This tragedy by famed author Jack London was published a few years after his most well-known work, Call of the Wild, and follows the struggles of a young working-class man who, despite his circumstances, aspires to become a successful, rich, and well-respected literary intellectual as he seeks the love of a higher-class woman.
Actor Jim Killavey employs a masterful kind of half-suppressed dialect in his voicing of the titular Martin Eden, perfectly completing this protagonist's fight to overcome his origins; further, Killavey is a clear, articulate performer, who maintains a steady energy throughout this work.
Public Domain (P)1986 Jimcin Recordings
"Martin Eden is assuredly one of Jack London's greatest works." (Upton Sinclair)
I don't know why this is not usually listed up there with THE CALL OF THE WILD as one of London' best works. It's an incredible look into the mind of an artist. Very well read, too.
I could only listen for about half an hour before extreme irrtation set in. The reader is one of the worst have ever heard on an audio book.
waste of money. I'll read the book in paperback if I can get hold of it. It might be a good story as I love Jack London's other stuff, which I must say is well read on audiobooks.
This is a classic Jack London book, but after listening for 30 minutes I found that I could not endure the flat expressionless--and totally amateurish-- voice of the reader. This person has evidently spoilt around 75 other books in the audio format. Please do not waste your money on this! A pity!
The book itself was good but spoilt by the flat and unanimated style of the reader. I initially thought that the reading had been computer generated,
"The lost 'Eden'..."
I found out about this book through reading reviews of Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in America'. Eden's 'intellectual realism' and his love and disappointment in Ruth mirror Noodle's 'street realism' and his love and disappointment in Deborah?both very rich works of art indeed.
Now about this audio book: simply brilliant. The first class and character-faithful narration by Jim Killavey made listening a joy. I must post a warning to bed-time listeners though; any attempts to fall asleep whilst listening to this book will utterly fail: London places us in Eden's powerful and unrelenting grip one chapter after another, stopping the playback in the middle of a chapter is out of the question, and you will not want to stop at the end of chapters either!
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