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  • The Man of Property

  • Book One of The Forsyte Saga
  • By: John Galsworthy
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The Man of Property introduces us to Soames Forsyte, a solicitor and prominent figure in his family. Accustomed to getting whatever he wants, he sets his sights with absolute determination on the beautiful Irene, in spite of her pennilessness and her indifference to him. Irene, a lover of art and beauty, eventually accepts his marriage proposal over a life of degraded poverty, but she swears to Soames that she will never be his property. When all his money fails to make up for the absence of love and Irene falls for a young architect....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First of one of the most incredible sagas ever!

  • By Miranda on 04-07-16

First of one of the most incredible sagas ever!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Would you listen to The Man of Property again? Why?

I have, several times, and have read them all as well.

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

A very intimate exploration of sex and money, and everything else........

Any additional comments?

John Galsworthy is timeless. Everything about this saga remains remarkably relevant.
And David Case's reading is flawless.

  • Sword of Honor

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

This trilogy about World War II, largely based on his own experiences as an army officer, is the crowning achievement of Evelyn Waugh's career. Its central character is Guy Crouchback, head of an ancient but decayed Catholic family, who at first discovers new purpose in the challenge to defend Christian values against Nazi barbarism, but then gradually finds the complexities and cruelties of war too much for him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • At least one chapter missing

  • By Sviatoslav on 08-17-15

Read this!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Where does Sword of Honor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Towards the very top of the list.

What other book might you compare Sword of Honor to and why?

This is to WWII what Ford Maddox Ford's Parade's End is to WWI.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

He was perfect.

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

Powerfully existential....not that anyone would come see it with that tag line!

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  • Parade's End

  • By: Ford Madox Ford
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 38 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

First published as four separate novels ( Some Do Not…, No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up, and The Last Post) between 1924 and 1928, Parade’s End explores the world of the English ruling class as it descends into the chaos of war. Christopher Tietjens is an officer from a wealthy family who finds himself torn between his unfaithful socialite wife, Sylvia, and his suffragette mistress, Valentine. A profound portrait of one man’s internal struggles during a time of brutal world conflict, Parade’s End bears out Graham Greene’s prediction that "there is no novelist of this century more likely to live than Ford Madox Ford."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant, challenging, and valuable work

  • By leora on 09-11-12

Can't believe it's over.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

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

Very much, but it must be to one's tastes. I loved every second of it. It is long and intense.

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

Not possible!

Any additional comments?

I read this when much younger and listened to it just last year. Deeper and more powerful than before. I will read it again maybe next year.

  • This Real Night

  • By: Rebecca West
  • Narrated by: Harriet Carmichael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Acknowledged as Rebecca West's fictional masterpiece, The Fountain Overflows introduces the crisis-ridden Aubrey family. This Real Night continues their remarkable story. It is the early 1900s. With the disappearance of Piers, her feckless and gambling husband, and the sale of some valuable paintings, Clare Aubrey has a firmer grip on the purse strings. Rose and Mary are at Music College, struggling for artistic perfection, while the self-assured Cordelia has fallen into the role of art dealer's assistant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gorgeous and brilliant.

  • By Miranda on 04-07-16

Gorgeous and brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Would you listen to This Real Night again? Why?

I have already. And I read all three in this trilogy as well.

Who was the most memorable character of This Real Night and why?

The family mother.

Any additional comments?

Just stunning. One of my overall favorites. I read the trilogy when I was in my 20s and, now in my 50s I have listened to them. They are more amazing than I remember.

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,317

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

Amazing and riveting.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

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

I have. It is all consuming and very moving without being morose or tiresome.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

So very many.

Any additional comments?

I have read many of the author's book, and this is right up there with Garp and Cider House Rules.

  • Spinsters in Jeopardy

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

A classic Ngaio Marsh mystery thriller combining drugs and sacrifice. High in the mountains stands the magnificent Saracen fortress, home of the mysterious Mr. Oberon, leader of a coven of witches. It is not the historic castle, however, that intrigues Roderick Alleyn, on holiday with his family, but the suspicion that a huge drugs ring operates from within its ancient portals. But before the holiday is over, someone else has stumbled upon the secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best I have read so far.

  • By Miranda on 04-07-16

One of the best I have read so far.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Where does Spinsters in Jeopardy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the very best Naigo Marsh yet. I am reading them in order and this one is exceptional.

What other book might you compare Spinsters in Jeopardy to and why?

A Surfeit of Lampreys, an earlier Inspector Alleyn story.

Have you listened to any of Ric Jerrom’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Solid and engaging, as always.

  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,714

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

So surprised!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

What made the experience of listening to A Dirty Job the most enjoyable?

Wacky and completely out of my comfort zone. Full of humor and compassion.

What other book might you compare A Dirty Job to and why?

Perhaps Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel. I usually don't read contemporary books, but these were very meaty, in no hurry, very well written and wonderfully otherworldly without superfluous violence.

What about Fisher Stevens’s performance did you like?

Casual and easy with a terrific contemporary reading.

If you could take any character from A Dirty Job out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Asher because he was delightfully funny and self deprecating.

Any additional comments?

Just a great surprise! But not recommended for anyone not tolerant of lots of four letter words. That didn't bother me--I am a New Yorker.

  • A Pelican at Blandings

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The usual suspects, including Lord Emsworth and his prize pig, the Empress, line up at Blandings Castle for a Wodehousian caper that sees members of the upper-classes getting hot and bothered over a nude painting they all want to get their hands on. This is wit at its very finest, read by one of our superlative actors, who reads Wodehouse with the requisite style and panache.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • P G Wodehouse is always delightful

  • By Christopher J. Albertyn on 12-05-11

perfect wodehouse

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

Reviewed: 04-09-12

Would you listen to A Pelican at Blandings again? Why?

Yes, the language is wonderful and the reading brings out all the humor.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Pelican at Blandings?

description of exersize in view of London's public

Have you listened to any of Martin Jarvis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, he is fantastic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many moments moved to laughter.

Any additional comments?

A great pleasure.

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  • Thank You, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

Bertie Wooster's newfound enthusiasm for the banjolele results in his eviction from his apartment and, to his outrage, having to take notice from his hitherto devoted manservant, Jeeves. Repairing to the country with his banjolele and new valet, Brinkley, Bertie soon finds himself in no shortage of trouble. A visit to an American yacht ends with him locked in a stateroom by a prospective father-in-law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed so hard I missed my exit.

  • By Andrew on 07-14-07

perfect wodehouse

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

What did you love best about Thank You, Jeeves?

it's all about the language

What did you like best about this story?

I go to Wodehouse for a light and funny romp and this was the perfect Wodehouse

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Cecil’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, and this is flawless Cecil.

If you could rename Thank You, Jeeves, what would you call it?

no comment

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