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Brent

Maricopa, AZ, USA

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  • Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (30)

    Brent says: "Overlooked classic"
    "Overlooked classic"
    Overall

    This story is much better than what the movies have shown. The author's poetic language was interesting in itself, but the story is suspenseful. It's hard to find books that enthrall me but this one will keep your attention. If nothing else give it a listen to see how badly the movies portrayed this book. Finally, the reader did a great job with all the characters and voice changes.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Hamlet

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Begun in the late 1920s and published in 1940, The Hamlet is the first book in a trilogy that includes The Town and The Mansion. Through the eyes of Ratliff, the novel's hero and teller of tall tales, readers witness the terrifying rise to prominence of the Snopeses, white trash who insinuate their way into the tiny hamlet of Frenchman's Bend like steady drips of poison. This novel, written by one of the greatest literary talents of the 20th century, abounds in both humor and pathos.

    Brent says: "Faulkner Made Accessible"
    "Faulkner Made Accessible"
    Overall

    To most, Faulkner's prose is difficult to follow. His descriptions of people and events seem to ramble but are really just detailed. The sentences are paragraph-length and the train of thought requires intense concentration. When you do take it all in though, the reward is much the greater.
    Mark Hammer really does justice to this book. He reads the sentences with the right emphasis and feeling so that you better understand the depth of Faulkner. His southern (almost hick) accent accurately portrays the various characters. I listned to George Guidall read a Faulkner book and was disinterested, but Hammer gives a great performance. If you were ever wanting to tackle Faulkner and were a little intimidated, this audio edition makes it easy and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

    Sarah says: "Gripping despite the minutiae"
    "A sea adventure and much more"
    Overall

    This is not a book that can be appreciated with just one listen. Because it is a Classic it must be read again and savored. The characters are described with great depth and even humorous as we all are in some way. The story is interesting as it gives insight into 19th century life on the coast and at sea. It's truly amazing how whales were classified with so much detail and accuracy. Last but not least is the moral that you draw from having heard this masterpiece. The narrator is not too distracting but fair so I only give it 4 stars.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of Saint Augustine

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Saint Aurelius Augustinus
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Considered to be the first autobiographical work in history, this timeless book is completely applicable to everyone who has experienced the struggle between good and evil in his own soul. Saint Augustine, born in Constantine in 354 C.E., was raised by a devout Christian mother. He abandoned the Christianity of his upbringing and had an illegitimate son. After hearing the sermons of Ambrose, he began his great internal struggle which led to his conversion in 387 C.E. The Confessions describe his conversion, shedding light on the questions that had troubled him on his way to the Cross. Outside Scripture it is the most famous - and perhaps the most important - of all spiritual books.

    Thomas says: "A Great Classic Well Read"
    "Significant historical figure"
    Overall

    I always wanted to read this because of its reputation. This is about an early Christian (5th century) contemplating his past life in light of his Christian one. Augustine is a cornerstone in the Church and its later doctrine so one can learn much from this book. I took away 2 stars because the translation from Latin to English has too many "thee" and "thou" and the narrator is elderly with a British accent.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Glorious Cause

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (76)

    This dramatic sequel to Jeff Shaara's best selling Rise to Rebellion continues his chronicle of the key characters of the American Revolution and animates some of the most compelling scenes in America's history: Washington's harrowing winter at Valley Forge, Benedict Arnold's tragic downfall, and the fiercely-fought battles at Trenton, Brandywine Creek, and Yorktown.

    Lee says: "engrossing..."
    "History of Independence comes alive"
    Overall

    This is a great book that brings alive the characters of George Washington, Gen. Cornwallis. This is not historical fiction. It is written from journals and personal letters. This was a pivotal time in our country's history and the author did a great job of getting behind the scenes and into the heads of the central players. We need more books like this that really reveal the history of our nation. Narration was good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Kathryn Yarman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (26)

    Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave in an "humane" Southern family, the Shelbys. But, when the Shelbys are beset by financial difficulties, Tom is sold to a heartless slave trader. Hailed by Tolstoy as "one of the greatest productions of the human mind," this story describes Uncle Tom's trials, suffering, and religious fortitude.

    Brenda says: "Very Enlightening and Enjoyable"
    "Moving story about slavery"
    Overall

    This book is responsible in part for Northern support for abolition. To the extent that the Civil War was about freeing slaves, this book inspired many to fight for their freedom. Even the good slave owner is revealed to be inhumane. I was brought to tears at several points and at the least was very disturbed. This book wasn't really about the brutality but about the splitting up of families and the nature of these slaves that weren't being viewed as humans. How could even the kind slave owner not recognize the inhumanity of owning another person. The narrator was great. After reading this you will understand why it is a classic.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin on Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Phillip E. Johnson
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Darwin's theory of evolution is accepted by most educated Americans as simple fact. This easy acceptance, however, hides from us the many ways in which evolution - as an idea - shapes our thinking about a great many things. What if this idea is wrong? What if "evolution" is just a word that covers up scientific ignorance of how the wonders of the living world could have been created? Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson looks at the evidence for Darwinistic evolution the way a lawyer would - with a cold dispassionate eye for logic and proof.

    Alan says: "Great book! Very open and exposing"
    "Illuminating and educating"
    Overall

    Be careful, this book could change the way you view so-called scientific experts as well as their discoveries. The author takes you through the logic of Darwin and his supporters, and shows you how to analyze the arguments for the assumptions of evolution. This is one that requires multiple listens because there is so much good information. The reader is fair and could be a little clearer, but the material is enlightening.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bad Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (213)

    Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

    Ed says: "Alex Cross returns"
    "Terrible and shallow"
    Overall

    This book was boring. The characters have no depth, and the suspense is very transparent. There is no mystery here that you can't predict with little thought. James Patterson as a whole writes shallow novels. The movies based on his books are ok because of the actors but not because of the writing. Look at the time, how can the author describe anything of any detail in such a short time.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gone for Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    In vivid, brilliant fiction that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers, Jeff Shaara brings to life the familiar characters, stunning triumphs, and soul-crushing defeats of the fascinating, long-forgotten Mexican-American War.

    Henry F. Ward says: "History through the eyes of individuals"
    "Real history that reads like fiction"
    Overall

    This is a must-read book. It is told through the eyes of the major players in this war: Winfield Scott, Robert E. Lee, and Santa Anna. The characters are portrayed as real people and not larger than life. The focus is on the events of the Mexican-American War and the men who accomplished them. The pre-Civil War personalities are only mentioned briefly except for Robert E. Lee and his rise to brilliance. Shaara writes a very interesting history but its accuracy is not sacrificed for entertainment. I find this lively telling of history to be more entertaining than today's best fiction writers. After reading this you will want to experience more of Shaara's work. If only Audible would release all his books in unabridged format...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (196)

    As Clay Carter digs into the background of his client, a young man charged with a random street killing, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts...

    Lisa says: "The King of Torts"
    "Street Lawyer 2?"
    Overall

    After reading 1/4th of the book, I thought this was the Street Lawyer, but at the half-way point I realized the name of the main character was different. Where's the suspense, mystery, or courtroom drama we all long for? Not in this book and not by this author anymore. Without even reading it you already know the story so don't waste your money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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