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The White Album

Lu par : Susan Varon
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First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era - including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mall - through the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it. Written with a commanding sureness of tone and linguistic precision, The White Album is a central example of American reportage and a classic of American autobiography.

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"All of the essays manifest not only [Didion's] intelligence but an instinct for details that continue to emit pulsations in the reader's memory and a style that is spare, subtly musical in its phrasing and exact. Add to these her highly vulnerable sense of herself, and the result is a voice like no other in contemporary journalism." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 21/10/2015

Time Capsule of a Bygone Age

I picked this title for three reasons. First, it was highly recommended by a reviewer I follow. Secondly, I love the White Album. Thirdly, I have heard so much about Joan Didion but read none of her writing and I felt as if I was under-educated as a consequence. To say I am ever so slightly disappointed is only a reflection of my expectations and not of the reasons that brought be to listen to the book.
I am pleased I listened to this collection of essays (previously published in the course of a celebrated career as a New Journalist between the early sixties and the late seventies). Although it is commonly reported to be dead, this style of writing will be forever popular because it creates a relationship between the writer, the reader and the subject matter. Didion did that better than well, capturing the essence of the sixties and the seventies west coast feel as well as her own idiosyncratic meanderings as she wrote. I loved the pieces on the Doors session and the portage of water.
Why was I a tad disappointed? Possibly because there was not more of the bits I loved and not enough about the White Album.
Overall, it was a very satisfying experience made more memorable by a lovely reading by Susan Varon. If Didion captured the times, then Varon captured Didion.

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  • George
  • 01/04/2013

A great portrait of a fascinating time.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, definitely. This is a really compelling audiobook, beautifully done.

What does Susan Varon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Susan Varon's voice is a perfect match for Didion's essays. I'd love to hear her do more.

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  • Penelope
  • 06/12/2017

Great writing, but she's a snob

Joan Didion is without a doubt an exceptional writer, especially when she adopts the voice of a reporter describing people, places and events. I loved her book " The Year of magical thinking" I bought this book to travel back in time with her to the 1970s in California, a time I also lived through. Her comments on the women's movement were elitist and disdainful. She sounded depressed and intellectually tortured, incapable of empathy. There's an arrogance in her detached assessment of other human beings, especially other women, which is almost laughable. Other chapters on the perennial water crisis in California and the freeway system were boring, but maybe because the topics seem dated. The writing was superb. The narrator was perfect. Saw a new documentary about Joan Didion a couple of weeks ago, also excellent.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 27/08/2015

We tell ourselves stories in order to live...

We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the "ideas" with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.”
- Joan Didion, The White Album

I wish I could dance like Fred Astaire and write like Joan Didion.

I find myself attracted to Joan Didion. The younger Didion, I can understand. She was a Miss Shiv and a Ms.Shank. She was sharp, California cool, and seemed to slide clean and straight along a razor-thin line between madness and coldness that was absolutely sane, true and beautiful. But it isn't just the young Didion I find attractive. I dig the older Didion. The one who seems more hard-wrinkled priestess of the California desert than an elderly queen of cool laying in bed with another GD migraine. I know this is the stuff of cults and hero worship. I know this is already a cliché. It isn't like I DON'T know my diet Coke is bad for me and that nothing is ever, EVER as advertised. But still I long, I lust, I linger too often over just the idea of Didion.

After reading her essays in 'The White Album', I think it would have been dangerous to breed Joan Didion with John McPhee. What rough New Journalism beast, its hour come round at last would awaken and slouch towards the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the New York Review of Books to be born? But where John McPhee is rolling hills and farmer's markets, Joan Didion is a raging river, breaking waves, and rock and roll. McPhee feeds you. Didion gives you the whiskey you might need after a bad dream, or bad trip. McPhee is a rocky mountain cut-through. Didion is an LA Freeway. I can't imagine my life without either. There are certain writers that make you want to read more. Didion is one of those writers that make you want to think and write more.

Be careful folks. You might fall in love with Joan Didion, but she sure the hell won't ever love you back.

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  • Catherine
  • 21/07/2016

The Best

I'm a long time fan of Joan Didion and a re-listening of The White Album (so many times and no doubt many more) never disappoints. This audiobook is also distinguished by an impeccable narration — spot on, note perfect in capturing Didion's written voice. Highly recommended.

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  • Meg Hamilton
  • 23/10/2017

Writing 40-Plus Years Ago,, Didion Resonates in 2017

Great collection of essays. Insight into many unusual areas.

Joan Dision is fascinating—I’m excited to find a writer to add to my favorite column.

And I was caught off guard a few times because what she writes—how she feels about what is going on—I would startle a bit thinking she was describing our contemporary situation.

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  • S. Dillon
  • 09/05/2016

just fine

It's beautiful, though Didion sounds like she's sneering much of the time, kind of pious in her criticisms of piety. Varon is a great reader.

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  • Rachel Tempchin
  • 23/11/2019

not as exciting as I thought

struggle to finish this book. slow slow slow...wanted more stories of her time in the 60's.

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  • Robert M. Ey
  • 26/09/2019

Great Book and Performance

The writing is exquisite and Susan Varon nails the performance.

One problem I found with the Audible edition is that there is no transition between the different sets of essays. It would help if you have some sort of outline of the book before you start, but I went in cold and found that simply moving from one group of essays to another was a bit abrupt and disorienting.

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  • Jon Magnus Bruun
  • 22/10/2018

Good content, very slow and flat narration.

God's essays, but the narrator made me lose focus a little bit. Speed it up to 1.15 and it's fine