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Joseph

Ewing, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 14 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 124 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1373)
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    (1152)
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    (1151)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
    "Classic King Arthur Book"
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    If you like Arthurian legends and streamlined/rewritten TV shows and movies don't cut it, what are you waiting for?!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    The narrator of this timeless adventure story is the lad, Jim Hawkins, whose mother keeps the Admiral Benbow, an inn on the west coast of England in the 18th century. An old buccaneer takes up residence at the inn. He has in his sea chest a map to the hiding place of Captain Flint's treasure. A gang of cutthroats are determined to get his treasure map, and - led by the sinister, blind pirate, Pew - descend on the inn.

    Michele says: "Always a pleasure"
    "Arg Matey!"
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    On my jaunt through the classics I decided I had to listen to this, on what I'm told was National Talk Like A Pirate Day. While I'm skeptical about that holiday, no one should be about this book. It's a great adventure and coming of age story. It also shows that sometimes in order for things to work out you must take initiative as Jim Hawkins finds out on several occasions.

    Bottom line: if you like pirates and adventure you need to listen to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (933)

    Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 2"
    "Holmes at his best"
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles might be my favorite Holmes story. I am a surprised fan. I definitely had a misconception of mystery novels. So even if you're not normally a fan of the mystery genre I strongly suggest a foray into Holmes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (337)

    Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

    The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.

    Robert says: "Excellent rendition"
    "Got my littleSister to enjoy discussing literature"
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    My little sister who never got into reading actively started a discussion about this book when she was reading it in school, for which I'm grateful. An interesting novella, especially when paired with The Curious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As both struggle with the inner vs the outer person. Though very different takes on it.

    Dorian Grey is a young beautiful man who poses for a painting. When it is finished he wishes that the he will always stay that beautiful and that the painting would take all the marks of his living. This comes to pass, but the consequences spiral out of control. The painting becomes a reflection of Dorian's very soul baring the stains of his sins.

    I can't say anymore without giving things away, so listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2858)
    Performance
    (2170)
    Story
    (2187)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Eh, Not My Favorite Card Book"
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    I felt this book was fairly slow moving, without any reason to be slow moving. Once Card got around to giving you the information at about halfway through the book the rest became immediately obvious. This made it a bit of slog to get through the rest.

    The individual readers were good but the constant switching I found to be a distraction.

    There are some interesting ideas about time travel. The characters diverge from some of the standard archetypes which was refreshing and depending on how the later books are reviewed I may try the next book.

    If you're looking for an Orson Scott Card book, try Ender's Game or Empire first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (281)

    The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

    Jaq Greenspon says: "One of the worst performances"
    "Scientifically Outdated but Should be Read"
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    The logic used to set up the time machine is flawed by today's science but the thought exercise that Wells takes the listener on is worth the listen. The reader wasn't memorable but didn't get in the way. Having a solid background in science I might have rated harshly due to the flawed logic. But,it should be listened to just with that grain of salt in mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    The War of the Worlds has been both popular and influential. It has never gone out of print. It has spawned half a dozen feature films, radio dramas, various comic book adaptations, a television series, and sequels or parallel stories by other authors. It has even influenced the work of scientists. It is one of the earliest stories that details a conflict between mankind and an alien race.

    Joseph says: "Classic Story-Despite the Reader"
    "Classic Story-Despite the Reader"
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    I can't imagine that this story needs much introduction. The story itself is fun and enjoyable. The reader made it a bit of a grind. I'm not sure I can point to individual things without listening to it again, which I'm just not willing to do. That should pretty much tell you how I feel about it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Country of the Blind

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    In this famous fantasy story, a mountain climber falls into a strange and isolated society of non-seeing persons - claiming to have been in existence for 15 generations and cut off from the rest of the world by an earthquake. The interloper decides quickly that "In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king". However, things turn out very differently than he had planned.

    Lisa says: "Touching"
    "Turns a Quote on its Head-Then is just Stale"
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    Wells apparently doesn't like the quote "in the country of the blind the one eyed man is king". That's literally what this whole short story was about. Something to muse about but after about 15 mins it was old. The production was pretty low quality and the reader didn't help much. There are some exceptions, I can see a special education teacher finding this an interesting story but not something I would recommend to many people.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a chilling novella written by Robert Louis Stevenson and published in 1886. The subject matter may be partly that of a shilling shocker but the whole is executed with great panache and a fine Gothic sensibility. Lawyer Gabriel Utterson leads us apace through the rain-swept streets of Victorian London in pursuit of the diminutive but thoroughly monstrous Mr. Hyde.

    Joseph says: "Unfortunately a Mark Twain Classic"
    "Unfortunately a Mark Twain Classic"
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    Let me clarify. Mark Twain once said a classic is "a book everyone praises but nobody reads". I feel like that's happened here. Everyone knows, uses, and gets the reference but most people haven't read it. I wish that would change. Much more enjoyable than I worried it might be. Short but will give you a few nuggets to chew over for a few days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (609)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "Worth the listen but Heavy and Dark"
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    My mother got her degree in Russian Studies and really pushed me to listen to this book. I don't know what to really say about it, it left me feeling like something was off. Which I think is part of the point. I also just feel wrong saying I enjoyed it, given that it's about a grisly murder and the psychotic breakdown of the murderer. I think I have to go to my fallback, it's an interesting book. It made me think about class structure, morality (what is right), and virtue/vice struggle (doing what you know is right and not what you know is wrong). While there's a glimmer of hope by the end, it's a heavy book and by the end I felt I needed to take a shower. Definitely worth the listen but know what you're in for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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