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Empowerment

Middletown, RI, United States

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  • 33 reviews
  • 166 ratings
  • 155 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    "So this is the little lady that made the big war." The authenticity of Lincoln's words have been questioned, but there is no question that the work fueled the passion and prejudices of countless numbers. It is a work of overwhelming power and persuasions which has outlived even the most severe critics. Notwithstanding its contribution to the abolitionist movement, the book offers a balanced treatment; there is admiration for the best of Southern gentility and the villain is a Vermonter.

    Willis says: "must read"
    "Great book and good reading but...."
    Overall

    In my opinion this is a great book and the reader does a very good job but... not everyone agrees with me..so a word to the wise - Listen to the sample. ( Just click on play button below the book cover. ) The sample reading for this book is five minutes long but...the first minute of the sample is read by an unidentified female reading Hariett Beecher Stowe's introduction to the book. The actual narration of the book by Jim Roberts starts right after that and goes for four minutes. If you are thinking of getting this book, I recommend you take the few minutes needed to listen to the sample. If that's not enough to make up your mind, click on the readers name for other samples of his reading. It always amazes me that people will download a book and then take more time than it would have to listen to the sample to write a review about how they hated the narration. It's especially important to do this in books like this ( and there are quite a few ) where reviewers seem to love it or hate it.
    I happen to love the book and thought the reader was very good but....you may not...
    So avoid buyer's regret by listening to the sample. Then decide with your own ears and not because of what other think.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Nancy Dow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Northanger Abbey certainly contains some elements of 18th century Gothic “potboilers” but with a satiric slant. It has the overbearing father who was “not in the least addicted to locking up his daughters”, although her mother does not die giving birth to her, and the “heroine”, Catherine Morland, prefers playing cricket with her brothers to any girlish pastimes like watering rose bushes or feeding canaries. The book is a hilarious parody and certainly the most lighthearted of Austen's novels.

    Empowerment says: "Flawed but Good"
    "Flawed but Good"
    Overall

    Loved the book but...for audio perfectionists this may not be for you. The copyright says 1980 and the sound has some background noise common to recordings in those days. And....while I don't agree with the reviewer who "shouted" about it. ( all caps is considered shouting ) it does have a slightly hollow sound. However, in spite of the less-than-perfect sound quality, we ( my wife and I ) loved it! For one thing we I prefer American readers because for us, as Americans, British accents tend to get in the way of understanding.
    And..most importantly...the reader was very good...seeming to "read with a smile." Over the years we have heard two other recordings of this book and the readers were just so very serious. This was Jane Austen's most light-hearted book and this readers voice matched the text perfectly. So our advice...listen to the sample first. If you don't mind the "old days" audio and you are an Austen fan, you'll love this reading.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Kama Sutra

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mallanaga Vatsyayana, Richard Francis Burton (translator)
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian text widely considered to be the standard work on human sexual behavior in Sanskrit literature. It is over 1,700 years old, yet it remains a best seller to this day. Part of the reason, of course, is it's incredible advice and creativity in the art of loving. But it is much more than that.

    Empowerment says: "Great Book"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    This is one of the world's great books and not just for it's sexual advice - which is fascinating - but for it's look at the mores and culture of an ancient civilization. Liked the reader, too. Heard other samples but they tried to give a romantic "syrupy" tone to the reading and it just doesn't fit. This book calls for a "matter of fact" rendition
    and this reading does that very well. Five stars.

    38 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Star Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Andre Norton
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In this story, a teenage boy suddenly finds himself whisked away for his dead end job on an outlying planet,to a jungle planet where he begins having strange dreams of his past. Suddenly, he finds himself in the middleof a thrill-packed plot involving a criminal mastermind and Rass Hume, the "ouhunterr" who was responsiblefor the sudden change in his fortunes.

    Empowerment says: "Spell binder"
    "Spell binder"
    Overall

    Andre Norton is one of the greats of Science Fiction and this, like just about everything she wrote, is a spell-binding yard with a little food for thought thrown in. Good reading, too.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Great American Short Stories: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mark Twain, O. Henry, Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    This second collecton of great American short stories includes titles by Mark Twain, O. Henry, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

    Empowerment says: "Another good set"
    "Another good set"
    Overall

    Another good selection of stories and, same as the 1st, well read. Looking forward to Volume 3 now.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last of the Mohicans

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Fenimore Cooper
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    James Fenimore Cooper wrote five "leather-stocking" tales. This is the second and most famous. It comes between The Deerslayer and The Pathfinder. Here the white frontiersman, Hawkeye (aka Natto Bumppo and Leather Stocking) is nobly matched with Uncas, the Indian of the title.

    Empowerment says: "Riveting"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    Riveting story..a bit wordy...but before radio, tv, the Internet etc. that was the norm. Nevertheless, very enthralling story. Well read, too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Great American Short Stories: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and others
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    This collection is a short-story lover's dream. Included are 17 classic works, representing the finest American writers in the genre. Included are "Bartleby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville, "The One Million Pound Bank Note" by Mark Twain, "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.

    Empowerment says: "Great Selection"
    "Great Selection"
    Overall

    I listened to these sets in the "old days" when it cost about $40 on cassettes. Glad to see these Volumes are now on Audible as some of my tapes are broken and the price is certainly right. Great selections ( all three volumes ) and very well read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fredric Brown, Ben Bova, Frank Herbert, and others
    • Narrated By Ben Hurst, Emmett Casey, Ran Allan Ricard, and others
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    The second collection of science-fiction tales by Jimcin includes 31 stories.

    Noah says: "Great stories, great narrators"
    "Some of the best"
    Overall

    I tend to be wary of sequels because they often are not as good as the original. Happily that is not the case here. This is an outstanding collection of stories by some of the best sc-fi authors. Having many readers - all good - also helps. Five stars!

    46 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • The Colors of Space

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    In The Colors of Space, young Bart Steele, Space Academy graduate, is waiting in a spaceport for a ship to take him home when something happens that suddenly thrusts him into the center of a quest for the secret of interstellar travel. The method of faster than light travel, called "warp drive" in later Sci-Fi stories, is a tightly kept secret of alien race known as the "Lhari."

    Edward says: "Good stuff"
    "Engaging"
    Overall

    Very captivating story. Good narration as well.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Door Through Space

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    In this faced paced novel, Race Cargill, had at one time been the best Terran Intelligence agent on the complex and mysterious planet of Wolf. He had repeatedly imperiled his life amongst the half-human and non-human creatures of that sullen world and he had repeatedly accomplished the fantastic missions until his name was emblazoned with glory.

    Empowerment says: "Good yarn"
    "Good yarn"
    Overall

    Marion Zimmer Bradley was one of my favorite authors when I was younger but somehow I missed this one.
    Good yarn. In my opinion, the reader did a very good job. Don't really understand why he was trashed so badly but another reviewer.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Grenville Peter Mills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde's only novel, perhaps because he realized that he could never again equal this timeless masterpiece. It is a unique work, both thought-provoking and horrifying. It vacillates between seemingly aimless conversation and riveting narrative in telling the story of a young man's quest for eternal youth and beauty, a quest that ends in scandal and depravity. It has been adapted numerous times for television, film, and the stage.

    Greg says: "Thoroughly rewarding"
    "Wonderful rendition"
    Overall

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favorite books so I made sure I listened to the samples of all the
    unabridged versions before deciding.
    I chose this one and am glad I did. The reading is wonderful as befits a timeless masterpiece like this. Five stars!

    33 of 33 people found this review helpful

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