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  • The House in Paris

  • By: Elizabeth Bowen
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

When 11-year-old Henrietta arrives at the Fishers’ well-appointed house in Paris, she is prepared to spend her day between trains looked after by an old friend of her grandmother’s. Henrietta longs to see a few sights in the foreign city; little does she know what fascinating secrets the Fisher house itself contains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A marvelous book

  • By Julie on 11-15-11

An adult look at children seeing through adults

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

Where does The House in Paris rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What did you like best about this story?

It's a modernist book that adeptly provides several different viewpoints on the events that take place. At the same time, the narrative unfolds in a coherent and compelling fashion. The author is especially skillful at showing us the adult world as it appears through the eyes of children, and the complicated motives with which adults view children and attempt to control the information they receive. The language is elegant throughout and captures subtle nuances of psychology and scenery.

What does Michal Friedman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Until I later learned that she was an adult voice actress, I was convinced the narrator was actually eleven years old. So you really feel that you're listening to a story told by an unusually intelligent and sensitive girl. At the same time, she very convincingly portrays the voices of the other characters in the story. The innocence and sensitivity of her voice is deeply moving, and it's music to the ears.

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

The young boy and girl who meet are suspicious of each other and compete with each other to show off their abilities and knowledge. But eventually they share a deep moment of compassion. Their story also serves as a foil to the adult love story that occupies the middle section of the book. What's especially moving is the counterpoint that is developed between the innocence of the children and the distressingly complex burdens of guilt that the adults bear.

Any additional comments?

This book is for you if you cherish subtle psychological insights. It also tells a heartbreaking story of how painfully wrong an adult love affair can go. And yet life goes on in the lives of the children who are conceived in the midst of the turmoil.

  • The Mill on the Floss

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Maggie Tulliver has two lovers: Philip Wakem, son of her father’s enemy, and Stephen Guest, already promised to her cousin. But the love she wants most in the world is that of her brother Tom. Maggie’s struggle against her passionate and sensual nature leads her to a deeper understanding and to eventual tragedy

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great compassion

  • By nina lalumia on 12-26-16

Great compassion

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

Reviewed: 12-26-16

Would you listen to The Mill on the Floss again? Why?

Eliot looks deeply with great compassion into the lives of simple people, especially the troubled heroine, Maggie. The language is beautiful and witty, the performance is golden.

What did you like best about this story?

Eliot mixes compassion with wit and satire...AND tells a great story. It's quite a sprawling narrative, not as carefully conceived as Middlemarch, but it has the same great range of characters and emotions.

What does Laura Paton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her English pronunciation is golden and gorgeous, and she does brilliant work acting out the different voices of the characters. Her interpretation of Eliot's satirical voice is spot on, and she also reads the gentle, philosophical passages with great sincerity. I wish, I hope, that she will read more books!

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

No...it took me a few weeks. I didn't want it to end.

Any additional comments?

This book has the power to open your heart, to break it and heal it. And you'll learn a lot about England in the 1800s!

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