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Benedict

San Francisco, CA, USA

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  • The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (79)

    The Aeneid represents one of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Within the brooding and melancholy atmosphere of Virgil's pious masterpiece lies the mythic story of Aeneas and his flight from burning Troy, taking with him across the Mediterranean the survivors of the Greek onslaught. Aeneas, after many travails and adventures, including a love affair with Dido Queen of Carthage and a visit to the underworld to see his father, ends up in Italy.

    James says: "An epic in every sense of the word"
    "A masterpiece indeed"
    Overall

    I have now listened to the Aeneid for a second time and only recently realized the captivating poetry and power of this masterpiece.

    Virgil writes line by line that paints a vivid picture of his story.

    This story honored Rome and Romans of his day and I wonder if we have a Virgil for our day.

    The reader Charlton Griffin is simply wonderful and makes the book "go".

    Ben

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Mary, unloved and selfish, finds friendship and happiness helping her neurotic, invalid cousin become strong and healthy. Nature's powerful magic touches both children as they toil to revive their secret garden. The story alludes to some very modern themes including the ability of mental beliefs to create health, the strength of group optimism, and the restorative power of nature.

    Laurie says: "This reading spoiled me"
    "A valuable classic for children and parents"
    Overall

    The Secret Garden is truly a classic, written more than a hundred years ago. I think all young people and their parents should read or listen to this book and be familiar with the author?s philosophical points, which are: what you think is what you are, and will become if you are not careful; that one can examine one?s own character flaws and correct them so that life is better; and that positive thoughts and feelings bring the best result. The grandest point is that working this ?magic? with self and others can create unintended good effects a thousand miles away.

    I believe the story and the points of view of Mary and Colin are important talking points between adults and children. They could be watchwords between parents and their children all the way to 18 years of age when discussing personal behavior. The reason is that Mary and Colin are objective and can be discussed as a third party instead of blame and shame between a parent and child. In the book, adults and children were polite to each other, at the last even under stress.

    Is it not odd that you want a child to listen to this book and be influenced by it; and that you let a child watch smash-mouth cartoons Saturday morning and hope they will not be influenced by the astonishing violence and shallow characterizations?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Book for the Heart even though I am an adult. It is a classic on a par with Alice and Wonderland, which is another book I really like.

    The reading of The Secret Garden was wonderfully done, though the sound of the characters Mary and Colin sounded authentic but made my ears arch sometimes.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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