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Sandra

Canandaigua, NY, USA

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  • Death Qualified: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (69)

    Five years ago Barbara Holloway gave up practicing law, disillusioned with a profession that put politics before justice. Then she receives a phone call, with a simple message: "I need you."

    Alex says: "a good plot and a great reader"
    "Highly enjoyable"
    Overall

    I'm back to find another book by the same author. I found it extremely enjoyable and easy listening. Barbara's being caught up in the chaos theory and looking at many things througout the book with fractals in mind makes her believeable as a problem solver. It's not James Joyce's Ulysses, but then that isn't the sort of thing one reads just for good clean fun. On the other hand, it might be fun to look at the book with the chaos theory and fractals as its basis. Why not try it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hades' Daughter: The Troy Game, Book I

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sara Douglass
    • Narrated By Sheryl Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    When Theseus comes away from the Labyrinth with the prize and his beloved, the Mistress of the Labyrinth, his future seems assured. But she bears him only a daughter and when he casts her aside for this, the world changes. From that day forward, the Labyrinths decay, and power fades from the city-states.

    Thomas says: "wonderful"
    "Sorry, I couldn't listen to the whole book"
    Overall

    How and why this book was even published is beyond my wildest imaginings. Aside from the fact that it is poorly written, amateurish and infantile, the twisting and distortion of Classical Mythology is unforgivable. Granted that there are several different versions of the myth of Theseus and Ariadne. In none of them does the mortal half sister of the Minotaur have the power to cause the death of the immortal gods. In no version of the myth does Thesues behave in a manner less than heroic. On Naxos, Ariadne, not pregnant, joins with the Maenaads in their drugged, drunken worship of Dionysis. In one version of the myth, Theseus discovers the severed genitalia of a human male in the bloodied hands of Ariadne. One might suggest that the would be author of this literary catastrophe do the necessary research before embarking upon an overly ambitious restructuring of the religion of the Ancient Greeks. This disaster offends me deeply.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Bradamant: The Iron Tempest

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ron Miller
    • Narrated By Kathy Garver, Full Cast
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In a 7th century Europe of myths, gods, and monsters, Lady Bradamant (a maiden knight) vanquishes evil knights, rescues the unfortunate, fights black magic, and destroys entire armies in her adventurous quest for her lost lover, Roggero, an enemy knight she once rescued at the risk of her own life. Roggero, in turn, must battle monsters, giants, and seductive evil sorceresses in his quest to be reunited with Lady Bradamant.

    Nurhisham Hussein says: "This might surprise you"
    "Bradamant, the lady has been loved since 1516"
    Overall

    This book is an exerpt of a Romance Epic written in Italian by Ludovico Ariosto (1474 - 1533). It is called Orlando Furioso (Orlando Enraged), first published in 1516. The portion here at Audible, Bradamant, is close to the tanslation by William Stewart Rose (London, 1910). That is not my favorite translation, and Ron Miller has made it much more enjoyable for us. If one listens to it, just for the naughty spirit of it, and suspends his disbelief, it is good fun. Ron Miller has succeeded in giving us a version that is much more to our modern day tastes.

    There was a young gentleman at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir John Harrington who translated one of the bawdiest sections of Orlando Furioso, for which Elizabeth banished him from court, having given him the task of translating the entire book. It took him four years, at the end of which he was welcomed back into Elizabeth's Court. Elizabeth read fluent Italian. She saw the wit and talent of Harrington and by "punishing" him in requiring the full translation, she did a great service to Harrington and those of us who can still enjoy his witty version today.

    A. Bartlett Giamatti, the former Commissioner of Baseball. did a third translation of Orlando Furioso that is more to the taste of the modern reader. Baseball and a translation of Orlando Furioso from the Italian? You bet! Before Giametti became involved with baseball, he was one of the great scholars of Renaissance Literature. If you don't believe me, check it out.

    Now, I'd suggest that you try listening to Bradamant again with all that in mind. If you just take it in the spirit of fun as was originally intended five hundred years ago, you might get into the swing of it and want to try reading more of the original in either the Harrington or the Giametti translation.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 2004 DNC: General Wesley Clark (7/29/04)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Wesley Clark
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    On the fourth and final night of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, General Wesley Clark (Retired), 2004 Presidential candidate, addressed the crowd. The speech took place at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 29, 2004.

    Sandra says: "Soldier - Scholar - Statesman"
    "Soldier - Scholar - Statesman"
    Overall

    General Clark's speech, given from the heart, stirs the heart of the listener. Typical of the General, his love of flag and passion for country stirs feelings of patriotism within the listener, regardless of party affiliation. This former Supreme Allied Commander of Nato won the war in Kosovo without the loss of a single American life. Within his speech one hears his deep respect for our troops. Former Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo describes General Clark as follows:

    "Wes Clark is a man of whom you can ask a question, and he will look you directly in the eye, and give you the most truthful and complete answer you can imagine. You will know the absolute truth of the statement as well as the thought process behind the answer. You will have no doubt as to the intellect of the speaker and meaning of the answer to this question.... So you can see, as a politician, he has a lot to learn." Possibly, Governor Cuomo was explaining why the General is not our Democratic candidate for the presidency of the United States. The sincerity of the General can be heard clearly in this fine speech.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sean Hannity
    • Narrated By Sean Hannity
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    As Americans face the ongoing war against terrorists and their state sponsors around the world, Sean Hannity reminds us we must also cope with the continuing scourge of accommodation and cowardice at home. With his trademark blend of passion and hard-hitting commentary, he urges Americans to recognize the dangers of putting our faith in toothless "multilateralism" when the times call for decisive action.

    Jean says: "Deliver Us From Evil"
    "Deliver Us From Hannity"
    Overall

    Rude, crude and mindless. This is not the sort of thing that would interest anyone who loves books. It is mind numbing and directed toward people who need someone to tell them what to think. Of course, it could be listed as fiction.

    23 of 48 people found this review helpful

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