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Silver Spring, MD, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 2 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 241 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "An excellent retelling of a familiar story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.This is a novel, not the play. It is very well acted and keeps your attention from start to finish. The authors give new interpretations and background to some plot points and motivations that puzzled me with Shakespeare's play

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claudius. He seemed the only consistently motivated character. He loved Gertrude and Hamlet and tried his best to deal with the situation when his brother decided to kill him.McGregor who knew what he wanted and had a clear sense of how to get it.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The pirate battle.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. But it kept my interest because I wanted to see how the authors gave their version of various well know plot points

    Any additional comments?

    I have never like the character of Hamlet. I still don't like him. He is a narcissistic person who never repays affection honorably those who love him are always treated shabbily.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odyssey: The Story of Odysseus

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald

    One of the great masterpieces of Western literature, The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars. Though the stormy god of the ocean is determined to keep him off course, Odysseus is clever and has the brilliant goddess Athena on his side.

    Tad Davis says: "Great prose translation, great reading"
    "Just a gem"

    This version, with this narrator, is just a gem. The Anthony Heald makes all the protagonists and all that happens, clear and understandable. He is a delight to listen to. The translation makes ancient Homer very accessible to my modern ears. The story is interesting and exciting. It is a great way to get insight about the daily lives and mores of ancient kings, princes, and common people. (Not at all like the "sword and sandal" epics that used to come out of Hollywood.)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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