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Michael

Gibsonia, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 19 ratings
  • 43 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Homer, Ian Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Perhaps the greatest poem of the Western world, The Iliad tells the story of 50 critical days towards the end of the Trojan war. Achilles has quarrelled with Agamemnon and sulks in his tent, while Hector brings his Trojans to the brink of victory; but fate will have the last word.

    Tad Davis says: "Excellent version"
    "Great way to enjoy a difficult classic"
    Overall

    As a reader who reads for the story itself (vs. how the story is told), the Iliad would have been a difficult read for me given its age and "flowery language", but this format and Lesser's narration make it a very enjoyable experience. If you want to enjoy this classic, this is the way to do it.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ben-Hur

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lew Wallace
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    An American classic, Ben-Hur is both a vivid historical epic and the powerful story of one man's spiritual journey from slavery to vengeance to redemption. Born the son of a Jewish nobleman, Ben-Hur is condemned to the galleys for life for accidentally dislodging a piece of tile that falls on the Roman procurator. He is betrayed by his best friend, manages to escape his imprisonment, and gains revenge and glory before the cheering multitudes in the chariot races at the Roman circus in Antioch.

    Stephanie says: "Beautiful & Thought-Provoking"
    "Terrible Quality"
    Overall

    This is the worst quality recording I have purchased from Audible. The narrator has a good voice, but the editing was terrible. There were awkward gaps throughout the recording, sometimes in mid-sentence, and it almost seemed like parts were re-recorded with someone else's voice. On top of that, there are many skips in the recording (as if listening to a CD) that become more numerous as the story goes on. This wouldn't warrant any stars but for the greatness of the story itself. I can't believe Audible would even carry this recording.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    For 18 years, Ed Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go.

    Hans says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Excellent book overcomes the narration"
    Overall

    What a great book! When reading any true adventure novel, it's important to realize the ego it takes to do the things that are done in the book, and that inevitably comes through in the writing. However, I didn't feel as much of that ego as in other books. Ed has a great philosophy about climbing that translates well into everyday life, and his goal is to communicate that philosophy to his reader. I can see how that can be read as self-praise, but I didn't take it that way. In any event, the stories are more than worth it for those that are annoyed by the occational "self-help" lessons.

    The only drawback to this recording is the narration. I didn't feal that the voice went with the story. It was too polished, too much like a TV anchorman. I was able to get past this, however, and thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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