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Robin

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  • The American Civil War

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Gary W. Gallagher
    • Narrated By Professor Gary W. Gallagher
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (101)

    Between 1861 and 1865, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome to Audible, Great Courses!"
    "Superb, Balanced History"
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    Professor Gallagher's course on The American Civil War is the best, most insightful introduction to the subject in any medium. Any listener, from a beginner to an expert, will gain from his profound, unbiased presentation of the most important event in our history.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9760)
    Performance
    (8763)
    Story
    (8927)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "A Great Reading of a Great Book"
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    Rob Inglis' reading of The Hobbit is one of the finest audio performances ever recorded.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Tolkien and the West: Recovering the Lost Tradition of Europe

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Drout
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are quite possibly the most widely read pieces of literature written in the 20th century. But as Professor Michael Drout illuminates in this engaging course of lectures, Tolkien's writings are built upon a centuries-old literary tradition that developed in Europe and is quite uniquely Western in its outlook and style. Drout explores how that tradition still resonates with us to this day, even if many Modernist critics would argue otherwise. He begins the course with the allegory of a tower....

    Amy says: "Not Drout's or Modern Scholar's Best"
    "Excllent Discussion"
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    Professor Drout brings a world of knowledge and his personal passion to this discussion of Tolkien. He informs and entertains, but never condescends to the listener. The only flaw is the lack of a PDF of the text, which is usually incuded in the Modern Scholar Courses. It woould have been useful for keeping track of the names, and making notes. This course is recommended for Tolkien fans who have some reading knowledge of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, and would like to learn more about Tolkien's scholarly background.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (208)

    This magnificent novel is about the murder of a miserly, aged pawnbroker and her younger sister by a radical, destitute St. Petersburg student named Raskolnikov, and the emotional, mental, and physical effects that follow. It is a remarkable masterpiece about a man's turbulent inner life and his relationship to others and to society at large. Dostoevsky explored the human condition on many levels in this great piece, and among the main themes the novel explores is the rather strange theory that criminals have a spiritual need to be punished - that indeed they demand it.

    Marsha says: "Perfect narrator!"
    "Wrong Tanslation"
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    Would you try another book from Fyodor Dostoevsky and/or Charlton Griffin?

    If it is a better translation. The old Garnett translation has been surpassed. Griffin is an excellent reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of Kings: Saxon Tales, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Stephen Perring
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (324)

    As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne - as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Uhtred, the Saxon-born, Viking-raised warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between his vows and his desires....

    Jean says: "The Saxon's"
    "TERRIBLE NARRATOR, HARD TO TELL ABOUT THE BOOK"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Perring?

    This book was ruined for me by the poor narration. I quit halfway through because of his mispronunciations, forced speed, and weak, nearly non-existent characterizations. John Lee was good; Tom Sellwood, who did the first three, was excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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