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Kosina

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  • Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1424)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (834)

    George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

    Dusty says: "If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last."
    "Absolutely brilliant"
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    I first read this in the 80's when my native Czechoslovakia was still an Animal Farm. I appreciate Orwell's foresight even more, now that most of Eastern Europe is back to Manor Farms - with "reconciliation" with the West proceeding almost exactly as predicted in the final chapter.

    Narration is good and the easy British accent fits well with the setting and Orwell's overall sardonic tone.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1535)
    Performance
    (1339)
    Story
    (1345)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "Excellent story, masterful rendition"
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    So like lot of people I skipped this one in high school, but now understand why its a classic. Steinbeck won a Nobel prize for literature for a reason.

    I really liked Baker's performance, too - it borders on acting, but never in an obtrusive way, he strikes just the right balance there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Casey Affleck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    A Signature Performance: Oscar nominee and passionate vegan Casey Affleck highlights the more-relevant-than-ever issues of business ethics and food production in Upton Sinclair’s meatpacking industry bombshell.

    Kamigaeru says: "Caveat emptor: Powerful book, subpar narration"
    "American socialism in context"
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    Riveting story in a larger socio-political backdrop that Tea Party fans should listen to at some point.

    That said, I did not like Affleck's narration too much. His tone is almost dis-interested at the beginning, with a lazy pronunciation of sorts. However, it somehow gets better (or I just got used to him) later on and the distraction is not enough to ultimately get in the way of this classic.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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