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  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    "So this is the little lady that made the big war." The authenticity of Lincoln's words have been questioned, but there is no question that the work fueled the passion and prejudices of countless numbers. It is a work of overwhelming power and persuasions which has outlived even the most severe critics. Notwithstanding its contribution to the abolitionist movement, the book offers a balanced treatment; there is admiration for the best of Southern gentility and the villain is a Vermonter.

    Willis says: "must read"
    "Now I know why this book made history"
    Overall

    There is a reason this book made history, it's captivating and touching. Those who enjoy Christian inspirational reading will also find this book very fulfilling. However, the choice of narrator is completely wrong for this story- he's a mix of a 1950's newscaster and William Shatner. Someone like Morgan Freeman would have been much better suited. Regardless, this book is a must read/listen.

    1 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Quasimodo was born disfigured, hunchbacked and lame, and years spent ringing the bells of the Cathedral of Notre Dame have left him deaf, but also spared him the taunts of the cruel mobs of Paris. Now Quasimodo has fallen in love with the lovely Gypsy girl Esmeralda, the only person who ever showed pity on him - but she faces a death sentence, and only Quasimodo's pure spirit can save her. Or can he?

    Tad Davis says: "Overwhelmingly sad"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    The reader does a wonderful job- accents and pronounciations are superb. The story is fascinating, though I see why Disney wanted to rewrite the tragic ending. A bit of the description of Paris is rambling, without a map to help envision the locational references the author makes. Sound quality could be better, but it's not bad. A must read classic- highly recommended.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Matthew Modine
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Philip K. Dick is a legend as a science fiction author. Imaginative and prescient. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is one of his best. Listen...and try to sleep!

    David says: "Bladerunner and more"
    "Confused"
    Overall

    This book is a classic with food for thought- definitely some very interesting ideas that Dick had. However, the writing is a bit... confusing- and I don't think chopping up into an abridged version helped.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity Fair

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    Becky Sharp, a willful, resourceful, and charming pleasure-seeker, uses her finishing school credentials and connections to get a job as a governess. In her new position, she wins the hearts of the moneyed young and old and is soon living well beyond her means. Meanwhile, her boarding-school friend Amelia Sedley is honest but poor and must give her son into the care of his grandfather, who will have nothing to do with her. The two meet up again at the novel's ironic climax.

    Lissa says: "Improved quality recording?"
    "Georgian England's Gone With the Wind"
    Overall

    The narrator: very talented with her array of accents. The sound quality: GOOD (not perfect), the only thing is one can discern the volume and background static which changes levels periodically, presumably from when a master tape ended and another began during the digital conversion process. The clarity and speech is excellent. The plot: classic. Imagine what might happen if Gone with the Wind was written by Jane Austen - with certainly a twist in the ending. Book vs. Movie: The two are certainly different, the movie leaving out major plots of the book, and rewriting the ending. The movie misses the intention of Thackeray's book, read the book to get the author's point of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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