Dana B. Miller

ny, ny
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  • And Sons

  • A Novel
  • By: David Gilbert
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 107

Who is A. N. Dyer? & Sons is a literary masterwork for readers of The Art of Fielding, The Emperor’s Children, and Wonder Boys - the panoramic, deeply affecting story of an iconic novelist, two interconnected families, and the heartbreaking truths that fiction can hide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Full of brilliant bits and pieces

  • By Doug P. on 08-06-13

i love books like this

5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-01-13

Would you listen to And Sons again? Why?

yes, absolutely. i'm sure i missed some gem of a sentence and even if i didn't, these sentences are worth listening to again.

What did you like best about this story?

the prose is gorgeous.

What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

he has a great tone, generationally, his voice fit the the narrator and also spanned the decades easily, and his acting was spot on, not overdone.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

about fathers and sons and the tapestry that such relationships weave, however frayed.

Any additional comments?

the one sort of super-natural-ish plot point was a little jarring but the writing is so beautiful and assured, it doesn't end up mattering. exceptional book.

  • Rules of Civility

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,056

On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats

  • By Em on 04-18-12

this is the best novel i've read in ages

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Reviewed: 05-30-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Rules of Civility to be better than the print version?

i didn't read the print version but the performance was pitch perfect.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rules of Civility?

there are so many crystal-perfect moments in this book, i can't even choose when asked to pick 'one of the most memorable moments'. meeting tinker, the accident, katey getting her hair colored and buying the dress to wear on her birthday, katey and tinker in the cabin, katey and tinker down in his brother's tenement apartment....i could go on and on.

Which character ??? as performed by Rebecca Lowman ??? was your favorite?

katey, katey, katey.

If you could rename Rules of Civility, what would you call it?

my crystalline year.

Any additional comments?

this is literature. the book sings, it buzzes, it offers metaphors that are at once original and so spot on, they're like poetry of old. a perfect marriage of poetry and prose, of plot and voice, of intellectual experience and emotional journey. everything i've read since has paled...and much that i've read before has, too.

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