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Mike

Auckland, New Zealand

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  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, John Ormsby (translated by)
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (223)

    The most influential work of the entire Spanish literary canon and a founding work of modern Western literature, Don Quixote is also one of the greatest works ever written. Hugely entertaining but also moving at times, this episodic novel is built on the fantasy life of one Alonso Quixano, who lives with his niece and housekeeper in La Mancha. Quixano, obsessed by tales of knight errantry, renames himself ‘Don Quixote’ and with his faithful servant Sancho Panza, goes on a series of quests.

    Colin says: "More than funny"
    "Totally brilliant narration and story"
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    I would never have thought I'd enjoy a book about a madman wandering around Spain in Shakespearean times so much, but I found myself looking forward to every listening session then smiling and chuckling throughout. The narrator brought the characters to life, the best I've heard.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (431)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    M Kaner says: "I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads"
    "Masterpiece of English literature read perfectly"
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    Never cease to be amazed and enamored with Juliet Stevenson's reading...and with such exquisitely crafted prose it brought tears to my eyes during even the most mundane parts of the story. Not the most quest-filled adventure of all time to say the least, more of a dramatic slice of life, but it did have a beginning, middle and end that were most enjoyable ;-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (415)

    Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information? Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom in communications and culture. But as Tim Wu shows, each major new medium, from telephone to cable, arrived on a similar wave of idealistic optimism only to become, eventually, the object of industrial consolidation profoundly affecting how Americans communicate.

    Neil says: "Very interesting history, biased conclusions"
    "Original and brilliant new analysis"
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    Amazing look at the repeating patterns of communications industry emergence and decline. Real inside stories of the people and processes behind the telephone, movie and internet worlds and the incredible commonalities between them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    Overall
    (1788)
    Performance
    (1484)
    Story
    (1470)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Zed says: "Great book, fascinating ideas"
    "Top book, modern concept"
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    The author reads really well and as always this gives an authenticity to the experience.
    Can't fault the process and model, definitely up to date with current business thinking.
    Only reason for 4 star is that it was pretty short at 8 hours (by my hardcore audiobook standards!) and perhaps a bit "light". Overall great though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • ABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    The book probes the possible roles of four brothers in the unresolved murder of their father, Fyodor Karamazov. At the same time, it carefully explores the personalities and inclinations of the brothers themselves. Their psyches together represent the full spectrum of human nature, the continuum of faith and doubt. Ultimately, this novel seeks to understand the real meaning of faith and existence and includes much beneficial philosophical and spiritual discussion that moves the reader towards faith.

    Tad Davis says: "An expert abridgement"
    "Gypsies, romance, murder, courtroom drama!"
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    I don't usually read abridged and didn't actually realise this was until I got it. Great story though and didn't seem overly "shortened" but I can't compare to the full version. Can really feel the author's emotion about his son who'd died before he wrote the book, and his feelings about approaching the end of his life (he died after writing this and had intended to continue the story).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gulliver's Travels

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By Jasper Britton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Lemuel Gulliver, a slightly staid ship’s doctor, relates the tales of his astonishing travels. He encounters the tiny, warring Lilliputians; the giant, sceptical Brobdingnagians; the ludicrously intellectual Laputans; and the idealistic – if rather stolid – Houyhnhnms and their bestial servants, the Yahoos. An immediate best-seller when it was first published in 1726, Gulliver’s Travels has remained a favourite ever since. It was an attack on the politics and society of Swift’s day, but it is also a polemical, inventive, surreal, vitriolic and wonderfully imaginative masterpiece....

    Mike says: "18th century satirical science fiction for adults"
    "18th century satirical science fiction for adults"
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    A long way from the typical children's adaptations! More of a time capsule giving a series of views on European society as explained to all the strange characters in strange lands.

    I wouldn't really call it a novel or flowing story, but well worth the listen. Nicely read and nicely produced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben MacIntyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (203)

    Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began.

    Scott says: "Intrigue and True"
    "Brilliant true story"
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    Loved this so much. Having looked at The Man Who Never Was movie and other info, the extensive research, especially on the freshly release secret files, brings the full story to light far more accurately than the old "based on a true story", and its all the better a read for it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Homer, Susan Sarandon (Introduction), Stanley Lombardo (Translator)
    • Narrated By Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    The first of Homer's great epic poems, the Iliad portrays the final days of the Trojan war. The Iliad has stood the test of time and is still one of (it not the) best depictions of ancient warfare. It is an essential precursor to the infamous journey of Odysseus. Translated by Stanley Lombardo.

    Daryl says: "Good for first timers"
    "Best version on Audible"
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    Read by the translator, with intros of each section by Susan, and overall very good for such an ancient story. I don't know if this new translation is true to the historical texts or if its been modified for easier listening, but it certainly comes across much more smoothly than another version I tried.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Herbert A. Kenny (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    This unique poetic translation by Herbert A. Kenny, historian and poet, is the first that incorporates the Biblical, theological and historical allusions of the greatest poem im Christendom into the text itself. It can now be appreciated without a glossary or accompanying notes. Listen as the liquid lines take you through the horrors of the "Inferno", the mysteries of "Purgatorio" and the glories of "Paradiso".

    Tad Davis says: "Built-in study guide"
    "Couldn't get through it :'("
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    Okay it was written in 1321 or whatever so the medieval, kind of biblical mixed with mythological style is understandable, and the only similar book I have to compare is Iliad so far (and snippets of the Bible I suppose)...but it did come across like someone reading out the Bible or something similarly hard to listen to in continuous narrative form. If I had to read it for some reason, I'd skim the written version...this is one type of book that's better not narrated in my view, unless it was just the narrator.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (387)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    Peter says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "Masterwork of reading...mind bending writing!"
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    I was just flabbergasted at the skill of Jim Norton (and the stream of consciousness by the female narrator was so much better than I could have interpreted the book chapter with zero punctuation!)

    I thought of this as kind of like the Picasso of novels...totally new way of writing in my experience, unreal, confusing, lots of fun!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Janet McTeer, David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (301)

    When Mr. Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity, and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.

    Stephanie says: "Classic"
    "Deserves it classic status"
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    Wow, having read all the Wikipedia info on the Bronte family I can see where some of the darkness of this artwork comes from. It aint all Kate Bush and happy ending Hollywood versions, but very enjoyable.

    The only reason I gave a 4 for the excellent performance is because there has to be a little room for the absolutely masterful reading of, say, Juliet Stevenson with Emma, or the popular versions of Ulysses and Don Quixote on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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