This is a case of perfect reader meeting a perfect text. If you like Poe, even if you have different recordings of his work, get this one! You'll appreciate the chilling and macabre TONE that the readers add to Poe's already creepy stories. My favorite: Imp of the Perverse.
Okay, I took other listeners' advice and heard the sample first. The sample was great: the James Earl Jones is a great reader. The KJV is a perfect text to hear. However, the background music is horrible. If there was a way to turn it off, it would be a "five star" recording. It is not so loud that it obscures Jones' voice, but it just obnoxious enough to obscure the words he is reading. I try to ignore it. If you want bed-time listening, you can turn the whole thing down low, and then it is a nice white noise of piano and soothing murmurs. Otherwise, the music is just an annoyance.
Okay, I bought this to study. And for that, it works...kind of. The reader doesn't seem very excited, but his voice is clear. And the selection includes ten essays, which is great. My gripe: I want to jump directly to individual essays. THere is just one big ten-hour download. But that gripe aside, I think most people would enjoy this recording.
This is fantastic. Joyce has a certain lyricism that doesnt come out as well when simply reading. I think Ulysses needs to be read and heard. This collection in three volumes is something over twenty-four hours of audio (total for all three unabridged volumes). I suggest turning it up loud and trying to find the answer: why didnt he pray?
Walden is great...a cry for independence in an increasing interdependent world. Thoreau's observations are fantastic. And the reader seems to capture a good deal of Thoreau's intentional tones. The voice is clear and makes returning to this classic enjoyable.
Franklin's Autobiography is an important work of American literature. He is witty and gives and interesting glimpse into early America. I think the reader does a fine job. I appreciate the unabridged format: great for studying.
THis is one of Walker Percy's best novels. I believe the narrator captures the dry humor of the novel's protagonist. I caught myself laughing aloud on I-85 when the narrator talked abot the knot-heads, etc. The novel captures the sense of a middle-class nation divided superficially by political differences. The doctor-protagonist can quantify spiritual ailments: a hilarious commentary on our increasingly clinical society.
The poetry is, of course, fantastic. The reader also captures the growing crescendos of Whitman's pacing. I was happy with this. I would like audible.com to have downloading options for more nuanced tracks/chapters. Sometimes I just want to hear part of this fantastic collection of Whitman's verse, but I can't jump directly to where I want to without scribling down somewhere the min:sec at which important breaks occur.
Fantastic! I've read LiA a number of times, but I had never heard it read before this...I believe Faulkner's works demand to be read aloud. The narrator captures the cadences of speech well. One caveat: Faulkner's novel is complicated. I found it easier to have the text in front of me while listening.
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