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Halifax, NS, Canada | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 43 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Invisible Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ralph Ellison
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

    Robert says: "You've been waiting, buy it, you won't be sorry..."
    "Masterfully written; perfectly narrated"
    What made the experience of listening to Invisible Man the most enjoyable?

    It is a compelling story, full of the suspense and uncertainty that could plague any invisible man. It is also a fascinating guided tour of the main character's feelings: how invisibility feels to him, and how he feels about the fact that he is invisible.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Invisible Man?

    The moment when the main character experiences his second major surprise; when he realizes that he had still been running.

    What about Joe Morton’s performance did you like?

    It was perfect. At no point did I notice that the book was being narrated. I felt all through that the voice I was hearing was that of the main character.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have an "extreme" reaction to the book, but I feel that it is one of the most memorable books that I will ever read.

    Any additional comments?

    This book is more than a mere good story or complex opinion piece. I feel that to fully appreciate this work, one must be ready to openly contemplate the themes therein.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "A fitting narration of a well-crafted story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of War and Peace to be better than the print version?

    Not read the print version.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are plentiful, and meticulously described. The thoughts of the characters that drive the plot are beautiful portrayals of the human condition. Times of war and peace are also wonderful backdrops for contemplating the factors involved in individual and mass thought. Tolstoy crafts a narrative that is very conducive for such contemplation. Masterful.

    What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

    He brought life to the characters without overperforming.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Haha. It is afterall a 60-hour recording. I knew that going in.

    Any additional comments?

    Tolstoy said: This is "not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle."

    I say: This is definitely not a historical chronicle, even less is it a poem. But it IS partly a novel and partly a philosophical treatise on the study of history as it pertains to thoughts, actions, and free will of humans.

    [I felt some parts of the epilogue had a slight didactic tone that could be done without, but that lasted less than a fiftieth of the book].

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Othello: Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Jonathan Lomas, Phil Viner
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Jude Akuwudike, Nick Murchie

    Experience Othello as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.

    Cody says: "Excellent Listen"
    "Good dramatization; pleasant commentary"

    Wonderful idea to give listeners the ability to choose between versions with or without commentaries.

    When I started listening to the version with commentaries, I was concerned that the commentaries might over explain the scenes and prevent me from appreciating the play from my own perspective. However, I listened on and was delighted to find that my worries were unfounded. The commentaries were copious and insightful enough to ensure effortless understanding of the context and language of the dialogue, but they did not preempt independent appreciation of the play overall.

    In sum, I enjoyed this audiobook and gladly recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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