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R. Winters

SW Washington | Member Since 2012

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  • 3 reviews
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  • 639 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015
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  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (952)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "Another winner!!"
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    If you enjoyed Herman Wouk"s "Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance", you will love this audible book. The same great storytelling and the same great narrator make this one you will add to your all time favorites.

    14 of 16 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
    (1073)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (939)

    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: "!"
    "Long But Good"
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    If you are a religious person you will love this book and it will give you much to contemplate. If you are not a religious person you will love this book and it will give you much to ponder. The translation must be good because the writing is superb and the narration definitely adds to the enjoyment of this book.Yes, Old Vic does interject quite a bit that is the back story and while interesting, really does not add to the story. For many, an abridged version that focuses on the story and not so much on the history might be a better choice. I don't know if that is available. Having said that, though, there is much that is just plain interesting. His take on "Slang" is an example of some real gems in this book that are beyond the story.I just wish we could all decide and stick to the correct pronunciation of the title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3758)
    Performance
    (2503)
    Story
    (2529)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "I will get through this!!"
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    This is a very good story. My wife had read the book and wanted me to listen to it. Twenty minutes into it I was ready to quit because of the narration. Like others have said, it has to be the worst narrator I have listened to yet. I just don't know how this can happen to such a good book. Was it the author's mother? My suggestion is to read the book and skip the audible version unless you enjoy listening to a story read by your local librarian. And my advice to the author is to take a mulligan and have another go at the audible version. How about the girl who narrated "The Secret Life of Bees" and "The Help". That would be such an addition to this story. If this happens, please Audible, throw it in as part of being on our side.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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