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  • Brideshead Revisited

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384

Evelyn Waugh's most celebrated work is a memory drama about the intense entanglement of the narrator, Charles Ryder, with a great Anglo-Catholic family. Written during World War II, the story mourns the passing of the aristocratic world Waugh knew in his youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities; in so doing it also provides a profound study of the conflict between the demands of religion and the desires of the flesh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By Vieux Carré Blonde on 12-12-12

Gorgeous

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Jeremy Irons reading Brideshead - perfect. Thank goodness for this transporting expérience while folding laundry and peeling apples

  • Mating in Captivity

  • Reconciling the Erotic & the Domestic
  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,659

Esther Perel takes on tough questions, grappling with the obstacles and anxieties that arise when our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. She invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intimacy is in the eye of the beholder.

  • By Grant on 03-10-13

Skip the book, read the book review for the general idea

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

Some good insights about being more alive through a general “eroticism”, but lots of straw man arguments, exaggerations and generalizations. We are afraid of affairs because it means chaos and orgies, for example.

  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A PERFECT narration of an English classic!

  • By Wayne on 09-03-17

Epic!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Where does David Copperfield [Audible] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the top five audiobooks I've listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Agnes is annoyingly perfect but so inspirational for David, how romantic...she's really on a pedestal for him, but why not, novels are supposed to be like that!

Which scene was your favorite?

I cried when Dora died, when David was in Switzerland processing her death, when Agnes and David finally came together, many times...

Any additional comments?

Armitage reads this book superbly! What a performance. His narrative voice is so rich and appealing.

I do wish audible had left a longer pause between chapters. Some ended with such drama and then boom, you're on to the next

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • On Becoming Babywise

  • Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
  • By: Gary Ezzo
  • Narrated by: Anne Marie Ezzo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

The infant management concepts presented in this book have found favor with over two million parents and twice as many contented babies. On Becoming Babywise brings hope to the tired and bewildered parents looking for an alternative to sleepless nights and fussy babies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empowering information!

  • By Ashlee Gurney on 07-22-15

Sounds like a scam

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A friend and neighbor recommended this book. I don't believe she breastfed.

Any additional comments?

I listened to the first 15 minutes. The author "makes stuff up" to state it simply. Neoprimitivistic? Really? The author makes stuff up about the Sears attachment parenting theory, etc. I didn't breastfeed my newborn on demand because I was afraid of birth trauma. I did it because it was the easiest way.

The first 15 minute listen sounded very fishy to me, and I came to it positively because a neighbor and friend recommended it. After stopping listening and googling my suspicions were confirmed. Avoid these people and their parenting theory!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,489

When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Johnny on 08-01-09

More Juliet Stevenson perfection

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

What will I do once I've listened to every Stevenson reading of Austen? Maybe I'll just start all over again. Stevenson and Austen would be invited to my "ultimate dinner party for which you invite anyone you want, alive or dead".

This is a little different from typical Austen. I love be her social commentary and the intelligent way she offers the simple pleasure of a happy ending.

  • At Home with Madame Chic

  • Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life
  • By: Jennifer L. Scott
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

When Jennifer arrived at Madame Chic's Parisian apartment as a foreign exchange student, Madame Chic took her under her wing and tutored her in the secrets of how the French elevate the little things in life to the art of living. Years later, Jennifer was back in California with a husband, two young daughters, a dog, and her first home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like a robot.

  • By Jo on 08-25-15

The French pronunciations are terrible

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Would you try another book from Jennifer L. Scott and/or Amy Rubinate?

Scott, yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Oh my goodness, I'm at the beginning and the narrator keeps pronouncing "bien dans sa peau" about as wrongly as it can be pronounced. I'm not asking for a perfect French accent, but she could have tried for one single minute to learn the correct pronunciation. Wow, terrible!

  • Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic

  • Lessons in Everyday Elegance
  • By: Jennifer L. Scott
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Just step out your door today, and you will notice that poise is a rarity in our wired, fast-paced, and unmannerly world. As uncivil behaviors like flip-flops at Broadway shows and digital oversharing proliferate, this timely book reminds us of the quiet power of behaving with dignity, kindness, and grace. Jennifer L. Scott's Parisian mentor, Madame Chic, embodied poise and not just with the good posture, stylish attire, and natural manners that made her extraordinarily elegant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The speaker's voice sounds very robotic

  • By Bobbie Monroe on 01-09-16

Good advice

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

What did you love best about Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic?

The intellectual snob in me does not want a silly self-help book that reminds us of basics like making eye contact. However, I listened to this in one go yesterday, I believe the day it was published. Jennifer Scott is a kindred spirit in that I also had a life-changing experience spending two semesters living with a lovely French family in Lyon when I was 21. (She is also a kindred spirit in that I too have taken up piano again and am working on learning classics by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert.)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic?

Most of the advice I didn't really need but enjoyed hearing again. By the way, for me the audio was probably more enjoyable than reading the book because I usually read real literature (not posing!) and the book was written in very simple conversational style that I'd rather listen to than read.
One piece that was indeed necessary to hear again was the reminder of why not to gossip: because would you like other people talking about you that way? Do unto others...

Any additional comments?

I am grateful that Jennifer has made it her life's work to encourage women to be feminine and civilized (men too for the latter). Her kind of influence is needed in our culture. It is certainly true that life is more formal in France and in Europe in general. They take more pleasure in small things and in many ways live more fulfilled because they know how to slow down and relax, they don't watch a ton of TV or glue themselves to their phones, they don't spend their days racing from one activity to the next with their overbooked children...

A lot of the cultural differences are simply due to the much higher density of population in Europe. Europeans are more considerate of others in many ways, speaking more quietly for example, because life is just more crowded, so you have to think of others. Other differences are due to the fact that Americans have more disposable income. Yes, it's true, even if you think you don't have enough! We are the ones with consumer culture who are always buying more stuff, the ones who can actually afford several different fancy activities for each child and the uniforms and paraphanalie to go with each. (Although just because we can afford it doesn't mean it's a good idea.)

As much as their slower approach to life is to be emulated, I must state that Europeans in general are not as achieving in special ways as Americans are. I am not saying this is a good or a bad thing, it's just a fact. For example, I doubt anyone in Jennifer's Famille Chic could play Mozart like she can, never mind publishing books. They spend their time with the beautiful mundane of lovely dinners every night instead. America is the idea and achievement engine of the world, and this is related to our casual fast-paced culture that is so lamentable in many ways, but sometimes you must take some of the bad with the good, or at least realize that one culture doesn't have all the answers. I for one though, have chosen to live in more of the French way, seeking the beautiful mundane rather than special achievement and a faster pace. It really does elevate life to dress nicely (skirts and dresses are wonderful, like Mimi Thorisson), eat meals at a table calmly without distraction and treat others courteously. Thank you Jennifer for making the effort and writing another book.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • By: D. H. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

The last and most famous of D. H. Lawrence's novels, Lady Chatterley's Lover was published in 1928 and banned in England and the United States as pornographic. While sexually tame by today's standards, the book is memorable for better reasons---Lawrence's masterful and lyrical prose, and a vibrant story that takes us bodily into the world of its characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Perfidy.

  • By J.B. on 11-01-17

Don't like Lawrence

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I don't think I like DH Lawrence because I don't think he liked women. Couldn't stand the main character, Connie. The narrator reading of her made her even worse, I think. Some male writers can capture women correctly but not Lawrence.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,779

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible book ever

  • By Molly-o on 12-25-11

SIX stars!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

What made the experience of listening to Middlemarch the most enjoyable?

I should have given no other of my reviews five stars, so this could stand out as it should. The story, the characters, the writing, the narrator performance! Perfection. One of my top five favorite books and one of the few for which I say listening is better than reading. Thank you Juliet Stevenson!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,725

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not So Luminous

  • By Mel on 11-10-13

Really got into this

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

What made the experience of listening to The Luminaries the most enjoyable?

So jealous of Catton's talent! It took me a while to get into this book. I sometimes have trouble with male narrators. I bought the book version and may read it again, there's so much to capture. I mean, she's no Henry James or Jane Austen, but this book is pretty brilliant. Enjoy! (The ending will really get you and you'll have to go back and relisten!)