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Martin

Winchester, MA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Shakespeare: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    In a magnificent feat of re-creating sixteenth-century London and Stratford, best-selling biographer and novelist Peter Ackroyd brings William Shakespeare to life in the manner of a contemporary rather than a biographer. Following his magisterial and ingenious re-creations of the lives of Chaucer, Dickens, T. S. Eliot, William Blake, and Sir Thomas More, Ackroyd delivers his crowning achievement with this definitive and imaginative biographical masterpiece.

    Susan says: "Shakespeare by Peter Ackroyd"
    "A marvelous biography"
    Overall

    A comprehensive, fascinating biography of Shakespeare, comprehensive in its grasp of the age. The reading is also top-notch.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Shapiro
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    For nearly two centuries, the authorship of William Shakespeare's plays has been challenged by writers and artists as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Henry James, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, Malcolm X, and Sir Derek Jacobi. How could a young man from rural Warwickshire, lacking a university education, write some of the greatest works in the English language?

    Geoffrey says: "Somewhat Surprised and very pleased"
    "A very enjoyable work"
    Overall

    A fascinating study of the disputes regarding Shakespeare's authorship of his plays. Very enjoyable, as well as being learned and informative. The reader is also quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spade & Archer: The Prequel to The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joseph Gores
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    When Sam Spade gets drawn into the Maltese Falcon case, we know what to expect: straight talk, hard questions, no favors, and no way for anyone to get underneath the protective shell he wears like a second skin. We know that his late partner, Miles Archer, was a son of a bitch; that Spade is sleeping with Archer's wife, Iva; that his tomboyish secretary, Effie Perine, is the only innocent in his life. What we don't know is how Spade became who he is. Spade & Archer completes the picture.

    Mark says: ""A Real Joy""
    "An excellent experience"
    Overall

    For anyone who knows and/or is a fan of Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, this book is a great treat. The author cleverly gives us a very plausible back-story to what happens in Hammett's classic; all is believable and all fits together beautifully. The reader is also first-class--Sam Spade really comes alive, as do all of the other characters as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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