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James

James Chester, United Kingdom Member Since 2011

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  • "Very fine readings"

    Overall

    Sean Barrett is never less than brilliant but Teresa Gallagher's performance here needs real praise too. Esther's character and her part of the narrative can seem precious to some, but the way in which Gallagher matches Barret's vigour as a caricaturist and yet keeps us anchored in Esther's world view is a challenge that is much harder to achieve or sustain; Gallagher manages to do both, and you end up realising just how rich and subversive Dickens use of this narrator is.

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    Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
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    (52)
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    A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

    Greg says: "The Ultimate Dickens Audiobook"
  • "The best"

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    This novel was a revelation: as quiet a book as i have ever read, it reduced me to tears several times and admiration throughout.

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    Stoner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Williams
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    Overall
    (127)
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    (118)
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    (114)

    William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

    Stephen says: "A life perfectly summarised"
  • "So Good"

    Overall

    I've lost count of the times I have read this remarkable novel - so short, so profound, so dense with meaning, so lightly written, witty and original to its very bones: a miracle. In truth, there is, out there somewhere, an unabridged reading by Geraldine MacEwan that is alive to every word and comma - a virtuoso performance - but the present reader is no slouch either.

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    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes
    Overall
    (68)
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    (33)
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    "You girls are my vocation... I am dedicated to you in my prime." So says Miss Jean Brodie, a teacher unlike any other. She is proud and cultured. A romantic, with progressive, sometimes shocking ideas and aspirations for the girls in her charge. When she decides to transform a select group of pupils into the 'crème de la crème' at the Marcia Blaine School they become the Brodie set. In exchange for their undivided loyalty the girls earn a special place of honour and privilege within the school. Yet they are also introduced to a startling new world of adult games....

    James says: "So Good"
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