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  • The Cost of Discipleship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between "cheap grace" and "costly grace."

    Leon says: "Get this book"
    "Disappointingly Trivial"

    I know Bonhoeffer via the Ethics, a densely-reasoned discussion of situational ethics which speaks to non-Christians as well as believers. I hoped the Cost of Discipleship might be more of the same, but I've been disappointed. This feels like pastoral homilies, tame sermonettes to help us through the day. Unchallenging stuff from a writer who did better work.

    1 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Writings of St. Francis of Assisi with Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By St. Francis of Assisi, Z. El Bey
    • Narrated By Melissa Silvestro

    The Complete Writings of St. Francis Assisi is the only audiobook on the market to include the original writings of St. Francis, his own work, "The Prayers of St. Francis", "The Little Flowers of St. Francis" and a biography of the life and achievements of St. Francis. St. Francis was an extraordinary writer and poet whose writings are sure to move the young and seasoned writer on topics such as life, love, the environment, and animals all while keeping a close walk with your creator.

    Bill Dewey/Reclaiming Quarterly says: "Great Collection - Poor Recording"
    "Great Collection - Poor Recording"
    If you could sum up The Complete Writings of St. Francis of Assisi with Biography in three words, what would they be?

    What a wonderful gift - biographies, the Little Flowers, lives of early followers - an unexpected treasure. Unfortunately, the publisher scrimped on the recording. It sounds like they're using some sort of editing program that deletes tiny bits of silence - making the recording sound like a patchwork quilt.I'll listen anyway - the Little Flowers are irresistible. But really, we deserve a quality recording!

    Would you be willing to try another one of Melissa Silvestro’s performances?

    Her reading voice is fine. The problem is with the editing and splicing of tiny segments. Just turn on the mic and let her read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l: The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary, and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917.

    joseph says: "Not for the feint of heart"
    "Great Book, Poor Narrator"
    What did you like best about The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l? What did you like least?

    The book is a classic - very dense and painful, but a masterpiece of reporting.

    Did Frederick Davidson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This book is read in a monotone with no variance for material or situation. Mr. Davidson sounds like he has a foul taste in his mouth that he is trying to get rid of as he reads. A particularly poor choice for an already difficult work.

    Was The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l worth the listening time?

    I am listening slowly, due both to the difficult material and the terrible narration.

    Any additional comments?

    Nothing personal, but Mr. Davidson should retire, or to stick to light fiction. His sour voice is a terrible choice for history, philosophy, or classic literature - anything someone might want to linger over. I can't imagine who would enjoy listening to this voice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Steven Van Doren

    Ecce homo, "behold the man", are the words Friedrich Nietzsche chose as the title for his literary self-portrait. A main purpose of the book was to offer Nietzsche's own perspective on his work as a philosopher and human being. Ecce Homo also forcefully repudiates those interpretations of his previous works purporting to find support there for imperialism, anti-Semitism, militarism, and Social Darwinism.

    w22w says: "Bombastic, Fantastic?"
    "Great book - poor reader"

    This cannot be what Nietzsche sounded like! This chirpy reading captures none of the grit and anger of Nietzsche. I've tried to stick with it by pretending it's an underpaid graduate student reading N's notes, but it's painful. Will someone else please record this book?

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Interpretation of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sigmund Freud
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    The Interpretation of Dreams is the book that Sigmund Freud considered his most important and that forever changed the way we think about our dreams. Here, Freud explained his discoveries about why we dream, what we dream, and what our dreams mean. In this groundbreaking work, Freud further demonstrated that it is in the treatment of abnormal mental states that dream analysis is the most valuable. He claimed that dreams not only reveal to us the cryptic mechanisms of phobias, obsessions, and delusions but also are the most potent weapon in the healing of them.

    FanB14 says: "Audio helps Reinforce Freud"
    "My Dinner with Sigmund"

    I loved this audiobook from the start. No, it's not easy to follow every detail. But listening to Freud talk about his dreams and what he makes of them is a great way to spend an hour or an evening. Let go of the details and enjoy listening to a great mind at work.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Aristotle: An Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Hugh Griffith
    • Narrated By Hugh Ross, Roy McMillan

    Aristotle was the third key figure among the philosophers of Ancient Greece, after Socrates and Plato. Here, extensive sections of the main works for which he is still respected are given, following accessible introductions setting the scene.

    Bill Dewey/Reclaiming Quarterly says: "Disappointing But Adequate"
    "Disappointing But Adequate"

    After loving the audio versions of Plato's Socratic dialogs, I wanted to try listening to Aristotle. This recording was disappointing both for its selections and the narration.

    The selections lean toward colorful but unchallenging tidbits such as zoological observations. I'd have liked more of the Ethics, Logic, and other work that I might spend some time contemplating.

    The narrator doesn't help matters, sounding as pedantic as a small-college Philosophy professor serving out his time until retirement.

    But still, it's Aristotle. There isn't much of his work available so far in Audio format, but I'd say try Nichomachean Ethics first. Come back to this collection if you want more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Crying of Lot 49

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Quite unexpectedly, Mrs. Oedipa Maas finds herself the executor of the estate of Pierce Inverarity, a man she used to know in a more-or-less intimate fashion. When Oedipa heads off to Southern California to sort through Pierce's affairs, she becomes ensnared in a hilarious and puzzling worldwide conspiracy.

    James says: "Good book, Average recording"
    "Someone please record Gravity's Rainbow!"

    This book is boring - just a bunch of random silliness with no plot-connection, just some talk about "coincidences". By halfway, I just couldn't make myself listen to any more. Won't someone please record Gravity's Rainbow so we can enjoy Pynchon?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Talking Turkeys (from the Naxos Audiobook 'A Family Christmas')

    • ABRIDGED (1 min)
    • By Hardy Thomas
    • Narrated By Benjamin Zephaniah

    A Thomas Hardy poem with a contemporary swing. Benjamin Zephaniah (a vegetarian himself) brings a touch of reality to the festivities with his performance of Talking Turkeys.

    Wayne says: "A Strange Poem"
    "Unusual Poem"

    I wonder if Hardy wrote this poem, and the narrator changed a few words (such as adding "Reggae")? It's pretty funny, either way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ivanhoe

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Wilfred, knight of Ivanhoe, the son of Cedric the Saxon, is in love with his father's ward, Rowena. Cedric, however, wishes her to marry Athelstane, a descendant of the royal Saxon line, whom Cedric hopes will restore the Saxon succession. With a colorful cast of chivalric knights and fair ladies, this action-filled novel comes complete with feats of derring-do, the pageantry of a tournament, and a great flame-engulfed castle - all of which makes it the most enthralling of Scott's creations.

    Bill Dewey/Reclaiming Quarterly says: "Great Adventure, Good Rendition"
    "Great Adventure, Good Rendition"

    Well-read recording of a great adventure book. Scott digresses a lot into social and cultural history, and much of this is outdated. But the tournament, the battle scenes, the meeting of Richard and the friar -- these are great listening. This has been one of my favorite audiobooks.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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