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David

Redding, CA, United States

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  • Rhetoric, Poetics and Logic

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Aristotle
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    All effective debaters, whether they know it or not, employ Aristotle's 3 basic principles of effective argument that form the spine of Rhetoric. In Poetics, Aristotle draws a dramatic distinction between poetry and history. This collection also includes Aristotle's body of work that has come to be identified as Logic.

    Maynard says: "would anybody tell me if i was getting stupider?**"
    "Good Content, Bad Reader"
    Overall

    The reader just doesn't do the content justice, it feels when you're listening to it that you are in the middle of a stuffy 1920's English classroom with a teacher droning on about Rhetoric. I love the works of Aristotle and a good reader could have made this bearable.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • BBC Radio Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Gerard McSorley, Ruth Mitchell, Full Cast
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    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.

    David says: "Well Done"
    "Well Done"
    Overall

    Really well done, truly. The BBC did a great job and 2nd to none performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Le Morte D'Arthur

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sir Thomas Malory
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    This monumental work made the Arthurian cycle available for the first time in English. Arthur is conceived and taken away in secret, returning as a young man to claim the throne by pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone. In retelling the story of Arthur's rule of Britain, Malory intertwines the romances of Guinevere and Launcelot, Tristram and Isolde, and Launcelot and Elaine. Sir Galahad's appearance at Camelot begins the quest for the Holy Grail.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not Quite as I Remembered"
    "Chapter Marking are Helpful"
    Overall

    The chapter markers are completely meaningless for chapters in the work. Really disappointed in that. The reading is good but you really have to pay attention as it is read really quickly without a lot of breaks between sections of the stories.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (73)

    Mary Lennox, a spoiled, ill-tempered, and unhealthy child, comes to live with her reclusive uncle in Misselthwaite Manor after the death of her parents. With the help of a robin, Mary finds the door to a secret garden, neglected and hidden for years. When she decides to restore the garden in secret, the story becomes a charming journey into the places of the heart, where faith restores health, flowers refresh the spirit, and the magic of the garden brings happiness to Mary.

    Dixie says: "Cynical old bag loved it"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    I wish I had read this as a kid, but my school did not require much reading at all and that which was required was usually photocopied and stapled together. A sad affair, I know, however this book was wonderful, fun and made my laugh and feel great over and over again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Areas of My Expertise

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (357)

    In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true.

    Margot says: "Wow!"
    "On the Areas of My Expertise"
    Overall

    I enjoy the comedy of John Hodgman quite a bit, however, I must say that this is a little too much for me. Similar to how the Austin Powers movies had some wonderful one-liners but to watch one in its entirety was too much. This is the same, Hodgman just needed to make this a bit shorter to make it better. Still, to listen to in segments, not bad at all.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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