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Maureen

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  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (841)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "In its own league"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perfect combination of story and reader. The writing is so simple, sentences so chopped, it required an actor's reading. Donald Sutherland doesn't rush a word or a sentence. It's rivetting each moment, ironically in a story where time passes so slowly. I felt that I was in the presence of masters, both writer and reader. The few obvious times where there was an edit and the volume changed were the only times I had a jolt into reality.
    I had tears in my eyes when it ended, simply to have to leave the harsh and tender beauty of the fiction.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4837)
    Performance
    (2882)
    Story
    (2883)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Story great, narrator poor choice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator really brought down the calibre of the piece. His own accent was fine when speaking first person, but he could not make me feel that this story took place in Dublin. Any of his accents of other characters—all Irish—still sounded British, and his voices for women, no matter the age of the character, sounded old, feeble, and rather pathetic. Still the story kept me engaged in spite of that sad mismatch. That speaks to the writing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Stephanie Beacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    In this classic, romantic ghost story, a governess on a remote country estate begins to believe her charges are possessed by the spirits of 2 dead former servants. Are her perceptions simply the fruit of her neuroses - or could they possibly be valid? A foray into the very heart of evil, Henry James's masterful novel is also remarkable for its psychological acuity and evocation of mood.

    Patricia Marino says: "Great book; wonderful reading"
    "Well read intriguing novel"
    Overall

    I once read some of this book aloud to friends on a long car trip. Many of the sentences are a joy ride on their own--you don't know where the sentence will take you, and what the journey will be like. Such was this reading of the book--only far better to hear this exquisite narrator revel in the delight of the sentence structure. The story is great in its own right--a mystery novel that fully holds its own--but the plot pales compared to the joy expressed by the narrator in the reading of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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