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steffig

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  • The Small House at Allington

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (52)

    The Small House at Allington introduces Trollope's charming heroine, Lily Dale, to the Barsetshire scene. Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, an embittered old bachelor living in the main house on his property at Allington. He has loaned an adjacent small house rent free to his widowed sister-in-law and her daughters, Lily and Bell. But the relations between the two houses are strained, affecting the romantic entanglements of the girls.

    Kathleen says: "Ahhh!"
    "Trollope packs a whollop"
    Overall

    Outstanding. After having listened to "The Warden," I purchased this novel---slightly out of chronological order, but no matter. The characters come alive through the language and the narrator's versatility with different voices. What a pleasure, and it's very long, so it just keeps delighting, hour after hour. I have decided, on the basis of these two books, to read/listen to everything ever written by Trollope. I hope that will keep me busy for a few years.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Memento Mori

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Muriel Spark's blackly comic masterwork begins with a voice on the telephone warning, "Remember, you must die." The recipient of the grim message is elderly Dame Lettie Colston, but soon 10 of Lettie's oldest friends also become targets of Death's anonymous herald. A bizarre investigation lays bare an intricate network of deception and disloyalty that binds together the vulnerable group of aging eccentrics.

    David says: "Character study"
    "brilliant"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening to this story. It's beautifully written and beautifully spoken. It's funny and shocking, and very perceptive about the petty strivings of people from so many different economic and educational backgrounds. Each character has a surprise or secret life. I was riveted!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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