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Natalie

Anderson, MO, United States

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  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1033)

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Alice says: "I felt totally swept up in this world"
    "Very very dense"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    "From hell's depth I stab at thee, with my last breath I spit upon thee." Thus spake captain Ahab as he fought the dreaded Moby Dick. This had some of the most riveting action sequences that I have heard. Indeed, I sat chained to my speakers at times as the story progressed. The characters seemed so vivid and lifelike, and the scene was so beautifully painted.

    However it took a long time to get there. I don't mean the symbolism, which pervades every word said by Ahab and much of the action of the ship, but the asides about whaling and New England life in general. Indeed, much of the book is not taken up by the action of moving the plot forward but by these diversions. Some of it gives vital and needed information, while others can be frightfully dry. These parts made it difficult to get through the book.

    I can't say I recommend this book to all readers as a result. Although I believe that the book is a must read for educated people it might be too much for some. Perhaps and abridged version might be better for readers who find the lengthy descriptions and classifications too much to get through. And, although I agree that the narrator here is fantastic, I oddly enough found the print version easier to get through.

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  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4172)
    Performance
    (2710)
    Story
    (2742)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
    "Horror"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1984 to be better than the print version?

    Yes. It gives personality to the characters. Plus it means that I don't get a reprieve from the absolute horror.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was DISGUSTING. But as it's supposed to be a revolting dystopia it's doing a good job. I found it hard to get through because I felt the horror of the absolute state. Did I enjoy it? I don't know. I enjoyed it in the way I enjoyed Watchmen. I did not enjoy it in the same way I enjoy a comedy or an ice cream cone.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    He brought the story to life. I felt the starkness of the world, the omnipresence of the suffering. He was so expressive in his performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    We are watching you.


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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (716)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "A good work, needs some audio work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ayn Rand's story is compelling and riveting. And the audible version helped me grasp some portions that had been hard to understand before. I found myself with a firmer grasp of the characters and events than I had before just from reading the book. The narration is compelling, and helps give life to the characters. He is pleasant to listen to.

    However the audio quality needs some work. My first two hours I heard an echo of the narration. This can be fixed by playing with the audio controls on my laptop, but it leaves it sounding kind of tinny. It becomes a choice between barely understandable echo where you must hold the book on your lap to follow, or a tinny sound that sounds too much like old radio.

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