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Michael

Austin, TX, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 25 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Macbeth

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Stephen Dillane, Fiona Shaw, full cast
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    By the time Shakespeare came to write Macbeth - almost certainly in 1605/1606 - he had already completed three of the great tragedies with which modern audiences are so familiar: Hamlet (1601), Othello (1603), and King Lear (1605). Each of those plays gives us an eponymous hero who is in some significant way flawed, but for whom we also inevitably feel deep sympathy, whatever his errors or crimes. But in MacBeth, Shakespeare has chosen for his tragic hero a man guilty of the most terrible crime imaginable to a Jacobean audience, that of regicide - the murder of a king.

    Marius says: "Fire burn and cauldron bubble - an excellent stew"
    "Bad experience"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to a good rendition of Macbeth to listen to in my car, but this one leaves you confused at best. Acts and scenes are not announced, so you don't really know what is going on; difficult to figure out which character is which - if you pile on the Shakespearean era English and occasional poor sonics, it makes for a dissatisfying experience.

    Save your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last of the Mohicans

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Fenimore Cooper
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (40)

    The Last of the Mohicans has all the elements of a classic frontier adventure: massacres and raids, innocent settlers, hardened soldiers, renegade Indians, and a doomed love affair. It is a memorable portrait of fierce individualism and moral courage. But what draws readers again and again to this panoramic novel is its deep insight into the symbols of American consciousness.

    Sean says: "Not quite what I expected"
    "Outstanding tale and rendition"
    Overall

    This was my first Cooper novel. He spins a wonderful adventure tale which greatly caught me by surprise. The rendition by the narrator is done excellently, as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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