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Louis

STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, United States
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  • Thalia Book Club: Richard Ford's 'The Sportswriter', 'Independence Day', and 'The Lay of the Land'

  • By: Richard Ford
  • Narrated by: Isaiah Sheffer, David Strathairn
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks candidly about his celebrated trilogy of novels, and his approach to writing the character of Frank Bascombe over 20-plus years, overthrowing some of his readers' assumptions in the course of the conversation. Symphony Space Artistic Director Isaiah Sheffer interviews Mr. Ford, whose "pitch-perfect voice takes us as close as we can get to experiencing another person's inner life" ( Newsweek).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Missings

  • By Louis on 06-07-12

Missings

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

What did you like best about Thalia Book Club? What did you like least?

I need more time to read through this one.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Add about 10 characters, enough with the I, I, I's

How could the performance have been better?

You know after much thought I decided this could have been better if read off the pages where there is no voice to distract me. Some books are like that I guess, sorry the story needs concentration off the stage.

Did Thalia Book Club inspire you to do anything?

Made me realize that we all read in silence, of a closet if necessary, we want to be alone, that, incidently is why I read, me and my book, the travel alone is exciting. Theater is different, I would go to hear Richard Burton's voice in Macbeth, hearing characters on a stage in London is really thrilling.

Any additional comments?

Thanks for the thoughts of why I read, never did before, it's because I love to travel alone, you can take on as another character. Between chapters you also can dream, some, oh to dream!

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  • Thérèse Raquin

  • By: Emile Zola
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,280

Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet ( The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worth a listen

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-18-12

The Reader

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

Reviewed: 05-24-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Thérèse Raquin to be better than the print version?

Yes for sure silly, you added Kate Winslet!

What other book might you compare Thérèse Raquin to and why?

Camille, Lady of the Camellias, inspiration of many art forms by Dumas.

Which scene was your favorite?

Whem Kate Winslet describes taking the potion of a man that says she must before he takes it and how much he disguts her with hts filth!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, seven hours takes me two sittings.

Any additional comments?

Splendid Kate Winslet, the reader being thriller of stage and screen now fills rooms, the whole house actually, her grand voice it flies precise occuping each word of the classic story, with amazon at the mooring. Thank You! lol

  • Pale Fire

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Robert Blumenfeld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

A 999 line poem in heroic couplets, divided into 4 cantos, was composed - according to Nabokov's fiction - by John Francis Shade, an obsessively methodical man, during the last 20 days of his life. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing feat for such a unique novel

  • By AmazonCustomer on 03-27-12

Butterfly Frail

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

Reviewed: 05-21-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

With all certainty, T am sure it will lead to greater things by Nabokov.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pale Fire?

The reading of the Cantos Poem and the reader,s display of his great voice, all of Audible's telling of this great book is wonderful, for sure magic.

Which scene was your favorite?

There is not a particular scene of merit, Nabokov goes on and on and each momemt if studied is a thrill in each novel he creates.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I read this book very much younger, like with Lolita I could not find the pace of the information, now as my experience in the library increased, I love his writing. One must understand Nabokov, he teases one for reaction only, which he knows a studied reader will enjoy, I always laugh, hand over mouth not to insult him, but the whole experience is fully an act by both me and the writer, a very personal thing, he being the genius, of course. I love Nabokov for years, my confession to all, he never fails me!

Any additional comments?

Nabokov asks me to spend every molecule, of many, of my restless mind with a net gathering frail butterflies, as his example, in this he teaches the ways of life which are simple for complicated wanderers, like me and you.

  • I Am Forbidden

  • A Novel
  • By: Anouk Markovits
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Opening in 1939 Transylvania, five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard and is rescued by a Gentile maid to be raised as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues a young girl, Mila, after her parents are killed while running to meet the Rebbe they hoped would save them. Josef helps Mila reach Zalman Stern, a leader in the Satmar community, in whose home Mila is raised as a sister to Zalman’s daughter, Atara.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Damning of the Law and by the Law

  • By Debbie on 11-05-13

Tradition

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

Reviewed: 05-20-12

Where does I Am Forbidden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my first and best so far!

What other book might you compare I Am Forbidden to and why?

Beloved, Told of a life of intensive love, it was a tradition of the heart with no formal dress. It was the mother usually that was the bearer of said heart that fronted a raw battle daily, every minute of that day, children, the strong belief dictated, were the primary hope for a better life when strict lackof judgements had faded the color barriers and the folks that held them.Then this general tradition would be no more and all can have their share of a good life as promised from heaven in the beginning. Some traditions grow strenght others are brought upon by others who are weaked by hatred and seek power upon the backs of others.Their always is the tradition will be violated by chains and walls of those that don't understand what chains are for and rather sing in groups.Where is the wrong in that.

Which scene was your favorite?

I must review it again after hearing for a second time, all of it is very warm I feel.

If you could rename I Am Forbidden, what would you call it?

Belief of Fathers

Any additional comments?

Glad I spent the time, the reader is surprisingly great.

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