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Saye

Madison, GA, USA

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  • The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (72)

    The Aeneid represents one of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Within the brooding and melancholy atmosphere of Virgil's pious masterpiece lies the mythic story of Aeneas and his flight from burning Troy, taking with him across the Mediterranean the survivors of the Greek onslaught. Aeneas, after many travails and adventures, including a love affair with Dido Queen of Carthage and a visit to the underworld to see his father, ends up in Italy.

    James says: "An epic in every sense of the word"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    As a professor of literature, I usually eschew audio versions of books for the printed text. However, I have to confess that I found this version and reading to be absolutely captivating. Many nuances in the text are evoked, and a vividness in the tale persists long after the audio is over. Highly recommended!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Fragile Things

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (410)

    Marvelous creations, including a short story set in the world of The Matrix and others set in the worlds of gothic fiction and children's fiction, can be found in this extraordinary collection, which showcases Gaiman's storytelling brilliance as well as his entertaining (and dark) sense of humor.

    Jill says: "Aother winner from Gaiman"
    "Great stuff"
    Overall

    Neil Gaiman is a master of short fiction! This is a fine collection of stories that range from the terrifying to the comic, sometimes masterfully blending both. I think the introductory material, in which he discusses the genesis of the stories, runs on a bit, but the stories are worth the wait and the price.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sir Thomas Malory
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This monumental work made the Arthurian cycle available for the first time in English. Arthur is conceived and taken away in secret, returning as a young man to claim the throne by pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone. In retelling the story of Arthur's rule of Britain, Malory intertwines the romances of Guinevere and Launcelot, Tristram and Isolde, and Launcelot and Elaine. Sir Galahad's appearance at Camelot begins the quest for the Holy Grail.

    John says: "a desert island book"
    "What's a bratchet?"
    Overall

    This version of Mallory's work does a great job of retaining the feel and flavor of the original. Having said this, the modern listener will find the grammar and vocabulary a bit formal or obscure. It took me two listens to feel I had developed an ear for the voice and style of the narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (288)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "Brilliant and comprehensible"
    Overall

    As an "amateur cosmologist" my understanding of the nature of the universe stopped at the doors of string theory. Without a rigorous mathematical background (I'm a literature professor by trade), I could not make the leap into this realm of physics. However, Brian Greene's explanation turned on the proverbial light bulb above my head. Dense subject matter is conveyed in very graspable images and analogies, and his enthusiasm for what may be revealed in the coming decades in cosmological research is contagious. (Now...if I could just get my mind around Calabi-Yau space, I'll have it!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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