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William

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Thornton Wilder
    • Narrated By Sam Waterston
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (162)

    Wilder's stories consistently explored the connections between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, always returning to fundamental questions about the meaning of life. This Pulitzer Prize-winning tale concerns the lives of five people who fall to their deaths from a Peruvian rope bridge in 1714. A humble Franciscan, Brother Juniper, witnesses the accident and determines to learn about the lives of the victims in order to find out whether this accident happened by chance or by plan.

    Tobin says: "Compact novel about fate, destiny"
    "Is Waterson dying?"
    Overall

    I started listening to this audiobook having forgotten that Sam Waterson was the narrator, if I ever knew. Fifteen minutes into it I wondered who was the terminally-ill emphysemic Audible had recruited to ruin this download for me. I was shocked to read it was an actor, a well-known one at that.
    Waterson is constantly running out of breath at the end of sentences. His tone lacks all nuance, let alone any emotion. It is dry, dull, gasping, wheezing, colorless and hard to hear.
    Otherwise, Waterson is a fine choice.
    Don't quit your day job, Sam.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lost for Words: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Edward St. Aubyn
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels were some of the most celebrated works of fiction of the past decade. Now St. Aubyn returns with a hilariously smart send-up of a certain major British literary award. The judges on the panel of the Elysian Prize for Literature must get through hundreds of submissions to find the best book of the year. Meanwhile, a host of writers are desperate for Elysian attention: the brilliant writer and serial heartbreaker Katherine Burns; the lovelorn debut novelist Sam Black; and Bunjee, convinced that his magnum opus, The Mulberry Elephant, will take the literary world by storm.

    J. Houghton says: "St. Aubyn and Jennings -- made in heaven"
    "Today's Literary Scene"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    St. Aubyn's caustic view of today's narcissistic literary scene is uproariously funny. The fictional Elysian Prize (substitute the Mann Booker) serves as his vehicle for collecting a dozen contemporary grotesques. He brings them together - the scheming judges, an aging relic of the Empire, and an assortment of glib, self-deluding writers and literary hangers-on - and lets them writhe and rationalize about their work and their lives for our amusement/edification. It's blather of a high order as St. Aubyn gives us the obsessive navel-gazing that passes for thought among the literati. Only the "Sonny" character clanged a false, forced tone.

    Although I saw the ending coming a mile away, I was having too much fun laughing to mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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