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Erik

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  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965) took his reading material quite seriously. He said, "When I read a book, I seem to read it with my eyes only. But now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me." Maugham's work has certainly become a part of millions of his fans today. To judge by his short story masterpieces, it was in the tiny crevasses and pinched corners of humanity that Maugham illuminated those elemental qualities that were to fascinate him all his life.

    Erik says: "Great narrator and great book, rare indeed"
    "Great narrator and great book, rare indeed"
    Overall

    Charlton Griffin is one of the greater narrators you will find on audible. His vocal range is amazing, and he is pleasant to listen to.

    It helps that he has great stories to read to the listener. Contemporary writers do not have the wit, skill, patience, and talent of Maugham. Think of Chekhov with an English sensibility. I also enjoy the colonial settings of most of his stories. Not to be missed if you dislike genre fiction as much as I do and enjoy actual literature.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • This American Life: A Night at The Wiener's Circle

    • NONE (59 mins)
    • By This American Life
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    From 9:00 at night to dawn, Ira Glass observes the controlled craziness at a Chicago hot dog place. Plus, fast-foot tales from Beau O'Reilly, Cassandra Smith, and more.

    Erik says: "Funny show, not the best editing"
    "Funny show, not the best editing"
    Overall

    This show was originally produced for Chicago only, and was later repackaged for this version that was aired nationally. It tells the story of The Wiener's Circle, a hot dog joint in Chicago with a lot of interesting characters and behavior from both the staff and the customers. The rest of the stories may not be as strong or interesting to some people. There's a very "Chicago-only" feel to this program, which I tended to enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Winner of the 2003 Audie Award for Classic Fiction, this is an unparalleled presentation of Maugham's stories, complete with sound effects and music.

    Simon says: "Acute observations of man"
    "Great narrator and great book, a rarity"
    Overall

    Charlton Griffin is one of the greater narrators you will find on audible. His vocal range is amazing, and he is pleasant to listen to.

    It helps that he has great stories to read to the listener. Contemporary writers do not have the wit, skill, patience, and talent of Maugham. Think of Chekhov with an English sensibility. I also enjoy the colonial settings of most of his stories. Not to be missed if you dislike genre fiction as much as I do and enjoy actual literature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Winner of the 2001 Audie Award for Classic Fiction, this is an unparalleled presentation of Maugham's stories, complete with sound effects and music.

    Jack says: "Jewels!"
    "Great book and great narrator"
    Overall

    Charlton Griffin is one of the greater narrators you will find on audible. His vocal range is amazing, and he is pleasant to listen to.

    It helps that he has great stories to read to the listener. Contemporary writers do not have the wit, skill, patience, and talent of Maugham. Think of Chekhov with an English sensibility. I also enjoy the colonial settings of most of his stories. Not to be missed if you dislike genre fiction as much as I do and enjoy actual literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Food Nation

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

    Bruce says: "Should be required reading for all"
    "So-so narrator, meandering social commentary"
    Overall

    This expose on the meat-packing and fast food industries often digresses and becomes too large in scope, which renders the work meandering at times. The message of the text is not alarmist and certainly not apologetic towards the meat-packing and fast food industries. For the most part, Schlosser attacks with facts, but his use of anecdote is somewhat cloying. I recommend the book, because most people simply have no clue how most of the food they consume is processed, and this is a good start. You can take or leave Schlosser's agenda, but you cannot deny the plethora of industry facts and research he has done.

    I do not care for the narrator. His tone is too smug for my tastes. At the same time, the text book (as opposed to the audio book) was not as easy to digest.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6923)
    Performance
    (2730)
    Story
    (2739)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "About as good as a history of natural science gets"
    Overall

    Bill Bryson's narrative style is both charming and erudite. He is never condescending, but quite the opposite: The wonderful prologue draws the listener into the book immediately and necessitates the listener's involvement in the next few hours. Bryson should be considered one of the better contemporary popularizers of science. His delightful wit entertains while the facts of natural science's history inform.

    Both the abridged and the unabridged versions are great and well-narrated. (I must suggest the unabridged version on principle.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1984

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (81)

    The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's prophetic nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "Negative Utopia", a startlingly original and powerful novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words.

    Erik says: "Good narrator, great book"
    "Good narrator, great book"
    Overall

    As an audio book, this unabridged recording of 1984 will please most listeners. The narrator clearly understands the tone and characters of the novel, which you do not always get with classic books turned into audio books. My only complaint concerns the quality of the recording, which is somewhat unrefined. I found that I had to turn the volume up on occasion.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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