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Federal Way, WA, United States

  • 2 reviews
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  • 19 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • 1984 (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By David Niven, The NBC University Theater

    War Is Peace! Freedom Is Slavery! Ignorance Is Strength! Big Brother is watching and listening. Yep, we’re talking propaganda, the fabrication of “truth”, the outlawing of dissent, the distortion of reality, endless war… and of course, thought crime. No we’re not talking about the goings on on 2011, were talking about the 1949 NBC University Theater’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984.

    Stephanie says: "Worth the buy, but get the unabridged book."
    "Overdramatized to the point of boredom"
    What did you like best about 1984 (Dramatized)? What did you like least?

    Don't get me wrong, I love David Niven. I have also read and re-read this book over the course of my 40 plus years on this planet. But, there was something about the voices ( of many actors of the 30's 40's and 50's) that just didn't cater to a story of such chilling and foretelling magnitude. They sound "tin-y" and over done. I kept thinking of the "Duck & Cover" films that they showed in schools during the 50's, to prepare children for a Russian nuclear attack.Or perhaps it made me feel more like a sailor being shown the old "Hygiene of the Lower Deck" films before going on shore leave overseas....?
    In short, too much drama left me with the inability to lose myself in the story.

    Would you be willing to try another book from George Orwell? Why or why not?

    Sure. What's not to love about Orwell..? I've read 'em all and will continue to do so. I will however be more judicious with my choice of narrators, though.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrating different material. Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was impeccable.

    Did 1984 (Dramatized) inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. It inspired me to turn it off.

    Any additional comments?

    Wrong performer(s) for the wrong material.

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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Matt Armstrong

    One of the most enduring American novels of all time, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn follows the adventures of Huck Finn and a runaway slave named Jim as they travel down the Mississippi river on a raft--all in order to help Jim win his freedom from slavery. Told in Twain's unique style, Huck Finn's story is one of the greatest tales of love, respect, and human decency, told through the eyes of an unlearned, but big-hearted, boy.

    Jeff says: "A Classic"
    "New life to an old Classic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have read this book many times over as both a child and an adult. Mark Armstrong's performance was first rate! Speaking as an African-American, I must also congratulate audible for choosing to use the original terminology in accordance to the time and the writings of Mark Twain. It is an inert part of our American History and because, plain and simple,that's just the way things were.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The performance of the "Royal- None -Such".

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would have loved to, but a girls gotta get her beauty sleep.

    Any additional comments?

    Thanks once again for not succumbing to the in-authenticity so prevalent today.Bravo!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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