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Dale

Palmer Lake, CO, USA

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  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Simon Armitage
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (83)

    The famous Middle English poem by an anonymous Northern England poet is beautifully translated by fellow poet Simon Armitage in this edition. "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" narrates in crystalline verse the strange tale of a green knight who rudely interrupts the Round Table festivities one Yuletide, casting a pall of unease over the company and challenging one of their number to a wager.

    Mary says: "great original, translation, and reader"
    "Enjoyable old time chivalry"
    Overall

    I especially appreciated the scholarly lecture at the beginning telling me about what I was about to hear and why it was so special.
    A truly epic poem that kept my interest until the very end.
    The untranslated version after the modern english version was interesting as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (777)

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "Entertaining but the ending was a little trite"
    Overall

    The whole relativity thing and time dilation was a great plot device. I liked how the technology and world changed with each new assignment.
    The ending was a little too pat, but the loose ends were all tied up so I could feel closure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olive Kitteridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (415)

    At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

    BeckyC says: "Absorbing collection of linked stories"
    "An enjoyable selection of short stories"
    Overall

    About the foibles in us all and how they often affect other people for better or worse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gilead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (152)

    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War", then, at age 50, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

    Jim says: "The wonder of retrospect"
    "Well written, but a little disjointed"
    Overall

    The first part was a narration about family, the second about dealing with the quasi-antigonist. The plot device of an elderly father writing a letter to his young child before his death didn't really carry the second part very well.
    In spite of that - I enjoyed the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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