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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

    "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!"

    Very nice voice, yes. But like another reviewer I caught my mind wandering and had to pull myself back, or rewind frequently. I do plan to look up this narrator's audiobooks - there might be other material he's better suited for. With him, Dickens' sober tone gets turned a notch sarcastic, and I find myself listening hard to discern the real 'emotion' of many sentences. As for the content - you can't help but savor Dickensonian phrasing. I'm actually going to read the book at home, to soak it right up (and, well, to compensate for the odd word my ears can't pick up through the narrator's accent).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "Dazzles this 'science-oriented' household"

    We're a 'nerd' couple whose media consumption is dominated by PBS programs, science magazines and books. This gem here is riveting and puts a, well, human face to the discoveries and inventions we've all come to take for granted. As a plus, it has made me laugh out loud in public, startling passers-by. The narrator's light and slightly bemused tone is appropriate for the human curiosity behind this book's motivation, and, "duh", of mankind. My ONLY wish is for a broader scope that would cover the non-Western world. On that front, Charles Murray does a great job in "Human Accomplishment".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By full cast, Greg Wise, Miriam Margolyes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Algernon Moncrieff has invented an invalid friend, Bunbur, to call him away from is family duties. His friend Jack Worthing has created an imaginary brother, Ernest, to disguise his own misdemeanors. When Algernon turns up at the home of Jack's ward Cecily, only the truth - no matter how extraordinary - can put matters right.

    Ting-Yee says: "Yummy, fast 'read'"
    "Yummy, fast 'read'"

    This is "Masterpiece Theater" minus the TV. Crisp, delicious dialogue. No plain ol' narration here - the multiple voices do the play justice. You'll be hooked.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter

    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

    AnnaH says: "Even Better Aloud"
    "Beautiful prose, insufferable heroine"

    I have yet to figure out why the title. Tolstoy spent nearly as much time covering Levin as Anna. Speaking of Anna, I found her to be quite a disgrace, though not in the same antiquated notion as described in the book. Her jealousy drove not just Vronsky but also me INSANE. Her death provoked little sympathy from me - I was relieved to be free of her incessant inner/outer hateful/shameful chatter. But Tolstoy, boy, I'll be reading Tolstoy for a long time.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

    Mark says: "Truly Inspiring and Meaningful"
    "It could be worse"

    I know, that's not a real worthwhile comment in and of itself. I'm referring to the fact that I didn't fall for "Tuesday with Morrie," too. Not a popular-fiction type, I had mistakenly assumed this would be intellectual and philosophical. Yikes. This was irritating for the many points other reviewers have raised, and I won't bore you with repetition. I know I'll never want to hear "Today is Eddy's birthday" ever again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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