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Allen

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  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (557)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Kathryn says: "one happy insomniac"
    "Absolutely Sublime"
    Overall

    I read the book first, but I confess I skipped over much of the "digressions" I guess you would call them and skipped around just to follow the plot. I guess I'm a lazy reader that way. Now to hear them read to me, especially the French phrases and names I had so much difficulty with, I feel I'm getting a whole new perspective. Yes, Davidson is challenging at times but if you listen closely, he really does a beautiful job narrating. Check out his "I Claudius" for a truly superb narration.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (596)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "Prepare to be transported and transformed"
    Overall

    This is a brilliantly narrated version of the classic book. And not a bad translation, either. Definitely worth a credit, and then some. Prepare to devote large chunks of time to this because you won't want to stop. The "action" is the self-righteous stream of consciousness rantings of the immortal anti-hero, Raskolnikov. One can't help but both loath him and cheer him on at the same time. Over 100 years since it was written and this story remains both entertaining and intelligent. This is dangerous, thought provoking writing at its very best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (62 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    John-Mark Stensvaag says: "Splendid Novel, Splendid Reading"
    "War and Peace"
    Overall

    Terrible narration. Snide, supercillious tone. He doesn't act the parts or even give them different vocal inflections. My overall feeling was that it's like having someone read the story at you instead of to you; like they were bored, angry and resentful. Such a classic deserves a better narrator. Also, the translation contained several expressions that were clearly 20th century.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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