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Paola Piglia

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  • Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana

  • By: Carlo Emilio Gadda
  • Narrated by: Fabrizio Gifuni
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Ambientato a Roma nel 1927, il capolavoro di Gadda prende avvio da un furto di gioielli a casa della vedova Menegazzi e dal brutale omicidio della bella...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely fabulous rendition of a great novel

  • By Paola Piglia on 24-10-17

Absolutely fabulous rendition of a great novel

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

Reviewed: 24-10-17

Fabrizio Gifuni gives one of the best reading I have ever listened to and I have listened to many. His rendition of the many regional Italian accents (Roman, Neapolitan ,Veneto, etc) are just miraculous . I have loved the book and read it many years ago, so I tried the spoken version and was surprised how much Mr Gifuni adds to the written pages. What a performance! Its brilliance does justice to a tremendously intelligent and entertaining novel which is a true classic of modern Italian literature.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 52 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Count of Monte CristoNarrated by Bill Homewood

  • By Martin on 18-08-11

Great book and great reader, but not a perfect one

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

Great classic and generally brilliant reading. However I found some unnecessary mispronunciations of French and Italian recurrent names really annoying (for instance the name Peppino, where the accent falls on the i and not the e, is mispronounced hundreds of times). This diminished my enjoyment of the book, especially the part that takes place in Italy where I found myself constantly cringing at mispronunciations of names of people and locations. I fail to understand why the producers and reader who did an otherwise excellent job cannot do a bit of homework in that department. That aside a (very) long but satisfying journey into misconduct, revenge and redemption.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Reflections on the Forgotten 20th Century
  • By: Tony Judt
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

The accelerating changes of the past generation have been accompanied by a similarly accelerated amnesia. The 20th century has become "history" at an unprecedented rate. The world of 2007 was so utterly unlike that of even 1987, much less any earlier time, that we have lost touch with our immediate past even before we have begun to make sense of it - and the results are proving calamitous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent essays, flawed narration

  • By Paola Piglia on 03-04-12

Excellent essays, flawed narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-12

Tony Judt was one of the few contemporary thinkers who managed to combine rigorous scholarship with brilliant prose,resulting in cogent exposition of complex issues and theories. These essays, originally published in The New York Review of Books and other similar publications, furnish ample intellectually stimulation and the occasional chuckle, as Judt can have a wicked sense of humor. His dissection of Blair's Britain is brilliantly disheartening and as are the denunciation of Louis Althusser's theories as convoluted gibberish. Primo Levi and Hannah Arendt are lovingly revisited as are intellectuals such Leszek Kolakowski , Eric Hobsbawm and Arthur Koestler. Judt manages to transform even the intricacies of Belgian politics into a fascinating subject.
While I can but praise the text, I have some major problems with the reading of it. James Adams is an adequate reader, but he has major problems with any pronunciation rather than English, and the book is absolutely full of French, Italian , Polish , etc. I found myself heavily cringing at the almost incomprehensible mispronunciations of some non-English words scattered around the text. I would have thought one who accepts the job of reading such a text should do the basic homework of finding out how the names of important writers and intellectuals are pronounced.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    53 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Scoop

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Simon Cadell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his flair for spotting ace reporters. Acting on a dinner-party tip, he feels convinced he has found a chap to cover a little war in Ishmaelia....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Paola Piglia on 23-08-10

Absolutely brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-10

I have listened to this recording many times now and still find both text and narration irresistibly funny. Simon Cadell rendition of the many characters and their accents is excellent . A fitting voice for of this hilarious Waugh classic gem.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful