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Daniel

San Anselmo, CA, USA

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  • The Metamorphoses

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ovid
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (103)

    An undeniable masterpiece of Western Civilization, The Metamorphoses is a continuous narrative that covers all the Olympian legends, seamlessly moving from one story to another in a splendid panorama of savage beauty, charm, and wit. All of the gods and heroes familiar to us are represented. Such familiar legends as Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Daedelus and Icarus, Diana and Actaeon, and many others, are breathtakingly recreated.

    J. J. Kuzma says: "Desert Island Download"
    "Werid pauses and skips mar good reading"
    Overall

    The reading is mostly great but there are weird pauses and accelerations. Some of it sounds computer-generated. It goes great for a minute or two, then there are lines rendered like directory assistance. The rhythm of the poetry is ruined.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (358)

    Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike.

    Jessica Kos says: "Wonderful!"
    "Outstanding, fabulous reading"
    Overall

    Great, great reading with such good characterization and wonderful dialects, that you forget it's being read, you are just swept away to another world.

    Some other reviewers of this title had audio problems of pops and clicks and though my version had none, I have bought other Audible books with the same problems and it's really frustrating.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Martin E.P. Seligman
    • Narrated By John Dossett
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (68)

    Over a decade ago, Martin Seligman charted a new approach to living with "flexible optimism". Now, in his most stimulating and persuasive book to date, the best-selling author of Learned Optimism introduces the revolutionary, scientifically based idea of "Positive Psychology". Positive Psychology focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, asserting that happiness is not the result of good genes or luck.

    Stefan Norton says: "Good information good listen"
    "Enough good points in there for me"
    Overall

    This book has several good exercises and observations, which I incorporated into my daily practice. One of the disadvantages is that the segments are about an hour long each and it's really hard (at least on a Blackberry) to go back and find specific locations. Many of the concepts are worth re-hearing. I got another self-help in audiobook and both are good but a bit hard to use in audio format.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, David Magarshack (translator)
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    The Brothers Karamazov is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky and is generally considered the culmination of his life's work. Published in November 1880, Dostoevsky spent nearly two years writing the novel set in 19th-century Russia. Fydor Karamazov, a mean and disreputable landowner, has three sons, Dmitry, a profligate army officer; Ivan, a writer with revolutionary ideas; and Alexey, a religious novice.

    Julia says: "The Brothers Karamozov"
    "Fantastic! A great listen!"
    Overall

    The narrator speaks in a natural low-key voice, with great diction and perfectly capturing the sense of all the different voices. Dostoyevky as a writer can have a world-weary tone that still conveys affection for his characters and the narrator gets this just right. You can hear some breathing, clearing of throat, and I personally like the natural approach. It sounds like someone is simply right there talking. Also it works well becasue Dostoyevky addresses the reader and so listening to the book works really well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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