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text 2017-08-02 13:03
As much as I am enjoying...
The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James,Patricia Crick
Vera - Elizabeth von Arnim
Indiana - Sylvia Raphael,Naomi Schor,George Sand

... my current reads, none of them are books I can enjoy when on the go or, indeed, on the commute.

 

So, I am looking for an audiobook to go play in the car on the way to and from work.

 

My shortlist of potential commuting reads are: The Moonstone, The Portrait of a Lady, Vera, or Indiana.

 

Does anyone have any thoughts on them?

 

I am looking to source them from Librivox, mostly because I can just leave the memory stick in the car and it will pick up at exactly the same location where I got to previously... the simple things...

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review 2017-07-03 00:00
The Portrait of a Lady
The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James,Patricia Crick I'm sure this is one of those books that is supposed to be studied for greater meanings, but I didn't do that. I'm so aggravated at Isabel. She had so many people in her corner and still ends up with a POS man. I love her sweet cousin.
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review 2017-06-18 00:00
The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice
The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice - Patricia Bell-Scott I knew very little about Mrs Roosevelt and nothing about Pauli Murray going in, and loved finding out about them. The book primarily focuses on Murray and her life, with the interactions with ER highlighted and context of ER's life at those times added. It doesn't shy away from their weaknesses and mistakes, which is nice in a positive bio. I felt that it gave me a strong understanding of both women, and of how their interactions with politics changed over the years. I now want to read bios of all the other amazing women they crossed paths with along the way.
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review 2016-03-15 00:00
Portrait of a Forbidden Lady
Portrait of a Forbidden Lady - Kathleen ... Portrait of a Forbidden Lady - Kathleen Bittner Roth I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Lady Georgiana Cressington has had a hard life in how her father used her and now that she is a widow her father has set her up for another one of his heartless games.
Georgiana is back at her childhood home after leaving years ago. There she meets Sir Robert Garreck again. Georgiana and Robert were in love years and years ago. But they were driven apart by a bitter betrayal.
I have read a few of Kathleen Bittner Roth books and I will say you get a really good book that you have a hard time putting down.
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review 2016-01-14 14:52
James' The Portrait of a Lady
The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James,Patricia Crick

Henry James is a difficult author to love, but an easy author to admire.  Portrait of a Lady has many of the standard features of a 19th century novel.  It has proposals, bad marriages, trips to exotic locations and sordid secrets.  Also like many 19th century novels it is too long.  James prose is good, but not mesmerizing, his psychology of his characters is excellent and the book is very clever.  However, he can be a very dry author.  Even when he is describing very passionate things there is something very dispassionate about his writing.  One can admire his insight and his realism, but it just lacks that bit of magic that great novels have.

 

I enjoyed the book and its worth reading, but James adopted English reserve far more than the English themselves do and the book would be better, if it was not so reserved.  He reminds me of both Eliot and Forrester, although he is not as compelling as either of them.  James is worth reading, but he is still overrated.

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