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review 2017-01-01 22:23
A Christmas Carol ★★★★★
A Christmas Carol (Audible Audio) - Charles Dickens,Tim Curry

I love this story so much that I revisit it every year at the start of the holiday season. I love everything about it, from the characters to the story to the writing style. Dickens writes with sly humor, but there is no mistaking the gravity of his argument about the spirit of Christmas and those who pervert its lessons.

 

"There are some upon this earth of yours," returned the Spirit, "who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us, and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us."

 

And of Ignorance and Want, those children of Man:

 

"Have they no refuge or resource?" cried Scrooge.

"Are there no prisons?" said the Spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words. "Are there no workhouses?"

 

This is the audio version, read by Tim Curry, who is an excellent reader, though the version with Jim Dale’s performance is even better.

 

For the Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season book challenge, Task the Twelfth: The Wassail Bowl (Read a book set in the UK, preferably during the medieval or Victorian periods)

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review 2016-12-22 05:04
(Audiobook) A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol (Audible Audio) - Charles Dickens,Tim Curry A classic Christmas story, beautifully narrated by the wonderful Tim Curry.
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text 2016-12-21 20:54
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
A Christmas Carol (Audible Audio) - Charles Dickens,Tim Curry
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text 2016-11-06 19:28
Reading progress update: I've listened 391 out of 448 minutes.
The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor) - Roseanna M. White

I've realized that audio books may not be my thing. I just forget to listen. The character interpretations by the narrator, Liz Pearce, are quite good. Not sure that the story is holding my attention. Obviously. (see reading dates) :(

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review 2016-09-27 03:01
Code Name Verity
Code Name Verity (Audible Audio) - Elizabeth Wein,Lucy Gaskell,Morven Christie

I always like learning or hearing about different aspects of WWII than we're used to encountering in TV, movies and books. This book gives us a rare glimpse into what it might have been like to be a woman pilot and woman spy for the Allied forces in WWII. On that count, this is an interesting read. I also liked the friendship between Julie and Maddie, how they helped each other and depended on each other. I especially liked that they were shown to be as tough and capable as the male heroes we always hear so much about.

 

Unfortunately, the structure in which the story is told made it hard to really settle into it. I couldn't get past the thought that the Gestapo would hardly be half as patient as the ones here, who let Julie ramble on about her friend Maddie when she's supposed to be writing her confession and giving them valuable intel. Yes, there was an attempt to lampshade this, but it didn't really help in the long run. It also didn't help that the narrator for the first part of the story sounded too composed and tranquil for someone being starved and tortured. The journal style was carried into the second half, which really just made me impatient with Maddie for writing down stuff where anyone could stumble upon it. I think the plotting and pacing would've been helped by a more traditional narrative style.

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