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Vira

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  • "Not a dry eye in this face!"

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    What can I say? A beautiful book, beautifully narrated by Michael York.
    Except for:
    "Sofeeeyatown"??????? Its pronounced SoFIYA town" with the accent on the FIYA and veld is not like a gentle [s]velte m'dear but FELT! agge nee. fIRE AND fELT, this is Africa!

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    Cry, the Beloved Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Paton
    • Narrated By Michael York
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    This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

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  • Les Miserables

    "in defence of the narrator"

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    It's been years since I listened to this, but recent criticisms of narrator Davidson in the $5.95 promotion of this version of Les Miserables prompt me to weigh in. Since this is an older recording, Davidson is reading in a more "classically" delivered style. I think it fits the text beautifully. Because the novel is a favourite, I also downloaded the equally wonderful - but later and different - George Guidall version. It's also excellent. So - if you're considering this because of the special price, listen to the sample and know that Davidson's style can "grow" on you, especially for 19th century text. One caveat: My download was in an earlier format - I do notice from the sample at least that the "enhanced" conversion of the files might accentuate the "breathing" sounds narrators make --all narrators breathe, so I think it's the production, not Davidson, that brings these sounds out. I like a classic British narrator for prose like this, so I like the late Mr Davidson - you may not.

    Finally, if you are looking for a faster paced "Les Mis", there are other revisions of Hugo's novel that might appeal more. Audible is awesome for making the original of this novel available at so accessible a price. It's a different journey than the film (especially the Davidson narrated version) , but one worth making.

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Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2002

I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    These are two very good Chekhov short stories with acceptable narration. Both of these are wonderful examples of Chekhov shorts. They both show dramatic character change through internal dialog. The only downside is the narration, which is better than most of the Roberson Audio Publications titles I have listened to, but it is still not great narration. At just 63 cents this was definitely worth it (don’t use a full credit), but these stories deserve a better presentation.

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    'The Kiss' and 'The Problem'

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By John William Cawthorne
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    Here are two short stories by Anton Chekhov, one of the greatest writers of all time. Today he is remembered both as a brilliant playwright and one of the masters of short fiction. "The Kiss" and "The Problem" are prime examples of the latter.

    Michael says: "Great Stories with Acceptable Narration"

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    Master i Margarita [The Master and Margarita]

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    • By Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov
    • Narrated By Vladimir Ivanovich Samoylov
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    Master i Margarita - "posledniy zakatnyy" roman M.A. Bulgakova, roman zaveshchanie, voskresshiy iz pepla unichtozhennoy avtorom pervoy redaktsii. V Mastere i Margarite fantastika natalkivaetsya na realizm, mif na istoricheskuyu dostovernost, teosofiya na demonizm, romantika na klounadu.

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    The Odyssey

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    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
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    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
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    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

    Marcus says: "Beautiful story, amazing narration"
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    Anne of Green Gables

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    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
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    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent but warm-hearted 11 year-old girl. Fortunately her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.

    David says: "Magical"
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    Les Miserables

    • ABRIDGED (33 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
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    Les Miserables is set in the Parisian underworld. The protagonist, Jean Valjean, is sentenced to prison for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release, Valjean plans to rob monseigneur Myriel, a saint-like bishop, but cancels his plan. However, he forfeits his parole by committing a minor crime, and for this crime Valjean is haunted by the police inspector Javert. Valjean eventually reforms and becomes a successful businessman, benefactor, and mayor of a northern town.

    Leslie says: "astounding"
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    Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilyich & Master and Man

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    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    In these two famous short novels, Leo Tolstoy takes readers to the brink of despair. At the end of life, worldly ambition offers no consolation for the spiritually empty soul, but Tolstoy is the master of themes and redemption. He turns his morbid topic into hope, leading toward spiritual awakening. Tolstoy offers his readers a lifetime of perspective on death.

    Laurie says: "Perfect blend of material and performer..."
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    Molloy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Samuel Beckett
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Dermot Crowley
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    Written initially in French, later translated by the author into English, Molloy is the first book in Dublin-born Samuel Beckett's trilogy. It was published shortly after WWII and marked a new, mature writing style, which was to dominate the remainder of his working life. Molloy is less a novel than a set of two monologues narrated by Molloy and his pursuer, Moran.

    Gene says: "Nauseating, boring, hilarious, and magnificent"
  • 4.5 (68 ratings)

    Anne of Green Gables

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    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Arika Escalona
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    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, send for a boy orphan to help them out at the farm, they are in no way prepared for the error that will change their lives. The mistake takes the shape of Anne Shirley, a redheaded 11-year-old girl who can talk anyone under the table. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination quickly win over her reluctant foster parents. Anne's feisty spirit soon draws many friends - and much trouble - her way.

    Shakya says: "Great story, classic I have always loved"
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

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    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    Melinda says: "What in the heck happened?????"
  • Love in the Time of Cholera

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    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
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    From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral....

    Anne says: "Timeless Romance, brought to life by Armando Duràn"
  • Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp

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    • By John Payne (translator)
    • Narrated By Bernard Cetaro Clark
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    The original story of Aladdin is a Middle-Eastern folk tale. It concerns an impoverished young man named Aladdin. He is recruited by a sorcerer from the Maghreb, who passes himself off as the brother of Aladdin's late father and convinces Aladdin and his mother of his goodness by making arrangements to set up the lad as a wealthy merchant. His real motive is to persuade young Aladdin to retrieve a wonderful oil lamp from a booby-trapped magic cave.

  • The Odyssey

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    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
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    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
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  • The Brothers Karamazov

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    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Constantine Gregory
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

    Robert says: "Best "Karamazov" yet."
  • Anna Karenina

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    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

    Marcus says: "Beautiful story, amazing narration"
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
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    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
  • Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Julian Hawthorne (editor)
    • Narrated By Scott Woodside
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    In the six volumes of the Library of the World’s Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Julian Hawthorne presents us thrilling and mysterious short stories from all corners of the world. Some of the stories appeared in this 1907 collection for the first time translated into English, and many of them come from unexpected sources, such as the letters of Pliny the Younger, or a Tibetan manuscript. In the first volume, we find stories written by American authors.

    WriterGirl says: "Reader should have learned French."
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  • The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Clive James (translator), Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    Renowned poet and critic Clive James presents the crowning achievement of his career: a monumental translation into English verse of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy is the precursor of modern literature, and this translation - decades in the making - gives us the entire epic as a single, coherent and compulsively listenable lyric poem. Written in the early 14th century and completed in 1321, the year of Dante’s death, The Divine Comedy is perhaps the greatest work of epic poetry ever composed.

    Tad Davis says: "Brilliant!"
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
  • The Book of Five Rings

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Miyamoto Musashi, William Scott Wilson (translator)
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Setting down his thoughts on swordplay, on winning, and on spirituality, legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi intended this modest work as a guide for his immediate disciples and future generations of samurai. He had little idea he was penning a masterpiece that would be eagerly devoured by people in all walks of life centuries after his death.

    Peter says: "The way of all things."
  • Gilgamesh: A New English Version

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.

    George says: "A defense of this "translation""
  • The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei (Volume One: The Gathering)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Tod Roy (translator)
    • Narrated By George Backman
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    In this first of a planned five-volume set, David Roy provides a complete and annotated translation of the famous Chin P'ing Mei, an anonymous sixteenth-century Chinese novel that focuses on the domestic life of Hsi-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant in a provincial town, who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines. This work, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of the narrative art form - not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world-historical context.

  • Classic Christmas Tales by Famous Authors: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Bobbie Frohman, David Thorn
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    A collection of classic Christmas stories, including:

    • 1. "The Royal Truffle Hunt" by Anthony Thorn
    • 2. "A Christmas Dream and How it Came True" by Louisa Mae Alcott
    • 3. "The Sabots of Little Wolff" by Francois Coppee
    • 4. "A Christmas Guest" by Selma Lanerlof
    • 5. "The Christmas Goblins" by Charles Dickens
    • 6. "At Christmas Time" by Anton Chehkov
    • 7. "The Heavenly Christmas Tree" by Fydor Dostoyevsky

  • The Scottish Fairy Book, Volume One

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth W Grierson
    • Narrated By Steven Cree
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    There are, roughly speaking, two distinct types of Scottish Fairy Tales. There are what may be called "Celtic Stories," which were handed down for centuries by word of mouth by professional story-tellers, who went about from clachan to clachan in the "Highlands and Islands," earning a night's shelter by giving a night's entertainment, and which have now been collected and classified for us by Campbell of Isla and others.

  • Cuentos de Amor de Locura y de Muerte

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Horacio Quiroga
    • Narrated By Rolando Silva, Maria del Carmen Siccardi, Carla Sicard, and others
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    Cuentos de Amor de Locura y de Muerte (el título no lleva coma por decisión expresa del autor) es el libro de cuentos más famoso de Horacio Quiroga, uno de los autores más reconocidos de Uruguay. Esta producción cuenta con los 18 relatos originales, incluyendo Los ojos sombríos, El infierno artificial y El perro rabioso.

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  • The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 mins)
    • By Richard Burton
    • Narrated By Kathy Verduin
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    What world did Sinbad land in? One with monstrous birds, gigantic serpents, and an ingenious way to accumulate real diamonds...yes, diamonds that must be brilliantly snatched from these monsters, without their knowing. Listen to Kathy Verduin, as she narrates through the thoughts of Sinbad.

  • Letters to a Young Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Rainer Maria Rilke, Charlie Louth (translator), Lewis Hyde (introduction)
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens, Max Deacon
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    At the start of the 20th century, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote a series of letters to a young officer cadet, advising him on writing, love, sex, suffering, and the nature of advice itself. These profound and lyrical letters have since become hugely influential for generations of writers and artists of all kinds, including Lady Gaga and Patti Smith. With honesty, elegance, and a deep understanding of the loneliness that often comes with being an artist, Rilke's letters are an endless source of inspiration and comfort.

    W Perry Hall says: "A Chest of Treasures for any Artist"
  • Tres fechas

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
    • Narrated By Marcos Chacón
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    En esta leyenda narrada en primera persona el autor la cuenta un hecho que ha vivido personalmente en un viaje que hizo a Toledo. Un día paseando por una estrecha y deshabitada calle se fijó en una ventana y viendo una cortinilla que se movió creyó vislumbrar una mano blanca de mujer que se movía. Volvió a pasar varios días por delante de aquella ventana y cada vez volvió a ver la mano blanca.