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Dr. John K. Smith

Fayetteville, PA | Member Since 2002

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  • Moby Dick: or the Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Mark Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge.

    G.T. says: "Solid narration of a timeless classic"
    "Can't beat a well read classic for this price!"
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does Moby Dick: or the Whale rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I had recently read Moby Dick in print form, then listened to this audio version. Don't know if I could have followed the story on the audio without having read it first... it would have required rapt attention. And an occasional pause to consult the dictionary! This was a very enjoyable listen... and drew me into the story quite powerfully!


    What did you like best about this story?

    After listening to Moby Dick, I felt like I could hunt, harpoon, skin, and boil down the oil from a whale! While some complain of Melville's excursions into the details of whaling ships, whaling life, and whales, I found it facinating!


    Which character ??? as performed by Mark Nelson ??? was your favorite?

    Ahab is revealed as a conflicted,


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The cost of revenge... to one and to many.


    Any additional comments?

    I can see why many consider this one of the best... if not the best... American novel. I know I will be visiting this novel again, and possibly soon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    George Smiley, one of the most brilliant spies in the world, is chosen to dig out a mole and destroy him. And so Smiley embarks on his blind night walk, retracing path after path into his own past - its aliases, covers, sleights of hand - burrowing into the dust of unresolved episodes.

    Valerie says: "Wonderful story that exercises the intellect"
    "Simply the best!"
    Overall

    First, let me confess that I first read and fell in love with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in the 70's when it was first published. It is in my opinion the best cold war spy novel ever written. Since reading this I've read every book LeCarre' has written, and Tinker, Tailor is still in my opinion the best.
    Then add the narration of Frederick Davidson, and it just doesn't get any better than that! I have ordered audio books simply because Davidson is the narrator... I think he is that good. The sound quality on this book isn't the best, but is acceptable.
    No one can develop characters in a spy novel like LeCarre'. Even minor characters are interesting and believable. This novel changed the way I look at spying... and at the cold war.
    I am now listening to this novel for the third time... I last listened to it about a year ago. LeCarre' is such a master with words and so talented at setting scenes and moods that I just enjoy listening to him being read! And George Smiley, who shows up again in the novel Smiley's People (which I also highly recommend) has been made such a real figure that I really expected to bump into him the last time I was in England.
    OK, maybe this is too glowing a review... but I've listened to or read a multitude of spy and mystery novels, and this is the one that I use to compare and rate all others.
    The only thing I recommend after you read/listen to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is that you then rent the BBC production of this novel, staring Alec Guinness. About five hours in length, it is amazing close to the novel, taking all of its sparkling dialogue directly from the pages of the book. But read/listen to the novel first... it will make the BBC production much more enjoyable. Simply put, Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy is the best.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Romanov Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (168)

    In 1917, Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, was executed by revolutionaries. Now, in response to the collapse of the country's economy, the people have voted to instate a new Tsar, one who will be chosen from the descendents of Nicholas II. But a powerful group of Western businessmen want to make sure he is a candidate they can control, and hire African-American lawyer Miles Lord, with his knowledge of Russian language and history, to check the background of their chosen man.

    Christopher says: "This was well worth it."
    "Action in the Russia of today and yesterday..."
    Overall

    If you love a good plot and a way to understand modern Russia...this is a book you'll want to listen to. I say "listen to" rather than "read" because I'm reviewing this book as an audio file. I find some books great to read but hard to follow in audible form. I listen while exercising, and can pay pretty close attention, but some I find myself getting lost or doing lots of "rewinding" with some books. Not this one. Though lots of action and plot turns, this was a joy to listen to. As a person who goes to Russia frequently, I found its description of Russian places and customs accurate. It combines a good knowledge of current Russian culture and thought with a good bit of Russian history from the beginning of the 20th century. I hated to see my exercise work outs come to an end because I wanted to know what happened next. This one will keep you listening.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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