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David

Fort Collins, CO, USA

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  • The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (102)

    One of the greatest works in literature, Dante's story-poem is an allegory that represents mankind as it exposes itself, by its merits or demerits, to the rewards or the punishments of justice. A single listen will reveal Dante's visual imagination and uncanny power to make the spiritual visible.

    whynot? says: "Almost Divine"
    "Unintelligible"
    Overall

    At first I thought, "it's just me, I'm too dumb to get it."

    So, I started the reading over and over and over again. But after many attempts, I decided (my acuity and intelligence notwithstanding) that the presentation of this material is very poor; I could not tell where one thought ended and the next began. I believe that the reader did not know either.

    I would skip this rendering. There is another unabridged version on Audible. Try that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave to a kind family, the Shelbys. But beset by financial difficulties, the Shelbys sell Tom to a slave trader. Young George Shelby promises to someday redeem him. The story relates Uncle Tom's trials, suffering, and religious fortitude.

    Sam Motes says: "The beginning of the end of slavery"
    "Contemporary story"
    Overall

    'Uncle Tom's Cabin' is a story about the appropriation of human labor. The means have changed, and to some extent the locale, but we are still doing this to one another. Chapter 19, St. Clare's and Miss Ophelia's conversation contrasting slavery in the US and industrial servitude in Britain, raises issues as relevant today as they were 150 years ago.

    Mirron Willis' reading is wonderful. He brings the characters to life. Stowe's story telling is vivid and the theater Willis creates is exciting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15467)
    Performance
    (9805)
    Story
    (9687)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "gratuitous sex, non-stop violence"
    Overall

    ...and sometimes clever dialog about sums it up. The best thing about this book was the narration; the reader is a one woman theater.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Swann's Way is the first volume of Proust's supreme masterpiece, the seven-part novel entitled Remembrance of Things Past. In it, Proust recalls the early youth of Charles Swann in the small town of Combray as seen through the eyes of the narrator. It then shifts to Swann himself, now a fashionable man caught up in turn-of-the-century Paris and a tortured love affair.

    Cheryl says: "A masterpiece, brilliantly read"
    "not much action"
    Overall

    Proust enters into a level a description that I've never encountered before. Characters' thoughts and feelings are drawn with unusual detail.

    We have all experienced the things he describes, for instance, how a cascade of memories and sentiments is brought to mind by a small stimulus, like a biscuit. But I, for one, have been taught to regard such reminiscence as useless and to get past it, rather than as something to embrace and study.

    Proust does not think these things are useless. They are really the subject of his work.

    Proust's characters are some of the dullest members of the idle rich imaginable. They interact, but they don't actually do anything.

    I often wondered if I was supposed to laugh at what was going on (which isn't much.) I thought of Seinfeld, the TV show about nothing. This book is about that same nothing.

    Yet, when I picked up a science fiction short story after finishing Swann, its clich?d and abbreviated depiction of feelings left me hungry for Proust's gifted portrayals.

    The story is well narrated.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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