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Kenneth B. Wolfe

Santa Fe, NM | Member Since 2010

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  • 3 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 246 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • The Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Herodotus
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (112)

    Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing, but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges, who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians, Herodotus laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events.

    Jefferson says: "Fascinating and Well-Read History"
    "Quite a pleasure"
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    This is an excellent book to listen to. The main story is highly engaging and the book is full of interesting side stories. The narration is well done. The translation, however, is old-fashioned (plenty of 'thee's and thou's).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The March of the Ten Thousand

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Xenophon
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (116)

    Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.

    Benedict says: "An intelligent leader"
    "Engaging Adventure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This engaging adventure story tells of Xenophon's return from Mesopotamia with his Greek mercenaries. The narrator gives an excellent performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Four Greek Comedies: 'The Birds', 'The Frogs', 'The Clouds', and 'The Peace'

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Aristophanes, C. A. Wheelwright (translator)
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    These four plays, translated into blank verse by C. A. Wheelwright, present to us the wide range of this ancient playwright's fertile imagination. From war and peace to politics and society to the relationships between mena nd women, no topic is off-limits.

    Kenneth B. Wolfe says: "Not funny"
    "Not funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The translation is archaic ('thee/thou'). It's not funny. Comedy should be translated into contemporary English. I couldn't bear to listen to much of it. Aristophanes deserves much better.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful

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