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Charles B

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  • The Feud

  • Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship
  • By: Alex Beam
  • Narrated by: Douglas Pullar
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

In 1940 Edmund Wilson was the undisputed big dog of American letters. Vladimir Nabokov was a near-penniless Russian exile seeking asylum in the States. Wilson became a mentor to Nabokov, introducing him to every editor of note, assigning to him book reviews for the New Republic, engineering a Guggenheim. Their intimate friendship blossomed over a shared interest in all things Russian, ruffled a bit by political disagreements. But then came Lolita, and suddenly Nabokov was the big (and very rich) dog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Skips Interesting Notes at Bottom of Page

  • By Charles B on 09-22-18

Narrator Skips Interesting Notes at Bottom of Page

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

A fine book, but why does the narrator skip over the interesting notes that sometimes appear at the bottoms of pages? I don't understand. You should at least warn customers about this problem. The reading is not "unabridged."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 35 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,698

Leo Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not to be rushed but to be savored

  • By J. Stirling on 08-02-16

Need to Disclose and Highlight Name of Translator

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

If you disclosed Constance Garnett as the translator of this version of Anna Karenina, where did you do so? I didn't catch it. This is important information that needs to be highlighted. Vladimir Nabokov, a master of the Russian and English languages, thought that Garnett's translation was a "complete disaster." Whether Nabokov was right or not, there certainly is a real controversy about the translation.

I beg you, in the future please disclose the translator's name routinely, and as prominently as the name of the author. Thank you.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • James Joyce

  • Revised Edition
  • By: Richard Ellman
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 37 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Richard Ellmann has revised and expanded his definitive work on Joyce's life to include newly discovered primary material, including details of a failed love affair, a limerick about Samuel Beckett, a dream notebook, previously unknown letters, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Unabridged, Strictly Speaking

  • By Charles B on 07-24-17

Not Unabridged, Strictly Speaking

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

Any additional comments?

The recording skips the textual notes/comments that are at the bottoms of pages throughout the book. (These are in addition to the numbered footnotes the end of the text.) Deplorable. You will have to buy the book and read this important omitted material yourself. It was misleading to label the recording as "unabridged."

Wonderful book, though.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful