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Douglas

New Rochelle, NY, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • BBC Radio Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Warren Mitchell, Martin Jarvis, Samuel West, and others
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

    E. Magill says: "Good for Shakespeare Fans"
    "Who am I to review Shakespeare?"
    Overall

    Dramatized, and not bad. Not my favorite Shakespeare, but not bad.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson
    • Narrated By Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Imagine discovering what successful people have in common, distilling it into a set of simple practices, and using them to transform your company, your career, and your life. Written by three thought leaders in organizational development and self-improvement, including Built to Last co-author Jerry Porras, Success Built to Last challenges conventional wisdom at every step. It draws on face-to-face, unscripted conversations with hundreds of remarkable human beings from around the world.

    Don says: "Find your passion"
    "Stay focused"
    Overall

    A good business book discussing attributes common to all truly successful people. Focuses on getting results and going forward.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Humboldt's Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    For years, they were the best of friends: the grand, erratic Humboldt and the ambitious young Charlie. But now Humboldt has died a failure, and Charlie's success-ridden life has taken various turns for the worse. Then Humboldt acts from the grave to change Charlie's life: he has left Charlie something in his will.

    Scott says: "Great Book, Great Reader"
    "Not as good as Herzog"
    Overall

    Too preachy and intellectual. Not a bad story, but quite long. I prefer Herzog, buy the same author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Classic Hundred Poems

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, W.B. Yeats, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Corn, Rita Dove
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (12)

    Adopting the methodology of the music charts, The Classic Hundred Poems presents the "top 100" poems of all time. The selections are illuminated by the informative notes of editor William Harmon and read by an ensemble of contemporary poets including Alfred Corn and Rita Dove.

    James says: "A great selection of poetry"
    "Poems are great, but..."
    Overall

    The poems are great, and if you enjoy them, by all means get this production. However, the poems are read by poets, and in some cases, these are not very well read.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Herzog

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Wolfram Kandinsky
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    An instant classic when it appeared in 1964, Herzog is the story of Moses E. Herzog, a tragically confused intellectual who suffers from the breakup of his second marriage, the general failure of his life, and the specter of growing up Jewish in the middle part of the 20th century. He responds to his personal crisis by writing a series of letters never to be sent, to friends and enemies, colleagues and celebrities, examining his life and times with wry perception and heartfelt revelation.

    rworthen says: "Horrible Narration of a Great Book."
    "Good story..."
    Overall

    Enjoy.

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Barry Glassner
    • Narrated By Barry Glassner, Michael Moore
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    America is a country gripped by fear. In this widely-acclaimed book, Barry Glassner exposes the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our anxieties. These peddlers of fear (politicians, advocacy groups, and the media) cost Americans dearly, weighing us down with needless worries and causing us to squander billions of dollars to fix mythological problems.

    Steve says: "Well documented critique"
    "a worthy listen"
    Overall

    Worth hearing. On how and why, we (as a society) are kept in constant fear.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paradise Regained

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In Paradise Regained, Satan again is on the prowl, having successfully tempted Adam and Eve, and forced their departure from the Garden of Eden. Here he sets out to tempt again, this time Jesus himself, as he comes to the end of his 40 days in the desert. The magisterial poetry of Milton enriches the encounter and, while not matching the greatness achieved in Paradise Lost, provides drama and depth.

    Douglas says: "Wonderful as always"
    "Wonderful as always"
    Overall

    The best of poets...

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Absalom, Absalom!

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Absalom, Absalom! tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, the enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson township in the early 1830s. With a French architect and a band of wild Haitians, he wrung a fabulous plantation out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness.

    pilot says: "A long, enjoyable listen"
    "Not easy to read..."
    Overall

    A difficult listen. Faulkner is never easy but always enjoyable. Your efforts will be well worth it.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    Swann's Way is the first volume of Proust's supreme masterpiece, the seven-part novel entitled Remembrance of Things Past. In it, Proust recalls the early youth of Charles Swann in the small town of Combray as seen through the eyes of the narrator. It then shifts to Swann himself, now a fashionable man caught up in turn-of-the-century Paris and a tortured love affair.

    Cheryl says: "A masterpiece, brilliantly read"
    "Magnificently read..."
    Overall

    You get the sense that Proust, like Dickens, was paid by the word. It is not short. The story is magnificently narrated and very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As I Lay Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman, Robertson Dean, Lina Patel, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (187)

    At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member, including Addie, and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

    Kristina says: "Faulkner's As I Lay Dying review"
    "Faulkner -- Tough but worth it"
    Overall

    Please understand that Faulkner is very difficult to read / listen to. That does not mean it is not worth hearing.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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