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Jim

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  • A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (508)

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolute literature...and a page turner at that!"
    "Perfect!"
    Overall

    This is everything an audiobook should be. A perfect performance of a great novel. Everything is perfect, pauses, accents. Nothing could be improved. Highly recommended. Jim Dandy sez "check it out".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The World of the Ancient Maya: 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John S. Henderson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In this comprehensive survey, updated for this new edition, Henderson explores the entire Maya cultural tradition, from the earliest traces of settlement through the period of the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. His wide-ranging account treats diverse aspects of the Maya world, from religion and philosophy to the environments of the various Maya peoples, using deciphered Maya texts to reconstruct the ancient societies.

    Jim says: "Not for the layman"
    "Not for the layman"
    Overall

    I was interested in this title because I visited Tikal and Copan recently. I was hoping for more general knowledge on the Mayan culture. This is much more for specialists. It almost seems like a doctoral dissertation. Unless you find comparing and contrasting stelae from the late pre-classical period to those of the late classical period fascinating, avoid this. It will put you to sleep. The reader has a very dry, academic tone that just makes this a completely joyless listen. Too much work for too little useful, interesting knowledge.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful

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