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Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 79 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    Jennifer says: "A Masterpiece on All Counts"
    "A stately masterpiece. Not for the impatient."
    If you could sum up A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement in three words, what would they be?

    Profound, multi-layered.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The brilliantly sharp humour, and the ever deepening insights of both protagonist and indeed reader as the narrative unfolds. A marvellous portrait of an era long gone. To be compared with Brideshead Revisited.

    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    The different voices and the sense of wistfulness that Powell intended.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No! Certainly not.

    Any additional comments?

    I don't blame those people who complained they were bored. It is not for everyone. This is a cerebral slow burner of a tale spread over 12 novels and about 40 years. It's not for those who like a rollicking, tumultuous incident-packed plot. It just aint that sort of work.

    For those with time, patience, and an interest in English social history, this is a glorious and profound experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orwell: The Authorized Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Shelden
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    In his probing and revelatory biography of one of the great prose stylists of the 20th century, acclaimed biographer Michael Shelden breaks new ground in the evocation of George Orwell’s personal life and in our understanding of his art. Based on original interviews, previously undiscovered letters and documents, and astute literary detective work, Orwell is the major biography of one of the great yet elusive literary figures of our time. Shelden reveals the author of 1984 as a lively, engaging literary personality.

    Lakeman says: "Good biography, poor narration"
    "Good biography, poor narration"

    Orwell was a fascinating man, and this is a very solid biography. But as an audiobook, i was disappointed. The narration is lifeless, making the book sound far more dull than it should. The strange sing-song rendition constantly reminds you that this is just a book being read aloud by a bloke in a studio, rather than a story being told. Sounds like he's going through the motions, never fully engaged with the text. In retrospect, I would have enjoyed the printed version more. Clearly, this is a subjective view. Others may like the way it is read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New York Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Paul Auster's signature work, The New York Trilogy, consists of three interlocking novels: City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room - haunting and mysterious tales that move at the breathless pace of a thriller.

    Darwin8u says: "Perhaps more interesting than important"
    "The best audiobook I've heard"

    I don't blindly scatter 5 star reviews around, but this audiobook gets top marks. I'd heard people talk about this book for years, but never read it. Not everyone was complimentary, but even the detractors conceded that it had a certain elusive narrative quality that set it apart.

    I finally bought the audiobook about 18 months ago, and have just listened again to the whole thing, for the 3rd time now.

    Art, including literature, and including audiobooks, is totally subjective -- it barely needs saying. So there is no criticism or sneering from me towards anyone who doesn't enjoy this audiobook, and/or this story. But I must say that for me, an audiobook fan, New York Trilogy is the best. The narrative, weaving through reality and delusion, is both thrilling and disturbing, and so evocative of hidden corners of our our own lives. The clincher though is the magnificent narration. I say without hesitation that the world-weary tones of Joe Barrett turns from a very good book into a magnificent audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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