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jon

Northbridge, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • The Idiot

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (93)

    In The Idiot, a saintly man, Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."

    Daniela says: "Dostoevsky does it again"
    "Wonderful Performance"
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    Wonderful Version. The produnciation of the russian names was first rate. Character voices were well chosen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

    Parusski says: "Perfect narrator for one of the best classics."
    "Tremendous"
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    Martin Jarvis is a wonder. His narration is flawless and his particular character voices are so endearing and appropriate that I wonder if he makes the text even greater than it is, at it is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (858)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Top 5 on all counts!"
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    Performance
    Story

    To me this is the perfect book. A classic that never dulls with age. I think I will listen or read this book once a year. It is truly perfect from beginning to end. Truly a miracle of a book. This narration too is pitch perfect. I am filled with gratitude for this book and this narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    The most famous and possibly the most popular of Dickens's novels, A Tale of Two Cities shows a master of dramatic narrative extracting gold from the ore of history. If the bloody tableau of the French Revolution were not in itself sufficient for a dozen novels, Dickens added to it a professional resurrectionist, an authentic ogress, and an antihero as convincingly flawed as any in modern literature.

    Patricia says: "A tale of two cities"
    "Near Perfect"
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    Performance
    Story

    John Lee is magnificent. I can't say enough about him. And this story is timeless and brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the Native

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Set in Egdon Heath, a wild tract of country in the southwest of England, this is a masterpiece of dramatic tension. Clym Yeobright, a diamond merchant in Paris, returns to his home in Egdon, where he falls passionately in love with the sensuous, free-spirited Eustacia Vye. She, while in a brief state of infatuation, marries him, hoping he will take her away to a more exciting life in Paris. But Eustacia's dreams of escape are not to be realized.

    jon says: "Great Narration"
    "Great Narration"
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    Great Narration. Not my favorite Hardy work but still worth a listen. Story a bit too contrived.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Deronda

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    One of the masterpieces of English fiction, Daniel Deronda tells the intertwined stories of two characters as they each come to discover the truth of their natures. Gwendolen Harleth is the beautiful, high-spirited daughter of an impoverished upper-class family. Daniel Deronda, the adopted son of an aristocratic Englishman, is searching for his path in life.

    Tad Davis says: "An intense novel with a few flaws"
    "Wonderful Recording"
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    Nadia May is remarkable. I have listened to her before and, in part, choose this because of her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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