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Charles

Mesa, AZ, United States

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  • Orthodoxy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    A serious attack against Christianity by well-known newspaper editor Robert Blatchford in 1903 impelled Chesterton to seize the gauntlet of refutation. His reply was immensely successful and was the early formation of his convincing credo that is so brilliantly and cogently argued in Orthodoxy, a masterwork that was published just five years later.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Wonderful Narration, Important Work"
    "Jam Packed!!"
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    Where does Orthodoxy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have been wanting to read this book for years and bought it from Audible to listen while I was driving. Unfortunately, I think I missed a lot of the wonderful content because of the way the Chesterton writes. Practically every sentence is a paradox that turns a common idea on its head. It requires more concentration than one (at least me) is able to give while driving. This is not a critique of the book, but of my powers to concentrate and still drive. I think I absorbed about 30% of the book. That just means that I will be listening to it again.
    Great book. Big challenge. Worth it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (616)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    LeRoy Reynolds says: "Great audio book AFTER the first 2.5 hours"
    "Terrible Narrator"
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    The narrator's gravelly and voice was an insurmountable obstacle to listening to the story. I stopped after a short while and abandoned it. Very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Willa Cather Short Stories: 9 of Her Best

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Willa Cather was perhaps most famous for her great novels such as My Antonia and Death Comes to the Archbishop. However, her short stories were enchanting and practical, local and cosmopolitan. Of the great American writers of the early part of the twentieth century she stood alone in her vision. No American writer ever had her breadth of experience and knowledge of people and places, relating to farmers in Nebraska, to barons in New York, and artists in Paris.

    Diana Beck says: "Hire competent readers@@"
    "Not done justice"
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    Cather is an excellent story teller, but the narrator was not up to the job. His diction was poor and he gravelly. Would have been better served by another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rumpole and the Primrose Path

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    We last left Rumpole in his hospital bed after his sudden collapse in court. Now our hero finds himself in the Primrose Path nursing home - or a hospice as he persists in describing it. Things aren't looking good for Rumpole - until suddenly he begins to sense there's something wrong with the place, and all his intelligence and formidable insight into human behaviour come to the fore again.

    Charles says: "Superb understated wit. I laughed out loud!"
    "Superb understated wit. I laughed out loud!"
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    Good story, Rumpole is a wonderful character and well-read. Anyone can identify with this wonderfully flawed, brilliant detective and his evasions of "she who must be obeyed".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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