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Charles

Providence, RI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Death in the Afternoon

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon reflects Hemingway's belief that bullfighting was more than mere sport. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual, and "the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick."

    Charles says: "A Long Trip Through Bull Fighting"
    "A Long Trip Through Bull Fighting"
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    Read as a lecture on bull fighting and bull fighters. A very lengthy discourse. i feel much longer than necessary. The discussions with the older lady were an interesting twist. Not by any means my favorite Hemingway book./

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (817)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Never give up"
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    A wonderful story about man's inner drive not to give up even when life itself seems hopeless, and you are up against a great challenge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1436)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (728)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "death, love and a war story"
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    Wonderful, descriptive writing. There is much about death and about love while telling a war story. Hemingway drags out the story to a great deal and ends it in an exciting, moving way at a much greater pace. A great book to read but tedious for the first half.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pearl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Hector Elizondo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    In this short book illuminated by a deep understanding and love of humanity, John Steinbeck retells an old Mexican folk tale: the story of the great pearl, how it was found, and how it was lost. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to the tragedy. For Steinbeck, Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems.

    Chris Baldwin says: "Extremely poignant; incredible listen."
    "very moving story"
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    Character development is wonderful. It is a very moving story with a very important message. It is a short story that will be read straight through. If you are a Steinbeck lover, this is a must read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (286)

    In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

    Suzn F says: "On the Road Adventure"
    "Love Steinbeck and particularily this book."
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    I had read it years ago and now listened to it. I will listed again in the future. There is so much in the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The American Democrat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Fenimore Cooper
    • Narrated By Noah Waterman
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Convinced that the American political system was endangered by complacency, demagoguery, party propaganda, and the tyranny of public opinion, James Fenimore Cooper felt compelled to write this minor classic of American political theory. Fascinated with deception, he wrote in order to express "the voice of simple, honest and...fearless truth" on the peculiarities of the American system of government.

    Charles says: "textbook material"
    "textbook material"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    atert readers that it is not a story


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Fenimore Cooper again?

    absolutely--am listening to The Pilot now


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Noah Waterman?

    dont know


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    not movie material


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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