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Phillip

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1938)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (930)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "Still no fan of Bradbury"
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    Around a decade after Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451, many of my friends were quite taken with Bradbury's works. I never found his work interesting. I thought the 1966 film simply "weird". After spotting this story on a librarian's "must read" list, I gave it a try. So, now I can say that both the film and novel failed, in my opinion.
    I can't recommend either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11976)
    Performance
    (4405)
    Story
    (4435)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Judith says: "Couldn't Take My Buds Out"
    "I just don't "get it""
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    Can't figure why this audiobook has so many good reviews. I made it through only the first of four sections (and even that was a chore).

    I can't recommend this at all!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    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."
    "Wow!"
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    This was my first try at Copperfield and only my second Dickens audio book (first was A Tale of Two Cities). From my rating you can see that I loved the story and performance. The story seemed to begin a bit of a drag about midway through the second of four segments. As I began to see how Dickens was developing characters, the "dragging" phenomenon was short-lived. The final two segments flew by.
    The performance was great. For me, the narrator made the story far more interesting than it would have been if I had read a printed book. I'll look for other books narrated by Martin Jarvis.
    Overall, very well worth the investment of time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (2983)
    Performance
    (2061)
    Story
    (2065)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Hard to Imagine"
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    When I was in high school (mid '60s) the paperback version was a must read by numerous classmates. The shear size of the book kept me away for 45 years. The advertised length (57 hours +) of the Audible version was a concern but price is attractive and I loved Shirer's "Berlin Diary" so I downloaded this version.
    It's hard to imagine but the 57 hours flew by. The narration is smooth, well paced, and informed. The story-line is chilling. I too noticed Shirer's few moments of homophobia but that was limited to but a few sentences and addressed those in "the enemy" (possible rationalization, I know).
    I loved this audio book. It's likely you will also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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