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Elijah

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  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4338)
    Performance
    (2856)
    Story
    (2887)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
    "Amazing Narration by Simon Prebble"
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    Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

    Yes. This is a monumental work in the literary field, not to mention economics, government, politics...
    Anyone selecting this work probably already knows the premise, but the foresight and insight are amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How many aspects of daily life he foresaw to be impacted...personally and globally. Also I liked his insights on war, and the impact socio-economically.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Simon Prebble was absolutely amazing. I have already told a number of people about his magnificent narration abilities. He changes his voice, intonation and accent depending on the character. I especially appreciate his handling of the British accent and even the way he read the slang. Mind-blowing!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are certainly some areas that aroused some strong emotion...on a wide spectrum, but I can not say I was particularly moved.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, for anyone in the world of linguistics, government, sociology, politics, or economics, this is a good read. If one is interested in more than one of the above, it is a must read.

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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5784)
    Performance
    (3708)
    Story
    (3740)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Learn Socio-Economics Without Trying!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have, and that person appreciated it as well. I recommend this book because of the foresight of Ayn Rand, and because it is told from a perspective that any rational thinker should take into consideration. The politics and economics that plays out throughout this amazing novel is insightful, and one can not help but draw parallels to what is happening currently all over the world. Even though the book teaches very important lessons, it is still very entertaining, and anyone wanting to relax to a story would not be disappointed. Masterfully done.


    What other book might you compare Atlas Shrugged to and why?

    It is most often seems to run in the same circles as books like 1984 because of the gloom and doom reputation, but it is, in my opinion, much more entertaining, much more plausible, and not so dark.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a fine job of reading a very long book. Throughout the reading, I never had a problem identifying whether it was a male or female voice in my mind's eye...
    The continuity of imagery drawn from the tone and function of his voice was never broken, and it was easy to become immersed in the story.


    If you could take any character from Atlas Shrugged out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Francisco d'Anconia without question. He has control of himself like no one else, combined with the type of personality that draws people to him.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is written from an extremely humanistic point of view. If anyone is sensitive to any degree of anti-god talk, it could be somewhat offensive. If anyone is studying politics or economics, it is a powerful book, and a must read. Although I did not think so, I have heard another reader call the writing style a little childish, so serious literary critics may be a bit turned off. However, the story is a great one, and a lot can be learned without even trying.

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