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john in RI

john in RI

Providence, RI

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 ratings
  • 3 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014

  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life.

    Timothy says: "Gordon's Grey World is Colored with Grant"
    "You can't kill an aspidistra"
    What did you love best about Keep the Aspidistra Flying?

    The scene where Gordon finally sells a poem and ends up blowing the money on booze and tarts. You can feel his hangover when he wakes up in jail. Gives me a headache just thinking about it.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Gordon's tenacity, although like everyone he ends up with his own aspidistra.

    What does Richard E. Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If you have seen any of his movies you know what an amazing actor he is, in fact he starred in the film adaptation of the book. No one could have done a better job than Mr. Grant. Check out Withnail & I. "We've gone on holiday by mistake..."

    If you could take any character from Keep the Aspidistra Flying out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ravelston because he would pay.

    Any additional comments?

    Orwell said he wrote the book because he needed money. Quite ironic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Flann O'Brien
    • Narrated By Jim Norton

    Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder.

    Weird, satirical, and very funny, its popularity has suddenly increased with the mention of the novel in the TV series Lost.

    Amazon Customer says: "Narrator extradinaire"
    "Not a detective novel.....well sort of....."
    Where does The Third Policeman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only purchased one other audiobook-Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell. They are both excellent.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator because it is his story, although he is telling it while dead.

    What about Jim Norton’s performance did you like?

    He was perfect.

    Who was the most memorable character of The Third Policeman and why?

    The narrator.

    Any additional comments?

    I have the feeling the people who hated this saw the word policeman in the title and expected one of those books located by the cash register in the supermarket. If you can't enjoy something because it doesn't "make sense" you won't like this. However if you like Samuel Becket or James Joyce you will find this very funny.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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