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John

Manager of public library services & earned 4 university degrees. The great narrators help us to fully understand & appreciate great books.

Cleveland, Australia

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  • War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (348)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
    "The Greatest Novel read by the best narrator"
    Overall

    I cannot imagine a better narrator, for this great book, than Neville Jason. I read it 3 times before hearing it read by NJ and I cannot praise it too highly - his narration adds a new dimension to the experience of this masterpiece. I wish Audible would make all Tolstoy's and Dostoyevsky's books available - must be read by NJ.
    Thank you too Tolstoy, Neville Jason & Audible.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    James says: "A Modern (but Subtle) Masterpiece."
    "Great Novel Outstanding Narrator"
    Overall

    Highly recommended novel by a writer that deserves more recognition. Simon Vance, with his usual excellent narration adds to the enjoyment and entertainment of this superb novel that is very well written with many diverse characters and a masterful evocation of their social and historical context. Thank you Anthony Powell and Simon Vance.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (609)

    In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

    Robert says: "Don't be afraid"
    "Science for the layman - strongly recommended"
    Overall

    This book (well written & narrated) is worthy to be ranked, with Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything and Science Matters by James Trefil & Robert M Hazen, as amongst the best science books for the layman. I highly recommend all 3 and request that Audible provide more titles by Michio Kaku.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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