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Donald

South Lyon, MI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Financier

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Theodore Dreiser
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    The first in a "trilogy of desire", The Financier tells the story of the ruthlessly dominating broker Frank Cowperwood as he climbs the ladder of success, his adoring mistress championing his every move. Based on the life of flamboyant finance captain C. T. Yerkes, Theodore Dreiser's cutting portrayal of the unscrupulous magnate Cowperwood embodies the idea that behind every great fortune there is a crime.

    Peter says: "Outstanding classic, great narrator"
    "A man's novel?"
    Overall

    Loved this novel and loved Blaisdell as narrator. This was my first experience with Dreiser and for whatever reasons was expecting something much dryer (yah yah, I see the pun) but was really surprised how impassioned and quick the novel moved, no doubt Blaisdell played a significant role in this. I will definitely be looking into other Dreiser novels in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BBC Radio Shakespeare: As You Like It (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Helena Bonham Carter, David Morrissey, Natasha Little, and others
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

    Donald says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    My biggest complaint with BBC radio Shakespeare is their modernizing of the bard's songs and I'm not a big fan of their background music either. As You Like It though is tolerable enough in both of these areas, I personally would prefer something more authentic but it is good for what it is. The biggest draw to this production is Helena Bonham Carter who I thought was fabulous, who wouldn't fall in love with her Rosalind. More than any of the other BBC comedies this is one I eagerly look forward to listening to again and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John Gielgud's Hamlet (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By John Gielgud
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    This outstanding historical recording made in 1941 for radio is widely regarded as one of the finest Hamlet performances ever, and one of John Gielgud's greatest moments. Though he went on to record it for commercial release, nothing matched this recording in the BBC studios, made before the days of editing.

    Michel says: "Wonderful!!!"
    "AWESOME!"
    Overall

    I must've listened to this a hundred times and never tire of it. Gielgud's performance is phenomenal. Surely the best Shakespeare recording available on audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

    RYAN says: "There's a good story in there. Somewhere."
    "Roth at his best, narrator so-so"
    Overall

    My first Roth/Audible experience with American Pastoral blew me away, story was wonderful and Ron Silver's narration I thought to be flawless (a miracle really). I then listened to Operation Shylock by Fritz Weaver whose narration was exceptional and The Counterlife and Patrimony by George Guidal who again I thought did an excellent job. Unfortunately Dennis Boutsikaris I feel to be the weakest Roth narrator I've encountered so far. He's passable but for Roth's ranting style a higher degree of energy is needed than Dennis seems capable of delivering. As one gets further into the story he seemed to be more tolerable and if you are a Roth fan by all means get this book (my favorite next to American Pastoral so far) but just don't get your hopes up on the narrator. Of course, my girlfriend hated Ron Silver's narration and for those of you who like your story straight without too much emotion, this might be for you!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Shylock: A Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Fritz Weaver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    What if a look-alike stranger stole your name, usurped your biography, and went about the world pretending to be you? In Operation Shylock, master novelist Philip Roth confronts his double, an impostor whose self-appointed task is to lead the Jews back to Europe from Israel.

    Darwin8u says: "A Jew, a doppelgänger, Israel and the Diaspora"
    "Roth fans will enjoy"
    Overall

    This is my second audiobook by Roth, first was American Pastoral, and found it very enjoyable--full of his dark humor--"there's no business like Shoah business" ect... and as another reviewer mentioned it has enough pyschologizing to be meditated over for weeks. I'd recommend listening to American Pastoral first but this is a good listen and Fritz Weaver has done an excellent reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aegypt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Crowley
    • Narrated By John Crowley
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Is there more than one history of the world? This is the question Pierce Moffett is seeking to answer when, jilted and newly jobless, he gets off a bus by chance in the Faraway Hills and steps unawares into a story that has been awaiting him there. His search will bring him into contact with Rosie Rasmussen, another seeker marked by loss. And it will lead them both on a path toward the longed-for country of our oldest dreams and most unanswerable desires, toward a magnificent discovery.

    Stef says: "slow, meandering, and beautiful"
    "A Rare Experience"
    Overall

    If your idea of a good book on spirituality is the Davinci Code or The Celestine Prophecy than this book is not likely for you. If on the other hand you are a lover of the great books and look to Shakespeare for spirituality than Crowley will not disappoint. A book that tries to make magic something more than new-age spirituality, to reawaken the weight and power it once possessed.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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