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Joseph

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  • The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (106)

    The publication of a new translation by Fagles is a literary event. His translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have become the standard translations of our era. Now, with this stunning modern verse translation, Fagles has reintroduced Virgil's Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completed the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.

    Rob says: "Fagles is best"
    "Narration Spotty"
    Overall

    Although the narration is dramatic and in keeping with the quality of the translation, the narator's voice becomes unintelligible at the end of each passage. I gave up trying to listen while driving or exercising. I simply could not understand what was being said. If you purchase this title, I suggest you also buy the book and read it while listening to the narrator's performance, or else listen in a very quiet environment.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2329)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1148)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "A Great Listen...No Foolin!"
    Overall

    Buy this book. You'll laugh, you'll cry. OK. You probably won't cry, but you will laugh. A lot. For pure wit, Christopher Moore's "Fool" is right there with Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide". And the narration by Euan Morton is Oscar worthy. It's probably fortunate that Mr. Moore was not a contemporary playwright in Shakespeare's England. After seeing Moore's version, the bard might never have bothered to write his "King Lear".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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