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Stephen

Fictional characters in narrative

ratings
271
REVIEWS
32
FOLLOWING
3
FOLLOWERS
2
HELPFUL VOTES
43

  • An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Theodore Dreiser
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (208)

    An American Tragedy is the story of Clyde Griffiths, who spends his life in the desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, it is the masterful portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's ambitions and seal his fate; it is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American dream.

    beatrice says: "a period piece, still resonant"
    "Disgrace or tragedy?"
    Overall
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    A long story about a man who didn't develop a character.
    I found it well-written and well-spoken, sympathetic.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • What Doctors Cannot Tell You: Clarity, Confidence and Uncertainty in Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kevin B. Jones, Arden M. Jones
    • Narrated By Kevin B. Jones
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Almost 20 billion times each year, a person walks into a doctor's office.The person becomes a patient. Everyone becomes this patient at some point. How will you talk to your physicians? What will you tell them? What will they tell you in return? They can't tell you what they don't know. They can tell you when they don't know. Will they? What Doctors Cannot Tell You explores the uncertainty that pervades medicine. It breaks the code of silence within which too many physician-patient conversations take place.

    Stephen says: "Somewhat over my head, yet telling all the same"
    "Somewhat over my head, yet telling all the same"
    Overall
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    Wished to have more medical knowledge to better appreciate the content as Jones did not scrimp details;
    Audio made impression of how uncertain medical matters can be, that was intended I believe.
    The author/narrator has sense of humor to lighten the load.
    Medicine made provoking and not simple-minded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being and Nothingness

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean-Paul Sartre
    • Narrated By Pam Tierney
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre closely examines ontology (the study of the nature of being) and discusses empirical issues that he finds scientific fields struggle to explain. Above all, he delves into the idea of “freedom over choice”, which states that humans have complete and total responsibility over their actions. While taking care to address, build on, and refute the works of Descartes, Husserl, Hegel, and other earlier philosophers, Sartre covers “Being-for-itself”, “Being-for-others”, and ethics.

    Jlongtorso says: "Cannot listen to the narration."
    "Torture"
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    My faithful following will be shocked to see I not only paid for this piece of nonsense but also didn't return it in time. So be warned.

    Supposedly there is torture wherein water slowly drip onto forehead driving the restrained victim insane. Well this audio experience to me is like being restrained under a faucet of stale beer pouring endlessly upon my thick head.

    Maybe it is the reader, certainly a folly to read all that trumpery in such believing straight forward let me just read it aloud to hear sound of my own voice style. It could have been done as farce, or at least with a bit of sarcastic edge, that might be funny at least.

    Maybe the translation was mess. Maybe the book itself, but Sartre has a good reputation doesn't he? Ah this is such a bad example of how to present philosophy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Infinite Jest

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (495)

    A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

    Charlie Williams says: "good if you already read the book."
    "Intelligence, humor too dependent on drug escapism"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Only a certain amount of jest can be gained from preoccupation with drug experience where the laughs tend to peter out, but there was definitely some writing talent shown at times, via authors observation, introspection, turn of phrase, directness, and yes of course from making jest of such lowered life,
    though choosing substance use and abuse as one key subject makes jest come rather by default, as sitting ducks, shooting fish in a barrel, that kind of thing.
    The story wasn't much, but the writing was better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Joyce: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Richard Ellman
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Richard Ellmann has revised and expanded his definitive work on Joyce's life to include newly discovered primary material, including details of a failed love affair, a limerick about Samuel Beckett, a dream notebook, previously unknown letters, and much more.

    Stephen says: "Rejoice, don't wallow"
    "Rejoice, don't wallow"
    Overall
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    My followers might have fine time as much as I, for tis not particularly cerebral but rather personal and sympathetic look at life interests of Joyce giving the impression that he was quite a stoic.
    The narrator had a sort of rhymthic stop-and-go reading style initially I wasn't much sure would be well-regarded over so many hours yet surprisingly found it easy on the ear overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle toward Self-Realization

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Karen Horney
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (44)

    One of the most original psychoanalysts after Freud, Karen Horney pioneered such now-familiar concepts as alienation, self-realization, and the idealized image, and she brought to psychoanalysis a new understanding of the importance of culture and environment.

    W. F. Rucker says: "Common sense advice for life"
    "the reactionary psyche"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the concept of *pride system*, the emphasis on interpersonal reaction as vulnerable mind is waylaid by many and varied tricky tangents of self-ishness, the neurotic reaction or retreat.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst of Evils: The Fight Against Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Thomas Dormandy
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    This riveting audiobook takes the listener around the globe and through the centuries to discover how different cultures have sought to combat and treat physical pain. With colorful stories and sometimes frightening anecdotes, Dr. Thomas Dormandy describes a checkered progression of breakthroughs, haphazard experiments, ignorant attitudes, and surprising developments in human efforts to control pain.

    Stephen says: "Medical history a story in itself"
    "Medical history a story in itself"
    Overall
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    Yes what is not to like with an historical look at gains over physical pain.
    Suffering writ large would be a far too difficult multifaceted subject I would think to cover in 20 or so hours, so emphasis on physical pain makes for solid history.

    And of course physical pain is more at a doctor or druggist's command nowadays, and so Dormandy glides through progress over time back in the day when one had to be tied to the bed during an operation, and further back than that, to put some perspective on matters.

    Drugs galore covered. People testing them in trial and error mode. And it is soothing to think back now over all the types of pain relief mentioned.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By D. H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Veronika Hyks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (108)

    Lady Chatterley's Lover, written in 1928, tells the story of a passionate love affair between an upper class woman and her husband’s gamekeeper, which was thought to be so shocking in its content and its straightforward use of explicit sexual terms, that it was not officially published until 1960.

    Melanie says: "Soooooo much better than 50 shades"
    "What's not to love about it ?"
    Overall
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    Yes DHL has a way with emotional expression to be sure, and here in this novel is another example of how much he cares for deeper feeling and human love.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Milan Kundera, Michael Henry Heim (translator)
    • Narrated By Richmond Hoxie
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (204)

    A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon, a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals—while her other lover, earnest, faithful, and good, stands to lose everything because of his noble qualities. In a world where lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and fortuitous events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence we feel “the unbearable lightness of being."

    Darwin8u says: "Muss es Sein? Es Muss Sein! Es Muss Sein!"
    "Clever writing I guess"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Quirky and even a little sexy without being prurient if that makes any sense. Actually I forget the story, maybe something about a girl not getting her man but not particularly worried about it? The writing style was the thing I liked. The political conditions of a city and sexual politics also.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • King, Queen, Knave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    This novel is the story of Dreyer, a wealthy and boisterous proprietor of a men’s clothing emporium. Ruddy, self-satisfied, and thoroughly masculine, he is perfectly repugnant to his exquisite but cold middle-class wife, Martha. Attracted to his money but repelled by his oblivious passion, she longs for their nephew instead, the thin, awkward, myopic Franz. Newly arrived in Berlin, Franz soon repays his uncle’s condescension in his aunt’s bed.

    Darwin8u says: "A non-Euclidean German love triangle."
    "Prefer to hear someone else narrate this one"
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    Hard to listen to, as narrator attempting provisionally cute, wry, or quaint reading, to create an attitude, while I was longing for a straight-forward reading, to let the text itself do the work;
    rather than hamming it up in a cloying narration style.

    The narrator should have concentrated on clarity of speech and easy rhythm, in my opinion.

    Nonetheless I don't wish to turn my followers off this version, as much listening satisfaction is down to personal taste.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • McTeague (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Frank Norris
    • Narrated By Edward Asner, Ed Begley Jr, Hector Elizondo, and others
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Stacy Keach stars in this shocking tale of a Polk Street dentist and his wife in 1899 San Francisco. Frank Norris’ powerful insights into the depths of the human soul make this a story of compelling narrative force. This seminal novel about murder, obsession and the destructive effects of greed features an all-star cast including Stacy Keach, Edward Asner, Ed Begley Jr., Bud Cort, Hector Elizondo, Teri Garr, Katherine Helmond, Helen Hunt, Amy Irving, Carol Kane, Marsha Mason, Richard Masur, Judge Reinhold, and more.

    Stephen says: "Recommended for greedy folk"
    "Recommended for greedy folk"
    Overall
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    a vivid hyperbolic tale focussed on folly of greed and still yet more greed. Helpful if familiar with novel itself, and thus prepared to enjoy this rich dramatized version that is true to story with only a few hours less enjoyment timewise and performed very well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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