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Ronald J. Willey

ronw52

Dedham, MA | Member Since 2007

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  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    It's the classic adventure of a madman: the "renowned Don Quixote de la Mancha". He attacks windmills, believes a peasant girl to be a lady, and fancies that he is a knight-errant, dedicated to righting wrongs and rescuing damsels in distress.

    Stephen says: "Tough, but very rewarding"
    "took a number of times listening but..."
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this audiobook and will miss it when I have finished. The reader does take some getting use to; however, he has to perform several characters and maintain their voice through 30 plus hours. I especially like the voices used for both Don Quioxote's and Sancho Panza his squire. This is a master piece. Remember this story appeared in the 1600. I am amazed how many of the tales can be applied to people's behavior and reactions of the day. I am also amazed at the number of cliches and I often wonder if these were the first printing of something like "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" or if in translation, this cliche was updated into a common english version. This is not for the faint hearted listener, and does take some getting used to. I listen about an hour a day, going to and from work. Takes my mind off of my day, and reflect on what will be next adventure of Don Quixote and his loyal squire Sancho Panza.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gandhi & Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Arthur Herman
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    In this fast-paced epic, best-selling historian and master storyteller Arthur Herman spotlights two giants of the 20th century. Gandhi & Churchill shows how their 40-year rivalry revolutionized India and the British Empire, paving the way for a new era. Gandhi championed India's independence, Churchill the British Empire.

    David says: "A motif that works well"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed listening to this book very much. I listen about 1 hour per day on the way to and from work. Amazing story and has parallels between the British attempts to control foreign lands in the 1800's&1900's and the US present day foreign policy. I had no idea how extensive the British empire was until I listened to this recording. We gain more insight into Ghandi then that offered by the remarkable film about him. Churchill's career path is amazing and tortuous.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2450)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (484)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    A very enjoyable book to listen to. Creates a suspense and holds it throughout. I listened to the unabridged version. The reader is excellent, handling the various voices of the many characters with ease and consistency. I foresee this becoming a movie. Too bad Sir Alfred Hitchcock isn't around to be the director and select the casting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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