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Manager of public library services & earned 4 university degrees. The great narrators help us to fully understand & appreciate great books.


  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    James says: "A Modern (but Subtle) Masterpiece."
    "Great Novel Outstanding Narrator"

    Highly recommended novel by a writer that deserves more recognition. Simon Vance, with his usual excellent narration adds to the enjoyment and entertainment of this superb novel that is very well written with many diverse characters and a masterful evocation of their social and historical context. Thank you Anthony Powell and Simon Vance.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Andrew Holecek, Tulku Thondup Rinpoche (foreword)
    • Narrated By Karen White, Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Preparing to Die is for anyone interested in learning how to prepare for death from a Buddhist perspective, both spiritually and practically. It is also for those who want to learn how to help someone else who is dying, both during the time of illness and death as well as after death.

    John says: "Wisdom & compassion for life's toughest challenge"
    "Wisdom & compassion for life's toughest challenge"
    Would you listen to Preparing to Die again? Why?

    Yes, as we need to prepare for death while we still have health and are relatively free from the pain & suffering that often accompany the process of dying.

    What other book might you compare Preparing to Die to and why?

    Robert Thurman's Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between: Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead and Sogyal Rinpoche's The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying both of which are essential listening for those interested in how Tibetan Buddhism can help us deal with death & dying.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but you will need to listen to it repeatedly to gain the maximum benefit as the book (13 hrs and 48 mins) contains a great deal of valuable information and insights

    Any additional comments?

    I hope Audible makes available as Audio Books more Tibetan Buddhist classics for those who are blind or have other visual handicaps. Thank you to Andrew Holecek, the narrators and Audible for making these precious teachings available on audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

    Robert says: "Don't be afraid"
    "Science for the layman - strongly recommended"

    This book (well written & narrated) is worthy to be ranked, with Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything and Science Matters by James Trefil & Robert M Hazen, as amongst the best science books for the layman. I highly recommend all 3 and request that Audible provide more titles by Michio Kaku.

    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
    "The Greatest Novel read by the best narrator"

    I cannot imagine a better narrator, for this great book, than Neville Jason. I read it 3 times before hearing it read by NJ and I cannot praise it too highly - his narration adds a new dimension to the experience of this masterpiece. I wish Audible would make all Tolstoy's and Dostoyevsky's books available - must be read by NJ.
    Thank you too Tolstoy, Neville Jason & Audible.

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful

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