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Matthew

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  • The Man in the High Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (324)

    It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. It's all because, some 20 years earlier, the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Meta before meta was cool"
    "Thought provoking but narration seems rushed"
    Overall

    This was an excellent example of Dick's preoccupation with the nature of reality. I thought it was interesting, but the narration was simply too brisk and monotone for me to enjoy it, although the German pronunciation was well done. Owing to its rushed narration and relatively complex characterization and themes, I would recommend reading the book instead.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Kristen Underwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth; and the defiant Hester Prynne, who, unwilling to name her partner in adultery, is condemned to wear a scarlet "A" on the breast of her gown for the remainder of her life.

    Matthew says: "Classic story, monotone narration"
    "Classic story, monotone narration"
    Overall

    I was writing an essay that included Hawthorne's classic novel and I wanted to hear it out loud. There are several versions to choose from. If you're interested in listening to the Scarlet Letter, I would not pick this one. There is hardly any inflection in the narrator's voice; she just drones on and on as if she's some kind of machine. Granted this was written in the 19th century, and Hawthorne may be more suited to reading silently in your head. But I can't help but feel someone could pull it off. As for the novel itself, well, it's a work of genius. Hawthorne was interested above all else in the "unpardonable sin."--the violation of the human heart. I've read it about three times, and the ending gets me every time. This is dark, depressing stuff, though, not light beach fare.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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