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B. Leddy

bleddy

NY | Member Since 2007

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  • Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anonymous
    • Narrated By Crawford Logan
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    The oldest long poem in Old English, written about AD 1,000, Beowulf tells the story of a great warrior of southern Scandinavia, in both youth and maturity. The monster Grendel terrorizes the Scyldings of Hrothgar's Danish Kingdom until Beowulf defeats him. As a result, he has to face her enraged mother. Beowulf dies after a battle against a fierce dragon.

    Andrew says: "Beowulf lives again!"
    "Excellent"
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    Great reading and a great translation. Interesting portal into anglo saxon warrior life in the cold north country.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Tony Britten
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Michael Henchard gets drunk at a fair and sells his wife and child for five guineas to a sailor. Henchard proves to be violent, selfish, greedy and crude, yet at the same time he is magnanimous and humble.

    Joseph R says: "Tangled Webs"
    "powerful novel of pre-idustrial age england"
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    The writing was superlative. The story was a little creepy. The main character was a great tragic figure. And it is a novel regarding place as well - the way in which he refers back to roman times was really fascinating - makes me want to visit the locale. This was a great book and a great production. Thanks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ironweed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William Kennedy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel became a movie starrng Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep in 1987. Francis Phelan, the protaganist, is an ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, and a man trying to make peace with the ghosts of his past and present.

    B. Leddy says: "pulitzer prize winner for a reason"
    "pulitzer prize winner for a reason"
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    This is a great study of the psychology underpinning homelessness and addiction. The move with Jack Nicholson and Merryl Streep was good, but don't miss the book - very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (803)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "Loved it!"
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    I've seen the movie, listened to the screenplay on audible and now finished the novel - great story. Thanks for making it available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Hackett Fischer
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (225)

    This New York Times best seller is a thrilling account of one of the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.

    William says: "Particularly Good Military History"
    "Truth is strnger than fiction"
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    The history of washington's life almost defies belief -that a man could be so level headed and constant in his service and his convictions. There is a reason for why so many landmarks are named in his honor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    This acclaimed World War II psychological court room drama was the sensation of 1954. The play portrays a mutiny of naval officers aboard the U.S.S. Caine. Their suspicions concerning their captain's sanity lead to their rebellion and a subsequent court-martial.

    Jean says: "A modern day mutiny"
    "Well Done - and better than the movie!"
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    Better than the movie (which I loved) because (1) there is no corny romance element to the story; and, more importantly, (2) the defending attorney does not shame the aspiring novelist for having undermined the Captain, but he rather shames the aspiring novelist for having effectively removed a mine sweeper during the most dangerous period of the War in the Pacific. This slight variance is important and it makes it clear that the stakes were super high and the impact of such a mutiny had the potential impact on more than just the reputation of a distinguished captain, but rather on the outcome of the war. Based on this, I am inspired to read Woulk's Winds of War and War and Rememberance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Arrian
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    This is the incredible story of the world's greatest conqueror, a man who single handedly changed the course of history...and who was worshipped as a god. There have been many attempts in the 2,300 years since Alexander's death to tell the epic story of this enigmatic soldier. His deeds read like the stuff of legends. Of all the chroniclers of Alexander, and there have been many famous ones, including Plutarch and Ptolemy, none have given us a clearer and truer account than the one by Arrian.

    Theresa says: "A Superb Chronicle of Alexander"
    "Another good reading by C Griffin"
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    Classical ancient history - gotta take it all with a grain of salt and be thankful that it came down to us. This particular text, which focuses on Alexander the Great, is an excellent resource if you want to understand one of the major pieces of evidence we have covering his campaigns. Get the "Landmark" history book (Robert Strassler) for Arian which covers the exact same text and includes all of the maps and pictures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Fromkin
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    The question of how the Great War of 1914 began has long vexed historians. In a gripping narrative, Fromkin shows that hostilities were started deliberately and that two wars were waged, one serving as pretext for the other. Shedding light on such current issues as preventive war and terrorism, Fromkin provides detailed descriptions of the negotiations and incisive portraits of the diplomats, generals, and rulers as he reveals why diplomacy was destined to fail.

    Flavius says: "New Insights Into A Much-Studied War"
    "Great WWI History"
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    I loved this short history which aimed to explain the historic precedents / underpinnings to the WWI outbreak. It is an excellent book for those who are relatively new to the subject and want an insightful perspective on the great war. An example of one of the the author's key insights is that one could argue that World War I ended with the fall of the Soviet empire in 1989 (we traditionally refer to this as the "cold war").

    I.e. WWI sounded the death knell for many fixtures of western civilization (the Ottoman Empire, the Hapsburg dynasty, etc.) and the effects of this colossal rupture (analogous to the fall of Western half of the Roman Empire in 410 AD) reverberated through the remainder of the 20th century, manifesting itself in WWII and the Cold War. In fact, we still feel the effects of the WWI rupture today, and historians in future generations may look upon the entire period subsequent to WWI as a single historic event (again, similar to how we view the formation of Europe as a function of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fight Club

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (980)

    When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

    Ilana says: "The first rule about Fight Club is..."
    "Reading was good"
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    Reading was good, but I am not convinced with the author's whole "point" which seems to be that, because we live in a peaceful, prosperous time, we somehow need a vent, or outlet, for our violent tendencies and the inherent void within ourselves. Perhaps this is true for the author but it is certainly not a "universal problem". Rather than "fight club", why not contribute positively to the community by volunteering to help others?
    In any case, I was hoping the book would have more of a message than the movie, but I was sadly disappointed. I know my review is controversial, so I'll caveat this by saying "just my 2 cents".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Susan Denaker, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    This magisterial collection of short works by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner reminds listeners of his ability to compress his epic vision into narratives as hard and wounding as bullets. Among the 42 selections in this audiobook are such classics as "A Bear Hunt", "A Rose for Emily", "Two Soldiers", and "The Brooch".

    I. Aleksandrov says: "A nice way to get the feeling of Faulkner"
    "Bite-sized Faulkner"
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    The short stories of Faulkner are an excellent intro to his writing style and his Mississippi subject matter. A lot of these stories connect into his novels, or they are original drafts of chapters of his later novels. Pretty insightful stuff if you give it time and read through these. The readings are performed by a variety of narrators who all do an excellent job. Highly recommended. He's considered to be one of the best writers in American history - so this production is a valuable resource for people who do not have the time to sit and read, but want to expose themselves to one of the greatest fiction writers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Jewish War, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Flavius Josephus
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    In A.D. 66, nationalist and religious revolutionaries in Palestine led a ferocious revolt of the Jewish people against the authority of mighty Rome, culminating in the greatest upheaval and savagery the world had known up to that time. By the end of the conflict seven years later, over one million Jews had perished and tens of thousands were sold into slavery.

    Michael says: "Have you wondered?"
    "Interesting history of the Jewish revolt from Rome"
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    This book will give you a very detailed sense in terms of what was happening in the Holy Land during New Testament period - roughly the period when Acts of the Apostles was set. I'm not a huge fan of Josephus as he was effectively a traitor who received huge financial benefits from Rome. This book is an example of "victors write the history" because Josephus' account is practically all we have. Nonetheless it was good ancient history with yet another solid reading by C Griffin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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