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The Aspern Papers

Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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In this superb novella, a nameless narrator travels to Venice in search of Juliana Bordereau, the former lover of Jeffrey Aspern, a famous and now dead American poet. We witness the battle between a strong-willed woman who is determined to keep the secrets of a famous poet and an unscrupulous man who is equally determined to uncover them.
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Absolutely delightful

I enjoyed every second of this audiobook. The writing is simply superb: rich, candid, subtly ironic, seemingly effortless. Almost needless to say, the characters are portrayed to perfection, with psychological and emotional depth. In short, I can't find a bad word to say about this book.

I should also note that Grover Gardner, as usual, delivers an impeccable and sensitive performance, never missing the subtle nuances in the text and bringing the book to life.

Highly recommended.

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Meh.....

I think Grover Gardner is a WONDERFUL narrator. I also think Gardner is the wrong narrator for this story. It may be that I have associated his narration with too many other stories to give him a fair chance. His delivery is IDEAL for any story with a sardonic wit, a smart-arse tone or an ironic turn. But it just doesn't fit here. I kept waiting for the clever punchline.

As for the story itself....I found it uncompelling. I can enjoy a story strictly for its beautiful language but neither the plot nor the language nor the characters moved me.