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Daniel Lowenstein

Los Angeles, California United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Twenty Years After

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (92)

    Twenty years later, time has weakened the resolve of the Musketeers and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings his immortal quartet out of retirement to cross swords with time, the malevolence of men, and the forces of history. But their greatest test is a titanic struggle with the son of Milady, who wears the face of Evil.

    Nathan says: "Dumas YES, Narrator NO"
    "Worthy Sequel, Excellent Narrator"
    Overall

    I beg to differ from the other reviewers. I believe the late Frederick Davidson (aka David Case) was without exception the best reader of audiobooks. Although I agree that this reading is slightly below his usual standard, Davidson below par is still better than most other readers at their best. The novel is the first sequel to The Three Musketeers and, although there is a bit less humor in this work, if you liked the original you will probably like this sequel.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    When a leak is traced back to a small sub-section of SIS, it sparks off security checks, tensions and suspicions - the sort of atmosphere where mistakes could be made. This novel opens up the lonely, isolated, neurotic world of the Secret Service.

    Darwin8u says: "Non-traditional Espionage Novel that Subverts ALL"
    "Not Greene's best, but very good"
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    This was Greene's last novel published during his lifetime. He famously said that half his novels were "entertainments," and this is one. But while most of the entertainments, very much including this one, are indeed entertaining, they also usually contain considerable insight. Again, this is no exception. In Greene's more famous novel, "The Quiet American," a book with many virtues, he displays an appalling blindness to the evil of communism. There is some of that in "The Human Factor," but not as much. Some of communism's warts, at least, are visible in this book. Of the Greene novels I have read, I still prefer the earlier ones: "The Power and the Glory," "Brighton Rock," and "The Heart of the Matter." But whether you are looking for entertainment or insight into the human condition or both, "The Human Factor" will satisfy. Huzzahs for Piggot-Smith for a very fine reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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