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David M. Sullivan

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  • Bleak House

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • Written by: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
  • Length: 43 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

This Audible Exclusive performance features a unique introduction written and narrated by Miriam Margolyes. Recognised as one of Dickens' most accomplished titles, Bleak House has impressed critics and audiences alike since it was first published in 1852. The novel boasts one of the most intelligent and engaging plots in all of English literature and is sure to engage the listener's imagination as it transports us back in time to the seedy, grimy and hazardous streets of Victorian London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Likeable if not lovable

  • By David M. Sullivan on 2019-02-21

Likeable if not lovable

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-21

A long and complex story told by a saint. Her many tears become a bit wearying at times, but that was the age. A rather darker, less comic novel, compared to other Dickens stories, and perhaps that absence is what makes the piece seem to drag on, especially at the end, where Dickens spends a lot of time rewarding saints and punishing sinners. Critics seem to prefer "Bleak House" overall, but to my mind what is impressive in the book comes at the expense of what is loveable. To each his own. Ms. Margoyles is an excellent reader and "do the voices" as any good Dickens reader should, though perhaps understandably, better with female than male voices.

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  • Barnaby Rudge

  • Written by: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

For the background to this historical novel, a tale of mystery, suspense and unsolved murder, Dickens chose the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780. Mayhem reigns in the streets of London, vividly described by Dickens, and the innocent Barnaby Rudge is drawn into the thick of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Tale

  • By David M. Sullivan on 2019-01-22

Masterful Tale

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-22

A dramatic tale masterfully told, with a broad cast of characters vividly drawn, and the whole complex story drawn up in highly polished form. Mr. Barrett “do the voices” in fine style.

  • The Life of Samuel Johnson

  • Written by: James Boswell
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 54 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

James Boswell forever changed the genre of biography when he painstakingly transformed a scholarly profusion of detail into a perceptive, lifelike portrait of Dr. Samuel Johnson. James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson reveals a man of outsized appetites and private vulnerabilities and is the source of much of what we know about one of the towering figures of English literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great biography of a great man

  • By David M. Sullivan on 2018-02-07

Great biography of a great man

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

Reviewed: 2018-02-07

I've both read and listened to Boswell's Life of Johnson with equal pleasure. Johnson was truly a great man, and Boswell's Life captures the great man in all his complexities. We don't have a recording of Samuel Johnson in conversation but I hope he resembled the fine, aged-in-oak performance of Bernard Mayes. Mr. Mayes, though an excellent reader in all his voices, saves a special character for Johnson himself, and is so conscious even to add decrepitude to his delivery as the great man approaches his end. I didn't remember nearly enough of the biography from my initial reading; I hope to remember much more from the Audible recording.

They Left Us Everything
    A Memoir
    
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        Plum Johnson
    
    


    
    
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        Pilar Witherspoon
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    6 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • They Left Us Everything

  • A Memoir
  • Written by: Plum Johnson
  • Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

After almost 20 years of caring for elderly parents - first for their senile father and then for their cantankerous 93-year-old mother - author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers have finally fallen to their middle-aged knees with conflicted feelings of grief and relief. Now they must empty and sell the beloved family home, 23 rooms bulging with history, antiques, and oxygen tanks. Plum thought, How tough will that be? I know how to buy garbage bags. But the task turns out to be much harder and more rewarding than she ever imagined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Death by detail

  • By David M. Sullivan on 2017-12-11

Death by detail

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

Reviewed: 2017-12-11

A 63-year-old daughter of recently deceased parents rambles through 23 rooms of stuff in the family home and over 180 years of collective memories. This story - if it can be called that, for the lives here reconstructed are pieced together out of a welter of rather tiny individual events, assembled rather at random - is not without humour, pathos or instruction for a survivor of aged and loved parents, but for this reader far too many of the memories are of a personal nature, lacking in enough anecdotal, dramatic or symbolic interest for the general reader. This book is subtitled a memoir, though as the author admits - if admits is the right word - that her parents were ordinary people, which to my mind limits the appeal of a book that to me seems almost like a compendium aimed at interfamilial use.

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