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  • Paris in the Present Tense

  • By: Mark Helprin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794

In the midst of what should be an effulgent time of life, with its days bright with music, family, and rowing on the Seine, Jules is confronted headlong and all at once by a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood, and home, forcing him to grapple with his complex past and find a way forward. He risks fraud to save his terminally ill infant grandson, matches wits with a renegade insurance investigator, is drawn into an act of savage violence, and falls deeply, excitingly in love with a young cellist who is a third his age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest living "novelist". Top 10 narrator.

  • By BellevueMike on 10-14-17

Unfortunate use of a good accent

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-17

I'm writing this before I have finished listening because I'm not sure I can stand to finish it. I'll give it a bit more time and revise my review as necessary.

I have loved the performances on Audible since I started listening and especially look for anything set in Paris. The producer of this reading, however, has fallen into the trap of old B movies where characters who are meant to be speaking a language other than English with each other affect the accent of the language they are supposed to be speaking. While Pinchot's French accent is excellent, the silliness of two characters conversing in French-accented English is so distracting that I can't concentrate on the story they are recounting. And it begins with a seemingly endless conversation between the main character and a psychiatrist. It's like fingernails scraping a blackboard but I will try to hang in a little longer and report back if my opinion changes.

24 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,598
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,864

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Not for those who enjoy an interesting story

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-17

What disappointed you about A Gentleman in Moscow?

I love large, historically-set sagas of the early 20th century. I was excited about reading a story about a character who was a poet. But this was the most boring Audible book I have ever listened to. There is no followable story as far as I can discern.

Would you ever listen to anything by Amor Towles again?

I would not listen to another book by Towles, though I might read one. It has a Prussian quality that is possibly better appreciated in an actual hard copy.

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Guy Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first performance by Smith that I have listened to. The performance was the only good part of the experience--it felt more like listening to a series of unrelated anecdotes than a continuous story.

What character would you cut from A Gentleman in Moscow?

I don't know that cutting characters would improve the Audible experience of this book.

  • Deep Down Dark

  • The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
  • By: Héctor Tobar
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735

The exclusive, official story of the survival, faith, and family of Chile’s 33 trapped miners. When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking 69 days. Across the globe, we sat riveted to television and computer screens as journalists flocked to the Atacama desert. While we saw what transpired above ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, the story of the miners’ experiences below the Earth’s surface - and the lives that led them there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Profound

  • By Deborah on 12-18-14

Suffering underground and above

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Very personal account of the Chilean miners during their ordeal underground and also after resurfacing. Narration was very good but I have never been comfortable with the convention of speaking English with a Hispanic accent to indicate that people are speaking Spanish. This practice has been abandoned in the better films.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

  • By: Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 60 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228

One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book that Made Me a Better Person

  • By Coalition Deadboys Podcast on 03-29-13

Fabulous performance and translation!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-12

What did you love best about Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

Having read the novel in French as a teenager, I appreciate how this wonderful translation makes the text come alive for contemporary audiences.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The characters represent absolutes: absolute Good, absolute Evil, absolute Suffering. My favorite character is the narrator, who plays with the reader in his references to himself as the teller of the story, sometimes mentioning historical figures named "Hugo" who are identified as relatives.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Guidall's performance is spectacular. He brings the characters to life in a variety of appropriate accents and just enough change in voice quality to make the dialogues realistic. His French pronunciation is superb. The long historical digressions are much more intereesting to hear than to read--I am sure I skipped many of them when I read it but listening has taught me much. I will look forward to hearing his other performances.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

A particularly compelling scene is where Marius is spying on Thenardier's ambush of "Monsieur LeBlanc". The young man is faced with an impossible choice: saving the noble father of the woman he loves or obeying the dying wish of his own father to protect the criminal who had rescued him at Waterloo.

Any additional comments?

I would never have had the patience to reread this daunting work but the ability to listen while doing other things has made it fresh again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful