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  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.

    Susan Holland says: "Not what I was expecting..."
    "TMI even for Twain fans!"

    I totally agree with those other reviewers who mention 'endless dribble' or , as Susan of Ozark, MO states: this work should be billed as an autobiography of the contributers to the autobiography . . . WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION about the editing, compiling... It's difficult enough that Twain/Clemens chose to include endless detail in his dictations. Add to that the endless detail about "The Making of . . . " and you have a boring few hours interspersed with periodic character assassinations (mostly reserved for Twain's publisher and literary peers/competitors) and some all-too-brief, humorous glimpses of the Twain we love. Now we know why autobiographies should be edited!!!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dan Senor, Saul Singer
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel - a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources - produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK?

    Nili says: "Interesting and worth the time"
    "Interesting and worth the time"

    I found this book very interesting and an easy listen. The authors use analysis and anecdote to show how and why Israel's startup culture has become a major success story. Israelis thrive on chaos, controversy and risk and are not afraid to fail. Unfortunately, I found one major drawback with the audiobook: Just about every Hebrew name is appallingly mispronounced. This is especially annoying since 90% of this book's content consists of naming people, places and companies. It seems strange that the publishers did not bother to have the audio track reviewed by a Hebrew-speaking editor. Despite this major failing, I did find the book worth the listening time.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work, 1888-2006, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Walt Whitman, and others
    • Narrated By William Butler Yeats, W.H. Auden, Ezra Pound, and others

    Poetry on Record is an engrossing collection of poems read by the people who wrote them, from the dawn of sound recording to the current day. Over the course of four volumes, it tells the story of the past 120 years of poetry in English. Equally important, it allows listeners to understand exactly how the poets intended their poems to be read aloud.

    Bazbar says: "Terrible audio quality"
    "Guess the Poet"

    I strongly agree with the other customers who said they missed having the poems introduced. I purchased and downloaded Volume I with the intent to purchase the other volumes next. But after having to guess the poet each time, I decided against further purchases. Yes, it is exciting to listen to the actual voices of these great poets - especially the "old timers" - Tennyson, Yeats, Browning. I can understand the poor audio quality in recordings 120 years old. But I found it too frustrating to have to keep guessing which poet was speaking each time. Alas, I was not properly prepared for the task - i.e., I had not memorized all the works of each of the 98 poets included in the volume. Not knowning whose voice I was hearing definitely diminished my listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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