Yes, because another listen would allow me to focus on nuances, rather than trying so hard to keep the many characters straight.
Maybe something from Ben Okri.
I was grateful for a narrator who knew how to pronounce the names. This would be a big stumbling block if I were simply reading the book.
On balance, African and European cultures are no better or worse than each other.
My feeling was that, the old African culture presented in the beginning is portrayed as much more sophisticated and fair-minded than the Europeans can imagine. However, Achebe does understand that this is an entirely male-centric culture and I think he has sympathy for the women and for the "misfits."
Over theyears, I've started the book many times and, though I loved it, never got past the first 100 pages. This reading took me back to my childhood and the complete absorption I often found in books. Thanks to George Eliot and Juliet Stevenson, the couple weeks I spent in Middlemarch were passionate, amusing and filled with profound observation of human thought and behavior. I'll think on Dorothea and her circle for some time to come.
Juliet Stevenson did a superb job with everything from pace to voices to her ability to read in multiple languages. I'd look for her again.
I love Graham Greene, but had missed this one. His insights into love, sex, jealousy and mourning are profound. This is an enthralling listen and an ideal antidote to the pathetic sentences that pass for writing in the book mentioned above.
At times I wished Colin Firth's pace was a tiny bit livelier, but think you could also make the case that he does a remarkable job of guiding you through the novel without getting in its way. A real treat.
Betrayal, Adventure, Reconciliation
He has a really good tone for this book.
No, just good memories. When I was 10, I lived in Narnia and not much later, developed a big crush on Michael York. It was fun to relive those years.
Old people can enjoy this too; not just for kids.
High, it was delightful.
The beautifully ironic tone in which the opening scenes are read.
Few or no weaknesses in this novel.
Poor Little Rich Boy Learns to Live
The narrator is pitch perfect; everything about her works: her voice, her tone, her speed, her light, deft interpretation of the material. I can't imagine this book being more charming or more fun than when read by Lorna Raver.
No-good makes good
Mispronounces, small range
Could have, but didn't.
I like the story, but had issues with the narrator. Can't imagine whoever directed this didn't have someone who knew a little Italian, French (and in later books, German) around to help with pronunciations. Sometimes the narrator mispronounces something several times, then seemingly gets corrected and, from then on, correctly pronounces the words. However, no edits were made on the earlier screw ups. This bothered me a lot.
Other times, he works so hard on his accent, that I can't make out the "French" words he's trying to say.
I also hate the way he does women characters and while, there are a lot of characters, he doesn't seem even to keep up on the major characters by keeping them straight.
Sorry Kevin, you were in over your head.
Probably that I lived in Berlin as a student in the 70s.
Probably Sigrid because she has great integrity and intelligence and allows her life to happen without trying to control it too much.
Already forgot his name, but maybe the SS officer with whom Sigrid has the affair. He's wonderfully complex and well-realized by the narrator.
Tales from the German WWII Underground.
At one point, it seemed like one of those stories where all the Germans were secretly good and working against the Nazis--but then the story then took interesting twists and added levels of complexity to make the characters more human and believable.
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