Blackstone Audio Recommends This Next Listen:
A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations were both selections for the 2010 Oprah’s Book Club. Fans of Dickens and narrator Simon Prebble will enjoy the Blackstone Audio production.
One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming-of-age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.
AudioFile Magazine Recommends This Next Listen:
Experience a London of the far future, where technology is a relic of the past, Piccadilly Circus has become Pickled Eel Circus, “blog” is a favored expletive, and the city is filled with odd Dickensian characters. Heroine Fever Crumb struggles to unravel her mysterious past and find her place in the changing world. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
Reviewer Randy O’Brien Recommends This Next Listen:
“Anthony Heald shows remarkable versatility in this production of Dostoevsky’s 1866 classic. Crime and Punishment is a story in which little actually happens. The murders that constitute the titular crime occur early, and there is no mystery about who is responsible. The novel is primarily one of psychological, philosophical, and ethical questions pondered through the dialogue of its intriguing characters. Heald not only ascribes a unique voice to each of the cast, but he delivers the dialogue as a stage actor would, with exaggerated emotion and even with laughter, coughing, stammering, and other adornments indicated in the text. Although parts of this long recording inevitably drag, Heald’s pacing and rich characterizations keep the story moving.” –AudioFile Magazine 2009 Audies Finalist
Listener Anna Wilson-Yue Recommends This Next Listen:
“In this alternate history of WWI, Aleksandar Ferdinand is on the run from his former allies, accompanied by four of his loyal men, including his overbearing fencing master, Count Volger. Alan Cumming does an expert Austrian accent, capturing the power of Count Volger and the confusion of Alek. So convincing are those characters and accents that his remarkable portrayal of Deryn Sharp, a teenage girl masquerading as a boy, and her Scottish accent come as a complete surprise. Cumming’s energy drives listeners to the inevitable meeting between Alek and Deryn aboard the giant airship Leviathan. An afterword, read by the author, highlights the historical events described, and the cliffhanger ending will keep listeners waiting for the second book in Westerfeld’s new series.” –AudioFile Magazine
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