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The Sense of an Ending
- By: Julian Barnes
- Narrated by: Richard Morant
- Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.
- By Mel on 01-09-12
Great book about the inner life of men
Would you consider the audio edition of The Sense of an Ending to be better than the print version?
No, I don't think so. Sometimes I wished I had read it as it seems so dense with ideas.
What did you like best about this story?
Its the best exploration of the inner lives of men since High Fidelity. It almost seems like a sequel. While High Fidelity was about the beginning of adulthood, this is about the end of adulthood, when all one's experiences have coalesced but one still feels more or less as lost as ever.
Which scene was your favorite?
Its less about scenes that making sense of the experience of living, of dealing with relationships from long ago that have been reanimated.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
You don't get it. You never will.
Extraordinary, Ordinary People
- A Memoir of Family
- By: Condoleezza Rice
- Narrated by: Condoleezza Rice
- Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl - and a young woman - trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world, and of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community, that made all the difference.
- By Steve on 03-03-11
Too little Extraordinary, too much ordinary
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
If you like her wikipedia entry, then this book is for you. If however, you looked at the cover presented and expected an account of what it was like to grow up in the deep South, of what it means to be an American who grew up in segregation, of what the country means to you having experienced both the worst and the best, choose another book.
Would you ever listen to anything by Condoleezza Rice again?
Absolutely, if it told her story rather than presented a timeline of her life
How could the performance have been better?
As my writing teacher used to say 'Show me, don't tell me'
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The beginning of the book, where Rice talks abotu growing up in Birmingham is fascinating. It is very personal.
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