In this book Helen Keller tells her experiences growing up as a child who was both blind and death. This made is very hard for her to communicate with...moreIn this book Helen Keller tells her experiences growing up as a child who was both blind and death. This made is very hard for her to communicate with her environment and for her environment with her. How do you teach a person who can’t see or hear anything a language? How do you teach her to read or write? How this can be done is told in Helen Keller’s story. She doesn’t only learn to communicate, read and write but also learns very hard and even manages to attend college. This is a very moving story that I can wholeheartedly recommend to everybody.
I listened to the Librivox audiobook and found it an average piece in their repertoire. The narrator wasn’t exceptional, but she wasn’t too bad either.(less)
In Heart of Darkness the story’s narrator has to travel up the Congo River to find the mysterious Mr. Kurz, who has gained dominance over a tribe of i...moreIn Heart of Darkness the story’s narrator has to travel up the Congo River to find the mysterious Mr. Kurz, who has gained dominance over a tribe of indigenous people but is terminally ill. I both enjoyed the story and the narrator. However, considering that I listened to this yesterday when I didn’t feel too well and drifted off to sleep one or two times in-between, I’m certain I missed some of the numerous layers of this story. This is a pity considering how rich this story is in terms of narrative techniques and layers. Thus I will probably make this a re-read (and really read is that time) one of those days to capture all of the nuances of the story. I can heartily recommend this story. (less)
Ethan Frome has to struggle to make a living of his farm. In addition to this he also has to take care of a wife who doesn’t have a pleasant character...moreEthan Frome has to struggle to make a living of his farm. In addition to this he also has to take care of a wife who doesn’t have a pleasant character and needs constant care because of an illness. But then his wife’s cousin arrives and his live seems to take a better turn.
This is a really sad story that made me cry in the end. The sad thing about it wasn’t that the characters were having a hard time and suffering emotionally, but the fact that it was so real. These things happen and somehow the author conveyed this without many words (the books is relatively short) but very impressively. A book very recommendable for all who look for a short read that reaches to an emotional level. People who expect a book to always be funny and make them laugh should probably choose another book.
A quick note on my edition: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Scott Brick. I already knew him from former narrations (especially those written by Orson Scott Card) and really liked him them. This time, although he didn’t do a bad job as such, I found it rather difficult to focus on his narration, so a bit of the beginning escaped me. I might have to reasses Scott Brick as a narrator. Perhaps his voice only works well in conjunction with others (the other books he narrated were multi-narrator productions). (less)