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J. J. Kuzma

JJ Kuzma

Gresham, OR USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 13 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 255 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Homer, Richard Lattimore (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century B.C.,and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

    Jefferson says: "An Excellent Iliad"
    "Another great production by Charlton Griffin"
    Overall

    Charlton Griffin is my "go to" man for the classics. He can deliver the haughtiness of Zeus and the self-loathing of Helen.
    This is another great title in the Audio Connoisseur catalog.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Short Stories, Volume One

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    There have been few masters of the short story as popular as W. S. Maugham. His dry wit, worldweary loftiness, pungent cynicism, and penetrating powers of observation have contributed to the creation of some of the greatest short stories ever written.

    J. J. Kuzma says: "A masterful production of Maugham's short stories."
    "A masterful production of Maugham's short stories."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Charlton Griffin narrates these short stories by W. Somerset Maugham with a keen sense for each character's delivery. Griffin's love of this author shines through his Audio Connoisseur recording.

    To listen to these works is to be transported to the Pacific Islands and various ports in Asia. Maugham spent much of his life in this part of the world. He found the mixture of cultures there in the early 20th Century to be fascinating, absurd, tragic and mysterious. One can never predict how the typical Westerner will react to the pressures of such strange, tropical surroundings. Maugham made much of this, but never went for the simple surprise ending in his short stories. Many of these works are quite disturbing in their portrayal of the moral weakness of Westerners when immersed in the seeming anonymity of the Tropics.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    The Secret Agent was one of the first espionage novels ever written, and it is certainly one of the finest in the oeuvre of Joseph Conrad. The story concerns the attempt by a group of back-alley revolutionaries to destroy one of London's most famous landmarks and thereby set off a revolution.

    Harmon says: "Dry Humor"
    "Great Conrad Audio"
    Overall

    This is a great production of Conrad's Secret Agent by Audio Connoisseur, Charlton Griffin narrating. It includes an introduction by a living relative of the author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Jones, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry Fielding
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    Tom Jones is a splendid Hogarthian panorama of 18th-century English life and morals, encompassing both city and country, and comprising some of the greatest comic characters in British literature. First published in 1749, it was an instant success and has gone on to become a classic of its genre. Quite simply, there has never been anything like it.

    Anthony says: "Buy it"
    "*Loved it*"
    Overall

    This classic novel is brought to life by the talents of Charlton Griffin, whose Audio Connoisseur productions are always a pleasure. The high style and wit are played upon perfectly.
    This novel made me think of both Voltaire and Mark Twain with its satire of societal conceptions of wisdom and virtue. Fielding also reminds me of Dickens, though he is far less shy about discussing sex. I think this book is underappreciated by most readers only because they never get to reading it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (194)

    A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor - these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens' novel depicts Pip's development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his 'great expectations'.

    Robert says: "That it was by Dickens should have been enough"
    "Great Narrations"
    Overall

    If you haven't tried any of Charlton Griffin's productions for Audio Connoisseur, released through Audible, treat yourself to his reading of this classic Dickens novel. The many characters of the novel are brought to life masterfully.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Of Human Bondage, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Of Human Bondage is one of the greatest novels of modern times, and it is certainly Maugham's greatest achievement. It was published in 1914, when Maugham was at the height of his creative powers. The story concerns Philip Carey, afflicted at birth with a club foot, and his passionate search for truth in a cruel world. We follow his growth to manhood, his educational progress, his first loves, and the wrenching tragedies and disappointments that life has in store for him.

    John says: "Men Only"
    "Maugham's Masterpiece"
    Overall

    Charlton Griffin's love of Maugham's "Of Human Bondage" comes through in this masterful reading of the novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Idylls of the King

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alfred Tennyson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    The Arthurian legend of Camelot has been told many times, but never better than by Alfred Tennyson. Employing some of the most stirring and beautiful blank verse ever written, Tennyson crafted his version of the Knights of the Round Table over the course of nearly fifty years, completing it in 1885. Despite the length of time, Tennyson managed to maintain a high level of style and continuity throughout.

    Roger says: "Beautiful poetry"
    "Charlton Griffin rocks"
    Overall

    The narrating style of Charlton Griffin is perfect for this most famous work by Tennyson. He reads with tasteful flair. I especially enjoyed "Merlin and Vivien."

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Commentaries

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julius Caesar
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.

    Murray says: "Great history of Rome, miltary strategy & tactics"
    "Go to the source!"
    Overall

    Classical history buffs, now you have no excuse for never having read Caesar's Commentaries; Charlton Griffin delivers another top performance in his narration of unabridged classics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Georgics

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Virgil's Georgics ranks as one of the most precious pastoral poems ever written, and it has served as a model for its type ever since. Georgics means "of or relating to agriculture or rural life" and it comes from the Greek word, "georgicus". Virgil's main theme in this, his second great work after The Eclogues, was the importance of peace both in the spiritual and physical sense.

    John says: "Awesome!"
    "For classics junkies!"
    Overall

    This isn't on a par with his Aeneid, but for those interested in hard-to-find classics audiobooks, Virgil's Georgics is a must. Narrator Charlton Griffin is always a pleasure to hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Arrian
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    This is the incredible story of the world's greatest conqueror, a man who single handedly changed the course of history...and who was worshipped as a god. There have been many attempts in the 2,300 years since Alexander's death to tell the epic story of this enigmatic soldier. His deeds read like the stuff of legends. Of all the chroniclers of Alexander, and there have been many famous ones, including Plutarch and Ptolemy, none have given us a clearer and truer account than the one by Arrian.

    Theresa says: "A Superb Chronicle of Alexander"
    "Another great listen!"
    Overall

    The unabridged classics from Audio Connoisseur, narrated by Charlton Griffin, are always a joy. Most of us busy 'history buffs' will never pick up this work by Arrian, so why not download this enjoyable audiobook?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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