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Member Since 2018

  • 4 reviews
  • 41 ratings
  • 488 titles in library
  • 61 purchased in 2018

  • War and Peace, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Tad Davis says: "A long book, but at least the chapters are short"
    "Concerning the translation"

    This is the Leo Wiener translation from 1904 if anyone is interested. There are nine other english editions. I have not read the other editions, but this one was an incredible read/listen, and I highly recommend it :)

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Branko Milanovic
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Branko Milanovic presents a bold new account of the dynamics that drive inequality on a global scale. Drawing on vast data sets and cutting-edge research, he explains the benign and malign forces that make inequality rise and fall within and among nations. He also reveals who has been helped the most by globalization, who has been held back, and what policies might tilt the balance toward economic justice.

    Rachel says: "You should read, rather than listen to, this book"
    "You should read, rather than listen to, this book"

    I love audiobooks, so I do not say this lightly; you would probably be better of reading, rather than listening to, this book. The multitude graphs and data in Global inequality would probably be more easily proceeded visually. Also, the narrator was not very good.

    As to the content: it was fine. The author makes some sold points (he foresees the resurgence of nationalism and populism that occurred in late 2016- this book was published in april 2016), and for those alone it is worth reading. But it has an undeniably left-wing bent, which is fine, but some people may find it grating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Not as good as Mistborn, though still a lot of fun"
    Any additional comments?

    Book Review:
    This book is really three books about three characters. Two of these (the stories of Dalinar and Shallan) are quite dull for 3/4 of their stories, and the third (the story of Kaladin) is engrossing from start to finish.

    I think reason why the other two stories drag is because they really don't have a central conflict; they are kind of just an account of the various day-to-day happenings of two people. But their stories really do come alive at the 3/4 mark, when these characters become entangled in trying to prevent an impending doom (that will affect the entire world). Kaladin's story is interesting enough to get you through the slow bits in the others.

    If you have not read any Brandon Sanderson, I suggest reading the Mistborn series before reading this series. It is better. But if you have already read those, I do recommend reading the Stormlight archive series. It may not be as good as the Mistborn series, but it is still a rollicking good time.

    Audio Review:
    This book has two narrators: a girl that reads the point-of-view chapters of girls, and a guy that does the same for guys. I like the guy more than the girl; but overall, both were fine. I was a bit annoyed that they did not standardize the pronunciation of the names between them; there is a character called 'Sadeas', and the narrators pronounce his name completely differently, which really broke the immersion. It took me a minute to realize that they were talking about the same guy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer, Robert Fagles - translator
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who - through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods - makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined. Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude.

    Arthurian Tapestry says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
    "Ian McKellen is incredible!"

    This audiobook is absolutely fantastic, and Ian McKellen's narration is first rate (for those of you who don't know who is is, he played Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings movies). It is by far the best audio adaption of a classical text that I have ever heard. Buy it. Seriously

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful

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