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Sarah R

Sarah R

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  • The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Sidney Poitier
    • Narrated By Sidney Poitier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

    A User says: "bravo!!!"
    "Ah, that voice"
    Overall

    Engagingly read by Sidney Poitier himself. Poitier relates some of the extraordinary events that led him from poverty to Hollywood, reflecting on racism, the art of acting, and the well-lived life. At times digressive and a bit indulgent in his confessions and self-evaluations. Nonetheless, this is a life to know. Poitier's effort to bring his own racial consciousness to his acting and career choices is most inspiring. An excellent slice of Hollywood history as well.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Simone Weil

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine du Plessix Gray
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    A patriot and a mystic, an unruly activist plagued by self-doubt, a pampered intellectual with a credo of manual labor, and an ascetic who craved sensuous beauty, Simone Weil died at the age of 34 after a long struggle with anorexia. But her tremendous intellectual legacy foresaw many of the 20th century's great changes and continues to influence philosophy today.

    Sarah R says: "Like none other"
    "Like none other"
    Overall

    The other Simone, one could say. A psychologically perceptive portrait of one woman's attempt to live a life of deep contemplation, principle, and action. The author deals well with the multilayered terrain of Weil's life, weaving history, philosophy, and psychology. The bio describes Weil's many shifts, from socialism to Catholicism, to her rejection of body and food, and her hatred of her Jewish roots, her friends, and her family. A truly astonishing life, Weil was one who fought every stricture placed upon her, including her own privilege, brilliance, and success. A woman of tremendous contradiction who lived at once intensely and narrowly, who the world was not ready for, whose mind could not find peace in ordinary things. She wins in the end, I think: as she believed, the accumulated actions of a life is truly one's opus. And indeed, her brief, intense life is, above all of her writings, the most authentic, and the most powerful, work that she left us.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1340)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (466)

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "What it is not"
    Overall

    I deeply admire Joan Didion, but I don't quite understand how this book garnered as much attention and praise as it did. It is a memoir about how she survived the tragic death of her husband and the devastating illness (and later death) of her daughter. She survived it, it seems, by writing this diary - by writing her way into and out of it. Particularly lovely is her tribute to her late husband, her description of their life together and her life without him. She does well at capturing some of the moments of disorientation and loneliness that came with all of this. It is not, however, her most literary nor her most intelligent of works; alternatively, it is not a guide to grieving or recovering from loss.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ethan Frome

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    reggie p says: "Good story"
    "Evocative, moving"
    Overall

    Beautifully read, this memorable bite-size novel will pull you into its little world with its simple characters and vivid landscapes. A taut, wrenching portrayal of striving for meaning, love, and connection among the deeply marginalized and impoverished. An unsparing rendering of the multiple deprivations of rural poverty. An essential American novel, clean and still, with not a word out of place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Kathryn Yarman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave in an "humane" Southern family, the Shelbys. But, when the Shelbys are beset by financial difficulties, Tom is sold to a heartless slave trader. Hailed by Tolstoy as "one of the greatest productions of the human mind," this story describes Uncle Tom's trials, suffering, and religious fortitude.

    Brenda says: "Very Enlightening and Enjoyable"
    "A delicious treat"
    Overall

    Beautifully interpreted by a cast of voices, this Uncle Tom's Cabin makes you appreciate Harriet Beecher Stowe's accomplishment and understand its context and times. A thoughtful, sympathetic rendering of this book. A good primer on one strand of 19th C abolitionism, and some strikingly powerful portrayals of the effects of slavery on human character. The first half is exquisitely crafted and well-paced, the second half sentimental and sappy Christianism - almost as if written by two different people. But I was hooked and waded through the whole 20+ hours. At minimum, listen to the first ten.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark Twain Sampler

    • NONE (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Blair Einstein
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    While Mark Twain is rightfully famed for such masterpieces as Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, the range and depth of his lesser known works is equally impressive. The Mark Twain Sampler is an unforgettable collection of some of his most witty, passionate, fiery, and profound writings.

    Rita says: "Timeless entertainment!"
    "Hard to follow"
    Overall

    The screechy, sighing "nineteenth century" Mark Twain interpreter who reads this audiobook drove me nuts. I could hardly understand what he was saying. And I didn't find it funny. I couldn't get through it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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