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Stanley Hauer

Hattiesburg, MS USA | Member Since 2007

  • 10 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 296 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"

    I have loved W&P since college--and that's a long time ago. I've read it, I suppose, twenty times. But never have I enjoyed it quite so much as in this splendid reading. Neville Jason is a genius. (And, duh, so is Tolstoy.) Highly recommended.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David King
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Napoleonic Wars had torn Europe apart, and the peace conference of 1814 was to be held in the continent's grandest city: Vienna. Everyone had an agenda in the postwar world, and spy networks, bitter hatreds, illicit affairs, and tangled alliances ensued.

    Adam says: "Very good"
    "Good book--shameful reading"

    This is a terrific book, full of interest and historical detail. But as other listeners have pointed out, the pronunciation errors are inexcusable. This guy simply butchers foreign names--and even English ones! The publisher should know better than to release such a shameful performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Ramon says: "A true Time-machine"

    I loved every minute of it. The reader is very engaging (though his French isn't particularly good). I really had a good time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King Lear

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield, Rachel Roberts, Cyryl Cusak, and others

    I am a man more sinned against than sinning.

    Stanley Hauer says: "A true classic"
    "A true classic"

    I first heard this recording when I was an undergraduate some forty years ago. It made a Shakespeare-lover out of me for life. Now that I encounter it again, I find it every bit as moving as before. I've seen King Lear many times on the stage, but no performance has ever moved me as the memory of this audio did. If you've a budding Shakespearean in your family, buy this audio as the best Christmas or birthday present he or she will ever receive. Scofield's performance is simply one of the best ever preserved for us.

    Okay, have I made my point? Spend this ten bucks; you'll not regret it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Richard III (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Lawrence Olivier, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom

    Here is a full-stage dramatisation, starring Sir Luwrence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud and Claire Bloom.

    Martin says: "Mangled Film Soundtrack"
    "Soundtrack of the film"

    This is the soundtrack to the 1964 version released for a few days to cinemas. Lady Burton allowed this recording to be made; just a few years ago the film itself was licensed and released. Contemporary with the stage performance, however, was an uncut audio performance of the complete play which I enjoyed much as a young man. (It included, for example, the scene with Fortinbras's army, cut here.) Frankly, that's what I was hoping this was. but it's not. The performance is cut, as all stage versions must be. It's more "dramatic" (i.e., louder) than the audio version as I recall itand less subtle.

    Still, don't hesitate to purchase this release. Burton's is a very great Hamlet, one that must be seen/heard. If you've got the video, as I do, you have this performance already. If you don't, it's merely a choice of format (though the video version isn't particularly interesting visually). It's a full-blooded, visceral performance, recommended heartily.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "Long but good"

    Well, I finally finished it! I had read this book 40 years ago when I was in high school, and I thought it might make a good listen. I was partially right. Rand never settles for a paragraph when she can take a page. The sex scenes are just plain embarrassing. But the plot still holds up and makes a strong thematic impact.

    If you're new to Ayn Rand, I'd consider starting with "The Fountainhead," a novel which is a bit more manageable. Audible has a good narration of it.

    Still, if you've the time--lost of time--give this book a listen.

    BTW, I would second the issue raised by some listeners: the disturbing second voice in the background. I'm noticing this trait in more and more books that I listen to. I wish the recording companies would be more careful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By H. Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Catherine says: "A ripping yarn, narrated by a master"
    "High adventure"

    Yes, it's racist. But that's merely a reflection of the time and culture in which this splendid book was written. I loved this book as a boy. Encountering it again is like finding a long-lost friend. The reader is most engaging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

    Robert says: "A knockout!"
    "Yup, a delight"

    Robert is right-on. Sheer delight. The reader makes this wonderful book even more alive than on the page. If you like early Dickens, this audiobook is a must.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Young Jim Hawkins quiet life as the son of an innkeeper changes when an ancient sailor takes up lodging at the inn. When the old man dies without paying his bill, Jim must search the sailor's one possession, a large sea-chest, for payment. He finds a map that is the key to a fortune. This commences a Caribbean treasure hunt, with pirate Long John Silver only steps behind!

    Richard says: "Truly a pleasure to listen too."
    "A memorable adventure"

    I had not read this book since high school, some forty years ago. How many memories this audiobook brought back! The reader is a genius. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin': A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Paula Deen, Sherry Suib Cohen
    • Narrated By Paula Deen

    You may think you know the butter-loving, finger-licking, joke-cracking, queen of melt-in-your-mouth Southern cuisine. You may have even heard some version of her Cinderella story: she was a single mom with two teenaged sons when she started a brown-bag lunch business with $200 and wound up with a thriving restaurant business, a fairy-tale second marriage, and wildly popular television shows. But you have never heard the intimate details of her often bumpy road to fame and fortune.

    Stanley Hauer says: "Here's Paula!"
    "Here's Paula!"

    I liked this book and am especially I got it in audio format. Paula's distinctive Southern accent is a vital part of her personality, and it just doesn't come across on the page as it does for real here.

    The book flags rather badly in its last quarter, after the success of The Lady and Sons (her restaurant) and her TV shows. She just runs out of material to write/talk about. But until then the book is very entertaining--I laughed out loud many times.

    You'll learn a lot about Paula Deen you didn't expect. I never thought about Paula having a sex life, for example . . . (She does!)

    Anyway, I recommend it to lovers of her show.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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