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Berkeley, CA, USA

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  • The Wall Street Journal on 1-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By The Wall Street Journal
    • Narrated By The Wall Street Journal

    Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.

    Casey says: "Pretty Good, but could be Great"
    "Very good, but..."

    I been listening to the audio WSJ for about 6 months now, and it is an important part of my daily routine (during my workout). Some impressions:

    * Enjoy the grabbag nature of front page stories -- a good mix of current affairs and backgrounders.
    * Heard on the Street is great - almost always fodder for ideas.
    * The weekly rotation of Marketplace stories adds variety (Cubicle Culture, Tech Journal, & Science Friday are favorites).
    * Narrator is good, although one short-term stand-in had me snoozing.

    * The editorials are uneven, and not just because of my own (moderate) political inclinations. Many of the free trade/regulatory ones are well-reasoned and informative. However, the political ones are often shoddy and tiresome -- sometimes taken right from Ken Mehlmann's latest RNC talking points. Surely, the WSJ can do better?
    * Personal journal is a bit fluffy, although it occasionally throws up a winner.
    * Yesterday's Markets could be a little less numbers-focused, although it might be useful for some.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    Of all Charles Dickens' novels, this is perhaps the most revealing, both of Dickens himself and of the society of his time. It is little wonder that Dickens said of it, "of all my books I like this the best; like many fond parents I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield."

    Debbie Yee says: "What an introduction to Dickens!"
    "Great novel + fantastic reading"

    I was wary of adding a 30 hour title (this is the 1st of 2 volumes) to my listening basket, but I am so glad I did.

    Mr. Davidson does an incredible job painting vocal "portraits" for each character -- pitch, intonation, class-specific accent, the works. I would love to know how he prepares each reading.

    A few small quibbles as I have just finished up Volume 1, neither enough to lower my estimation of this title significantly:

    1) The last few paragraphs of Chapter 22 (Emily & Martha at Peggotty-Barkis' house) are missing from the recording. Easily enough rectified at (page 295 of the online, English version of DC).

    2) I felt Davidson's characterization of Uriah Heep was a touch overdone, but it's a matter of taste.

    I'd give this title 6 stars if possible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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