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Jlongtorso

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  • Within a Budding Grove, Part 2: Remembrance of Things Past

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    In the second volume of Proust’s great novel, the narrator emerges as an actor in the drama of his own life, and as an avid explorer of new worlds social, sexual and artistic... Swann has now dwindled into a husband for his former mistress Odette, and their daughter Gilberte becomes the adolescent narrator’s playmate and tantalising love-object. We move from Paris to the seaside town of Balbec, from ritualised social performances to midsummer spontaneity, and from Gilberte to her successor Albertine.

    Jlongtorso says: "A stunning piece of work."
    "A stunning piece of work."
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    Where does Within a Budding Grove, Part 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On the top shelf.


    What about John Rowe’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Full marks from beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to hear Rowe perform all of Proust.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Long Knives

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By Matt Armstrong
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Ray and Alice are Deathland Buggers: the ones who, after the destruction of the world, found it impossible to interact with others, and became a race of wandering murderers. Far from being a conscious choice, however, Buggers simply can't control their inborn urge to murder, so they usually travel solo. When Alice and Ray inadvertently stumble across one another in the Deathlands, they must decide whether to give into their urge to murder one another or not.

    Katherine says: "Horror by Fritz Leiber"
    "Fritz Leiber is a master of story and language."
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    Fritz Leiber is a writer's writer, one of the acknowledged masters in his field. I have yet to encounter a Leiber story that was less than fully satisfying. His style draws no attention to itself, but pulls the reader or listener into the narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Roy Peter Clark
    • Narrated By Roy Peter Clark
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In How to Write Short , Roy Peter Clark turns his attention to the art of painting a thousand pictures with just a few words. Short forms of writing have always existed - from ship logs and telegrams to prayers and haikus. But in this ever-changing Internet age, short-form writing has become an essential skill. Clark covers how to write effective and powerful titles, headlines, essays, sales pitches, Tweets, letters, and even self-descriptions for online dating services.

    Jlongtorso says: "Entertaining, but more survey than instruction."
    "Entertaining, but more survey than instruction."
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    Would you try another book from Roy Peter Clark and/or Roy Peter Clark?

    Based on this book, perhaps not.


    Any additional comments?

    More nuts-and-bolts instruction, the purported 'How to' of the book's title, would have improved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirty Years War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By C. V. Wedgwood
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (101)

    Initially, the Thirty Years War was precipitated in 1618 by religious conflicts between Protestants and Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire. But the conflict soon spread beyond religion to encompass the internal politics and balance of power within the Empire, and then later to the other European powers. By the end, it became simply a dynastic struggle between Bourbon France and Habsburg Spain. And almost all of it was fought out in Germany. Entire regions were depopulated and destroyed.

    Judith A. Weller says: "One of the World's Great History Books."
    "Superb, but no need to add music."
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    Any additional comments?

    This fine book and reading are not improved by the addition of music. The drama the music is meant to represent or enhance is already present in the text, or it is not. Audio Connoisseur fails to grasp this fundamental fact. This is baffling.

    To express it a different way: A book's music is in its words.

    I will continue to listen to Audio Connoisseur's offerings despite this glaring flaw.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Homer, Alexander Pope (translator)
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War. At its center is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his refusal to fight after being humiliated by his leader, Agamemnon.

    Jlongtorso says: "The beauty of Pope's Iliad made audible."
    "The beauty of Pope's Iliad made audible."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Iliad?

    It is not about memorable moments. It is about being swept along on the tide of Pope's words.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Being and Nothingness

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean-Paul Sartre
    • Narrated By Pam Tierney
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre closely examines ontology (the study of the nature of being) and discusses empirical issues that he finds scientific fields struggle to explain. Above all, he delves into the idea of “freedom over choice”, which states that humans have complete and total responsibility over their actions. While taking care to address, build on, and refute the works of Descartes, Husserl, Hegel, and other earlier philosophers, Sartre covers “Being-for-itself”, “Being-for-others”, and ethics.

    Jlongtorso says: "Cannot listen to the narration."
    "Cannot listen to the narration."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Cannot listen to the narration.


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

    Does not apply.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A more suitable narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Does not apply.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry. I've had this for nine months and cannot listen to this narrator. I cannot finish the book. From time to time I go back to it, but it's no good. The voice is simply not appropriate to the material. I do not wish to be unkind, so I will not enumerate all that bothers me. However, I am going to return the book, as it is clear I will get no use out of it.
    This does not reflect on Audible, which is an excellent service.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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