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Alden

Paradise, CA, USA

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  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4353)
    Performance
    (2871)
    Story
    (2901)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
    "Quality recording-poor book"
    Overall

    First off- if you are looking for a good recording, this one is of excellent quality. However, the quality of George Orwell's work is what I might question.

    There is so much right about this book- its examination of some of the logical consequences of relativism are fascinating. As a book study of relativism I have no qualms. However, as a study of human nature, I think Orwell falls far from the point. The basic conclusion of the novel is that the human soul is worthless, and that there is no metaphysical realities.

    Why do many highschool students across the world read this book? I don't know. This is a difficult book to understand even for someone educated with a degree in Philosophy.

    8 of 70 people found this review helpful
  • The Arabian Nights: Their Best Known Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kate Douglas Wiggin, Nora A. Smith
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Here is a selection of some of the best-known and best-loved tales of The Arabian Nights, including "Sinbad", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", "Aladdin", "The Talking Bird", and the "Fisherman and the Genie". In this "treasure house of pleasant things" you will find golden palaces, gem studded caves, and breathtaking gardens.

    Joe Pawlowski says: "Lively Nights"
    "Odd story... not quite what I'm used to."
    Overall

    The recording quality of the book was acceptable. It was read by women, and perhaps I'm a little biased, but these more adventuresome stories, might be better read by men. Who knows.

    Quality of the stories varied. Since it is a collected work of sorts, some of the stories were better than others. Although, I must admit I am used to more of the "western" type fairy tales and stories. I usually expect a moral to a story, or some sort of a conclusion. Often these books ended unpredictably, while I was expecting some sort of conclusion, the tale would end completely without one.

    My second main reservation was the view of life and death. The human soul did not seem to be valued highly in these stories. People would die without the author even caring that much, and the read would be expected not to car as well. Accordingly, I would NOT recommend these stories for young children (unless their parents are trying to instill in them a lack of value of the human life).


    10 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By David Ian Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The excitement, adventure, and magical sense of time and place, outraying from the heart of Robert Louis Stevenson's 18th-century pirate tale, is captured in all its glory by actor David Ian Davies in this new One Voice Recordings release. Be swept away by the story of young Jim Hawkins, caught up in his journey to the Caribbean islands upon a ship with a memorable and explosive crew, and led by the cryptic map from a Dead Man's Chest.

    Robert Jurgensen says: "Heck of good story and liked very much"
    "Predictable, but enjoyable"
    Overall

    First off- Recording quality is excellent. Other than the cheesy music which begins every chapter, I have no reservations.

    The quality of the story? Its good. Its a simple story, with nothing terribly complex or insightful, but its good. A "brain candy" book for people from some years ago perhaps. Very much enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone looking for an escape on a pirate adventure for a while. Young boys especially should read this.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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