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  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (525)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    Carl says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Finest Audiobook Ever"
    Overall

    I will be brief. The writing is absolutely superb.
    The Narration, musical interludes and "Performance" is excellent beyond words.
    Truly a world class performance by the narrator Kramer. After listening to dozens of audio books from audible and other sources, this is without a doubt the finest audiobook ever. Period! Once you hear this one, you'll be spoiled and everything else will seem ho-hum... I'll bet you a dollar that you will agree! A benchmark for all future audio book productions. Seriously.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Famous for its unflagging narrative power, fine organization, and irresistibly persuasive arguments, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has earned a permanent place of honor in historical literature. Gibbon's elegantly detached erudition is seasoned with an ironic wit, and remarkably little of his work is outdated.

    Darwin8u says: "Brilliant in parts, excellent in Most."
    "Enormously Important, Fataly Flawed Delivery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2 better?

    This is obviously one of the most important western works of literature, and should be on the list of every serious reader. Unfortunately there are several major flaws with this rendition.

    First and foremost, this is a very very poor, almost unlistenable recording. It is either very old and uncared for or it was just plain technically poor when recorded. Unless you have a tin ear it will be excruciating to endure it for long.

    Second the reader has a very thick British accent and peculiar annunciation and timing. This, combined with the imperceptible mumbling lows and over modulated highs make this an unbearable recording.
    Yet somehow, the absolute brilliance of the writing comes through.
    It's just that it is so enormously fatiguing that I was unable to finish it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John E. Smith
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Friedrich Hegel developed a profound and influential synthesis of all prior knowledge. He aimed to make philosophy an all-comprehensive science that would restate, in rational language, the truth of Christianity. In Hegel's vast speculative and idealistic philosophy, truth is found not in the part but in the whole. Nature is an organic whole shot through with rationality akin to the reason in ourselves.

    Smelly Ian says: "A great introduction to Hegel"
    "Silly Accents"
    Overall

    The Fake German accent is so silly as make me laugh. It completely negates the quality of the underlying writing by Hegel.

    Too bad, since I am a fan of Heston the narrator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Getting the Agent You Want and Selling Your Book Fast for Top Dollar

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Mike Larsen
    • Narrated By Mike Larsen
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    If you can write a sellable proposal, getting an agent is easier than ever. And as a speaker, trainer, or consultant, you have the huge advantage over other writers to help you get the agent you want and become a successful author. As the literary agent for many speakers, trainers, and consultants, Mike will share how you can leverage your skills to get the best agent and book deal.

    Heather says: "SO-SO"
    "SO-SO"
    Overall

    NOT REALLY A "SPEECH", BUT RATHER A LOW-FI RECORDING OF A TELESEMINAR CALL. THE TYPE OF WHICH IS USUALLY FREE ON THE WEB. THE INTERVIEWER IS NOT OVERLY POLISHED OR SKILLED. THE INTERVIEWEE , MIKE LARSEN IS NOT DONE JUSTICE IN THIS SELECTION. IT DOES HOWEVER CONTAIN A FEW PEARLS, ESPECIALLY IN THE RESOURCES LISTED. NOT OF THE AVERAGE HIGH QUALITY SEEN IN VIRTUALLY ALL AUDIBLE PRODUCTS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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