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Sean

Auburn, AL, USA

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  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Adrian Cronauer
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    A great inventor, journalist, satirist, politician - a true Renaissance man - Benjamin Franklin perfectly embodied the traits we now treasure as "American."

    Prairie says: "I wish high school history was this interesting!"
    "Great American Lit"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James Earl Jones Reads The Bible: The New Testament, King James Version

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Topics Entertainment
    • Narrated By James Earl Jones
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (108)

    In a voice as rich as it is recognized, James Earl Jones lends his narrative talents to the King James Version of the New Testament. In over 19 hours enhanced with a complete musical score, James Earl Jones interprets the most enduring book of our time utilizing the acclaimed actor's superb storytelling and skilled characterizations. Hailed as the greatest spoken-word Bible version ever, and with almost half a million copies sold, this exquisite audio treasury is certain to enthuse and inspire.

    Robert says: "Background music"
    "Please fix it"
    Overall

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (0)

    Sean says: "Needs Chapters"
    "Needs Chapters"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses, Volume 1: Episodes 1-3

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, 16 June 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    Timothy says: "This book shouldn't be"
    "Ulysses Complete"
    Overall

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Thoreau built his cabin near Walden Pond in 1845 on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Walden which is considered one of his best works, describes Thoreau's two-year experience as a resident of Walden Pond. Focusing on the concept of self-knowledge, he encourages readers to get to know themselves and the world around them.

    George says: "In defense of the narrator."
    "Transcend the Subway"
    Overall

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone brilliantly interpret twenty of Edgar Allan Poe's most chilling stories and poems - an unforgettably intense listening experience!

    tom says: "Excellent performance, poor formatting."
    "Poe and Price--the Perfect Couple"
    Overall

    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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Walker Percy
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Hans says: "Pathetically Awful Reading Of Great Book"
    "Percy at his Best"
    Overall

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leaves of Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Walt Whitman
    • Narrated By Noah Waterman
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (6)

    In writing Leaves of Grass, Whitman succeeded in his ambition: to create something uniquely American. His poems have been woven into the very fabric of the American character. From his solemn dirges "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" and "O Captain! My Captain!" to the joyous freedom of "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," and "Song of the Open Road," Leaves of Grass lives on, providing inspiration to the people and poets of generations to come.

    Julie says: "Disappointed"
    "Superior Poem"
    Overall

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Light in August is one of the most brilliantly conceived, cleanly structured, and effectively expressed novels in the Faulkner canon.

    Monica Dunigan says: "Faulkner's Novel - LIGHT IN AUGUST"
    "Well Read Great Literature"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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