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D. MacLeod

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  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dai Sijie
    • Narrated By B.D. Wong
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (85)

    From within the hopelessness and terror of China's Cultural Revolution, Dai Sijie has fashioned a beguiling and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit, the wonder of romantic awakening, and the magical power of storytelling. "An unexpected miracle," raves the Los Angeles Times Book Review, "a delicate, and often hilarious, tale."

    Yicheng says: "Excellent!"
    "Love of Books"
    Overall

    I would think that teenagers could relate to this book -- and get a feel for what it would be like if all books were banned. Maybe it could help light the lamp of learning.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Hootkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (155)

    "Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

    Jessica says: "Excellent, EXCELLENT reading!"
    "Excellent narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator makes the book come alive. The poetry shines through, Melville's humor appears, and the more tedious sections become interesting.

    I first read Moby Dick in college and ended up skipping through a number of chapters. Now I see what I missed. I ended up reading my old copy while simultaneously listening in order to focus on the words and meanings as much as possible.

    Previously I've listened to abridged versions, which ultimately raised my interest in the unabridged narration. If the whole book still appears daunting to you, try an abridged version first. I liked the Naxos recording best, which I bought on CD before Audible was around.

    Moby Dick is one of the most profound books of our culture. This narration makes it much more accessible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Accent Your Character - Scottish: Dialect Training

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By Paul Meier
    • Narrated By Paul Meier
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    Add some kick to your characters with some quick and simple Scottish dialect training. Paul Meier has been training actors for over 25 years and now offers his experience to the casual pretender in this entertaining presentation. You will find accent tips, colloquialisms, and charismatic character concepts that will add to your storytelling, roleplaying, or cosplay.

    Alan says: "Nothing but an informercial"
    "Not worth it"
    Overall

    This is the worst item I've purchased from Audible. You can learn more about speaking Scottish from listening to Tai Pan.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prehistory: Making of the Human Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Colin Renfrew
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    A giant of archaeology, Colin Renfrew has immeasurably improved our understanding of human history. In this passionately argued work, he offers a concise summary of prehistory - human existence that predates the development of written records - while challenging the very definition of prehistory itself.

    Anthony says: "not for the intellectually challenged"
    "Too detailed"
    Overall

    Colin Renfrew is highly respected and this book pulls together a wide variety of recent research in a comprehensive whole. However, it is too detailed for most listeners. "Before the Dawn" is much better.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Nicholas Wade
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (251)

    Just in the last three years a flood of new scientific findings, driven by revelations discovered in the human genome, has provided compelling new answers to many long-standing mysteries about our most ancient ancestors, the people who first evolved in Africa and then went on to colonize the whole world. Nicholas Wade weaves this host of news-making findings together for the first time into an intriguing new history of the human story before the dawn of civilization.

    Albert says: "Amazing information"
    "Excellent overview of recent research"
    Overall

    Good, new information put together in a comprehensible and listenable way.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Roughing It: A Personal Narrative

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    "If there is any life that is happier than the life we led on our timber ranch, it must be the sort of life which I have not read of in books or experienced in person," wrote Mark Twain, and now you can share in that experience. The beloved American humorist spent seven years on a "pleasure trip" through the untamed wilderness of Nevada. Twain intended to spend three months touring silver mines, but the lure of rough terrain and comfortable clothes proved irresistible - as will this vibrant travelogue.

    Tad Davis says: "Hilarious"
    "Funny and Entertaining"
    Overall

    I don't know why this book is not more known or read. It probably is the definitive book on the sights and sounds of the Old West, certainly moreso than the Westerns I've read. I laughed out loud listening to it, causing a bit of a stir among fellow airplane passengers.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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