I love this book, but I had to stop listening to this version due to the narrator. I loved Buck Schirner read Uncle Tom's Cabin, but A Tale of Two Cities needs a person who reads the English accents as well as the French accents with authenticity.
This is a book I will read again, but I will not listen to it again unless it gets read by a different narrator. Each of the teenage girls characters had the annoying and distracting valley girl accent. With many lines read by teenage girls, it took away from the story. This book is one story I am going to return to Audible. Unless you love valley girls, buy the book.
What a tremendous experience to get to hear the sonorous voice of Dr. King! Although it would be wonderful to have the audio sound as if it was a live presentation from 2012, it is ridiculous to rate the collection of speeches based solely on the sound quality (as one reviewer did). Yes, I had to backtrack 30 seconds from time to time because the sound quality made it difficult for me to hear a word, but that was an inconsequential inconvenience compared to the priviledge of hearing Dr. King's speeches.
It would have been great if each speech could have been labeled better, but that too is not of importance compared to the honor of being able to listen to and learn from one of the greatest minds of all time. Thank you, Audible, for making this book available!
I love the Frank Muller recording but thought I would try a different narrator and get to enjoy Dickens's other Christmas stories. Big mistake! Sam Goodyear doesn't even have an English accent, and the recording is very much "abridged". It deletes sentences, paragraphs, and even changes the prose. He sometimes changes what Dickens has as description and makes it dialoge. It should not be labeled "UNabridged".
The short stories were painful to listen to in Sam Goodyear's voice as well. I listened to two of the short stories and could not take it anymore. The set up is very poorly done. The five staves of A Christmas Carol were not the first five chapters on the recording. When I tried to find the short stories, I had to randomly press different chapters. It was very annoying. The only good aspect I can write is that Audible cares if you enjoy their books and graciously refunds your money or credit when you are dissatisfied. I love Audible! :)
What a brilliant story! A great mystery! The reading was superb also. I am often disappointed by the way a female reader does the male voices, but Anna Massey had a fabulous male voice.
The second Mrs. de Winter, of course. I loved the way she came to realize that her imagination and fears were her most dangerous enemies.
All were great, but I loved how she read Favell. His impudence comes across perfectly.
SPOILER ALERT: I have read and listened to this book repeatedly and I am both thrilled and disgusted at the moment Maxim admits to murder, and all the current Mrs. de Winter can think is that Maxim didn't love Rebecca.
I usually don't like movie adaptations, but both the Alfred Hitchcock and Charles Dancer (actor) versions are wonderfully done and amazingly faithful to the book.
I love the beauty of the language and the simplicity of the story. It is the timeless theme of dealing with life's obstacles and appreciating the everyday blessings.
Elizabeth, of course. She is witty, kind, compassionate, and best of all, willing to admit her mistakes and need for improvement.
My favorite scene is when Elizabeth is giving Darcy her theory of why he was attracted to her in spite of himself.
If you want to see the best movie rendition, buy the Colin Firth one. It is almost verbatim, (and it definitely has the best Mr. Collins of any of the movies I have seen.)
It ranks at the top.
I loved the way the author wove his story together with Austen's stories.
I loved his voice.
Many moments, too numerous to list. As a teacher, I was moved every time he wrote about the importance of the details of our lives, the importance of each life, and the importance of each story. It affirmation to my teaching, as well my life as a wife and mother, made me glow.
I didn't like how he ended the book. I understand the allusion to Austen's writing
It was excellent, but all of my audiobooks have been excellent so far. It was technical, not a story really, but it was time and effort well-spent.
I have never listened to Kirsten Potter before, but I thought she was perfect in her reading of this book.
I was very excited by the information in this book, both about the brain and its elasticity and about the reading process itself. Enthusiasm was almost a constant emotion as I listened to the book and learned amazing information.
I have already started listening to it again, and I ordered the book so I am able to read it for myself (over the summer when I am not teaching and have more free time). There were numerous times I wanted to highlight passages and annotate!
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