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Is there anything you would change about this book?
While I actually enjoyed this book, it is quite long. I also think you will have to be a Bronte fan to enjoy this story. There is quite a few conversations in French, and for those of us who do not speak the language that is quite a challenge.
Would you recommend Villette to your friends? Why or why not?
This is a book for audible listeners who enjoy long classical stories.
What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Davina Porter is a perfect narrator for this story. Without her excellent interpretation of the characters, it would be quite a challenge to get through the whole book.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed listening to this on my commute. A story about people nad their relationships and perceptions and growth. Simple without major drama, it was a perfect companion for driving in daily Los Angeles traffic for my commute. However the one thing that drove me nuts was that a large portion of it was spoken in FRENCH!!! I DON'T KNOW FRENCH, so I have no idea what took place in those scenes, other than a bit of inferred guessing. Why on EARTH would the book have significant plot points in a language the reader likely would not understand? WHY not translate it??????
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Villette in three words, what would they be?
This is a classic and worth reading for that alone. It also gives a social history.
For me it was spoilt by unenthusiastic reading and by not including a translation of some of the most important parts of the text which was, at times, in French. I have heard this done by footnote references and this would only be needed where the French is relevant to the plot etc.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful