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Thomas

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  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4407)
    Performance
    (1807)
    Story
    (1785)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Poorly written & poorly narrated"
    Overall

    I had heard much about Dawkins, of course, and read a bit of his stuff, but this book was a complete surprise: poorly reasoned, terribly written, and narrated by the author (with ghastly asides by a woman narrator) in a tone of voice dripping with condescension and impatience. Not only does he not "prove" the non-existence of God (an impossibility anyway), he completely fails to grasp the psychological complexity of religious belief, or come to terms with the odd human characteristic of the will to believe in something beyond ourselves.

    12 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Cochrane
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold is a semi-autobiographical story, which tells of the mental breakdown of an ageing writer. Gilbert Pinfold takes a cruise to try to rebuild his shattered life, but what should his life be, and is he important to the world, anyway?

    Erez says: "What a gem"
    "Superb"
    Overall

    Waugh's best book, superbly read by the narrator. I highly recommend the book and this audio version to anyone who relishes irony, and to students of personal decline and madness.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Flashman and the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Flashman is back! When the memoirs of Sir Harry Flashman, the celebrated Victorian soldier and scoundrel, first came to light 30 years ago, we were introduced to adventures related with verve, dash, and meticulous historical detail. Now come three new episodes in the career of this eminent and disreputable adventurer.

    Michael Burton says: "But I hate Anti-heroes!?"
    "The voice of Flashman (& Elspeth)"
    Overall

    This volume of the Flashman memoirs contains two superb stories (Baccarat & Tiger) and one that's much less captivating (the first and longest, about Franz Joseph). But all three stories are immensely enjoyable for one reason: the narrator has captured the voice of Flashman perfectly. He also does a very good Elspeth. I can only hope that David Case will some day narrate the best of the Flashman books: Flash for Freedom.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ukridge

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    "Laddie...write my biography. Bung it down on paper...at a conservative estimate, we should clean up at least 50,000 pounds apiece." Thus spake Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge to his long-suffering friend Corky Corcoran. Corky, whose literary efforts to date have consisted of weekly newspaper articles of the type, "Should Curates Kiss?" and a single music hall song, "Mother, She's Pinching My Leg," is reluctant.

    Thomas says: "A fine collection, but incomplete"
    "A fine collection, but incomplete"
    Overall

    Brilliantly narrated, as usual, by Frederick Davidson, this collection of Ukridge stories is entertaining & uplifting. However, the best of the Ukridge stories, and one of the best of Wodehouse's short stories, is missing: "A bit of luck for Mabel."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Generally considered to be his masterpiece, Vanity Fair is Thackeray's resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled "A Novel Without a Hero", it traces the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women: the scheming opportunist Becky Sharp, one of literature's most resourceful, engaging, and amoral heroines, and her foil, the faithful, naive Amelia Sedley.

    Charles says: "Superb Version --- Highly Recommended"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Thackeray's prose doesn't always come across easily in narration; his sentences can twist and turn leaving the listener rather unsure of where he started. But, overall, the narrator does an incredible job with the book. Davidson has a distinct voice for each character, and some of them are brilliant. He captures Thackeray's ironic and sarcastic tone wonderfully. I highly recommend this audio version, although the experience can be improved at times by having a copy of the book at hand, to read along through some of the more intricate bits of prose.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    This last novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series involves Mr. Crawley, the impoverished curate of Hogglestock, who is accused of theft when he uses a large check to pay off his debts. The scandal fiercely divides the citizens of Barsetshire and threatens to tear apart Mr. Crawley's family.

    Charles says: "Superb!"
    "Brilliant narration"
    Overall

    Simon Vance performs a truly amazing narration of one of Trollope's best books. Vance gives to each character a distinctive voice; none is campy or too affected, and each is appropriate to the character. Highly recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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