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  • Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Rule by head or rule by heart? Elinor Dashwood is a great believer in "sense," while her exuberant younger sister Marianne feels keenly that only "sensibility" (what today we'd call passion) serves to guide the heart. Through vicissitudes and, in the case of Marianne, outright betrayal by her lover, these two women learn the value in the other's outlook, and thereby prepare themselves for later domestic bliss that is the hallmark resolution of Jane Austen's novels.

    Glenn says: "Nicely Done"
    "Monotone"
    Overall

    The monotonous narrator is very disappointing. Although she reads clearly, and has a pleasant voice, she has so little expressiveness. In fact, she sounds a little sad most of the time. The story of course is incomparable Austen. It deserves better treatment.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (547)

    When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

    Jerry says: "Why a classic is a classic"
    "Not my favorite Dickens"
    Overall

    Don't get me wrong. This is classic Dickens, with incredible characterization and a masterfully woven plot. Plus, the narration absolutely could not be better. There are other good narrations of this story, but Frank Muller tops them all. I just don't care for the principal character. A number of times he knows the right thing to do but fails to do it. He suffers the consequences, but he doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes. Also it lacks a happy ending (in my opinion.) Both of these are unusual for Dickens. I find it unfortunate that many students are offered this as their introduction to Dickens, when it is so uncharacteristic in these ways. So if you are a Dickens fan, you definitely don't want to miss this one, and this by all means is the narrator to choose. It's just not one of my favorites that I listen to time and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (240)

    The story of Alec Leamas - a 50-year-old professional secret agent who has grown stale in espionage, who longs to "come in from the cold" - and how he undertakes one last assignment before that hoped-for retirement.

    Michael Phelan says: "The Reader who Went Out in the Cold"
    "Worth a listen"
    Overall

    Anything narrated by Frank Muller is worth listening to. Beyond that, it's an excellent spy story, if a bit depressing at the end.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Chuzzlewit

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    The Chuzzlewits are a family divided by money and selfishness; even young Martin, the eponymous hero, is arrogant and self-centred. He offends his grandfather by falling in love with the latter’s ward, Mary, and sets out to make his own fortune in life, travelling as far as America - which produces from Dickens a savage satire on a new world tainted with the vices of the old. Martin’s nature slowly changes through his bitter experience of life and his enduring love for Mary.

    Carol says: "not my favorite Dickens.... but"
    "Great book, good narrator"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful novel with some especially colorful imagery at various points. The narrator is a little bland when speaking as the narrator, but his character voices are rich and varied, and leave nothing wanting.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Northanger Abbey is the coming-of-age story of Catherine Morland, who is taken to the fashionable resort of Bath with her friends, the Allens. While in Bath, she meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor. The Tilneys invite Catherine to Northanger Abbey, their family estate. Catherine, an avid reader of Gothic novels, soon becomes obsessed with the thought that possible atrocities are going on at the abbey.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Favorite"
    "A Favorite"
    Overall

    Lots of fun! How could one go wrong with Austen? This story has some particularly funny spots. I must have looked silly driving down the road laughing out loud and slapping my leg.

    The narrator is excellent.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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