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David

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  • The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (79)

    The publication of a new translation by Fagles is a literary event. His translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have become the standard translations of our era. Now, with this stunning modern verse translation, Fagles has reintroduced Virgil's Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completed the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.

    Rob says: "Fagles is best"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    This is an extremely enjoyable translation, and Callow's narration is truly a performance. You definitely get your money's worth from this audiobook. I find it odd that some people think the work is better read than listened to; or they don't like the performance aspect of Callow's narration. These epic poems were meant to be spoken, and I imagine the best presenters in ancient times would have done it Callow's way. I almost rated it four stars only because as epic poems go, it is not as good as either the Illiad or the Odyssey. But that is really on Virgil. I don't think it would be fair to Fagles or Callow to rate it less than five stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Boorstin
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Daniel J. Boorstin, former librarian of the Library of Congress, gives a fascinating history of world civilization. From astronomical development, microscopes, telescopes, medicine, vaccines, genetics and map-making, the author delves into the discoveries of our world and the freedoms those discoveries bestowed.

    David says: "This One has Good Audio"
    "This One has Good Audio"
    Overall

    I don't know why Audible has two versions of this book on its site, but this version has good audio, while the other version does not. (Just try listening to the samples and you can easily tell the difference.) As for the book content itself: I read this book almost 20 years ago and thought it was time for another try. At that time I found it both enlightening and frustrating, and I think that sums it up still. Boorstin's insights are illuminating and sometimes profound, but his nonlinear writing style, jumping from concept to concept and sometimes century to century, makes it difficult at times to understand his argument.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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