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  • Talking It Over

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey, Alex Jennings, Clare Higgins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Introducing Stuart, Gillian and Oliver. One by one they take their turn to speak straight out to the camera - and give their side of a contemporary love triangle. What begins as a comedy of misunderstanding slowly darkens and deepens into a compelling exploration of the quagmires of the heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-03-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would make it more emotionally engaging, make characters more interesting and sympathetic, so I could care about them. Of course not every book need to be emotionally engaging and it's characters likable. It could be cold analysis of human behaviour, but I don't think it was the intention of the author.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Although the ending is quite violent it left me indifferent. It clearly suggest that a sequel is coming.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It is hard to distinguish immediately who is talking Stuart or Oliver. It takes some time to observe 'Oh this is Stuart/Oliver talking!' I didn't like their interpretation of their characters, especially, often excessively brash. Also it doesn't help that the interpreter of the female main character Gillian do also, her mother, landlady, hotel owner etc. All in first-person voice.

Do you think Talking It Over needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Obviously, as I mentioned above, it ends like the end of a first volume of a novel, but I doubt I'll be interested in follow up.

Any additional comments?

I bought this book after listening excellent The Sense of an Ending and I expected something on this level but I was dearly disappointed.

  • The Sheltering Sky

  • By: Paul Bowles
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Connelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of 20th-century literature, a novel of existential despair that examines the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness of the desert. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly ( A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) gives masterful voice to this American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent listening

  • By J on 06-07-12

excellent listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-12

A very moving story. It's hard to break listening.
Excellent performance by Jennifer Connely.
Her voice is perfect. Please, more of her.

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