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Katharina

Bremen, Germany | Member Since 2010

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  • A Conspiracy of Friends

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    Corduroy Mansions, Pimlico is an oasis of old-fashioned civilisation, its inhabitants considerate and peace-loving. But beneath the polite exterior seismic change is stirring. Barbara Ragg makes an eye-popping discovery about her stolid Scottish suitor’s past, while Oedipus Snark – newly appointed and tirelessly self-interested Government Minister – has a close encounter in Switzerland that leaves him a new man all together.

    Katharina says: "Intelligent humor, best unabridged"
    "Intelligent humor, best unabridged"
    Overall

    McCall Smith is currently writing two novels in daily instalments in British newspapers. This is the third part of the one set in Corduroy Mansions, London. The chapters narrate the lives of several of its inhabitants.
    You won't like this if you are looking for lots of suspense in a novel. It's more like being part of people's life for a while. Pretty day-to-day things are happening to them, they are falling in and out of love, get or lose jobs, sometimes rather absurd events come their way.
    If you like Alexander McCall Smith, you will like this audio book. Fortunately, it's unabridged and therefore maintains all its fine humor. The reader does a convincing job communicating this humor and the empathy towards the characters that make this unconventional novel so loveable.
    I only wish audible would publish unabridged versions of 44 Scotland Street, McCall's other daily novel, set in Edinburgh.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • La Bella e la Bestia [Beauty and the Beast]

    • UNABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Carlo Collodi, Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont
    • Narrated By Alessandro Torelli
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    La favola "La Bella e la Bestia" è stata tratta dalla collana "I Racconti delle Fate" di Carlo Collodi: una raccolta di fiabe che Collodi ha tradotto dal francese e che, come dice egli stesso nella prefazione, "nel voltare in italiano (...) qua e là mi feci lecite alcune leggerissime varianti, sia di vocabolo, sia di andatura di periodo, sia di modi di dire: e questo ho voluto notare qui di principio, a scanso di commenti, di atti subitanei di stupefazione e di scrupoli grammaticali o di vocabolario.

    Katharina says: "great for improving my Italian"
    "great for improving my Italian"
    Overall

    Well and clearly read, not too fast.

    I listened to this because I want to improve my Italian listening comprehension (I'm an advanced learner, B1 or B2 in European framework, equivalent to about 3 years of college Italian).
    It was fun to listen to and I'm now downloading more of these tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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