In Pulse, renowned author Julian Barnes offers 14 heartrending tales about longing, loss, friendship, and love. The settings of these tales include an imperial capital in the 18th century, the vineyards of Italy, the modern English seaside, and more. A recently divorced real estate agent pokes his nose in places it doesn't belong, but doesn't find much of value; a couple share a cigarette and a song in a loud ethnic restaurant; a man whose wife has died visits a Scottish island to try to get his emotions back in line. Despite the differences in plot, each story shows the resonance, spark, and poignant humor for which Barnes is best known. "Filled with gems . beautiful, elegiac tales about how marriages endure or change over time ."-New York Times
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by Julian Barnes
by Shannon Revenel
"Julian Barnes comes across as a British Updike in these literate but accessible stories--some funny, some sad, most about contemporary upper-middle-class Brits. David Rintoul's narration, fluid, polished, engaging, accentuates their entertainment value; he collaborates with Barnes, and they become storytellers together. His somewhat growly voice is a fine, flexible tool that suits the varieties of text, harsh or delicate, emotional or quietly objective, as needed. In some long dialogue exchanges, one can't tell who's who, but that's the text, not Rintoul. His tactic for women's voices, a shift in tone, is usually effective but occasionally misleading, and his American accent is good, not great; one is aware that he's "doing an accent." But quibbles aside, this program is a great pleasure, intelligent and urbane. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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