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Sarina

Santa Rosa, CA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Consolations of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alain de Botton
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Alain de Botton has performed a stunning feat: He has transformed arcane philosophy into something accessible and entertaining, useful and kind. Drawing on the work of six of the world's most brilliant thinkers, de Botton has arranged a panoply of wisdom to guide us through our most common problems.

    Austin says: "Cheering, empathic, helpful"
    "Loved it! Informative & entertaining."
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Consolations of Philosophy the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has a most pleasing voice & made it come alive for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned about the history of several philosophers in a story-like manner.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! He's my favorite. His other books have been equally wonderful.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Epicurious wasn't a lush, although many think he really was.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone interested in philosophy will enjoy listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (729)

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    Darwin8u says: "More saints per capita than any book by Butler"
    "Just the kind of "wordy" entertainment I enjoy."
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to David Copperfield the most enjoyable?

    Simon Vance makes any book come alive.


    What other book might you compare David Copperfield to and why?

    Great Expectations was equally as good.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as good. I have several audiobooks narrated by him & love them all.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Dickens has a way of making me giggle, which I love. There were some special moments when he describes the interaction between mother & baby.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish we used vocabulary as multi-colored as Dickens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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