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Joe Pawlowski

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New Hope, MN | Member Since 2005

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  • Classics of American Literature

    • ORIGINAL (43 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Arnold Weinstein
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    To truly understand the United States of America, you must explore its literary tradition. Now, in this grand collection of 84 fascinating lectures, you'll get the chance to finally become familiar with America's true literary masterpieces (some you may already be familiar with, others you have yet to discover). Professor Weinstein has crafted these lectures to explain why some works become classics while others do not, why some "immortal" works fade from our attention completely, and even why some contemporary works now being ignored or snubbed by critics may be considered immortal one day.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Incomparable AudiOverview of American Literature"
    "A thorough and perceptive overview"
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    I find myself enjoying all the Great Courses audio programs on topics that interest me. This one, on Classics of American Literature, is an extensive and thorough overview of some of the greatest works ever written. The speaker offers a perceptive, informative analysis of each work, sometimes offering as many as three sessions on a single work, examining it from a variety of angles. It is tremendously engaging and an excellent value.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Souls: A Jack Lennon Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (128)

    Galya Petrova travels to Ireland on a promise that she will work for a nice Russian family, teaching their children English. Instead, she is dragged into the world of modern slavery, sold to a Belfast brothel, and held there against her will. She escapes at a terrible cost - the slaying of one of her captors - and takes refuge with a man who offers his help. But her savior is not what he seems....

    Deborah says: "Strong Third Chapter"
    "Another great thriller from Stuart Neville"
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    Stuart Neville is one of the top crime writers in the field. His Jack Lennon novels are universally gripping and gritty. In "Stolen Souls," Neville's flawed but good-hearted protagonist Lennon faces flesh-peddling mobsters, corrupt cops, a serial killler, a hitman with a grudge against him and personal demons that dog Lennon every step of the way. A genuine nail-biter, "Stolen Souls" is Neville at his dark and compelling best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Classic Tales Podcast Season One

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Various
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The first award-winning season of The Classic Tales Podcast, topping the iTunes charts as the #3 overall podcast. Here B.J. Harrison reintroduces the world to the greatest short fiction ever written, from Poe, Dickens, Hardy, Stevenson, Fitzgerald and many, many others

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Listen.."
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
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    I enjoy classic short stories and have several audiobook collections of them. Some of the older ones suffer from poor production quality. Some of the older and newer ones suffer from poor quality narration. Often the selections are higly redundant from one collection to the next. This audiobook, however, is one of my very favorites. The production quality is superb. The narrator is consistently imaginative and compelling. And, along with some of the standbys found in similar collections, this includes some inspired alternatives. "The Classic Tales Podcast" is thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys listening to classic literature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hemingway Short Story: A Study in Craft for Writers and Readers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robert Paul Lamb
    • Narrated By Kirk Hanley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In his highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Art Matters: Hemingway, Craft, and the Creation of the Modern Short Story, Robert Paul Lamb delivers a dazzling analysis of the craft of this influential writer. Lamb scrutinizes a selection of Hemingway's exemplary stories to illuminate the author's methods of construction and to show how craft criticism complements and enhances cultural literary studies

    Joe Pawlowski says: "Thoughtful and Detailed"
    "Thoughtful and Detailed"
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    This is a thoughtful and detailed examination of some of Hemingway's finest short stories. It offers scene-by-scene and, in some cases, paragraph-by-paragraph and even sentence-by-sentence breakdowns, discussing the author's use of perspective and other writing techniques. It also includes observations on the stories from many authors and scholars. Not for the casual listener, but it is a real eye-opener for serious students and writers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life: Red Sneaker Writers Books, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By William Bernhardt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt, despite what you might have heard elsewhere. If your characters don’t interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. “Action is character,” Aristotle wrote, but what does that mean, and how can you use that fundamental principle to create dynamic fiction that will captivate readers? This audiobook explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story.

    Joe Pawlowski says: "Some good tips"
    "Some good tips"
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    I give this a marginal thumbs up because it contains some good tips on character development and there aren't a lot of audiobooks on the subject. The narrator is not really professional caliber and comes off as being a little full of himself, and there's too much opinionated filler. But, when he gets to the point, he offers some good insights and advice that were helpful for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Dramatic, intense, and gripping, The Inferno by Dante is an astonishing masterpiece that no listener can afford to miss. Robert Pinsky, the distinguished American poet, preserves the burning clarity and universal relevance of this 13th century literary masterpiece in a triumphant new translation for our times. Line by line, canto by canto, Pinksy affirms The Inferno as a powerful living classic for today's listeners.

    Joe Pawlowski says: "Classic Vision of Doom in the Afterlife"
    "Classic Vision of Doom in the Afterlife"
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    Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky's translation of Dante's classic is beautifully dark and very accessible to modern listeners. It features stunning imagery and those who are hesitant to dive in because of the work's religious connotation should take heart. This is an incredible nightmare vision that should chill most listeners regardless of their religious beliefs. Dante was a wonderful writer and it is with good reason that this masterpiece has stood the test of time. My only criticism is that the introduction is quite long (about 24 minutes) and gets a bit tiring on repeated listens. There should always be a break you can skip to immediately after the introduction, but the first one in "Inferno" doesn't come until a ways into the story, so you have to do that "fast forward" thing on your iPod, which is cumbersome. Maybe they could fix that. But, otherwise, it's a very entertaining story and presentation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How to Start a Conversation

    • ABRIDGED (38 mins)
    • By Don Gabor
    • Narrated By Don Gabor
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Learn how to relax and be yourself; overcome shyness and increase self-confidence; capture someone's attention; and meet people anytime, anywhere.

    Jeff says: "Ok advice, nothing ground breaking"
    "Some Good Tips"
    Overall

    A good introduction to basic conversational techniques. Could be longer and more detailed, but worth listening to if you want to polish up your speaking skills. Offers some good tips.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Making Room for Life: Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Randy Frazee
    • Narrated By Randy Frazee
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    What if you could get all your work done by 6:00 p.m.? Eat dinner with your family every night? Form deep, satisfying relationships? Naturally blend the world of church with your everyday life? Spend hours a week on your hobbies?

    You can! Making Room for Life reveals how to make all of these things a reality. Not by working faster or having more gadgets, but by simply choosing a lifestyle of conversation, and community over accumulation.

    Scott says: "One Answer to a Great Puzzler"
    "Written For the Choir"
    Overall

    Written by a minister and drawing extensively from the Bible, it sounds like one long sermon. I didn't find this very helpful at all.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiller Memorandum

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Adam Hall
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    You are a secret agent working for the British in Berlin. You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed by the enemy - or your own people. A man meets you in the theater and briefs you on a plot to revive the power of Nazi Germany. You do not believe him, but you remember that one of the suspects mentioned was a senior SS officer you met while you were working as a spy in Nazi Germany. Next, you make contact with a beautiful girl who may know something. Someone tries to kill both of you.

    Joe Pawlowski says: "An entertaining thriller"
    "An entertaining thriller"
    Overall

    This is a well-read, well-written thriller that holds up to repeated listens. It is a classic of post-war espionage, full of twists and turns.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Kennedy: His Life

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Evan Thomas
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (41)

    Traditionally, Robert F. Kennedy has been viewed as either the "Good Bobby", who saw wrong and tried to right it, or the "Bad Bobby" of countless conspiracy theories. Evan Thomas' achievement is to realize RFK as a human being, to bring to life an extraordinarily complex man who was at once kind and cruel, devious and honest, fearful and brave. The portrait that emerges is unvarnished but sympathetic, packed with new details about Kennedy's early life and his behind-the-scenes machinations.

    Donald says: "Excellent"
    "An Excellent Portrait of RFK"
    Overall

    This biography is excellently written and well-read. It offers a balanced portrait of a man who, though not perfect, moved at the turbulent center of the times in which he lived and who, in the process, became a symbol of heartfelt dignity and justice to a generation of Americans.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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