Although I love this book, I would never buy another audiobook read by Fredrick Davidson. His voice is extremely annoying to me. He inflects each sentence up at the end, as if each sentence were a question. I should have paid more attention to the reviewer who describes Fredrick Davidson's voice as "sarcastic" - his voice does sound sarcastic, in the worst most affected way, his sarcasm takes away from the great irony and humor of the book. Besides his performance, which I don't like, his voice has a naturally grating tone to it.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Janet McTeer, David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Mr. Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity, and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.

    Stephanie says: "Classic"
    "Janet McTeer"

    I like how this narrative is split between two performers, I was afraid it might be annoying, but the two voices actually add a lot to the story, particularly Janet McTeer, who is absolutely excelent. Janet McTeer does all the characters beautifully, and is particularly good at doing drunk Henley. She has a spirited, but low soothing voice. The audio quality is good.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Amanda Root

    One of the greatest love stories ever written, Jane Eyre is the tale of a young woman entangled with the powerful Mr. Rochester. What lurks in the attic at Thornfield, the ancestral home of the surly Mr. Rochester? Will the governess Jane Eyre discover his secret, and having discovered it, live to regret that knowledge? Battling inside Jane are passion and prudence; she struggles to survive the turmoil they cause.

    Amy says: "Best ever"
    "Amanda Root"

    Amanda Root's performance is spirited and very pleasing, she does all the voices better than I could imagine them, including male characters and the consumptive Helen Burns (I enjoy Amanda Root as much as Greta Scacchi, and much much more than Flo Gibson). The audio quality is high.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mansfield Park

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Maureen O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mansfield Park, the idyllic Bertram family estate, becomes home to a poor young relative, Fanny. In this wealthy world of social accomplishments and flirtations, the sensible Fanny finds herself out of place, yet secretly in love with her cousin, Edmund. Jane Austen employs her unerring wit to brilliantly capture the social and moral values of an English society at a time of great upheaval.

    Hadley B Cabral says: "Narrator misses story's subtle tones"
    "This reading of Mansfield Park"

    I'm glad I bought this and I've enjoyed listening to it. However, the quality of the audio is medium. Also, although this performer has a much better voice, in my opinion, than Flo Gibson's (who sounds to me like she's been smoking unfiltered cigarettes for 50 years), she is not as good as Greta Sacchi's performance of Persuasion.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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