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Mr. Jw Perks

Lincolnshire United Kingdom
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  • Sentimental Education

  • By: Gustave Flaubert
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Frederic Moreau is a law student returning home to Normandy from Paris when he first notices Mme Arnoux, a slender, dark woman several years older than himself. It is the beginning of an infatuation that will last a lifetime. He befriends her husband, an influential businessman, and their paths cross and re-cross over the years. Through financial upheaval, political turmoil, and countless affairs, Mme Arnoux remains the constant, unattainable love of Moreau’s life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Andrea Zuvich on 11-12-14

Romantic classic - a tale of frustrated love

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

Reviewed: 14-04-16

Michael Maloney manages to capture in his reading a necessary clarity. He matches Flaubert's transparent prose perfectly with an unmannered reading giving space to consider the story and enjoy the unfolding tale of frustrated love.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Joyce's Ulysses

  • By: James A. W. Heffernan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: James A. W. Heffernan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Ulysses depicts a world that is as fully conceived and vibrant as anything in Homer or Shakespeare. It has been delighting and puzzling readers since it was first published on Joyce's 40th birthday in 1922. And here, Professor Heffernan maps the brilliance, passion, humanity, and humor of Joyce's modern Odyssey in these 24 lectures that finally make a beguiling literary masterpiece accessible for anyone willing to give it a chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A necessary thread

  • By Mr. Jw Perks on 06-03-16

A necessary thread

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Professor James Heffernan provides a necessary thread to navigate the labyrinth of Joyce's novel. A brilliant introduction and guide. My appreciation of Ulysses is greater as a consequence of listening to the course chapter by chapter. Yes!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cossacks

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The colorful Cossack way of life is made alive and real in this historical novel.

Tolstoy's first novel and acknowledged as one of his best, it is based on his own forays into the Caucasus, abandoning his aristocrat life of gambling and carousing in Moscow and volunteering to be attached to the regular army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A visitor to another culture

  • By Mr. Jw Perks on 02-01-16

A visitor to another culture

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

This story is about an outsider joining a community and falling in love with a woman and the spirit of the place. A short book it's an intense listen and one to persevere with.
The reader voices one important character - a sort of village elder - and the reading is well paced and enjoyable. This is a book I'll revisit. Don't be put off by the book 'jacket'!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silas Marner

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Here is a tale straight from the fireside. We are compelled to follow the humble and mysterious figure of the linen weaver Silas Marner, on his journey from solitude and exile to the warmth and joy of family life. His path is a strange one; when he loses his hoard of hard-earned coins all seems to be lost, but in place of the golden guineas come the golden curls of a child - and from desolate misery comes triumphant joy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intimate and rewarding

  • By Android on 07-06-17

Delightful novel

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

Reviewed: 30-12-15

This book was warmly read and well voiced with a diversity of characterisation. The story itself is a heartwarming tale of redemption and loss with a small circle of well drawn characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • War and Peace, Volume 2

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I remembered

  • By Philip on 22-04-13

Classic despite the unexpected philosophising

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

Reviewed: 27-12-15

Loved this book. Totally engaging from start to finish expertly characterised by Neville Jason. Tick on this years audio bucket list. 70 odd hours of listening pleasure.

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Last two words are missing which is a nuisance..

  • By trufflesmummy on 19-07-16

Great and thoughtful Russian classic

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

Well read without the need to voice act this tale might be the first psychological crime novel. I could not imagine how it would end. I came to the story with no preconceptions and really enjoyed the portrait of a man in moral conflict. The reader caught the spirit of the translation perfectly.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition]

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 37 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sublime

  • By GreenBell on 14-02-16

Russian materpiece read with aplomb

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

Reviewed: 16-08-15

What made the experience of listening to The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition] the most enjoyable?

Characterisation without resorting to cod accents

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition]?

The narrator bought the story alive and the listening time flew. It is a fascinating story masterly weaving many themes.

What about Constantine Gregory’s performance did you like?

Good pacing. Great characterisation.

Any additional comments?

Another brilliant Naxos unabridged novel in the Russian canon. Highly recommended. Never did it drag or bore - Mr Gregory caught the spirit of the novel in his marvellous reading.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an interesting novel made special by the reading

  • By Margaret on 27-12-10

Up T'North

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

Reviewed: 18-01-15

Where does North and South rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In my top ten.

What did you like best about this story?

I though I could predict which way this one was going to go. I was wrong. Excellent and thought provoking novel about disparity.

What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

Vocal acting bought the book alive.

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

Yes. I was hooked.

  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Through every family run memories that bind it together - despite everything. The Tulls of Baltimore are no exception. Abandoned by her salesman husband, Pearl is left to bring up her three children alone - Cody, a flawed devil; Ezra, a flawed saint; and Jenny, errant and passionate. Now as Pearl lies dying, stiffly encased in her pride and solitude, the past is unlocked and with it, secrets. A classic novel from one of America's greatest living novelists, now available as an audiobook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tyler's own favourite

  • By Mr. Jw Perks on 10-01-15

Tyler's own favourite

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Brilliant novel well read and characterised.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant?

None of the characters were drawn as simplistically black or white, from motivations to action. I listened to the book and went from liking to disliking each person in turns. Ultimately, I finished the book and felt it was well rounded. Tyler's writing was perceptive and powerful.

What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

Suzanne characterised the children and Pearl so well.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book was very touching and the ending was unexpected but not contrived.

Any additional comments?

Tyler's best novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful