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George

Eureka, CA, USA

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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
    (4377)
    Performance
    (1782)
    Story
    (1760)

    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"
    "Well done, Lalla"
    Overall

    The former Doctor Who actress, Lalla Ward (Richard Dawkins' partner) is the real star of this recording. She gives a forceful reading that really packs a punch. Well done!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    An ingenious Yankee mechanic, knocked unconscious in a fight, awakens to find himself in Camelot in 528 A.D. Imprisoned by Sir Kay the Seneschal and exhibited before the knights of the Round Table, he is condemned to death but saves himself by posing as a Merlin-like magician, correctly predicting an eclipse, and becoming a minister to King Arthur. He increases his power by applying 19th century knowledge of gunpowder, electricity, and industrial methods.

    Cynthia says: "Should have read this sooner!"
    "Best of Audible"
    Overall

    I have been an Audible member for several years, listen mostly to the literary classics, and this is the finest reading I have heard on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don Juan

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lord Byron
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Byron's exuberant masterpiece tells of the adventures of Don Juan, a handsome and charming young man naturally gifted with the ladies. After his first illicit love affair at the age of 16 in his native Spain, he is exiled to Italy. Following a dramatic shipwreck, his exploits take him to Greece, where he is sold as a slave, and to Russia, where he becomes a favorite of the Empress Catherine, who sends him on to England.

    George says: "Glad to have it"
    "Glad to have it"
    Overall

    It's nice to see this finally has become available online. Do not let Davidson's accent put you off. He does a fine job and ably conveys Byron's uproarious wit.

    He does make one rather appalling mistake: he pronounces Juan as the Spanish pronounce it. As almost any English lit major will tell you, it is to be pronounced: "JOO-un".

    A vastly entertaining poem by a truly great poet.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Day: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    This novel spans the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "brilliant!"
    "Quite good!"
    Overall

    Hill does quite a good job with Against the Day. Easy to follow, nice leisurely pace, and a welcome variety of voices, never overdone, make this an enjoyable listen.

    27 of 31 people found this review helpful

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