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Craig

Audio book lover for over a decade. Live and listen in Aberystwyth, Wales

OConnor, Albania | Member Since 2010

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2033)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1013)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "Brilliantly evocative"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fahrenheit 451 to be better than the print version?

    Yes of course. Audio books are like theatre, they come to life with a great narrator like Christopher Hurt. So ironic in this case - a book about burning books!


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to believe Bradbury was writing about iPods and surveilance drones fifty years before the existed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Michael Jackson
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (624)

    This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

    Jeff Parent says: "Great book, but...."
    "Hawking's book still stands up..."
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    Would you listen to A Brief History of Time again? Why?

    I've read this book twice and listened once. It is the kind of book you need to listen to several times to get the concepts but always a joy...


    Any additional comments?

    There are many other great science books around now but this was one of the first to bring such big concepts to small minds like mine! It's really quite accessible to the lay audience it's written and so very fascinating for all it's insights...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (830)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Outstanding. Compelling. Seriously black..."
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    If you could sum up Thérèse Raquin in three words, what would they be?

    A bleak existential nightmare comes to life through Winslet's appreciation for the work and beautiful reading.
    The story is a cross between Albert Camus' The Stranger and Edgar Allen Poe's Tell-tale Heart with a bit of Stephen King thrown in!
    Definitely worth the ride though. A great experience...


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