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  • The Winter of Our Discontent

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American."

    Laura says: "Love this story!"
    "Closer to today's problems than his other works"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love all of Steinbeck's works, but this piece really touched me more than the others. It tells the story that we can really relate to today.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Winter of Our Discontent?

    The most memorable moment of the book is probably his reaction when he learns what Allen had really done for the contest.


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration style is very good, very in tune with the character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think and lament.


    Any additional comments?

    A jewel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Idiot [Blackstone]

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (160)

    Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."

    Tad says: "Intense and painfully sad"
    "Lizabetha Prokofievna rules & Yes, he was an idiot"
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    Where does The Idiot [Blackstone] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I likes this book so much, that I even prefer it to The Brothers Karamazov. In The Idiot, the "angelic" character Myshkin is even more annoying than Alyosha Karamazov, but the other characters are much more likeable in this book. There is a great deal of humor, and it is less tempered here than in the Karamazov drama.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lizabetha Prokofievna's character is surrounded by humor and she was the most sympathetic character; hers made the book very enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Be quiet, Aglaya! Be quiet, Alexandra! It is none of your business! Don't fuss round me like that, Evgenie Pavlovitch; you exasperate me! So, my dear," she cried, addressing the prince, "you go so far as to beg their pardon! He says, 'Forgive me for offering you a fortune.' And you, you mountebank, what are you laughing at?" she cried, turning suddenly on Lebedeff's nephew. "'We refuse ten thousand roubles; we do not beseech, we demand!' As if he did not know that this idiot will call on them tomorrow to renew his offers of money and friendship. You will, won't you? You will? Come, will you, or won't you?"


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov have the "angelic" character; presumably, the one who is too good to survive in our world of men and women. These are similar to Lars Von Trier's "Dancer in the Dark" or "Breaking the Waves". However, whereas the film characters are very likeable, Myshkin and Alyosha are annoying or downright infuriating. However, Dostoyevki knits such an entertaining story with other, flawed characters who are very likeable, so the overall experience is absorbing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Learn French with Innovative Language's Proven Language System - Level 1: Introduction to French

    • ORIGINAL (15 mins)
    • By Innovative Language Learning
    • Narrated By Virginie Maries
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Congratulations you have just discovered the fastest and most fun way to learn a language! Are you ready to to discover the secret to language learning success? Simply use our program and you will find it. Hundreds of thousands of language learners just like you have already discovered the power of our system. This program offers you a brand new way to learn a language. You'll be speaking from your very first lesson with our fun, easy to use, and innovative method.

    EJ says: "Long advertisement"
    "More than 50% is advertisement"
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    Any additional comments?

    The lessons are roughly 15 to 17 minutes, out of which about 10 minutes (clocked) are advertisement and repeated instructions. The couple of lessons I heard were free, but had I payed money for them, and then found myself serviced with a meager 5 to 7 minute lesson, I would have been very upset.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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