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  • Hamlet: Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner, and others
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton
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    Experience Hamlet as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.

    Shaun says: "Performance great; commentary lacking"
    "What a great way to "read" Shakespeare"
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    Let's admit it, Shakespeare is daunting! I have a goal to read all of the plays, and then perhaps the sonnets, etc., but sometimes I don't know where to start. When I found this audio book that includes a commentary, I snapped it up. I could listen to and enjoy the fabulous play, but when I got lost or just didn't understand something, the commentator was there to help. She helped me understand word usage of the time, symbolism, and other useful things that are jam-packed in this play and make it the classic that it is. For me it was perfect. You can listen without the commentary as well, for people who would rather not have those comments going on but want to hear some great readers performing this play. I will definitely pick up other titles in this series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Dovekeepers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (731)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    Mel says: "No Olive Branch"
    "Compelling Story"
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    I loved the perspective of this book being from four different people with four different and fabulous narrators. I thought the subject matter was fascinating and I totally loved LOVED that it was from a woman's perspective. That it is based on a true story makes it all the better. I tried to put myself in the place of each of these strong women, and decided I might act in a similar way in their places. I hope I would have been strong. I am so excited to see the mini series now.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Fly, Sisters, Fly!"
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    I was hesitant to read this book because I did not want to be let down if it did not compare favorably to The Secret Life of Bees. I was only slightly disappointed. I loved the book and of course, Kidd is such a fabulous writer that it is hard to put down any book of hers. However, the story line was not quite as good as some of her other books. It got to be a little repetitious, and I grew tired of disappointment after disappointment that all of the main characters experienced. When I came to find out it is based on a true story, I liked it better. I began to see the juxtaposition of the two sisters of wealth and class from the south with the two sisters born into slavery and wondered which set of sisters had more freedom. Both were severely oppressed and prevented from reaching their full potential, but as Handful, speaking to Miss Sarah, put it (I paraphrase), 'mine is bondage of the body, but yours is bondage of the mind. I won't ever let them take my mind.' We don't choose the circumstances of our births, and I found myself grateful that I was born into a less oppressive time for women! Heaven knows I have had my own struggles with that. I was amazed at the pluck and stamina of the Grimky sisters to stand their ground and work for the emancipation of their black sisters. even though they paid a dear price. Could I have done that? Would I have been willing to give up all that they gave up to help those less fortunate? I hope I would have. But in the process, they were helped just as much as the black women and men they served. They found their true calling in life and put their all into it. Or, as Another very wise Man put it, "...whosoever shall lose his life for my sake . . . the same shall save it." (Mark 8:35)

    All in all, this was a great read with a great story behind it. I really came to love and admire these characters.

    The narrators were absolutely top notch. A good narrator is half the reason I choose to listen to many of my books. These two are just great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Larry Schweikart
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Every schoolchild is taught the great turning points in American history, such as Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassination, and 9/11. But other, equally significant events have altered our destiny without being understood---or even widely noticed. Acclaimed conservative historian Larry Schweikart now takes an in-depth look at seven such episodes and reveals the profound ways they have shaped America.

    Russell says: "WOW!! an eye opener"
    "I Got So Lost"
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    I learned a lot from this book, but I really think this would be a book better read, or at least read while listening. I can tell you what it talked about, but I could not tell you what the seven events are. I would be really happy to get a copy of it and try reading it. There was a time or two I got completely lost in the details of eating meat or something like that. Apparently there is no harm in eating a really poor diet with little nutritional value. At least that seems to me to be what it was saying. It made no sense to me! Still I think there is much to be learned from the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "He made us ROFL"
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    Very entertaining. As someone who grew up watching the antics of this amazing comedian, I loved reading about his life. He truly created some of the funniest skits ever seen. Brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Angry Men

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Reginald Rose
    • Narrated By Dan Castellaneta, Hector Elizondo, Armin Shimerman
    Overall
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    Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.

    Emily says: "Excellent court room drama"
    "Never put someone's life at stake on an assumption"
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    A great study on assumtions. As one writer put it, when you assume something you make an "ass" of "u" and "me." That is what this book is all about, assuming something to be true because you want it to be true. Thank goodness there are those who are willing to put forth the effort to look deeper into things to find the real truth. Sadly, it doesn't work that way for everyone who is falsely accused, but when it does, it has to be deeply rewarding for the innocent.

    Presented in a dramatized fashion, this is a great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Whittaker Chambers
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    Overall
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    First published in 1952, Witness came on the heals of America's trial of the century, in which Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss, a full-standing member of the political establishment, of spying for the Soviet Union. In this penetrating philosophical memoir, Chambers recounts the famous case as well as his own experiences as a Communist agent in the United States, his later renunciation of communism, and his conversion to Christianity.

    Susan says: "Great history about Communism"
    "Please Listen to This Book!"
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    Once I started this book I could not stop. It is both frightening and hopeful; frightening because of how fragile and gullible we human beings are, and how easily we can lose our sense of right and wrong so that swallowing lock, stock and barrel some infinitely insane philosophy seems like the right thing to do. Hopeful because basically I believe human beings are good and smart and really do know right from wrong, even if it takes them a while to figure it all out. I hope we all figure it out before it is too late. Please please please read this book so you know how to recognize what is happening to America even now. I know you are basically good. Don't lose track of that!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (957)
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    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "I took it for what it is."
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    I just took it for what it is. Would I want her life style in exchange for fame and fortune? Absolutely not. I would never trade places with her and I would not hold her up as an example of morality. Hahahaha far from it. Still, it was the life she knew, and she was a talented and funny woman. This was an interesting read and I did enjoy much of it. I enjoyed listening to Marshall's great New York accent and learned a lot from her outlook on life. I don't think she was holding herself up as some role model or saying that someone else should seek her life style. It was an eye opener in a way. Not sure if I can recommend it unless it is to someone who, like me, can take it for what it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • America: Imagine a World Without Her

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dinesh D'Souza
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
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    (452)
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    Is America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as Progressives allege? Beneath an innocent exterior, are our lives complicit in a national project of theft, expropriation, oppression, and murder? Or is America still the hope of the world? New York Times best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza says these questions are no mere academic exercise.

    Kindle Customer says: "We can think for ourselves"
    "Everyone Should Read This Book!"
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    DSouza has such an interesting outlook on things. He sees them from a different angle and it makes me think. Although not born here, he is a great American. Everyone should listen to this book and then stand up for this country, or what is left of it. We can still save it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lords of Discipline

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (945)
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    This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

    P. J. Benyei says: "Amazing book superb narrator"
    "Another Great Conroy Book"
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    Great but sad story. It truly made my heart ache. Conroy is such a great writer that I could just listen all day. He makes me believe I am right in the middle of the action.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    (77)
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    Even from the perspective of time, it is nearly impossible to grasp the full contribution made to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his brief and glorious life. He composed his first symphony at the age of 8 and reached full artistic maturity by the time he was only 20. And when he died at the age of 35, he left a legacy of more than 600 works of brilliance - symphonies, chamber music, operas, and more - most composed during an incredibly productive 20-year period.

    Amazon Customer says: "More Great Listening!"
    "More Great Listening!"
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    After having listened to Dr. Greenberg's course on the Thirty Greatest Orchestra Works, I had to have more, and decided to give this one a try. Although I have always had a great appreciation for the music of Mozart and truly love many of the things he has written, I can’t say that he has been one of my all time favorite composers. With the insights I gained from this Great Courses class taught by Dr. Robert Greenberg, I must say the great genius has moved up in my estimation. My understanding of his music is markedly better, and I can now say he truly is one of my favorite composers. The world lost him way too soon at the age of nearly 36, but thank goodness for the things he was able to give us.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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