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Jack

Raleigh, NC, USA

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  • 1968: The Year That Rocked the World

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (39)

    In this monumental new book, award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has written his most ambitious work to date: a singular and ultimately definitive look at a pivotal moment in history.

    Eugene says: "Don't let this reader near a foreign word"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    While somewhat interesting to see all that was going on in the world in 1968, the book doesn't hang well together, never seems to get going, then ends abruptly. I was hoping for a lot more detaield history from what seemed like a fairly long book.

    And a book with so much American culture needs an American narrator. The many pronuncuation mistakes were distracting.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6230)
    Performance
    (2389)
    Story
    (2415)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall

    Some cultural history, a nice sense of humour and a terrific, casual, unassuming main charcter make this a very enjoyable listen. Also, it is one of the very best narrations I have ever heard. The science behind the deviation is present, but not too heavy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (148)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "WOW - PROFOUND"
    Overall

    You'll never think the same way again about self-responsibility, the point-lessness of forcing people to do anything, or socialism.

    The length of this work makes it a challenge, (including a 90 page soliloquy SP ?)) but it's worth it. This book has shown up on many, many "most influentual books ever-read" lists, second only to the Bible!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Bondwoman's Narrative

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Hannah Crafts, edited by Henry Louis Gates
    • Narrated By Anna Deavere Smith
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    An unprecedented historical and literary event, this tale written in the 1850s is the only known novel by a female African American slave, and quite possibly the first novel written by a black woman anywhere. A work recently uncovered by renowned scholar and professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., it is a stirring tale of "passing" and the adventures of a young slave as she makes her way to freedom.

    Hilary says: "Poor reading of an important book"
    "YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING !!"
    Overall

    Maybe, if the author had tried to establish a little credability for his/her very advanvced education a reader could belive that this book was written by a former slave. The author's use of grammer and vocabulary represents a very high level of education for the 1800s or an obvious knock-off by a modern day writer of the 19th century style. The protagonist only claims to have a few years of informal educaiton from a local shack dweller. The book's publisher includes information on why the book is real, but never touches on this issue.

    Views into the slave's life is interesting, but the lie is insulting !

    7 of 25 people found this review helpful

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