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  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    Chris says: "Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance"
    "I thoroughly enjoyed this book"

    I felt like I learned an immense amount about ancient classical figures whose names I had known but couldn't have told you much else about them. In addition, I was entertained, engrossed, and even horrified (by the how violent their world was). I'd recommend it if you like history and/or historical fiction (this isn't fiction, but it reads like it). The reader was very good.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Humboldt's Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Saul Bellow
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt

    For years, they were the best of friends: the grand, erratic Humboldt and the ambitious young Charlie. But now Humboldt has died a failure, and Charlie's success-ridden life has taken various turns for the worse. Then Humboldt acts from the grave to change Charlie's life: he has left Charlie something in his will.

    Scott says: "Great Book, Great Reader"
    "Not so great."

    This is one of the very few aduiobooks I haven't enjoyed. I nearly stopped partway through, because the story is so tedious. I'm surprised it's so highly regarded. I found it indulgent and pompous. The reader, as I recall -- it's been some time now since I read it -- was neither great nor terrible, just sort of okay. One recognizes the erudition of the author, but wishes he had reined it in some to develop characters we could care more about.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Definitely worth buying!"

    This is a gripping story with an excellent reader. His slow understated diction is perfect for this scorched earth story. It's a far from cheery vision -- totally bleak, in fact -- but with real moments of tenderness. It's a rich evocation something that is usually only addressed by melodrama and exaggeration. This is the opposite -- precise, human, intelligent, and therefore even more frightening and memorable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "You couldn't ask for more!"

    This is one of the greatest 20th-century novels read by one of the best living actors. I loved it. The story is engrossing and Nabokov's play with language delicious. Of course, it's a totally depraved story, basically of statutory rape and child abduction. But getting inside the perpetrator's head like we do is fascinating, especially as one can sympathize, or at least empathize, with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carry On, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis

    Listen to hilarious unabridged stories starring the ever-popular Jeeves and Wooster from the master of great British comedy: P. G. Wodehouse. Stories featured: "Jeeves Takes Charge", "Jeeves and The Unbidden Guest", "The Artistic Career of Corky", "The Aunt and the Sluggard", "Clustering Round Young Bingo", "Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg", and "The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy".

    Eunique says: "A great introduction to Jeeves"
    "Very Funny!"

    Wonderfully entertaining stories and excellent reading by Martin Jarvis, who creates convincingly different characters. These stories are a great way to pass some time.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Considered by some to be the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina contains two plots: the tragedy of Madame Karenina, in love with a man who is not her husband; and the story of Konstantine Levin, a sensitive man whose personal philosophy is Tolstoy's reason for writing about him.

    D. Littman says: "A classic, classically read"
    "Excellent reading of a powerful novel"

    I hesitated buying this audiobook because of its length and the one negative comment someone made about the reader. I'm so glad I did buy it. It's a profound, subtle, and beautiful novel, and the reader is brilliant. She held my attention through the entire book, was confident in all her pronunciations, and was nearly flawless in her creation of different characters based on varying her tone of voice, accent, and other vocal qualities. I wholeheartedly agree with those who didn't want the book to end.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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