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Mike

I love books, especially great books.

Lincoln, NE, United States

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  • Anonymous Shake-Speare: The Man Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kurt Kreiler
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    William Shakespeare had nothing to do with the actor and moneylender William Shaksper from Stratford-upon-Avon. The man behind the nom de plume "William Shakespeare" was, in fact, a very well-educated aristocrat who often frequented the court of Elizabeth and whose real name was Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. The dramas of Shakespeare were not written for the Globe Theatre but for the Queen's court.

    Mike says: "a great mystery solved!"
    "a great mystery solved!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Anonymous Shake-Speare the most enjoyable?

    This account focuses on the texts. Bravo.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The evidence comes Convincingly like a good legal argument.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Even and solid.


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

    We have been lied to.


    Any additional comments?

    Oxford geeks...unite!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Words: Poetry and Personal Writings (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Bruce Alexander, Janet Maw
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    This selection of Hardy's poetry does full justice to its humanity, integrity, humour and evocative power, ranging from charming anthology pieces such as Weathers to the great love poems he wrote after the death of his first wife and his meditations on war and phillosophy.

    Mike says: "Decent selection of poems, great readings"
    "Decent selection of poems, great readings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Winter Words in three words, what would they be?

    The best part of this book is not merely the poems but the biographical material written in third person by Hardy himself. Very insightful. And delightful.


    What other book might you compare Winter Words to and why?

    Hmm. Any items the "Great Poets" series is well worth the listen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The performance of Hardy's love poetry is moving.


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

    If I laughed, it was out of delight.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love poetry--and sadly fewer and fewer do--this will be a true delight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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