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O. Valbuena

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina | Member Since 2006

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  • Beowulf

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (92)

    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    Gail says: "Would like the whole thing!"
    "Beowulf & Heaney"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful translation by Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, born in Northern Ireland, whose own poems such as "Casualty" and "Graubale Man" connect ancient to modern violence in a way that indicates the poet's deep and intimate understanding of the cyclical violence that is so central a part of the 8th-century Beowulf. Other reviewers point out that Heaney omits certain key passages from his recording, and that is indeed a pity because some of those passages bring out the perils and contradictions of the warrior ethic to which Beowulf the characher subscribes. I suppose that the cuts were made for commercial purposes, that is, to offer a more univocally heroic Beowulf than the poem itself warrants. All the same, it's a beautiful read, and I would purchase this recording again, particularly if next time Heaney were to offer us his unabridged translation of this great poem.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Don Quijote de la Mancha Tomo I [Don Quixote, Part I]

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Miguel de Servantes Saavedra
    • Narrated By Alejandro Magnone
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Este gran libro fue publicado por primera vez hace más de 400 años, y Oyelo.com lo invita a disfrutar de la obra más grande de Miguel de Cervantes. Es una obra que sigue cautivando a la gente con las proezas de Don Quijote y las sinrazones de Sancho Panza. Ésta obra ha inspirado a grandes personajes como al Che Guevara por la gran búsqueda de ideales a los que nuestro héroe, Don Quijote, se esfuerza por alcanzar. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

    O. Valbuena says: "Perfect Quijote"
    "Perfect Quijote"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful recording of Don Quijote. The reader has a beautiful voice that makes the narrative come alive. I can easily grasp what Cervantes intended in the way of comedy, satire, and pathos. I recommend this recording for Spanish speakers and for those whose grasp of Spanish is good enough to understand Cervantes' written word. In fact, this recording would work perfectly for those wishing to follow along with the text.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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