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David

I am legally blind and talking books are the way I survive.

Penrith, Australia

ratings
16
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • The Waste Land & Four Quartets

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By T.S. Eliot
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (70)

    These are masterly readings, by renowned thespian Paul Schofield, of two substantial works of poetry by T.S. Eliot.

    Judith says: "Exquisite!"
    "A breath of understanding"
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    Would you listen to The Waste Land & Four Quartets again? Why?

    I have studied the work for many years; Scofield's reading has given new meaning to this amazing and at times puzzling poem I have heard things that it would seem I have never read and reached a new understanding of the work.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5629)
    Performance
    (3572)
    Story
    (3582)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Absolutely brilliant"
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    This is a must read. I sat listening to this masterpiece with my Labrador at my feet and I could not help but wonder what she was thinking and who was in fact master.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (742)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel says: "A Classic"
    "Science Fiction? / Not Really"
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    This is a very special book. The question that Miller deals with is what if the world should succumb to nuclear war and earth is all but wiped out how would the survivors rebuild. Mankind is never been one to learn from the mistakes of the past. Miller is writing in the late fifties when the threat of war was real; when nations across the world were experimenting with weapons that could wipe out whole cities and destroy whole nations.
    :
    This is a challenging book. I read somewhere-
    "The lesson of History is that man does not learn the lessons of history"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A River in the Sky: An Amelia Peabody Murder Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It's 1910, and archaeologist Amelia Peabody heads for Palenstine hoping to prevent an English adventurer called Morely from causing damage during his search for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem. The War Office fears increasing German influence in Palenstine and insists Morley is working for German intelligence.

    Roxalanne says: "Good story poor narration"
    "For Peabody addicts a must read."
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    Elizabeth Peters captivates her readers once again. nobody could read the work better than Barbara Rosenblat. Karen Cass's reading in its own right does justice to the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Prodigal: An Amish-Country Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By P. L. Gaus
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    In the wooded Amish hill country, a professor at a small college, a local pastor, and the county sheriff are the only ones among the mainstream, or "English", who possess the instincts and skills to work the cases that impact all county residents, no matter their code of conduct or religious creed. When an Amish boy is kidnapped, a bishop, fearful for the safety of his followers, plunges three outsiders into the traditionally closed society of the "Plain Ones".

    Greg says: "A Solid 4 for kids"
    "An Excellent Tale"
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    I found the story captivating and demanding of my full attention. As with every good read (even a detective novel) there is more to the book than the story. The social discussion as to the role of religion in and the challenges it presents to our society I found interesting.

    Newberns' reading was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Taking the Fifth: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    Homicide Detective J. P. Beaumont had little to go on: a body, definitely male and decidedly dead, with strange little puncture wounds.

    Jean says: "Taking the Fifth"
    "Just a great yarn"
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    JA Jance is worth the investment if you want a to turn off and let someone else entertain you. Jance writes clearly and precisely and engages her readers in the problems that beset our society challenging our predjudice's and stereo-types.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Schindler's List

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    In the century's darkest time, one man became the most unlikely of heroes. German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member Oskar Schindler used his wealth and influence to save the lives of more than 1,300 Jews who would have otherwise died in the concentration camp at Plaszow. Here is the story on which Steven Spielberg based his powerful motion picture. If you like this, try Ursula Hegi's Stones from a River.

    Dona says: "Abridged books just don't cut it!"
    "We are all capable of cruelty and compassion"
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    Thomas Keneally always has a message and a challenge for his readers. The challenge here is to acknowledge that all of us are capable of cruelty and compassion. The challenge for all of us is to find that middle road so that at our death they may say of us "he was a good man".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3108)
    Performance
    (1919)
    Story
    (1935)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "What a feast"
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    Where does The Poisonwood Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Poisonwood Bible is a must read. We listen to a wide range of books from the the most trivial fiction to the most challenging of literature. This ranks as the most challenging book I have read in the last year. It has challenged the very basis of my belief system. Kigsolvers' characters are well drawn and easy to identify with.


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

    Any criticism of her reading of this book is misplaced. It is read at a steady pace that allows the reader to travel with this troubled family through their struggle to find their sense of identity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1995)
    Performance
    (968)
    Story
    (980)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "One of the greats"
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    If you could sum up Fahrenheit 451 in three words, what would they be?

    Fahrenheit 451 rates as one the greats of English Litterature
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fahrenheit 451?

    We all hide things from others partly out of embarrassment and partly out of fear. Montag fear that the world will discover his secret hidden in an air vent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poetry of Wilfred Owen

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Wilfred Owen
    • Narrated By David Moore
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Widely regarded as one of the leading war poets, Owen's work is powerful and shocking, illustrating the true horror faced by soldiers during the First World War.

    David says: "oh Boy Wilfred Owens"
    "oh Boy Wilfred Owens"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Poetry of Wilfred Owen the most enjoyable?

    Wilfred Owen takes the reader to the trenches of France. With him you travel through the minefiled of exploding shells, gas attacks and the meet face to face with the victims of that attrocious war.
    The poetry is both a historic record of WW1 and a politcal statement. Every Politician that even thinks of sending soldiers to fight a war should first be made to read the poerty of Wilfred Owens.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sound effects that accompany the reading of the poetryonly enhaced the experience of, for me, the most influencial poet of the early 20th century


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

    David Moore enhances the printed text and does not divert the readers attention from the text.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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