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John

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  • Oedipus the King

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Sophocles
    • Narrated By Michael Sheen, full cast
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    In the hands of Sophocles, the master dramatist, the anguished tale of a man fated to kill his father and marry his mother retains its power to shock and move beyond any Freudian reference.

    Aaron says: "Crackles with Fire"
    "absolutely awesome"
    Overall

    I was caught off guard by this production, with its multiple parts and chorus, after listening to so many books in single voice. The translation is contemporary, and may come as a surprise, if you're expecting a classic production of a classic tragedy. You'll know you're listening to a tragedy. It is heart-wrenching without ever being maudlin. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Thucydides (translated by Richard Crawley)
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Jason Rinka says: "Mammoth and epic"
    "an important step in understanding the world"
    Overall

    Everyone should read Thucydides - especially if you're in Washington! It's hard to recommend this one - the recording is sub-par, rendering the narrator's voice thin and rather a strain to listen to - but it is well worth the effort. When will we ever learn...?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of Saint Augustine

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Saint Aurelius Augustinus
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Considered to be the first autobiographical work in history, this timeless book is completely applicable to everyone who has experienced the struggle between good and evil in his own soul. Saint Augustine, born in Constantine in 354 C.E., was raised by a devout Christian mother. He abandoned the Christianity of his upbringing and had an illegitimate son. After hearing the sermons of Ambrose, he began his great internal struggle which led to his conversion in 387 C.E. The Confessions describe his conversion, shedding light on the questions that had troubled him on his way to the Cross. Outside Scripture it is the most famous - and perhaps the most important - of all spiritual books.

    Thomas says: "A Great Classic Well Read"
    "old English my foot!"
    Overall

    The narrator gives a compelling reading of one of the truly great books in the Audible collection. This is a somewhat formal, very thoughtful and dignified reading matching in tone the theme of a mature man reflecting back on his journey through life. The somewhat archaic, rather formal 19th c. translation lends an appropriate degree of gravitas to the words of Saint Augustine, but it is certainly not unintelligible. I found it very gratifying and easy on the ears. If in doubt, give it a listen before buying. I'll be looking for other audiobooks by this narrator.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Duino Elegies and The Sonnets to Orpheus

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Stephen Mitchell)
    • Narrated By Stephen Mitchell
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    John says: "warning: listen before buying"
    "warning: listen before buying"
    Overall

    I wish I had! The narrator gives a simpering, anemic reading of one of the most vital, compelling works in all of literature, as if trying to be the very apotheosis of an effete sensitive Victorian poet. Maybe Rilke intended his work to be read in this way, but I doubt it. Its more like a parody, and an unlistenable one at that. What a waste!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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