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Kevin

Plantation, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • John Keats: Selected Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Keats
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    One of the most distinctive periods in English poetry was the age of Romanticism, a movement which rebelled against the neoclassical forms and celebrated the imagination as a spiritual force

    Kevin says: "Great selection of work - poor narration"
    "Great selection of work - poor narration"
    Overall

    I was a little disappointed with the narration of Keat's works.
    The way it was read it wasn't always apparent when one piece of work stopped and a new one started.
    My biggest complaint of the style in which the prose is read is that Frederick Davidson sounds entirely too lackadaisical. I am half picturing the narrator picking his nails in disinterest while reading.
    Maybe this is a personal preference of mine but I find that poetic prose is easier on the ears when read by a softer voice capable of clear enunciation. I love Keats but I just can't get into this narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Canterbury Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer, Neville Coghill (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    If you want to understand the daily life and psychology of the Late Middle Ages, Neville Coghill's famous translation of The Canterbury Tales provides one of the very best means of doing so. Within its pages are to be found a broad range of society – high and low, male and female, rich and poor – who express their innermost beliefs and extravagant fantasies in a series of stories they tell as they make their way to Canterbury cathedral.

    Amazon Customer says: "Getting Medieval Understanding"
    "A great classic - well Narrated!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Charlton Griffin does a phenomenal job narrating this long tale. Such vivid and picturesque imagery!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Homer, Richard Lattimore (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century B.C.,and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

    Jefferson says: "An Excellent Iliad"
    "Gruesome and gore even by todays media standards"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A phenomenal tale! Fierce battles, unstoppable hero's, bronze leaf-headed spears that spill a mans innards out before his before him bringing the clouded mist of darkness to his eyes... arrows shot by mortals and guided by Gods making their mark piercing a mans eye, through his brain and exiting through the back of his skull hurling the chariot driver to the ground face down with a mouthful of dirt as the red mist of darkness comes to him...

    If you revel in details, you will enjoy the unabridged version of this story. I sampled all of the readers before downloading to see which narrator would best suite the story. Hands down Charlton Griffin wins again and again. Slight British accent, deep majestic voice that easily convinces you that you are listening to Almighty Zeus himself. He switches the voices up for specific characters to break any potential monotony. Excellent story, excellent narration! His style of narration makes you feel as though you are taken back in time and put into the story itself!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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