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Janice

Dunedin, N/A, New Zealand

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  • All Stories Are Fiction: On Lacking Conviction

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Mike Daisey
    • Narrated By Mike Daisey
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Mike Daisey is a fierce storyteller, one minute hilarious, the next minute sweet, with a fine-tuned ear for digression. He circles in on his uneasy subject matter, closer and closer, until he exposes the raw heart. The New York Times calls him "the master storyteller" and he has been compared to Garrison Keillor, Spalding Gray, and David Sedaris.

    Janice says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    If you like what you hear from the sample go with your instincts and buy this book. Hilarious and genuine and interesting.
    This title is one of the best in the Fiction series.
    I'm not the sort of person that would normally buy a comedy audiobook but this really is something different from the usual sitcom-style stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Poems of All Time, Volume 2

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Natalie Cole, D.B. Sweeney
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    This perfect poetry companion brings the words of the world's favorite poets to life. Hearing poetry spoken - as it was originally intended to be heard - adds dramatically to your understanding and appreciation of the form. Be moved, amused, and awed by these expert interpretations of even the most familiar favorites from the 1850s through the present.

    Marius says: "Lines of rhymes  Victorian times to modern climes"
    "mixed bag, part 2"
    Overall

    There is some great poems here. But I feel many of the best are let-down by the choice of narrator. A little frustrating, but basically a good book that achieves what it sets out to do.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Poems of All Time, Volume 1

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm, Eric Stoltz
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Graeme Malcolm, Eric Stoltz, and other accomplished actors bring life to the words of the world's favorite poets, including William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Also available: The Best Poems of All Time, Volume 2.

    Alice says: "Okay but"
    "worthwhile"
    Overall

    some good stuff here, but also several poems chosen more perhaps for historical/national importance than actual poetic quality.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    On his deathbed, Franz Kafka asked that all his unpublished manuscripts be burned. Fortunately, his request was ignored, allowing such works as The Trial to earn recognition among the literary masterpieces of the 20th century. This brilliant new translation of The Castle captures comedic elements and visual imagery that earlier interpretations missed.

    John says: "Obscure, enigmatic, and not for everyone"
    "excellent"
    Overall

    I found the narration to be very good. Kafka is, as ever, wonderfully clever, funny and *unique*. But it is hard to keep up with sometimes. This audiobook surpassed my expectations. Excellent!

    I can't remark on the quality of the translation that another reviewer has complained about. I have read the standard english version and this seems to be the same.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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