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Fiona

BangkokThailand | Member Since 2001

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  • Scientific American, 1-Month Subscription

    • HIGHLIGHTS
    • By Scientific American
    • Narrated By Mark Moran
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Scientific American is the most well-known and most highly-respected science and technology monthly in the world. It plays a vital role in bringing scientific and technological achievement to the attention of the general public. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Fiona says: "Interesting marred by poor narration"
    "Interesting marred by poor narration"
    Overall

    This is a worthwhile subscription. The only problem is that that the narrator is difficult to understand. He runs sentences together so that meaning is confused and is kind of annoying to listen to.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Leaves of Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Walt Whitman
    • Narrated By Noah Waterman
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (6)

    In writing Leaves of Grass, Whitman succeeded in his ambition: to create something uniquely American. His poems have been woven into the very fabric of the American character. From his solemn dirges "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" and "O Captain! My Captain!" to the joyous freedom of "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," and "Song of the Open Road," Leaves of Grass lives on, providing inspiration to the people and poets of generations to come.

    Julie says: "Disappointed"
    "bloody awful narrator"
    Overall

    I was so excited to see this and very keen to hear it. but it is read atrociously. not recommended

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Reduced Shakespeare Company
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    As they tell it themselves, "We wrote The Bible (Abridged) when the good folks at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center requested a follow-up to our eight week sold-out run of Shakespeare and America."

    Doug says: "I was laughing out loud in the car."
    "Not brilliant"
    Overall

    I loved the reduced Shakespere stage show but this one is just silly. May have been good on stage but does not translate well to Audio...?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky explores human nature at its most loathsome and cruel but never flinches at what he finds. The novel tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, shy, silent, and cruel. They are behind the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters: their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and perhaps his finest work.

    David says: "superb rendition of Dostoyevsky's greatest novel"
    "Amazing novel AND well read"
    Overall

    The narrator is very important, but I disagree with other reviewers - this guy's not amazing but he is good and does not at all warrent not buying this book.

    He has an englishy voice which seems appropriate and gives different voices to the characters. The only problem is that they are not always completely distinct. For instance, I get the disreputable father and the saintly elder priest mixed up and you can image the plot confusion that can cause.... And all his female voices sound pretty much the same.

    Some reviewers have said that he reads without understanding - but I disagree. He reads with sound understanding and good inflection.

    The book is amazing. Don't deprive yourself.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Walden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Thoreau built his cabin near Walden Pond in 1845 on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Walden which is considered one of his best works, describes Thoreau's two-year experience as a resident of Walden Pond. Focusing on the concept of self-knowledge, he encourages readers to get to know themselves and the world around them.

    George says: "In defense of the narrator."
    "The other reviewer is right"
    Overall

    I read the other review and thought - how bad can it be? But they are right. This reader is annoying to listen to.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Mike Dodge
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Listen to the results of Dave Barry's Bad Song Survey, a compilation of some of the worst songs ever written. From "MacArthur Park" to "Feelings," from "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife" to "Leader of the Pack," this is the audio the record industry didn't want you to hear! Download more Dave Barry.

    Fiona says: "Narration weak"
    "Narration weak"
    Overall

    Dreadful, dreadful narration. I would have loved to laugh more and I could hear that the content was funny - it just did not sound funny when read by this narrator

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Keegan
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    In fiction, the spy is a glamorous figure whose secrets make or break peace, but, historically, has intelligence really been a vital step to military victories? In this breakthrough study, the preeminent war historian John Keegan goes to the heart of a series of important conflicts to develop a powerful argument about military intelligence. In his characteristically wry and perceptive prose, Keegan offers us nothing short of a new history of war through the prism of intelligence.

    D. Littman says: "Military history more than history of intelligence"
    "Interesting, knowledgeable and well read"
    Overall

    He using specific times in history to show the how intelligence impacted decisions. He shows how, in many cases, the impact of intelligence is overrated and that battle are won in the field.

    The narrator is fine.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Playing God: Seven Fateful Moments When Great Men Met to Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles Mee
    • Narrated By James Armstrong
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Charles Mee, Jr. reproduces seven singular moments when heads of state have come together to decide the future of the world: Pope Leo and Attila the Hun; Henry VIII and Francis I; Cortes and Montezuma; Metternich and Talleyrand; Wilson, Clemenceau and Lloyd George; Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt; and Gorbachev and the G7 nations.

    Brian says: "Very poor sound quality"
    "Excellent book poorly edited"
    Overall

    In terms of content, this is a great buy. Interesting and well told stories, and the narrator is fine.

    However, there are many many repeated sections and this is annoying and distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Poems of All Time, Volume 1

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm, Eric Stoltz
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Graeme Malcolm, Eric Stoltz, and other accomplished actors bring life to the words of the world's favorite poets, including William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Also available: The Best Poems of All Time, Volume 2.

    Alice says: "Okay but"
    "Poor"
    Overall

    Not a great selection and some weird choices like a reading of the battle hymn of the republic...

    Poor QC - poems are missing lines (E.g. to Virgins to make much of time).

    Some readers are not really aware of what they are reading.

    If you already like poetry, this will just annoy you. If you don't and are hoping to learn, look elsewhere

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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