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Tad Davis

Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA Member Since 2005
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  • "Wonderful reading, disturbing book"

    Overall

    I didn't realize Anthony Heald was such a brilliant audiobook reader; now that I know, I'll be on the lookout for more titles from him in the future. He takes what I had always thought was a fairly stodgy translation and makes it jump off the page (or in my case, out of the iPod). It's a breathless performance, all the characters clearly differentiated, the narration moving forward rapidly, the novel closing in on the climax of the story with almost unbearable tension. There are at least three hearty laughers in this novel, and in Heald's reading we can tell them all apart instantly.

    In this case the tension is moral rather than physical. It's a murder mystery of sorts, but one where we see (and FEEL) the crime being committed: Dostoevsky and Heald put us inside Raskolnikov's mind before, during, and after the double murder at the center of the plot. In this case the problem that drives the story isn't whether the police will catch the killer -- although the novel features a clever and persistent detective worthy of the best of the genre -- but whether the killer can be brought to a point where he has the moral courage to confess.

    It's a disturbing book, not because of Raskolnikov's minutely-described act of violence, but because of Dostoevsky's pitiless, unblinking gaze at poverty. I can't remember the last time a description of hunger and hopelessness had such a visceral effect on me. I kept wanting to grab Raskolnikov by the collar and scream "EAT SOMETHING!!"

    First rate on all counts. Highly recommended.

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    Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (285)

    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
  • "Wonderful novel, mediocre translation"

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    I was excited to see an audiobook of The Mysterious Island, one of my favorite novels by Jules Verne. Berny Clark does a good job narrating the book. I'd love to give it five stars, but unfortunately the producers decided to use a mediocre 19th-century translation that renames three of the characters and cuts some of the main points from a certain life story that forms the climax of the novel. (If you haven't read it before, I won't say anything more than that; just remember, when you get to this point, that Verne's original text is far more radical politically than what you're listening to.)

    At least it's a mediocre translation and not a completely bungled one, unlike the "standard" version of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea or the "Hardwigg" version of Journey to the Center of the Earth. The story (apart from some of the political shading) is intact, and the story of this resolute band of escapees and their skin-of-their-teeth survival on the island has always been, for me, a compelling and gripping one. My three stars for the story are directed at the translation, not the original. I wish a different translation were used, but I'm glad to have it.

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    The Mysterious Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
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    (277)
    Story
    (284)

    Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive....

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful novel, mediocre translation"
  • "Why, oh, why is it abridged?"

    Overall

    Seamus Heaney is a wonderful poet and a wonderful reader: listening to him is like hearing the original poet holding forth. But the reading is abridged, in what seems more like a marketing decision -- trying to fit the audiobook onto a two-CD set -- than an artistic one. "Beowulf" could certainly use some abridgement here and there, and I wouldn't mind if there were only minor omissions; but among the episodes cut is the challenge that Unferth issues to Beowulf about his swimming contest with Brecca. This isn't just empty padding: it's essential to the characters of both Unferth and Beowulf. In many ways this is the best single recording of "Beowulf" available: why couldn't there be an unabridged (or at least a less-abridged) version as well? That would get six stars out of five. No other version comes close to the mastery of language shown by this one.

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    Beowulf

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    Gail says: "Would like the whole thing!"
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  2. The Mysterious Island
  3. Beowulf
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A Peek at David's Bookshelf

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David's greatest hits:
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    "A long work and a great work, but boy is it long"

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    I've never been a huge fan of Russian literature, and this book reminded me why. The Brothers Karamazov isn't so much a story as a lengthy disquisition on the Russian character and the issues of Dostoyevsky's day, detailed personality profiles, and digressions on every subject Dostoyevsky wanted to pursue, including free will, the existence of God, moral responsibility, and truth. It's a high-minded novel full of weighty intellectual themes and I could not help but appreciate the meticulous detail with which the author constructed every part of it from the events and familial and romantic relationships leading up to Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov's murder to the background histories of even the most minor characters. The problem is, Dostoyevsky spends entire chapters on things like the background histories of the most minor character. Half the book was one of the Karamazovs talking on and on uninterrupted to an audience as silent and passive as the reader/listener.

    The skill of the author cannot be denied. The style is completely unlike modern literature, but Dostoyevsky makes every one of his characters so complex and complete that you wish more modern authors were as thorough (and indulged as much by their editors) in their creations. And you can sense the majesty of what Dostoyevsky was trying to accomplish -- he takes a bunch of different arguments and picks them apart from multiple points of view, letting the Karamazov brothers or secondary characters or even allegorical figures hash out everything the author is thinking (or arguing against) thoroughly and articulately.

    So I guess that's a lot of words to say "It's Literature." I don't really feel anyone should force themselves to read books that don't interest them, but there is something to be said for knowing the books and the authors who influenced other great authors. That said, I can't exactly say this was a "fun" book, but you'll be glad you listened to it.

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

    "Not great literature but a great classic"

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    I almost gave this 5 stars -- I really wanted to because it was hugely entertaining for such a quick, light read, but I found Orczy's prose just a little too purple and repetitious at times. She gives great descriptions, and Sir Blakeny's clever disguises and escapes from the French Republicans are great fun to read (if very obvious to the reader), but while this is a worthy classic in the spy/adventure novel genre, it falls short of being a literary masterpiece; Baroness Orczy just is not a Dickens or even a Bronte.

    That said, many people - especially if looking for something light to read - may well enjoy Orczy more than one of Dickens's dense multi-layered tomes, or a depressing Bronte novel about dysfunctional Byronic anti-heroes.

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is all close calls and daring rescues by the dashing Sir Percy Blakeny, who adopts the persona of a dull-witted playboy but is secretly the Scarlet Pimpernel, leader of a band of English gentlemen who spirit French aristocrats condemned to die by the guillotine out of France. He's kind of like an 18th century superhero, Bruce Wayne in a cravat. His French-born wife, Marguerite, has no idea that her seemingly stupid and inane husband is the heroic figure admired throughout England and despised throughout France. Much of the tension in the novel is marital tension between these two -- Marguerite has done some bad things in the past that she regrets, but she can't explain them to Percy, so he of course doesn't trust her. Never fear, the story has a romantic happy ending.

    Again, great fun to read, but Orczy was a bit of a hack as a writer and the story sort of careens from one unlikely escape to another, so don't expect much depth. It's still better than most modern spy thrillers.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    "Inexpressible! Ineffable! Indescribable!"

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    Mon dieu! This was 53 hours as an audiobook, guys! I listened to the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo in my car, and my commute isn't that long, so it took about two months.

    Don't make fun of Dickens' wordiness until you've read Dumas. He is wordy as heck and makes up a hundred little side-stories and indulges the reader who wants to know the final fate of every single minor character. But if you want to dive into a big thick juicy scheming revenge novel with a moral at the end, The Count of Monte Cristo is full of more adventure and spectacle than Dickens would ever deign to write. (Though Anthony Trollope's "The Way We Live Now" did for greedy scurrilous English bankers and hoity-toits what Dumas does for the French.)

    So, you probably know the bones of the story, because Edmund Dantes is the original Batman. No, his parents aren't murdered in front of his eyes, but two "friends" set him up as a traitor by sending an anonymous letter accusing him of being a Bonapartiste. (19th century French politics play a role here, as the first part of the novel is set during the period when Napoleon was confined to the isle of Elba, and then staged a dramatic return during which he briefly tried to regain the throne.) One of his friends wants his job, the other wants his girl, and Dante has the misfortune to go before a public prosecutor named Villefort, who initially wants to let Dantes go, realizing he's just a poor sap who was set up. However, when it turns out that Dantes unknowingly possesses evidence that Villefort's own father is a Bonapartiste, he instead consigns the hapless sailor to imprisonment in the Château d'If, an island prison off the coast of Marseilles. There, Dantes spends the next fourteen years, during which time he meets another prisoner, a "mad" priest who has been unsuccessfully trying to bribe his jailers to let him go with promises of a fantastic fortune he knows the location of.

    To make a long story short, Dantes escapes, after having spent fourteen years learning all worldly knowledge from the Abbé Faria. He goes and finds the Abbé's fortune, an ancient Roman treasure, and soon reemerges in Europe as the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo. He's fantastically rich, an expert with all arms, poisons, and finance, he has Muslim servants and a beautiful Greek princess as his slave/ward, and he's buddies with Italian bandits and Mediterranean smugglers. He's a master of disguise and he has an indomitable will. This former sailor now moves as easily among French aristocracy as he does among Italian brigands. Everyone admires and fears him.

    Seriously, guys, he's freakin' Batman.

    He spends years acting as an angel of mercy and vengeance, rewarding the deserving, while planning his revenge against the three men who sent him to the Château d'If. The plot is intricate and there are dozens of characters, some of whom wind up interacting in fantastically coincidental ways. Since Dantes has returned from prison as the Batman, of course all his former enemies, who were once just poor scrubs themselves, are now fabulously wealthy and powerful as well, the better for Monte Cristo to bring them down.

    It's an exceptional story, and a classic adventure. Kids should love it, if you can find a kid with the patience to read almost half a million words of flowery 19th century prose. Adults should also love it. But it's definitely over the top with all its coincidences and larger-than-life characters. Over the top, but a literary masterpiece. You get revenge and adventure and justice and a view of European high and low society in the post-Napoleon era. What elevates it above simple adventure and melodrama, besides the fine storytelling? It's not just Dantes getting even with those who did him wrong (which is how most of the movie versions portray it). In the end, his enemies undo themselves, and the Count of Monte Cristo finally faces the question of whether what he did was right and whether it was all worth it. Like Batman, he's never really going to find peace.

    This book is totally worth reading -- and don't wimp out with an abridged version. Read the great big whomping unabridged doorstopper. That said, I have to give it only 4 stars, because while it's a classic that deserves its place, I wanted to start a drinking game for every time Dumas describes an "indescribable" expression or someone expresses an "inexpressible" emotion.

    Okay, here's some word counts:


    Inexpressible: 3
    Ineffable: 5
    Indescribable: 20


    I don't know what French words they were translated from, but Dumas's writing does get quite purple by modern standards. Where Dickens crafted prosey, clever wordiness, Dumas is just wordy. And all those sordid coincidences! And entire chapters on the origins of various bandits and smugglers and where the asexual lesbian niece runs off to. And let's face it, an uneducated sailor spends fourteen years in prison and comes out as Batman? Come on now, guys. But it's still awesome.

  • 4.8 (26 ratings)
    Time Regained: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 7 (






UNABRIDGED) by Marcel Proust Narrated by Neville Jason

    Time Regained: Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 7

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Lost in the blacked-out streets of Paris during the First World War, Marcel stumbles into a brothel and accidentally witnesses a shocking scene involving the Baron de Charlus. Later, at a reception given by the Prince de Guermates, his meditations on the passage of time lead to his determination to embark on his life's work at last.

    Darwin8u says: "Full of emotional/intellectual/experiential joules"
  • 4.4 (880 ratings)
    Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose (






UNABRIDGED) by Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator) Narrated by George Guidall

    Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (880)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (759)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
  • 4.3 (608 ratings)
    The Odyssey (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) Narrated by Ian McKellen

    The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (430)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
  • 4.4 (579 ratings)
    War and Peace, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Leo Tolstoy Narrated by Neville Jason

    War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (296)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
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  • 4.3 (545 ratings)
    All Quiet on the Western Front (






UNABRIDGED) by Erich Maria Remarque Narrated by Frank Muller

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (467)

    Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

    Darwin8u says: "Escapes the Boundaries of Time and Place"
  • 4.4 (464 ratings)
    War and Peace, Volume 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Leo Tolstoy Narrated by Neville Jason

    War and Peace, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (250)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Mark says: "Definitely worth a listen..."
  • 4.5 (416 ratings)
    The Count of Monte Cristo (






UNABRIDGED) by Alexandre Dumas Narrated by Bill Homewood

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Bill Homewood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (375)

    On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

    A User says: "This is the definitive reading!"
  • 4.5 (249 ratings)
    Persuasion (






UNABRIDGED) by Jane Austen Narrated by Greta Scacchi

    Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Greta Scacchi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Persuasion, Jane Austen's last novel, is a tale of love and marriage told with irony and insight. Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth have met and seperated years before. Their reunion, after the passage or irrecoverable years of their youth, forces a recognition of the false values that drove them apart.

    Patricia says: "Really lovely . . ."
  • The Three Musketeers (






UNABRIDGED) by Alexandre Dumas Narrated by John Lee

    The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (742)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
  • Ulysses (






UNABRIDGED) by James Joyce Narrated by Jim Norton

    Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (363)

    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)"
  • The Odyssey (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) Narrated by Ian McKellen

    The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (430)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (






UNABRIDGED) by Erich Maria Remarque Narrated by Frank Muller

    All Quiet on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (467)

    Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

    Darwin8u says: "Escapes the Boundaries of Time and Place"
  •  
  • Crime and Punishment (






UNABRIDGED) by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator) Narrated by Anthony Heald

    Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (285)

    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
  • The Mysterious Island (






UNABRIDGED) by Jules Verne Narrated by Berny Clark

    The Mysterious Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (284)

    Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive....

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful novel, mediocre translation"
  • War and Peace (






UNABRIDGED) by Leo Tolstoy Narrated by Frederick Davidson

    War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (623)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (






UNABRIDGED) by Jules Verne Narrated by Peter Husmann

    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Peter Husmann
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

    John S says: "A classic that everyone should read."
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  • Don Quixote: Translated by Edith Grossman (






UNABRIDGED) by Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator) Narrated by George Guidall

    Don Quixote: Translated by Edith Grossman

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (143)

    Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

    James says: "My Fourth Try at an Audible Quixote"
  • Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Alan Charles Kors, Professor Darren Staloff, Professor Dennis Dalton, Professor Douglas Kellner

    Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (43 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Alan Charles Kors, Professor Darren Staloff, Professor Dennis Dalton, and others
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    For 3,000 years, mankind has grappled with fundamental questions about life. What is real? Who or what is God? When is it legitimate for one person to have power over others? What is justice? Beauty? This 84-lecture, 12-professor tour of Western philosophical tradition covers more than 60 of history's greatest minds and brings you a comprehensive survey of the history of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the present.

    James says: "Fantastic overview"
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose (






UNABRIDGED) by Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator) Narrated by George Guidall

    Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (880)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (759)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
  • War and Peace, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Leo Tolstoy Narrated by Neville Jason

    War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
  • Pauper Student [Russian Edition] (






ABRIDGED) by Karl Millöcker Narrated by E. Shvetsova, Y. Prejs, T. Yanko, L. Kristalinskaya, N. Belugin, M. Matveyev, V. Kandelaki

    Pauper Student [Russian Edition]

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Karl Millöcker
    • Narrated By E. Shvetsova, Y. Prejs, T. Yanko, and others
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    Karl Milljoker (1842 - 1899) - avstrijskij kompozitor i dirizhjor, avtor populjarnyh operett. Sjuzhet operetty "Nishhij student" (Der Bettelstudent, 1882 g.) otnositsja k tomu periodu v istorii Pol'shi, kogda ona nahodilas' pod vlast'ju Avstro-Prusskoj monarhii. V 1704 godu v zanjatom saksoncami Krakove vvedeny novye porjadki i komendantskij chas. No jasnyj, zhizneradostnyj gorod nel'zja pobedit'. Vsjudu zvenit muzyka, ljudi tancujut i veseljatsja, ne priznavaja novyj rezhim.

  • The Story of an Unknown Man [Russian Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Anton Chekhov Narrated by Denis Nekrasov

    The Story of an Unknown Man [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By Denis Nekrasov
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    «U menja togda nachinalas' chahotka, a s neju eshhe koe-chto, pozhaluj, povazhnee chahotki. Ne znaju, pod vlijaniem li bolezni, ili nachinavshejsja peremeny mirovozzrenija, kotoroj ja togda ne zamechal, mnoju izo dnja v den' ovladevala strastnaja, razdrazhajushhaja zhazhda obyknovennoj, obyvatel'skoj zhizni. Mne hotelos' dushevnogo pokoja, zdorov'ja, horoshego vozduha, sytosti. Ja stanovilsja mechtatelem i, kak mechtatel', ne znal, chto sobstvenno mne nuzhno.»

  • The Adventure of the Empty House [Russian Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Arcady Bukhmin

    The Adventure of the Empty House [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Arcady Bukhmin
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    V tot rokovoj vecher Ronal'd Ader vernulsja iz kluba v desjat' chasov. Ni odnogo zvuka ne donosilos' iz komnaty do dvadcati minut dvenadcatogo, poka mat' Adera, ledi Mjejnus, i ee doch' ne vernulis' domoj. Oni podnjali trevogu, i dver' v komnatu syna vzlomali. Neschastnyj junosha lezhal na polu, golova ego byla izurodovana revol'vernoj pulej. Jeto zagadochnoe proisshestvie i dolzhen rasputat' Sherlok Holms.

  • Petticoat Government [Russian Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Anton Chekhov Narrated by Denis Nekrasov

    Petticoat Government [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By Denis Nekrasov
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    Ona dumala s dosadoj: ee rovesnicy, - a ej shel dvadcat' shestoj god, teper' hlopochut po hozjajstvu, utomilis' i krepko usnut, a zavtra utrom prosnutsja v prazdnichnom nastroenii; mnogie iz nih davno uzhe povyhodili zamuzh i imejut detej.

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  • The Adventure of the Priory School [Russian Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Arcady Bukhmin

    The Adventure of the Priory School [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Arcady Bukhmin
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    Nasha skromnaja scena na Bejker-strit znavala mnogo dramaticheskih jepizodov, no ja ne pripomnju nichego bolee neozhidannogo i oshelomljajushhego, chem pervoe pojavlenie na nej Tornikrofta Hakstejbla, magistra iskusstv, doktora filosofii i t.d. i t.p. Vizitnaja kartochka, kazavshajasja slishkom malen'koj dlja takogo gruza uchenyh stepenej, operedila ego na neskol'ko sekund; sledom za nej pojavilsja i on sam, chelovek roslyj, solidnyj, velichestvennyj - olicetvorenie vyderzhki i tverdosti duha.

  • The Adventure of the Norwood Builder [Russian Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Arcady Bukhmin

    The Adventure of the Norwood Builder [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Arcady Bukhmin
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    S teh por, kak pogib professor Moriarti, - skazal kak-to za zavtrakom Sherlok Holms, - London dlja kriminalistov poterjal vsjakij interes. - Bojus', malo kto iz dobroporjadochnyh londoncev soglasitsja s vami, - zasmejalsja ja. - Da, konechno, nel'zja dumat' tol'ko o sebe, - ulybnulsja moj drug, vstavaja iz-za stola. Obshhestvo dovol'no, vsem horosho, stradaet lish' odin Sherlok Holms, kotoryj ostalsja ne u del.

  • Old World Landowners[Russian Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Nikolay Gogol Narrated by Vladimir Stukalov

    Old World Landowners[Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Nikolay Gogol
    • Narrated By Vladimir Stukalov
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    Ja ochen' ljublju skromnuju zhizn' teh uedinennyh vladetelej otdalennyh dereven', kotoryh v Malorossii obyknovenno nazyvajut starosvetskimi, kotorye, kak drjahlye zhivopisnye domiki, horoshi svoeju pestrotoju i sovershennoju protivopolozhnost'ju s novym gladen'kim stroeniem, kotorogo sten ne promyl eshhe dozhd', kryshi ne pokryla zelenaja plesen' i lishennoe shhekaturki kryl'co ne vykazyvaet svoih krasnyh kirpichej. Ja inogda ljublju sojti na minutu v sferu jetoj neobyknovenno uedinennoj zhizni, gde ni odno zhelanie ne pereletaet za chastokol

  • Literature Teacher [Russian Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Anton Chekhov Narrated by Denis Nekrasov

    Literature Teacher [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By Denis Nekrasov
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    Emu chrezvychajno ne nravilos', kogda kto-nibud' zavodil rech' ob ego molodosti, osobenno v prisutstvii zhenshhin ili gimnazistov. S teh por kak on priehal v jetot gorod i postupil na sluzhbu, on stal nenavidet' svoju molozhavost'. Gimnazisty ego ne bojalis', stariki velichali molodym chelovekom, zhenshhiny ohotnee tancevali s nim, chem slushali ego dlinnye rassuzhdenija. I on dorogo dal by za to, chtoby postaret' teper' let na desjat'.

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  • Steppe [Russian Edition] (






UNABRIDGED) by Anton Chekhov Narrated by Denis Nekrasov

    Steppe [Russian Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By Denis Nekrasov
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    Komu nauka v pol'zu, a u kogo tol'ko um putaetsja. Sestra - zhenshhina neponimajushhaja, norovit vse po blagorodnomu i hochet, chtob iz Egorki uchenyj vyshel, a togo ne ponimaet, chto ja i pri svoih zanjatijah mog by Egorku na vek oschastlivit'. Ja jeto k tomu vam ob#jasnjaju, chto ezheli vse pojdut v uchenye da v blagorodnye, togda nekomu budet torgovat' i hleb sejat'. Vse s golodu poumirajut. - A ezheli vse budut torgovat' i hleb sejat', togda nekomu budet uchenija postigat'.