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Nicolette

St Maur France

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  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    At the center of Middlemarch is Dorothea Brooke, a thoughtful and idealistic young woman determined to make a difference with her life. Enamored of a man who she believes is setting this example, she traps herself into a loveless marriage. Her parallel is Tertius Lydgate, a young doctor from the city whose passionate ambition to spread the new science of medicine is complicated by his love for the wrong woman.

    Deborah says: "Human nature revealed in all its complexity"
    "excellent book, excellent narrator"
    Overall

    excellent, thoroughly enjoyed, super long - 4 downloads!- but that only meant more pleasure, things got ever more lovely and interesting as the story advanced, pure pleasure, little shivers at the end :) this is the second book from nadia may i've listened to- she does an excellent job

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What Is Art?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Blaisdell
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Tolstoy claims that all good art is related to the authentic life of the broader community and that the aesthetic value of a work of art is not independent of its moral content.

    Nicolette says: "unbearably snotty narration"
    "unbearably snotty narration"
    Overall

    I gather that Tolstoy's views on the subject were at the least a little sardonic, but I can't get past the absolutely laughable, condescending tone the narrator feels obliged to apply to this reading. Is he trying to narrate it as he feels Tolstoy himself would have sounded? (In which case, I don't agree: I think that Tolstoy himself must have sounded a bit human, even sympathetic, once in a while!) -- Or, worse, is this simply how the narrator believes "serious, world-historical" works such as this SHOULD be read? Is it how he reads all works? I should have listened longer to the sample clip before buying... Worst purchase I've made here; I can hardly get through it.
    Another major gripe regards the passages in different languages. It seems that in order to be kind to the reader translations should be supplied alongside the original text when passages in a foreign language are as long as some of these; I don't understand Russian or German in the slightest. I do, however, speak and understand French, and one last absurdity is the atrocity with which the narrator mangles the pronunciation- and always in that awful, sneering, "highbrow-literary" tone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (701)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "enjoyable and moving"
    Overall

    campbell scott does a fine job of narration and i enjoyed his subtlety in affecting a spanish accent.
    the book itself was beautiful and strange and i didn't realize how quickly it would end because i couldn't wait to get back to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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