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J.C.

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  • The Thin Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (126)

    Enjoy this classic mystery on its 75th anniversary! The Thin Man introduces Nick and Nora Charles, New York's coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting after his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick's client. Nick can no more resist the case than a morning cocktail or a good fight, and soon he and Nora are caught in a complicated web of confused identities.

    David says: "RECORDING IS DEFECTIVE! MISSING SEVEN CHAPTERS!"
    "Defective recording is missing 7 chapters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A complete recording.


    What could Dashiell Hammett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not the fault of the author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The parts that were not missing were excellent.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Iliad: The Story of Achilles

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (16)

    Homer's Iliad can justly be called the world's greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns, the heroism and treachery of its combatants unmatched in song and story. Driven by fierce passions and loyalties, men and gods battle to a devastating conclusion.

    J.C. says: "A good translation and narrator."
    "A good translation and narrator."
    Overall

    I have to disagree with the earlier negative reviews. The translation is the prose translation by W.H.D. Rouse, which is interesting and straightforward. If you are looking for iambic pentameter, the translation to read is Alexander Pope's, which was reprinted in paperback by Penguin within the last few years, but has not been recorded as far as I know. It is great poetry, but much less accurate than Rouse. Rouse may not be the latest and greatest translation out there, but if you are looking for an unabridged recording, this is a good choice. I prefer the Richmond Lattimore or Robert Fagles translations, but as far as I know they are only available in abridged recordings. The abridged recording of the Lattimore translation is also available from Audible, read by Anthony Quinn, but you are not getting the whole thing.

    To me, Nadia May has a fine voice and it is perfectly intelligible to me.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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