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Tad Davis

Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA Member Since 2005
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  • "Flawed"

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    John Lee gives a hearty but flawed performance of "Ulysses." The energy and the humor come through -- this is, after all, one of the funniest books ever written -- but there are quieter moments as well, and these fare badly: Lee delivers everything at a breakneck pace, not so much narrating the book as declaiming it.

    In addition, there are some errors in the production design of the audiobook that detract from its effectiveness. First and foremost, "Ulysses" is full of music, from snatches of song to the quarter-hour tolling of a bell tower. All are rendered in the same straightforward declamatory prose style of the rest of the narration. Second -- and it's possible this is a problem with the Audible rendering rather than the original audiobook -- the episodes all run together without a second's pause between them. Whether you view the book as three long chapters or eighteen separate episodes, there are clear indications of breaks throughout the text, each accompanied by major changes in tone, style, and narrator. Here, the last sentence of one and first sentence of the next seem to be delivered in the same breath.

    It seems to be using a better (more recent) text than the Naxos version. The Naxos version has a number of other flaws as well, but it does a far better job of capturing the music and the rhythm of the narration than Blackstone's offering. If Blackstone were willing to undertake it, a little re-engineering of this title could make a huge difference and might justify a higher rating.

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    Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Joyce’s experimental masterpiece set a new standard for modernist fiction, pushing the English language past all previous thresholds in its quest to capture a day in the life of an Everyman in turn-of-the-century Dublin. Obliquely borrowing characters and situations from Homer’s Odyssey, Joyce takes us on an internal odyssey along the current of thoughts, impressions, and experiences that make up the adventure of living an average day.

    Tad Davis says: "Flawed"
  • "Brilliant!"

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    I try very hard not to write a review till I've listened to the whole thing. But I have to make an exception for this one. So far I've listened to The Inferno; but since I've already read the translation itself in its entirety, I'm going to stick my neck out.

    This is brilliant. I'm in Heaven, so to speak. Clive James has created an unusual but consistently effective translation: rather than trying to reproduce Dante's terza rima, he plays to his own strengths by translating into quatrains, a verse form at which he is particularly adept. The result is a subtle but ever-present drumbeat of rhyme. There are better versions of individual passages in other translations, but I've never read one where the whole thing hangs together and flows together so smoothly.

    James also adds clarifying phrases here and there throughout the translation to reduce the need for footnotes. (A good thing: the printed book doesn't have any.)

    These clarifying phrases are not as extensive as those in the Audiobook Contractors version, read by Grover Gardner; but they serve the purpose, and they make it possible to listen without constantly feeling the need to look things up.

    The result is a translation that demands to be read aloud. Edoardo Ballerini does a terrific job with the narration, capturing the Pilgrim's sense of wonder and letting the poetry unfold in its own effortless way. Ballerini is one of those narrators who conveys dialogue by suggestion rather than outright imitation of different voices. But the voices are there anyway, partly because of Dante's skill and partly because Clive James does such a good job conveying them. When passion is called for, Ballerini gives voice to passion; likewise when the speaker is giving voice to shame, anger, or pride.

    Get it. Listen to it. Enjoy it. Learn from it. Treasure it.

    Caveat: I've read the Comedy several times, in several different translations, with several different sets of footnotes. I couldn't claim to be a master of the allusions in the poem, but I'm comfortable with them. (When the wind is southerly I can tell a Guelf from a Ghibelline.) As such, it's hard for me to imagine the viewpoint of someone coming to this material for the first time. I THINK this would be anyone's ideal introduction to Dante, and I hope first time listeners will tackle this version and leave their reactions.

    For myself, all I can say is that it will be a cold day in Hell (so to speak) before I re-read, or re-listen, to this masterpiece in any other format. There is no question in my mind that this is hands down the best audiobook version of Dante's masterpiece available.

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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!"
  • "Built-in study guide"

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    I purchased this title several months ago on CD and have been hoping for some time that Audible would make it available. It's an unusual version of the Divine Comedy: a fresh translation with a kind of built-in study guide. Brief explanations of most of the allusions in this complex poem are woven into the text. For example, where Dante might refer to "the Eagle," this translation says: "the Eagle, emblem of the Empire."

    There is one drawback to this, and that is that Dante's allusions are not always so clear-cut. The translator has typically chosen a single concrete tag line among the many possible annotations. But this audiobook is an introduction, not a substitute for an intensive study of Dante. It's meant to be an enjoyable and comprehensible audiobook, something that will give you more of the Divine Comedy on a first listen than you can get from most of the others available.

    I've read the Commedia several times in a variety of translations, and despite my familiarity with many of the passages, I found these small additions to the text quite helpful. It's easy when reading the poem to forget who was a Guelph and who was a Ghibelline; this audiobook helps you keep it straight.

    Although I haven't seen the text in print (I'm not sure if it's even available), the translation appears to be prose. The translator has tried to capture some of the poetic energy of the work by making extensive use of alliteration rather than rhyme. Most of the time this works admirably; sometimes it's a strain.

    Grover Gardner, a Virgil among readers, gives his usual sterling narration.

    I would suggest, if you do get this, that you listen to it in small doses. Despite the helpful features of the translation, Dante's poem remains dense with symbol and meaning. There's a lot to take in. Go slow and savor.

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    The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Herbert A. Kenny (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    This unique poetic translation by Herbert A. Kenny, historian and poet, is the first that incorporates the Biblical, theological and historical allusions of the greatest poem im Christendom into the text itself. It can now be appreciated without a glossary or accompanying notes. Listen as the liquid lines take you through the horrors of the "Inferno", the mysteries of "Purgatorio" and the glories of "Paradiso".

    Tad Davis says: "Built-in study guide"
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  • Dead Souls

    "The Russian Dickens"

    Overall

    "Dead Souls" is a wonderful book. It has all the wit and linguistic dexterity of Dickens, and still is utterly and completely Russian. The elusive "Russian spirit" is on every page. Truly a masterpiece, presented here in a very good translation. The reader does an excellent job, too; his voices do slip here and there, but never for more than a second or two.

    There is, however, one thing to note about this audiobook: Gogol intended this to be a three-volume work. In his lifetime, he only published the first volume. He apparently wrote some of the second part, but then burned it. Now, it seems that some fragments of this second part have survived, and these are included in the audiobook. Listening to that half of the audiobook isn't really enjoyable: every time you start to follow the plot, the narrator says "at this point there is a long hiatus in the original" and jumps off to a much later part of the story, complete with new and unfamiliar characters and full of references to events you have no knowledge of. I think the audiobook would have been better without this rather pointless second part, and would recommend stopping after the first.

  • The Red and the Black

    "Almost perfect"

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    In one sense, there's no denying this book is a masterpiece. It seems as though Stendhal set out to dazzle the reader with his incredible understanding of human nature, and that he did. However, looking back at the audiobook after a few weeks have passed, I find it difficult to remember the actual plot. So in that sense, I feel as though the novel could have been a better novel. Nevertheless, I would certainly recommend it for the sheer psychological depth. And, as audiobooks go, the narration on this one is top-notch.

    As for the complaints about audio quality in some of the earlier comments: this has apparently been fixed, and the quality is perfectly acceptable.

  • The Possessed

    "Better wait for Simon Vance to read this one..."

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    I'm a huge Dostoyevsky fan, but I found it very hard to enjoy (or, indeed, follow) this audiobook. Mr. Cullen has a very good voice, but, with one or two exceptions, all his characters sound exactly the same. What's even worse, he gives no cues for the change in speaker, which makes many of dialogues in the book almost unintelligible. In a printed book we have paragraph breaks; in this audiobook there is nothing. Another minor (but annoying) feature of his narration is that he occasionally lowers his voice to a whisper. For anyone who listens to the audiobook while commuting, or in any other environment that is not completely quiet, this can be quite frustrating.

    In other words: unless for some reason you have to have this audiobook now, I would suggest waiting for a different version.

  • Thousand Cranes

    "Painfully beautiful"

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    It's hard to review this book without resorting to the sort of cliche you'd expect in a review of a Japanese novel, i.e., that it's a delicate haiku, a subtle watercolor painting, a poetically melancholy glimpse of life. The thing is, Thousand Cranes really is all of these. Kawabata's writing is almost unbearably delicate; all of the emotions and crises are merely hinted at, as subtly as possibly, and so made perhaps more deeply moving. The story itself also has a painful and elusive quality: it is the story of a young man struggling to find a life and a love distinct from those of his late father's. Every word in the book is highly symbolic and yet undeniably human. In short, I was really impressed with the writing and will definitely look for more by the same author.

    As for the reader: Brian Nishii certainly knows how to pronounce the Japanese names correctly, which is very important -- very often, audiobook narrators will mispronounce foreign words, which can be quite jarring if you happen to know what the language is supposed to sound like. Other than that, Nishii does an OK job. Some of his characterizations sounded a little off to me, and his pauses were a little too short on occasion, but the overall result is perfectly acceptable.

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  • "Great Stories with Acceptable Narra..."

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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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    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) by Elizabeth W Grierson Narrated by Steven Cree

    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) by Horacio Quiroga Narrated by Rolando Silva, Maria del Carmen Siccardi, Carla Sicard, Gladys Barriga, Katia Duran, Jorge Lillo

    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.

  • The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Burton Narrated by Kathy Verduin

    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.

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  • Letters to a Young Poet (






UNABRIDGED) by Rainer Maria Rilke, Charlie Louth (translator), Lewis Hyde (introduction) Narrated by Dan Stevens, Max Deacon

    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.

  • Tres fechas (






UNABRIDGED) by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Narrated by Marcos Chacón

    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.

  • Viaggio in Occidente [Journey to the West]: Terza parte [Part Three] (






UNABRIDGED) by Wu Cheng 'en, Serafino Balduzzi Narrated by Silvia Cecchini, Serafino Balduzzi

    Viaggio in Occidente [Journey to the West]: Terza parte [Part Three]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Wu Cheng 'en, Serafino Balduzzi
    • Narrated By Silvia Cecchini, Serafino Balduzzi
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    In questa terza parte del viaggio, episodi dal 49 al 73, le lezioni da apprendere saranno sempre più dure, ma, anche Scimmiotto comincerà a nutrire, nel suo cuore, dei sentimenti sempre più profondi verso Tripitaka e i suoi compagni, e il suo percorso spirituale inizierà a delinearsi.Voci di Silvia Cecchini e di Serafino Balduzzi, musiche originali di Ivan Genesio.