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Clair Sheehan

Ireland | Member Since 2009

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  • Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas More
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (32)

    Utopia is the name given by Sir Thomas More to an imaginary island in this political work written in 1516. Book I of Utopia, a dialogue, presents a perceptive analysis of contemporary social, economic, and moral ills in England. Book II is a narrative describing a country run according to the ideals of the English humanists, where poverty, crime, injustice, and other ills do not exist.

    Darwin8u says: "More's unobtainable vision of the ideal society"
    "Understanding the impact of 'Utopia' on fiction"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Utopia to be better than the print version?

    Not better, the print version is essential to the study of the text; but audible is very good way take in the information contained in the original narrative.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    To understand where modern Utopian concepts originated


    What does James Adams bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Adams has a tone which is clear, easy to listen to and understand.


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

    No, I knew what to expect having read the book before. I used this edition to study the topic in more depth and make use of the time I spend driving.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible books are great to use as a backup to the written text. They are particularly good to help with recollection. They afford you almost total recall of a narrative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Favorite Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michel de Montaigne, Jonathan Swift, Thomas Carlyle, and others
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Here, in this unusual collection, are some of the greatest essays in Western literature. Witty, informative and imaginative, the topics vary from starvation in Ireland, fine China, the extension of railways in the Lake District, and the tombs in Westminster Abbey. A little like after-dinner monologues, they are passing thoughts expressed as journalism. Neville Jason reads with urbane clarity.

    Clair Sheehan says: "Place yourself in an 18th century brain"
    "Place yourself in an 18th century brain"
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    Would you listen to Favorite Essays again? Why?

    I am working at the moment with 18th century literature. Listening to these essays helped me to place myself into that Augustan time period and helped me understand the concepts which were developing during this period. Sometimes this style of writing is easier to listen to than read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jonathan Swift, I enjoy his form of satire.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Swift again;


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tristram Shandy

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laurence Sterne
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Tristram Shandy is an ironic masterpiece, a work of extraordinary originality, wit, and learning. It is a work of considerable philosophical complexity but at the same time it is just a piece of flim-flam; it has been called the longest shaggy dog story in English literature. It is both a classic novel and an anti-novel. It includes passages of seemingly serious theology - but it can also be read as an elaborate bawdy joke.

    Thomas says: "Excellent comic novel, superbly read!"
    "Was there ever a novel you wish you had read?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a great text which I always intended to read but never had the time. If this is true for you too, audible is the way to go.


    What other book might you compare Tristram Shandy to and why?

    The obvious one is Fielding's 'Tom Jones' they are both bildungromans from the 18th century, but Defoe's 'Moll Flanders' is the most comparable to Sterne from my perspective


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the idea that a person's name influences their life and the way they view the world.


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

    I think it has already been called a


    Any additional comments?

    Audible books are a great way to read books you always wanted to read but didn't have the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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