This is a well-read, well-written thriller that holds up to repeated listens. It is a classic of post-war espionage, full of twists and turns.
I enjoy classic short stories and have several audiobook collections of them. Some of the older ones suffer from poor production quality. Some of the older and newer ones suffer from poor quality narration. Often the selections are higly redundant from one collection to the next. This audiobook, however, is one of my very favorites. The production quality is superb. The narrator is consistently imaginative and compelling. And, along with some of the standbys found in similar collections, this includes some inspired alternatives. "The Classic Tales Podcast" is thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys listening to classic literature.
This is a thoughtful and detailed examination of some of Hemingway's finest short stories. It offers scene-by-scene and, in some cases, paragraph-by-paragraph and even sentence-by-sentence breakdowns, discussing the author's use of perspective and other writing techniques. It also includes observations on the stories from many authors and scholars. Not for the casual listener, but it is a real eye-opener for serious students and writers.
I find myself enjoying all the Great Courses audio programs on topics that interest me. This one, on Classics of American Literature, is an extensive and thorough overview of some of the greatest works ever written. The speaker offers a perceptive, informative analysis of each work, sometimes offering as many as three sessions on a single work, examining it from a variety of angles. It is tremendously engaging and an excellent value.
I give this a marginal thumbs up because it contains some good tips on character development and there aren't a lot of audiobooks on the subject. The narrator is not really professional caliber and comes off as being a little full of himself, and there's too much opinionated filler. But, when he gets to the point, he offers some good insights and advice that were helpful for me.
Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky's translation of Dante's classic is beautifully dark and very accessible to modern listeners. It features stunning imagery and those who are hesitant to dive in because of the work's religious connotation should take heart. This is an incredible nightmare vision that should chill most listeners regardless of their religious beliefs. Dante was a wonderful writer and it is with good reason that this masterpiece has stood the test of time. My only criticism is that the introduction is quite long (about 24 minutes) and gets a bit tiring on repeated listens. There should always be a break you can skip to immediately after the introduction, but the first one in "Inferno" doesn't come until a ways into the story, so you have to do that "fast forward" thing on your iPod, which is cumbersome. Maybe they could fix that. But, otherwise, it's a very entertaining story and presentation.
A good introduction to basic conversational techniques. Could be longer and more detailed, but worth listening to if you want to polish up your speaking skills. Offers some good tips.
Written by a minister and drawing extensively from the Bible, it sounds like one long sermon. I didn't find this very helpful at all.
This biography is excellently written and well-read. It offers a balanced portrait of a man who, though not perfect, moved at the turbulent center of the times in which he lived and who, in the process, became a symbol of heartfelt dignity and justice to a generation of Americans.
Chuck P. presents a unique, humorous and more-than-a-little twisted look at the modern, cosmetically-obsessed, gender-confused, drug-addled and (on many levels) just plain dysfunctional world in which we dwell. Thoroughly entertaining, whimsical and as offbeat a storyline as you will find anywhere. This is not for those who shock easily.
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