R. Brevitz

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  • Golden Hill

  • A Novel of Old New York
  • By: Francis Spufford
  • Narrated by: Sarah Borges
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

The spectacular first novel from acclaimed nonfiction author Francis Spufford follows the adventures of a mysterious young man in mid-18th century Manhattan, 30 years before the American Revolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected Pleasure or Unexpected Pain

  • By Dubi on 12-01-17

Great story, but . . .

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Reviewed: 07-31-17

This was a tantalizing story built around a secret and an intriguing personality. I love unexpectedness in a novel, and it is here in abundance. The tone shifts, pleasingly to me, from the brittle (plenty of drawing room repartee) to the deadly serious (sorrow, regret, fear, desire). These are matched very well to a vigorous plot that hurtles forward from one surprising event to the next. It's a fun listen.

Except: narration is unsatisfying. Too many mispronunciations and misplaced emphases. Some of the voices she attempts are simply not believable. On the whole the narration was a distraction, not an asset. Golden Hill survives and still delights--but it could have been so, so much better if read by someone more at home in the language, and perhaps with a more mature voice.

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  • The Color of Lightning

  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

A soaring work of the imagination based on oral histories of the post - Civil War years in North Texas, Paulette Jiles's The Color of Lightning is at once an intimate look into the hearts and hopes of tragically flawed human beings and a courageous reexamination of a dark American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

  • By Marlice Peabody on 02-20-17

Just wonderful

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Reviewed: 07-24-17

I should have known the author is a poet. She makes this wonderful Western story--based on true, skimpily remembered events--a lyrical picture of life, courage, confusion, and sorrow. Her descriptions of Texas topography and weather are vivid enough to make you want to back up and hear them again. And her treatment of black and white and Indian people is both just and informed by her understanding that there are problems that can't be solved, thoughts that can't be changed--and life that just must be lived in spite of all that

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