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Sorting Hat

Sorting Hat

Florida, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3487)
    Performance
    (2140)
    Story
    (2172)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Soul Killing Intellectualism"
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    Some interesting ideas and beautiful writing, however the author has sacrificed human emotion and spirit in pursuit of an ideological point. While there is great value in individualism and many of Rand's ideas she had divided the world into stark black and white: individualism=good, collectivism=bad. The world is a spatter of greys, she rails about the evils of collectivism and doing things for fellow man as an extreme evil but creates the same extreme for her own ideology. It's the extreme adherence to an idea without flexibility that makes evil not collectivism or individualism. I found this book to be a dated argument written at a time when collective movements like communism and fascism were real and present dangers to be fought. It also perpetuates the worst stereotypes about artists suffering for their work.

    As far as the narration goes, compared to other books I've listened to, I thought it was just passable. The lack of emotion and variation in Hurt's performance only made this book seem drier, more soulless and intellectual to a fault.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (205)

    When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

    Parusski says: "Perfect narrator for one of the best classics."
    "Great story, amazing reading"
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    Martin Jarvis was a pleasure to listen too. This was one of the best read audible books I've ever listened to. Beyond that, the story is wonderful- beautifully constructed and written, and filled with emotion and life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (698)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Wonderfully read, beauitfully written"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of listening to this book. The reader did an amazing job and the story is hauntingly beautiful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2232)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1228)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Great Story and Narrator"
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    Thoroughly enjoyable and a lot of fun to listen too. The narrator really brings the larger-than-life main character alive. I found the story itself very really moving. Toole masterfully humanizes his wacky main character. I don't know how to say more without giving away the story but I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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