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Jessica

Amherst, MA, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1377)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1153)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Robert says: "My favorite book this year."
    "What Pleasure!"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Once and Future King the most enjoyable?

    This is a book I read several times as a youngster, over 40 years ago. I so enjoyed listening to it because the recording brought back former associations. The narrator of this book, Neville Jason, is delightful to listen to--his characterizations are astute and his accents a joy.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I haven't finished, but I already know what it is. It is sad.


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

    His pacing is outstanding. When reading, my eyes race along to the next word, but he, most appropriately, gives some characters very slow speech, bringing out new aspects of their personalities.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Films have been made of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible needs to tell people what version of the text the author is reading. In the case of The Once and Future King, there are textual variations because each part--The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood, the Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind, and the posthumous Book of Merlyn-- was published separately over time, then combined with the previous parts that were edited for the newest, longer edition of The Once and Future King. And by edited I mean that whole episodes were changed or deleted and new episodes included. So, it is important for listeners to know that the text they are hearing is not necessarily the same as the one they would get if they bought the book in a bookstore. Audible, please add publisher and publication date for the book texts--it's important!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (339)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "Terrible Narrator"
    Overall

    One thing this book requires is time to think about the author's words. This narrator, Jill Tanner, is reading so fast as to make any reaction except "What was that?" impossible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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