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Julia

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  • Why I Am a Buddhist: No-Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephen T. Asma
    • Narrated By Tom Pile
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    There have been a lot of books that have made the case for Buddhism. What makes this book fresh and exciting is Asma's iconoclasm, irreverence, and hardheaded approach to the subject. He is distressed that much of what passes for Buddhism is really little more than "New Age mush." He loudly asserts that it is time to "take the California out of Buddhism." And he presents a spiritual practice that does not require a belief in creeds or dogma.

    Ben says: "Superb presentation of Buddhism in a modern world"
    "Interesting, but..."
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    Would you listen to Why I Am a Buddhist again? Why?

    I would listen to it again if the narrator's voice could be reworked so that it was more audible. The content was interesting, but the narrator (or the production of the narration) was not good.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen T. Asma before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first book by S.T. Asma.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I am not sure if it was the narrator or the production that ruined the audio quality of this book. It was impossible to listen to in the car and more difficult than most books to listen to in headphones. I download with the high-quality option, but it did not help at all with this book. It is a huge problem with this recording.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    If the audio was better, I would have probably experienced a moving moment in the book, but, alas, it was not to be.


    Any additional comments?

    Why would anyone release a book with this poor of an audio production?

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  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (750)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Fantastic! Not to be missed."
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Thérèse Raquin?

    The story is gripping and difficult to stop listening to. This was a near perfect character study. Nothing says I love you like murder.


    What does Kate Winslet bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kate Winslet reads this book perfectly. Her voice is lovely and becomes a great foil for the grim unfolding story. She was a perfect selection for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audio book in a very long time. The production was flawless and Kate Winslet was a perfect fit. I am not hooked to audio books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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