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Tamara

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  • The Prince and Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli, Etienne de la Boetie
    • Narrated By Craig Deitschmann
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Machiavelli wrote The Prince for his ruler as a guide for gaining and keeping power. Central themes of his essay are the relation between politics and ethics, what the best form of government is, the importance of the Church, and the growth of Italy as a nation-state. The word "Machiavellian" often suggests sinister motives, but some scholars question this traditional interpretation.

    Tamara says: "not bad pretty good"
    "not bad pretty good"
    Overall

    new to book reviewing here:
    I wanted a briefing of Machiavelli and ended up learning about Etienne de la Boetie. I feel like I got an extra surprise. The narrator talks about their writings and what the world was like around them so you get an idea of why they said and thought what they did. There are other voices used to narrate different people and that helps me stay focused. No monotone on this recording.
    It's a decent discussion about two very important pieces of political/social guidance. FYI: I can't stand fiction. I can only read for academics. On a scale of 1 - 10, 10 being the most comprehendible, I give this audio book an 8. I recommend this book as pretty easy to digest.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    A Victorian scientist travels far into the future, and finds that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. He meets the Eloi, a species descended from man, but realizes that these beautiful people are just remnants of a once-great culture; they are now weak and afraid of the dark. The Eloi have reason to be afraid. In deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity: the sinister Morlocks.

    David says: "Fine story, odd narration"
    "wow ... just wow."
    Overall

    the audio is great, the reader's British cockney accent got on my nerves after a while, the story wasn't all too hard to keep up with. i had to replay a few times because i didn't catch the context.

    i'm not a true fiction lover so a 3 is good for a piece of fiction for me.

    can i just say - this story is WEIRD!? i am still mulling it over in my head. i keep trying to figure out what the Eloi really looked like. there is a lot of food for the imagination making this a satisfying piece of literature. my only qualm is sometimes it takes Wells, in my opinion, too much time to get to the point. there is a LOT of detail - but it's not always concise so it is easy to be like "uh huh, yes, uh huh, awesome. wait huh?!" (rewind!) and that can be frustrating.

    it would be 4 stars if he would have 'come on with it' and focused on the plot line more.

    the one thing i took away from the novel is an uncanny macro social analysis. Wells truly pegged the progression of society and fed it through the voice of the Time Traveler - basically to the point that it's applicable to today.

    i would recommend this book with a caution on the tendency for the minor digressions on detail.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: The Original Scroll

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By John Ventimiglia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951 that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history.

    Chris says: "Stellar, if you know what you're getting into"
    "lost my interest"
    Overall

    recording is great, the reader is awesome - the story is easy to follow.

    with all that said the rating i gave is primarily due to the time wasted on Kerouac's constant digressions.

    the first half is exciting! and seems like you will follow this great man on an amazing adventure!!! but as it gets more into the last half you begin to think, "whoa Kerouac, did you forget where you were going with this?"

    he goes into ridiculous digressions of relationships with people who ultimately do not matter and are as uninteresting as my grandmothers new hummel.

    sadly, and in my opinion, the story begins to break down in the last half into an anticlimactic bit of frustration.

    i totally stopped listening because i got BORED.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful

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