Wow! I love old great books and the Aeneid is a cornerstone of literature. Griffen is stupendous in his inflection and cadence. If you like this kind of literature, get this version. There is another version of the Aeneid narrated by another that is not nearly as well intoned. It is clear, but not as enjoyable.
This is a ridiculous oversimplification of profound philosophies. The narration is horrible also.
This great and entertaining work is worthy of reading by all. Beware though of this narrator. His accent is ok, but he is monotone. That may be forgiven, but he...reads, with; chopPy-voice and cadence, sTumBLiNg aLoNg. It gets quite annoying. There's no fluidity or intonation. If you like Chaucer, get another narrator, even if it is abridged. This is unabridged which is nice, but after 30 minutes, it won't matter because you'll want to turn it off.
This novel should undoubtedly be read by every person interested in understanding the history and culture of the America. The role of concerned Christians and belief in God in the abolition of slavery gets lost in our secular education. This novel brings that out. The narration is really good. She certainly has a good imagination for interpreting the various colorful characters. Now, the only drawback is the poor quality of the audio. It is clear, but there's a nasty echo. When there's a pause in the dialogue, you can hear a faint echo of what was said about 5 seconds earlier. This may not bother most, but I found it slightly annoying. All said though, it is worth the modest price.
Narrator Griffen really brings these stories alive. His interpretation seems to fit the the story's character and theme. I only wish that there could have been more stories included in this volume. It is a little scant in the number it offers, but what is offered is golden.
As for Homer's stories the Illiad and the Odyssey, they anchor western literature. This narration is decent. It is not annoying; it is eloquent and careful. It isn't 5 stars, but probable between 3 and 4. Bottom line: this is a solid purchase for your audio library.
I listen to this audio nearly everyday and I love JEJ's voice. I wholeheartedly concur that the music is inappropriate and sometimes annoying, but only mildly so. If somebody knows how to filter it out, I'd do it.
I have found only one book that I didn't like: Hebrews. Jones could have been having a bad day. But Hebrews doesn't flow very well either. Overall, this recording of the KJV New Testament is a still a jewel in my opinion.
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