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Ian

Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom Member Since 2003
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  • "I should hate this - but I don't."

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    This book has all the things which annoy me about supposed "great" literature.

    It is excessively poetic. (Not a fan of poetry).
    It is wordy for the sake of it. (Big fan of directness).
    There is relatively little direct narrative. (I like a plain and simple central thread).
    Its full of clever devices. (Like my English not mucked about with)

    But it is magnificent! I'm pretty sure that I didn't properly follow a lot of it but it doesn't matter. Some of the words made no sense but the sounded beautiful. Some of the scenes were meaningless to me but they were magic to listen to. The whole thing was a joy to listen to.

    One of the other reviewers suggest that you should be familiar with this book in print before listening to this but I disagree. I suspect that if I had tried to read this from paper I would have made it t about page 12 before throwing it out of a window. It was made to be read out loud and if there is a better version available than this I'm not sure I would be able to cope with it.

    Jim Norton gives each character just enough depth to make him distinguishable wthout creating any cartoon Irishmen in the process. There are a few sections read in a female voice. (Marcella Riordan - who should get a narrators credit). Double handed narration can be clumsy but this is perfectly judged. Overall - an excellent listen.


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    Ulysses

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    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
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    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    Peter says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
  • "Essential childhood reading"

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    I never read this book as a child. Neither was it read to me and I thought that Peter Pan was a cartoo character until I was an adult. I missed out.

    If you have children then buy the book and read it to them. If you can't or won't then the next best thing is to let Jim Dale read it to them for you. His delivery is excellent and carries just the right balance of restraint and enthusiasm.

    An excellent presentation of a classic story.

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    Peter Pan

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    • By J.M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
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    Fly away with Peter Pan to the enchanted island of Neverland! This first chapter book adaptation of the classic novel, originally published in 1911, tells the story of the boy who never grows up. And when they join Peter on his magical island, Wendy and her brothers are in for exciting encounters with mermaids, an Indian princess, and pirates! Let the amazing adventures begin!

    H. says: "This may not be the story you think you remember"
  • "Its Twain....just buy it!"

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    Twain is one of my favourite fiction writers. All his talents are also there in full strength in this non-fiction work.

    Telling the story of a journey through the Mediteranean and the "Holy" land by a group of Americans it is laced with all the humour, irreverance and intelligence that I love in his work. As a travel book it gives just enough flavour of the countries and places it visits to be relevant and contains some interesting historic details that were the currency of the day. I came away with a clearer picture of the reach of the Turkish (Ottoman?) empire than I had before and a better notion of some of the scale of the geography.

    But you're not going to enjoy this for geography or history. You're going to enjoy it if you're interested in people and intelligent and witty comment on their behaviour. That is what Twain did best and this is one of his best.

    Grover Gardner does an excellent job of the narration. Just the right level of old man growl to fit the words perfectly.

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    The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress

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    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    In June 1867, Mark Twain set out for Europe and the Holy Land on the paddle steamer Quaker City. His enduring, no-nonsense guide for the first-time traveler also served as an antidote to the insufferably romantic travel books of the period.

    Cynthia Franks says: "Twain's Hidden Gem"
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Douglas's greatest hits:
  • The Three Musketeers

    "Dumas is King!"

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    His great masterpiece.

  • The Moonstone [Tantor Audio Edition]

    "If you liked The Woman In White..."

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    you will love The Moonstone. Once again, Collins uses his brilliant device of multiple narratives to create a rich, layered story full of complicated and wonderfully drawn characters interacting in complicated and marvelously believable circumstances to bring into being a simply fascinating mystery that compels the reader to go on and on until the end is finally reached. Since it is a mystery, I will not reveal too much of the plot, but simply say that if you love suspense and finely crafted literature, this is a book that you cannot miss--and once you begin, you will not be able to put it down.

  • The Swiss Family Robinson

    "An Entertaining Novel..."

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    which extols the virtues of moral behavior toward other humans and animals as well as industry and critical thinking in tight situations. Wyss devised this novel as something of an instructional manual for right living, a kind of didactic Robinson Crusoe, to be read and followed by his sons, but the wonderful adventure makes this also an entertaining and enjoyable read. A great classic for both children and adults!

  • Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero

    "Great Christian Classic"

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    If you liked Ben Hur and The Robe and have the patience to read something above the eighth grade level (that is to say, something with high level language, extensive explication of historical setting and surroundings, and slow but sure character development), you will like Quo Vadis. It will remind you a lot of The Robe in its theme and development, but it is a fine classic in its own right.

Barry

Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2006

My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    That's a harsh characterization that is as true as it is misleading. It's true because Wolfe has written a book so deeply steeped in the specific era it was written that it only makes sense in that one context. It's also a tawdry story of little lasting literary merit. It's misleading because that tawdry story does in fact have elements of the universal in it, plus that plethora of 1980s cultural references makes it a charming time capsule of what things were like. This is a terrifically entertaining book. It's a vivid reminder of how much things are still the same and how much things have changed. Joe Barrett does a terrific job of getting all the voices and accents down right. Wolfe does a terrific job of portraying all the different agendas and the ambiguity of how a single version of the facts can be perceived so very differently by all the parties involved.

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    The Bonfire of the Vanities

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    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"

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    Bargamot i Garas'ka

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leonid Andreev
    • Narrated By Sergej Kirsanov
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    Proizvedeniya Andreeva uglublenno psihologichnyi: sochetanie gustogo byita s legkim dunoveniem mistiki sozdaet vpechatlenie svoeobraznoy metafizicheskoy ironii. Duhovnaya problematika vyistupaet v ego proizvedeniyah v obschedostupnom i chasto uproschennom vide, distantsiya, otdelyayuschaya avtora ot shirokoy publiki, minimalna. Po vyirazheniyu I.F.Annenskogo, Andreev «boitsya sudit», ibo chuvstvuet, chto v lyubom sluchae «kakaya-to sila... zastavit i prostit i opravdat».

  • The Prince and the Pauper [Russian Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Twain Narrated by Arcady Bukhmin

    The Prince and the Pauper [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Arcady Bukhmin
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    Znamenityj istoricheskij roman velikogo amerikanskogo pisatelja Marka Tvena (nastojashhee imja Sjemjujel Ljenghorn Klemens (1835 - 1910). «Princ i nishhij» – odno iz samyh umnyh proizvedenij mirovoj literatury. Roman rasskazyvaet o tom, kak princ, vposledstvii stavshij korolem Jeduardom VI, v silu obstojatel'stv okazyvaetsja v narode pod vidom mal'chika-bednjaka Toma Kenti, a sam Tom Kenti, neobyknovenno vneshne pohozhij na princa, stanovitsja naslednym princem i zatem korolem Anglii.

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  • The Assistant (






UNABRIDGED) by Bernard Malamud Narrated by Richard Davidson

    The Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Malamud
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
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    Bernard Malamud's second novel, originally published in 1957, is the story of Morris Bober, a grocer in postwar Brooklyn, who "wants better" for himself and his family. First two robbers appear and hold him up; then things take a turn for the better when broken-nosed Frank Alpine becomes his assistant. But there are complications: Frank, whose reaction to Jews is ambivalent, falls in love with Helen Bober; at the same time he begins to steal from the store.

  • Boring Story [Russian Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Anton Chekhov Narrated by Denis Nekrasov

    Boring Story [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By Denis Nekrasov
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    Eto moe imja populjarno. V Rossii ono izvestno kazhdomu gramotnomu cheloveku, a za graniceju ono upominaetsja s kafedr s pribavkoju izvestnyj i pochtennyj. Prinadlezhit ono k chislu teh nemnogih schastlivyh imen, branit' kotorye ili upominat' ih vsue, v publike i v pechati schitaetsja priznakom durnogo tona. Tak jeto i dolzhno byt'. Ved' s moim imenem tesno svjazano ponjatie o cheloveke znamenitom, bogato odarennom i nesomnenno poleznom. Ja trudoljubiv i vynosliv, kak verbljud, a jeto vazhno, i talantliv, a jeto eshhe vazhnee.

  • Netochka Nezvanova [Russian Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by F. M. Dostoevskij Narrated by Tat'jana Telegina

    Netochka Nezvanova [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. M. Dostoevskij
    • Narrated By Tat'jana Telegina
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    «Netochka Nezvanova» - povest, napisannaya vskore posle «Belyih nochey». No v otlichie ot poeticheskih, hrupkih oschuscheniy goroda u geroya «Belyih nochey» zdes romanticheski zaostrennyie peterburgskie kontrastyi, boleznenno voshedshie v dushu rebenka – devochki, prevrativshie ee zhizn v «strannyiy, fantasticheskiy» «haos», kogda ee detskoe voobrazhenie ne v silah spravitsya s realnostyu etih kontrastov. Iz knigi G.B.Ponomarevoy «Dostoevskiy: Ya zanimayus etoy taynoy»