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J. Glemby

long Island ,NY usa | Member Since 2010

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  • The Inferno from The Divine Comedy

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Heathcote Williams
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    (22)
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    "Abandon all hope you who enter here." Dante's Hell is one of the most remarkable visions in Western literature. An allegory for his and future ages, it is, at the same time, an account of terrifying realism.

    John says: "buy this version"
    "The very best audiobook of Dante..."
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    Heathcote Williams and this free verse translation of The devine comedy trully is a masterpiece of the MASTERPIECE of The Comedy,the finest spiritual poem EVER WRITTEN [outside the Bible] You will be entranced while listening to this incredible recording of'' the Florentine's great poem..hope you enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind in the Willows

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kenneth Grahame
    • Narrated By Michael Hordern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
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    (39)
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    Here is a timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad, and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant.

    Adriana Bate says: "Classic classic classic"
    "My favorate read version of the willows!"
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    This of course is a masterpiece of a novel..My review is more about the naration of this classic childhood story(therfore best for adults as well).There realy are so many great readings to choose from here..I have found ralph coshums reading very good.however,i like michael hordens the best..this is why..first, he has a grandfather type voice which is great for this book .second he reads nice and slow[note the difference in time length.]he realy makes this book perfect JOY...hope this helps you choose...enjoy...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, Fritz Leiber, and others
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts, Ben Hurst, Cindy Hardin Killavey
    Overall
    (107)
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    (56)
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    (54)

    This first volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories features "the best of the best" from the Golden Age of science fiction. It includes 21 stories by, among others, Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robert Silverberg, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Philip K. Dick, Edmond Hamilton, Jack Williamson , Alan Edward Nourse, Fritz Leiber, Frederik Pohl, Fredric Brown, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and others.

    Joe says: "Very nice collection"
    "quite good and enjoyable."
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    Many reviews balk at the naration of these 7 collections of short science fiction stories.However though they are not the best of best narations I found them more than listenable and enjoyable..also considering that all 7 collections equals some100 hours of sci-fi fun and at a low price I think they are excelent audiobooks for anyones library..hope you enjoy...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Sailing Stories Ever Told

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen Brennan (Editor)
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
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    (5)

    For thousands of years, we have set out sailing for all kinds of reasons - for battle, for infinite wealth, for the excitement of exploring the unknown, and for escape from the mundane. We have always had a primal relationship with the sea - even those who have never been to sea remain fascinated by the seafaring life and tales of salty adventure. Now in a brand–new series collection, The Best Sailing Stories Ever Told brings together such diverse authors as Charles Dickens, Jack London, John Masefield, Stephen Crane, Herman Melville, and dozens more.

    J. Glemby says: "20hours of great fun...."
    "20hours of great fun...."
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    Im not sure who gave this audiobook such a low rating,I must asume it was a error for so much high seas adventure and the best classic adventure at that.......very well told and all stories tracked perfectly,only a fool would dislike this...have fun with this one fellow audiobook travelers...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By N. T. Wright
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
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    (89)
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    “Jesus - the Jesus we might discover if we really looked,” explains Wright, “is larger, more disturbing, more urgent than we had ever imagined. We have successfully managed to hide behind other questions and to avoid the huge, world-shaking challenge of Jesus’s central claim and achievement. It is we, the churches, who have been the real reductionists. We have reduced the kingdom of God to private piety; the victory of the cross to comfort for the conscience; Easter itself to a happy, escapist ending after a sad, dark tale. Piety, conscience, and ultimate happiness are important...."

    Terry Armstrong says: "A must read for today's church"
    "As usual,superb treatment and so enlightening!"
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    For all those aquainted with N.T. Writes work this review will be common knowlage..for those not yet aqainted you are in for a wonderful treat..I think I could say that nt Write is one of the finest Christian theologins of the modern age.He realy has clear and honest ideas that just 'feel' to be truth.He has a uneque quality of clearing up basic mysteries without killing mystery[if that makes sence[.anyway,hes good people as they say..enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Jesus Meant

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Garry Wills
    • Narrated By Garry Wills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
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    (23)
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    In what are billed "culture wars", people on the political right and the political left cite Jesus as endorsing their views. Garry Wills argues that Jesus subscribed to no political program. He was far more radical than that. In a fresh reading of the gospels, Wills explores the meaning of the "reign of heaven" that Jesus not only promised for the future but brought with him into this life.

    Jack says: "The best book on Jesus I've read."
    "Watch out for this one!"
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    All Catholic and orthodox christians{including othodox Christian Mystics} beware of this clever writer.He clames to be a Catholic and begins by knocking down all secular leftist Bible interpreters[jesus seminar,ect. Then goes on to portray a Jesus so one sidedly radical one is left with a total pacifist,SPIRITUAL communist,TOTAL anti public worship radical..Jesus was a radical Not as narow or One sided as this..I decided to check out a little of this writers bio.and found clear evidence of his folly.He may be a catholic on the outside but uses that to attack all that is both Catholic and orthodox Christian in ALL acual substace..All I ask of you is to take a few minuts and check him out for yourself before buying his books...Good luck..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud of Unknowing: And the Book of Privy Counseling

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Johnston, S.J. (editor), Huston Smith (foreword)
    • Narrated By Murray Bodo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
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    (23)
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    The first work of its kind to be written in the English language, The Cloud of Unknowing is a spiritual guide to contemplation from an anonymous English monk of the 14th century. The author explains that ordinary thoughts and earthly concepts must be buried beneath a "cloud of forgetting" while our love must rise toward a God hidden in the "cloud of unknowing".

    D. Raynal says: "An Essential"
    "Be careful with this translation and reading"
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    First off, this is a trully great book on CHRISTIAN mysticism of the traditional type...This is a simple fact,not a opinion..the reader and editor of THIS translation are a group of {so called }Christian contemplative biographers and writers..I beleive budo is a franchiscan[perhaps third order.im not sure].However,the discerning person will know many
    christian orders are filled with men and woman who study more eastern mysticism than actual Christian...again,I am not giving a opinion but a fact based on the first principles of the Two very oposing world views...If you are not awair of what i am saying I strongly recomend you look into this..for those of you who are awair of this,here is my review...This translation to some degree re interprets words from a Christian spiritual framework to a very eastern framwork...i dont mean simply keeping the original PRINCIPLE but changing the language to a buddhistic thing but the much worse keeping the
    christian LANGUAGE but altering THE MEANING to another view....So please be careful....

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Greek Way

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Edith Hamilton
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
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    (30)
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    Based on a thorough study of Greek life and civilization, of Greek literature, philosophy, and art, The Greek Way interprets their meaning and brings a realization of the refuge and strength the past can be to us in the troubled present. Miss Hamilton's book must take its place with the few interpretative volumes which are permanently rooted and profoundly alive in our literature.

    J. Glemby says: "Honest comparison of east and west world views.."
    "Honest comparison of east and west world views.."
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    being a person profoundly interested in the history which resulted in the oposing directions that eastern foundational world view and the western christian mysticism world view had come about,this book is a treasure..let me explain....Our world today labels anyone who publicly compares one culture[if western] as being higher or more true or correct IN TRUTH over another ,as a bigot and uncompationate...If the comparison is IN FACT correct then this political correctness actualy destroys any acces to TRUTH..it may be kind to someones feelings but the hight of cruelty to all who seek reality...this being said,I simply could not understand why the eastern religions all have at root this terrible world view of non cosmic reality and the evil of personality and so forth,,I know these men and women are not bad or evil people..so Why give in to this wretched view...my attempts in modern writers to find the history of these nations resulted in there cowardly hiding any comment at all on this.....until edith Hamiltons great histoical books...Being she wrote before todays tyranical political correctness and her obvious love of western attitudes,clear and honest insights flow wonderfuly.I have found this and her other books the finest written on early western civilisation as compaired to the poor eastern civilisations.please understand,it is all the countlesss people who have had to live in these fatalistic civilisations that my heart weeps for.thank God they are begining to be freed from the terrible spiritual bondage that pantheism inevitably results in..For all the westerners who Chose to run to the east for spiritual reality I can only say enjoy the fruits of your choices.....Anyway, all who love the joy of creation and personality and life lived to its full with all its colors,you will love this and all this writers books....enjoy

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (865)
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    (874)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "finaly,frederick davidsons monopoly shattered."
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    for the past 30 years since audiobooks became popular,this trully GREAT novel has had one and only one unabridged reading available,that of fredrick davidsons terrible narration.His reading was sooooo bad I could only listen to abridged readings and that is enouph to make a lover of this book weep[or screem].finaly,here is a great novel read by a great reader translated by a great translater...all the gods are alighned with this audiobook..YOU WILL LOVE ALL 60+ hours OF IT.....if i were stranded on a diserted island with only one audiobook[ loaded in my atomic powered ipod],it would be this .ENJOY

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Irving Stone
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (178)
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    (182)

    This is Irving Stone's powerful and passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time: the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring popes, the all-powerful Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola. His loves: the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love - his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna.

    Jean says: "The Master of the Biographical Novel at his BEST"
    "a simply wonderful listen..."
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    This is trully such a great listen on almost all levels.Its emotional,intellectualy satisfying,historicly wonderous,spiritual.ect.ect...Also I strongly disagree with the reviews trashing the narrator.I found him wonderful and even hunted for other books he's read...this realy is a great audiobook...enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ralph Wood
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
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    (8)
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    In this accessible and engaging book, Ralph Wood shows us that J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece is a deeply Christian work because it does not blink back the horrors of our terrible times but confronts them with startling honesty.

    J. Glemby says: "NICE BOOK!!!"
    "NICE BOOK!!!"
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    Quite simply this is a great treatment of Tolkiens moral and world view as seen in his works.nicely read to boot....all Christians can trust this treatment and all non Christians will still love its mellow wisdom...enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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