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  • The Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald: 45 Short Stories and Novels

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jay Wohlert
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    The Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald is a collection of 45 novels and short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald's short stories have themes that not only relate to the problems and culture of the Jazz Age, but were also about the promises and despair encountered by the young, as well as aging. Love and relationships between two mismatched or unlikely characters, such as people who are unlikely to develop a spark of romantic interest between each other, is common.

    John says: "Can't finish with this reader"
    "Can't finish with this reader"
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    If you’ve listened to books by F. Scott Fitzgerald before, how does this one compare?

    It's a huge compliment to Fitzgerald that his novels come through with power in spite of the poor performance by Wohlert. The Great Gatsby, read by Tim Robbins, was an experience at a completely different, and higher, level.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Wohlert’s performances?

    Never. Wohlert mispronounces so badly, and so often, as to distract from the meaning of the story. His timing is terrible, sometimes pausing near the end of a sentence, then starting the next with the last words of the former. He sounds like he's reading individual words, without understanding the very story he's reading. Is there no editor/producer to monitor the quality of the performance?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm disappointed with Audible for allowing a performance as deadly as Wolhert's onto their reading list.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Ántonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    My Ántonia chronicles the life of Ántonia, a Bohemian immigrant woman, as seen through the eyes of Jim, the man unable to forget her. Jim, now a successful New York lawyer, recollects his upbringing on a Nebraska farm. Even after 20 years, Ántonia continues to live a romantic life in his imagination. When he returns to Nebraska, he finds Ántonia has lived a battered life. Although the man to whom she dedicated her life abandons her, she remains strong and full of courage.

    John says: "The Power of a Simple Story."
    "The Power of a Simple Story."
    Overall

    Willa Cather amazes with her ability to use straightforward sentences and character conversation to plumb deeply into the human experience. Did Hemingway learn this from her? My Antonia is a powerful examination of the resilience of human values under the test of harsh living. David Colacci's quick and clear narration is superb. The Introduction is a sleeper. Upon re-reading it I found the impact of the rest of the story redoubled.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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