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Deuce

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Hudson, FL, United States

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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Fleeing the respectable society that wants to "sivilize" him, Huck Finn shoves off with Jim on a rhapsodic raft journey down the Mississippi River. The two bind themselves to one another, becoming intimate friends and agreeing "there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft".

    Amazon Customer says: "A true classic"
    "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - EXCELLENT"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn again? Why?

    I have and will listen again to this audio rendition of Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. William Dufris perfectly reads the story to the point you believe you are there. The accents are thoroughly enjoying. To the point I found myself chuckling repeatedly. It was as if Huck himself was telling the story. Which in the book he is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a classic. The evolution of a young boy who was an outcast from accepting slavery to helping Jim escape to freedom even if it did mean he was going to hell!


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    William Dufris perfectly reads the story to the point you believe you are there. The accents are thoroughly enjoying. To the point I found myself chuckling repeatedly. It was as if Huck himself was telling the story. Which in the book he is.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself laughing repeatedly. I also found myself angered anyone would consider it racist. Simply because of the use of the N-word. The fact I must use n-word is because otherwise this review might be denied. Which itself is foolishness. The use of the n-word magnifies the very horror of slavery and most importantly was the way people spoke in those times. Each time it was used my reaction was extreme and so propelled the story ...which is the search of freedom by a slave and an abused and neglected boy.


    Any additional comments?

    Will have this book read to me on a regular basis. A true classic ...both the book and the reading. BTW: I also have William Dufris' reading of the Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Homer, Susan Sarandon (Introduction), Stanley Lombardo (Translator)
    • Narrated By Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    The first of Homer's great epic poems, the Iliad portrays the final days of the Trojan war. The Iliad has stood the test of time and is still one of (it not the) best depictions of ancient warfare. It is an essential precursor to the infamous journey of Odysseus. Translated by Stanley Lombardo.

    Daryl says: "Good for first timers"
    "THIS is the way Homer was meant to be LISTENED to"
    Overall

    I bought both Stanley Lomabardo's Illiad and Odessey. I have many translations of Homer ...Fitzgerald, Fagles etc ... and have begun them all. Finished none. Something always bothered me. Finally realizing they seemed "contrived". Reading them also seemed ... wrong. Unatural. Forced rhymes and did not ring true. Admittedly subjective ...but then ...THAT is art. Homer was spoken ...even performed. Yes it's all been said but ... I speaking Italian fluently and realize translating Italian poetry to English in the same meter with forced rhymes (English famously not as Poetic as Italian or Greek) is iffy at best. I am also a writer of poetry, music and musician. With Stanley Lombardo it sounds "natural." Unforced. And ...most importantly, natural, understandable and entertaining which were and are the first principles of any entertainer. With which Homer was certainly most concerned. Closing my eyes ...with a "wine dark glass with cut apples and pears" soaking in it and a good cigar) outside. THIS is as close to imagining Homer reciting. This is how life should be lived.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Homer, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Lombardo
    • Narrated By Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    The Odyssey tells of the heroic journey of Odysseus after the Trojan war. In his attempt to return home to Ithaca, this ancient hero is faced with obstacle after obstacle, mythic creature after mythic creature. This is an epic poem encompassing an epic journey as famous as it is classic. Translated by Stanley Lombardo.

    Vicki S. Towne says: "Fall in love with this new translation"
    "THIS is the way Homer was meant to be LISTENED to"
    Overall

    I have many translations of Homer ...Fitzgerald, Fagles etc ... and have begun them all. Finished none. Something always bothered me. Finally realizing they seemed "contrived". Reading them also seemed ... wrong. Homer was spoken ...even performed. Yes it's all been said but ... I speaking Italian fluently and realize translating Italian poetry to English in the same meter with forced rhymes (English famously not as Poetic as Italian or Greek) is iffy at best. I am also a writer of poetry, music and musician. With Stanley Lombardo it sounds "natural." Unforced. And ...most importantly, natural, understandable and entertaining which were and are the first principles of any entertainer. With which Homer was certainly most concerned. Closing my eyes ...with a "wine dark glass with cut apples and pears" soaking in it and a good cigar) outside. THIS is as close to imagining Homer reciting. This is how life should be lived.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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