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Anthony

Moosic, PA, USA

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  • The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    The publication of a new translation by Fagles is a literary event. His translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have become the standard translations of our era. Now, with this stunning modern verse translation, Fagles has reintroduced Virgil's Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completed the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.

    Rob says: "Fagles is best"
    "I'm happy I bought this one"
    Overall

    This combination of translation and narration brings the beauty and passion of this work to the modern listener in a way similar to how it must have struck the ancient one. Some basic knowledge of the classical period will be helpful. The narrator does have a habit of dropping his voice at the end of sentences but this is a minor flaw considering his overall excellent rendition. This presentation helps one to understand why Virgil's work is a timeless classic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Homer, Susan Sarandon (Introduction), Stanley Lombardo (Translator)
    • Narrated By Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    The first of Homer's great epic poems, the Iliad portrays the final days of the Trojan war. The Iliad has stood the test of time and is still one of (it not the) best depictions of ancient warfare. It is an essential precursor to the infamous journey of Odysseus. Translated by Stanley Lombardo.

    Daryl says: "Good for first timers"
    "The Iliad made pleasurable."
    Overall

    I have started the Iliad several times (written version) but always stopped short after a few books. The archaic language of older translations and the interminable battle descriptions are tough to suffer through and enjoy. I finished this version and wanted more (so I progressed to the Odyssey, which I have in the past finished in written version). This work is actually meant to be listened to as a performance rather than read. This plus the combination of a translation into somewhat modern English idiom and a reader who knows it well enough to have translated it and who can read it with expression I believe is an unbeatable combination. I do have a background interest in ancient Greece and this may have colored my opinion but if you want to know the Iliad this is the best way to do it.

    Another point is that the Odyssey can stand alone but I believe it is better comprehended with the Iliad as a background.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Jones, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry Fielding
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    Tom Jones is a splendid Hogarthian panorama of 18th-century English life and morals, encompassing both city and country, and comprising some of the greatest comic characters in British literature. First published in 1749, it was an instant success and has gone on to become a classic of its genre. Quite simply, there has never been anything like it.

    Anthony says: "Buy it"
    "Buy it"
    Overall

    The book is fun to read but listening to this reader's interpretation and characterization enhances the experience. I don't often save the books that I download but this one I will. Highly recommended.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Idiot [Blackstone]

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (177)

    Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."

    Tad says: "Intense and painfully sad"
    "I'm still waiting for the good part"
    Overall

    The main character was interesting. However after the 1000th 19th century drawing room conversation I finally gave up 3/4 of the way through. From the publisher's description I may really have missed the good part, but it just wasn't worth it. My only other exposure to this author was "Crime and Punishment", and I loved it, so I don't think it was my shortcoming. I don't know, maybe I'm the Idiot but I gave it a good try.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4655)
    Performance
    (1843)
    Story
    (1851)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    This was one I really did not want to end. I can't believe how little I knew about the real travails of this phase of the revolution. Although some other reviewers have noted a relative lack of scholarship, I thought the book was filled with quotations from original documents as well as pertainent statistics but presented in a very absorbing manner. Washington's quality of tenacity is a good example for our country, especially in present day circumstances.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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