Burger's Daughter

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 28-05-04

No wonder she won the Nobel Prize for literature!

Its a pleasure to read Nadine Gordimer's prose. The story concerns the daughter of revolutionaries in South Africa--growing up as a member of the underground with legendary parents who were repeatedly imprisoned. She is then left to assume her individual identity, juggling the many people captivated by their images of her, expectations that she will carry on her parents' legacy, and her own principles and need for individuality. The book captures the beauty and brutality of South Africa, a land with so many contradictions--racists and heroes, open wild spaces and strictly imposed barriers, and of course black and white. Nadia May captures South African accents wonderfully.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By TWZ on 05-10-10

Please, improve the sound quality

It is an interesting book, but I could not listen to it. A terrible recording.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Elisa on 11-04-06

Terrible audio

I really, really wanted to hear this audiobook, but the quality of the recording was so bad I had to give up. I hope that Audible finds a new version, as this is a book that deserves to be heard...

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7 of 9 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Jeremy on 28-12-14

A challenging book to listen to

Would you try another book from Nadine Gordimer and/or Nadia May?

I have tremendous respect for Gordimer and would say that this book is excellently written. It is however, filled with long political conversations and lots of descriptive language. Not the best choice for an audio book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Burger's Daughter?

The portrait of South Africa was fascinating to me. (I'm married to a South African.) The novel gives a lot of historical insight.

How could the performance have been better?

The recording seems old and the audio quality is not great. Sometimes the recording repeats a few sentences, as if clips were badly spliced. Disappointing

Was Burger's Daughter worth the listening time?

Eh ... I can't say I really enjoyed listening to it, but I am glad to have the novel in my memory. Kind of like a school assignment that you look back on fondly.

Any additional comments?

I wish I could recommend this book because I do have tremendous respect for Nadine Gordimer. She crafts incredible sentences and the novel is full of heart. But it isn't a great audiobook.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Ohad on 11-03-12

Terrible sound quality

I can't say anything about the book itself. The sound is so bad that I gave it up after a few minutes.

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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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