Category Archives: review

The Days of Abandonment, by Elena Ferrante (read by Hillary Huber)

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein, narrated by Hillary Huber. Ferrante is touted as one of Italy’s finest writers and her talent is again apparent here. In The Days Of Abandonment, Ferrante presents the uncontained grief of 38 year … Continue reading

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The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Translated by Ann Goldstein, narrated by Hillary Huber. There has been a lot of hype surrounding Ferrante’s books since being translated into English and it is extremely well deserved. I was actually a little intimidated writing a review for this audiobook because … Continue reading

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Nothing Serious, by P. G. Wodehouse (narrated by Simon Vance)

Nothing Serious is a collection of ten short stories, highly recommended for Wodehouse fans and golf aficionados (no, seriously!). Among the collection are several stories with characters from Wodehouse’s other works, including five Oldest Member golf club stories, two Drones Club stories, … Continue reading

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The Tempest, by William Shakespeare (performed by a full cast)

This production is based on a performance from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2014. The performance opens dramatically with a loud boom, and the listener is thrown immediately into the sound of the tempest. Through the noise of the storm & sea … Continue reading

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Escape From New York, by Zadie Smith (narrated by Dan Bernard)

“He could not get over how well he was handling the apocalypse so far.” Zadie Smith’s Escape From New York is the hilarious escape of Michael, Marlon & Liz from New York. No planes are leaving the city and they barely know … Continue reading

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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, by Elena Ferrante

Translated by Ann Goldstein, narrated by Hillary Huber. Hillary Huber’s performance captivated me immediately. She is Elena Greco, the book’s main character and narrator. I’ve not come across her as a reader before but she conveys expertly the complex emotion and … Continue reading

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Quick Service, by PG Wodehouse (narrated by Simon Vance)

I would happily listen to Simon Vance read a phone book, so it is needless to say his performance in this novel is a real treat. He captures Wodehouse’s clever comedy beautifully in this high quality audio production. Quick service is a … Continue reading

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From Shakespeare – With Love: The Best of the Sonnets, by William Shakespeare

Poetry is one form of literature that is never so beautiful on the printed page as it is when spoken. It is written for the ear, not the eye and Shakespeare’s sonnets are no exception. A perfect cast for a … Continue reading

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