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  • The Inheritance of Loss

  • By: Kiran Desai
  • Narrated by: Meera Simhan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 221

In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge. He only wants to retire in peace, but then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, who is hop-scotching from one New York restaurant job to another. A novel of depth and emotion, Desai's second, long-awaited novel fulfills the grand promise established by her first.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gorgeous prose but grim

  • By Bob on 06-08-07

Daunting & a slog to listen to but I did in total.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-11

The author had a lot to say and she said it well, but found her too impressed with her own writing skills. A simpler turn of phrase would have contributed so much more to the book.

More attention might be given to choosing a narrator, this is paramount with audio books.

  • Thalia Book Club: Memoirs of Africa with Alexadra Fuller and Wendy Kann

  • By: Alexandra Fuller, Wendy Kann
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Fuller, Wendy Kann
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Alexandra Fuller (Scribbling the Cat and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight) and first-time author Wendy Kann (Casting with a Fragile Thread) discuss growing up in colonial Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. They tell many amusing and thoughtful anecdotes and reflect on their childhoods, revisiting a changed Africa as adults, the ties they have to the families and community that raised them in Africa, and the transition to living in the U.S.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Authors trying to be comedians

  • By Lisbeth on 08-13-12

Introduction

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

Reviewed: 10-14-11

Wonderful introduction to both authors.

Confess I am more than tempted to read how they both write.

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  • Talking Heads

  • By: Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by: Alan Bennett, Full Cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Performed by the author and five of Britain's leading actresses, Alan Bennett's tales are full of quirky, insightful detail that bring the characters vividly to life. From Julie Walters' portrayal of an actress seeking fame to Anna Massey's alcoholic vicar's wife, these individuals are linked by their self-delusion, desperation, and vulnerability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky, funny and brilliant

  • By Nancy J on 06-16-14

Good listening.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-11

Wonderful listening to Alan and company as they traipse along with their tales short and sometimes bitter sweet of an age now past, but a reminder of what was.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Essential Welty

  • By: Eudora Welty
  • Narrated by: Eudora Welty
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

In 1956, Caedmon had the great fortune to record Eudora Welty reading some of her finest stories. In her sweetly vibrant Mississippi drawl, Ms. Welty deftly draws the listener in to the uproariously multilayered "Why I Live at the P.O.", the spontaneous "Powerhouse", and the insightful voice of women's truths in "Petrified Man". Ms. Welty's reading brings immediacy and resonance to these wonderful tales.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely Stories

  • By Judy on 08-02-06

Quality

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-11

Loved the author and a chance to hear her reading her own work.
However, this audio download is not the easiest to listen to.
The speed of this recording could be slowed down considerably if it is to be enjoyed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful