I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
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.
Glory, although excellently written, lacks the overt brilliance of other Nabokov classics. The story is the non-story of a young man???s journey seeking fulfillment. There is a real sense that Glory embodies Nabokov???s obverse brilliance ??? which is quite tantalizing yet less satisfying (to me anyway) then most of Nabokov???s other novels. I would not recommend this as a first Nabokov novel, indeed perhaps it should be the last ??? as observing the author through this work was most of the fun.
Dante's visions during the first part of the comedy often strike me as proto-horror, with other elements anticipating fantasy and science fiction, but I don't think the work needs me to provide a synopsis. Wikipedia can give you that. The trouble with finding a good audiobook of Dante's work is finding one that has a good translation for listening, along with a narrator who doesn't drive you mad. In my experience, classic narrators often strike a really aggrandized, pretentious voice, which they don't need to. And that's why I love this translation by Herbert A. Kennedy, narrated by Grover Gardener. It's a great vernacular translation (Dante was writing in the language of the people) read without lofty tone. I've listened to two other versions of Dante's Inferno, and this unabridged version of the entire Divine Comedy is my favorite.