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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (355)

    As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

    Shawn Levasseur says: "Edward Hermann's masterful performance."
    "Absolutely Wonderful"
    Overall

    As social philosophy, Atlas Shrugged is a surprisingly well-expressed work that is incorporated into a compelling storyline. The author framed his arguments in such a way that every reader can understand. Moreover, the lessons learned can be applied to today's headlines, and will undoubtedly be applicable tomorow.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elmer Gantry

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    A greedy, philandering Baptist minister, Elmer Gantry turns to evangelism and becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation. Often exposed as a fraud, he is never fully discredited. Elmer Gantry is considered a landmark American novel and one of the most penetrating studies of hypocrisy in modern literature. It portrays the evangelistic activity that was common in 1920s America as well as attitudes toward it.

    Erez says: "Halleluja, Brother Lewis!"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    Sinclair Lewis' Elmer Gantry was wonderfully portrayed by Anthony Heald. The despicable Brother/Reverend/Doctor Gantry tarnishes everyone he touches as he moves through his wretched life. Lewis displays his masterful talent and even pokes fun at himself.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The General Prologue and The Physician's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Richard Bebb, Philip Madoc, Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Canterbury Tales, written near the end of Chaucer's life and hence towards the close of the 14th century, is perhaps the greatest English literary work of the Middle Ages: yet it speaks to us today with almost undimmed clarity and relevance.

    Celia says: "Workmanlike reading in clear Middle English"
    "WTF"
    Overall

    Well, i didn't study Middle English and didn't realize this audiobook wasn't in English. Audible needs to be specific about this kind of thing. The whole experience was brutal.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2835)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (749)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "He wroBLEWskied it!"
    Overall

    Well, that was a premier waste of time. If there were only a rating of zero stars. The characters were never developed, the setting was never really described and the story line was never planned. This is a hoax. I will NEVER buy another of Wroblewski's books again!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14752)
    Performance
    (9138)
    Story
    (9010)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Come on!"
    Overall

    Actually, this book starts out with a very interesting time-travel setup and sequence. The difference of life in the 18th versus the 20th century is enticing. However, it dissolves into such an unfocused, sappy thing that it becomes a burden. The only, let me repeat, the ONLY saving grace is the narrator, Davina Porter. Her voice characterizations are magnificent. Too bad they're wasted on this unbelievable, poorly conceived and executed tale.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (90)

    The last novel completed by Jane Austen before she died at 41, Persuasion is often thought to be the story of the author's own lost love. Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall has three daughters: Elizabeth, who shares his haughty vanity and, at 28 has found no one good enough to marry; Mary, who has, with some condescension, married the son of the local squire; and admirable Anne, who "was nobody with either father or sister".

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful characters"
    "Exquisite"
    Overall

    What a lovely story! The scenes are brilliantly framed and marvelously read. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5964)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (544)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Interesting, but ultimately disappointing"
    Overall

    Although a popular book, I found it repetitive and tedious. The authors continued to pound the same key...that abortion has had a significant impact on US crime statistics. The first time, it was interesting and insightful. The second time, it was emphasis. Subsequent times, I began to question their motives.

    Finally, the popularity of names for children sliced by demographics was worse than having a distinction witout a difference...it was absolutely boring and unnecessary.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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