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James

Stafford, VA, USA

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  • Ivanhoe

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (176)

    Wilfred, knight of Ivanhoe, the son of Cedric the Saxon, is in love with his father's ward, Rowena. Cedric, however, wishes her to marry Athelstane, a descendant of the royal Saxon line, whom Cedric hopes will restore the Saxon succession. With a colorful cast of chivalric knights and fair ladies, this action-filled novel comes complete with feats of derring-do, the pageantry of a tournament, and a great flame-engulfed castle - all of which makes it the most enthralling of Scott's creations.

    Bill Dewey/Reclaiming Quarterly says: "Great Adventure, Good Rendition"
    "Loved it, and the narration is pretty good."
    Overall

    I loved this story. It held me right to the end, which was a bit disappointing in that it was not satisfying at all, but I could see why the author did what he did. The narration was also quite good if not a little overly dramatic. I was very happy with this purchase.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • His Excellency: George Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (102)

    Acclaimed author Joseph J. Ellis penned the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, a fixture on The New York Times best seller list for an entire year, and one of the most popular history books of all time. Now this master historian turns his attention to the most exalted American hero, Founding Father and first President George Washington.

    Gerard says: "Distracted By Narrator"
    "Dissappointing."
    Overall

    I was very disappointed with this book. After reading books like John Adams and Alexander Hamilton by Mccullough and Chernow respectively, I felt like this was a half hearted treatment of George Washington. Almost like an aborted attempt at a truly exhaustive scholarly work for Ellis. This was especially disappointing as I had loved his book Founding Brothers. It was kind of funny, however, because Runger is the same narrator that reads John Adams, and there are contradictory statements between this and John Adams, so it was as if he was contradicting himself. But he is a good Narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (352)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Great book. Good narration."
    Overall

    If you liked John Adams, you will love Alexander Hamilton. At least, that's how it worked for me. I loved John Adams by David Mccullough, but I think I liked Alexander Hamilton even more. The Narrator is good and easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Roman Republic, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    The story of the Roman Republic is the greatest epic in human history. Seen in the long perspective of time, it seems too fantastic to be real. From its modest beginnings as a convenient fording place on the Tiber to its eventual destiny as the mistress of the Mediterranean, Rome offers a strange tale of fate, sacrifice, and indomitable willpower. The stern realities of war shaped its policies from the very beginning.

    Robert says: "A splendid read!"
    "Narration is so bad I can't get through it."
    Overall

    I have tried on three separate occasions to get through this, but the narrator is so awful it should be used as an insomnia cure. And I listened to War and Peace, and Brothers Karamazov in their entirety read by two of the worst readers ever to drop out of acting class, so I have a pretty high tolerance for dry boring narrators.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky explores human nature at its most loathsome and cruel but never flinches at what he finds. The novel tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, shy, silent, and cruel. They are behind the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters: their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and perhaps his finest work.

    David says: "superb rendition of Dostoyevsky's greatest novel"
    "Narrator Stinks. Book is No Crime and Punishment"
    Overall

    This book was told in an interesting way, but it was nothing like, nor near as gripping as, Crime and Punishment. I was left wandering why I had "read" it. Not as in "what was my motivation for it" but more as in "Why had Dostoevsky written it?" It is a reflective work that was written near the end of his life and it is quite dry in places. And this narrator makes it brutal! His voice is grating and he reads so slowly, you could read the book twice before listening to it once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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