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Harry Devlin

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  • The Sea, the Sea

  • By: Iris Murdoch, Mary Kinzie - introduction
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor, both professionally and personally, and amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure pleasure

  • By laurel on 06-07-17

Again!

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Reviewed: 12-06-18

Lost in Iris Murdoch's story and language from the beginning. So much here that after I pull up the boat, make camp, and get a good night's sleep, I will do it again.

  • The Elements of Style (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

The Elements of Style has long been a valued and beloved resource for all writers. Hailed for its directness and clever insight, this unorthodox textbook was born from a professor's love for the written word and perfected years later by one of his students: famed author E. B. White. Ever since its first publication in 1959, writers have turned to this book for its wise and accessible advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Book for the Editing Proceedure...

  • By Jonathan on 03-01-14

A wistful grammar story as told by McCourt

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Reviewed: 03-08-18

Yes, it's about grammar and usage; but it's so much more when read by Frank McCourt. The Strunk and White classic is told with love and kindness.

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • A Novel
  • By: Milan Kundera, Michael Henry Heim (translator)
  • Narrated by: Richmond Hoxie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 975

A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon, a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals—while her other lover, earnest, faithful, and good, stands to lose everything because of his noble qualities. In a world where lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and fortuitous events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence we feel “the unbearable lightness of being."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love, Politics, and Strange Bedfellows

  • By Mel on 07-01-12

Of flesh and spirit

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Good parenthetical structure. Today, Thomas would be considered the ultimate misogynist, but it IS his story and it's not as pat as that. It is far from kitsch; a reverie about flesh and politics and being. Worth visiting again.

  • Ulysses

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 27 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ulysses (Unabridged)

  • By Peter Deane on 01-22-09

Yessssss

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-17

Appetizing like the internal organs of fowl and rare beasts. It's not necessarily bathroom reading, but if you want an exploration of sound and language and time, this is a good place to find it. Fun, too! One more step down the path that began with Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Yesssss.