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  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman, George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr. Wednesday, claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god, and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town.

    Ian says: "A Benchmark Title"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you listen to American Gods again? Why?

    Yes. Fascinating story, brilliant narration. What is not to like?


    What other book might you compare American Gods to and why?

    Master and Margarita. The only theme the two books share is of God/Devil doing crazy things in our world. Other than that, they are very different.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scenes involving Mr. Ibis.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Spolier - Wednesday's death. I did not see that coming, and it left me feeling sad. I kept hoping it is a mistake, maybe the author will bring him back. He did in a sense, but not in the same way.


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to the narrator. I have become a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1159)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Mind blowing"
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    If you could sum up Macbeth: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Very grim tragedy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, it is a tie between Macbeth and the witches (in a sense the weird sisters are a single character, though the youngest one is the primary one). The weird sisters are wise and repulsive, cunning and honest at the same time. And Macbeth, it is hard not to feel sorry for his poor soul - he had the heart, but not the stomach of a monarch.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Cumming – was your favorite?

    Again, the weird sisters. I can imagine how tempting it must have been to deliver them in an over-the-top way, but his performance was spot on, never striking a false note.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last words of the weird sisters to Lady Macbeth gave me goosebumps. It is not very often that you can honestly say this, but I really did not see that coming.


    Any additional comments?

    As the authors stress, it is an adaptation, not a slavish translation. I have not read the original, but I would love to, after reading this adaptation. Kudos to everyone involved. It was brilliant all around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (489)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Madeleine says: "The Devil's In the Details"
    "Brilliance itself"
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    What did you love best about Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel?

    The drama, the passion, the complexity of characters.


    What does Richard Armitage bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration was pitch perfect, neither over dramatised not monotonous. I think this is a story to be heard, rather than read.


    Who was the most memorable character of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel and why?

    I would say poor Claudius.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to all involved for bringing this to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Yuri Rasovsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Inch by inch, day by day, Scott Carey is getting smaller. Once an unremarkable husband and father, Scott finds himself shrinking with no end in sight. His wife and family turn into unreachable giants, the family cat becomes a predatory menace, and Scott must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous, until he faces the ultimate limits of fear and existence.

    Andrew says: "Outstanding."
    "Ugh"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are already Matheson's fan, you might like it.


    Has The Incredible Shrinking Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Yuri Rasovsky’s performances?

    No way.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Incredible Shrinking Man?

    The never-ending description of how Scott gets to the top of the fridge, the frequent comparisons to how everyday objects look to him.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure which turned me off more, the story or the narration. The chewing-and-spitting-words method of the narrator, and his over dramatisation certainly did not help this too much in-your-face existential allegory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zorba the Greek

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nikos Kazantzakis
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    A wonderful tale of a young man’s coming of age, Zorba the Greek has been a classic of world literature since it was first translated into English in 1952 and made into an unforgettable movie with Anthony Quinn. Zorba, an irrepressible, earthy hedonist, sweeps his young disciple along as he wines, dines, and loves his way through a life dedicated to fulfilling his copious appetites. Zorba is irresistible in this charming audio production by veteran narrator George Guidall.

    Walter says: "A modern classic"
    "The narration made it worthwhile"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No.


    Would you recommend Zorba the Greek to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. The book because I have such mixed feelings about it, I want to know what they make of it. The audiobook because the narration was pitch perfect.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gets the characters so well, it is hard to imagine it could have been any other way than the way in which he has narrated it. I simply love his performance (in this book as well as American Gods).


    Could you see Zorba the Greek being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Surely, as a matter of fact, it already has been.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not reviewing the book, as I am willing to grant that my inability to enjoy stems from my not "getting" the book completely. But it is hard to oversell Guidall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Rufus J. Fears
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (136)

    Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures. Beginning with his definition of a Great Book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers extraordinary wisdom to those willing to receive it.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A course that will open you to new ideas."
    "Just about ok"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes it was since I got a wikipedia style introduction to some great books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That question is not applicable amazon! Why don't you just let us write free style reviews?


    What three words best describe Professor Rufus J. Fears’s voice?

    Southern drawl. I was amusingly distracted by his pronunciation of "dooty".


    Was Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the treatment of the non-fiction books better than that of the fiction. For example, discussion of Othello, 1984, All is quiet on the Western front etc was nothing more than a dramatic rendering of the summary. What I expected to hear more was a discussion of the underlying themes. For the non fiction works such as the works of Winston Churchill or Gandhi, the treatment was much better. All in all, it was an average course. I do not regret listening to it, but I was not enthralled by it either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, John Ormsby (translated by)
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (252)

    The most influential work of the entire Spanish literary canon and a founding work of modern Western literature, Don Quixote is also one of the greatest works ever written. Hugely entertaining but also moving at times, this episodic novel is built on the fantasy life of one Alonso Quixano, who lives with his niece and housekeeper in La Mancha. Quixano, obsessed by tales of knight errantry, renames himself ‘Don Quixote’ and with his faithful servant Sancho Panza, goes on a series of quests.

    Colin says: "More than funny"
    "Perfection"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Don Quixote to be better than the print version?

    I couldn't say, I haven't read the print version. But it will not be an easy read, that much is certain.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Don Quixote?

    There were so many; Quixote on his deathbed almost brought tears to my eyes.


    What about Roy McMillan’s performance did you like?

    I came here to comment about his performance. "Pitch perfect" does not do justice to this performance. It was so good, never a word over emphasized, never a situation over dramatized. His narration did not get in the way of my interpretation of the text.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry Fielding
    • Narrated By Kenneth Danzinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    A foundling of mysterious parentage, Tom Jones is brought up by the benevolent and wealthy Squire Allworthy as his own son. Tom falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Sophia Western, a neighbor’s daughter, whose marriage has already been arranged. When Tom’s sexual misadventures around the countryside get him banished, he sets out to make his fortune and find his true identity.

    Elizabeth says: "Well read, many accents, older recording"
    "Superb!"
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    What did you love best about The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling?

    It was hilarious! In the hands of a less skilled writer, this story would have fallen to pieces. But the writing was superb, all the characters had several aspects to their personality, much like it is in life. I enjoyed every bit of it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling?

    There were several, but when Jones begs Sophie's forgiveness, I loved how that scene was played out.


    What about Kenneth Danzinger’s performance did you like?

    It was wonderful and I was able to enjoy the book so much because of his narration. The various accents that he put on were superb and brought the book to life for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Several times. I laughed out loud on the bus.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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