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July's People | [Nadine Gordimer]

July's People

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Publisher's Summary

For years, it was called a "deteriorating situation." Now it is war. All over South Africa, mobs of fugitive white people scramble to board departing flights. But Bam and Maureen Smales have no such option. They take up their servant July's suggestion and seek refuge in his remote home village, forever altering the relationship of servant and master. Now it is the Smales who are dependent on their host, their savior - their keeper. Nadine Gordimer is the winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature.

©1981 by Nadine Gordimer; (P)1993 by Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"It is so flawlessly written that every one of its events seems chillingly, ominously possible." (Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review)

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    Ganesha Chapel Hill, QLD, Australia 01-02-10
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    "Appalling audio quality ruins a wonderful book"

    This is a wonderful book by an incredibly talented writer, but is absolutely marred by appalling audio quality that is nigh unintelligible in parts. This is certainly not worth downloading unless Audible.com is going to release it in a higher quality format.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-12-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-12-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Enhanced format clears up some sound issues"

    I tried several times to listen to this in the format in which I first downloaded it circa 2007 - but like other listeners found the audio so poor that I abandoned it.

    Because I started a South Africa listening theme, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the novel is now available in Enhanced format - a big improvement. However, note that it is still a speculative novel of its time (1981?) about the Apartheid era so it may not appeal to all listeners today. AND although my new download was quite "audible," it still has the sound of an older book-on-tape converted to digital.

    I like narrator May's attempt at South African English, but May seems to be one of those narrators listeners either love or hate - Make sure you like Nadia May/Wanda McCadden/Doneda Peters by listening to a samlple from ANOTHER book -Listening to the sound clip for this one may not help because to me, at this date, it sounds like old format version, not the improved Enhanced version.

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    Nancy New Hope, PA, USA 05-06-10
    Nancy New Hope, PA, USA 05-06-10
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    "Appalling Narration"

    The narration and audio quality of this audiobook are so poor that I was incapable of listening to it. It is narrated by a woman with a clipped South African or English accent who speaks very quickly. It was such a strain to understand her that I did not even get through the first chapter.

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