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Boulder, CO, USA | Member Since 2007

  • 4 reviews
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  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 4: The Growth of America, 1878-1928

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Clarence B. Carson
    • Narrated By Mary Woods

    Carson's full-scale treatment of American history combines scholarly exactness with evocative passages that lead the listener to a clearer understanding of the people and events, the triumphs and the shortcomings, which have shaped this nation. Starting with the "filling out" of the West, this fourth volume goes beyond the standard historical facts and events of these formative 50 years of American history.

    Larry says: "Reader, beware"
    "Reader, beware"

    This gets a mixed review from me. The reader is really very good, and the basic content seems solid. I was relatively unfamiliar with the period discussed and must say that I learned a lot. But beware: C. Carson has a libertarian agenda, never stated, but clearly evident in the tone of the writing and the evaluations of the various characters. If you are a laissez-faire advocate you will love this. His treatment of the activism of workers and unions is particularly galling. Anything remotely smelling of social activism is given a cold shoulder. One gets the feeling that he even objects to child labor legislation. I enjoyed much more his volume 2 and 3 since these had much less of this agenda. I hesitate to embark on vol 5 as FDR looms! And then there is Reagan to please him, I assume. I am pretty apolitical, but the heartless, uncompassionate (apparently)attitude displayed at times was very irritating to me.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Anton Chekhov, Vol. 2: 1886

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald

    Anton Chekhov is widely considered one of the best short-story writers of all time. Having influenced such writers as Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, and James Joyce, Chekhov’s stories are often noted for their stream-of-consciousness style and their vast number. Raymond Carver once said, “It is not only the immense number of stories he wrote - for few, if any, writers have ever done more - it is the awesome frequency with which he produced masterpieces, stories that shrive us as well as delight and move us, that lay bare our emotions in ways only true art can accomplish.”

    Larry says: "Excellent intro to Chekhov"
    "Excellent intro to Chekhov"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    very much so

    What did you like best about this story?

    These 50+ stories are medium length and always delight

    Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

    Impossible to say, but I loved Heald's ability to give the different characters individual personalities. this really brings the stories to life.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had an extreme reaction to the idiotic review of "Bathsheba Everdene". Shameful and pathetic that that one review was the only one appearing!! This is a high quality production and deserves better!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moll Flanders

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Heathre Bell

    Follow the fortunes and misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders. She was born in Newgate, and during a life of continued variety for three-score years, besides her childhood, was 12 years a whore, 5 times a wife (where of once to her own brother), 12 years a thief, 8 years a transported felon in Virginia, at last grew rich, lived honest, and died a penitent.

    Larry says: "excellent job!"
    "excellent job!"

    Having read the book and seen a couple of film versions I thought that I would try this abridged audio version as this is a favorite of mine. Kudos to both the abridger and to the reader!! It captures the full spirit and story without taking the 12 hours or more to relate every detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nana

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman

    Emile Zola, along with fellow novelists Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert, was an early realist in French literature. In novels such as Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Zola's Nana, sex and violence were examined with vivid clarity. These realists soon adopted the word naturalism to describe their writings.

    Robert W. says: "A classic"
    "I wish..."

    I wish that I had read the two extant reviews before I purchased this. I fully agree with their assessments. Or, just as wise--I wish that I had sampled the audio before. He really does read much too slowly and monotonously. Because of this disappointing audiobook I now always try a sample before buying. I really love Zola and was so looking forward to this. I gave it two tries of less than an hour before ditching. But i do recommend Germinal in audiobook.

    6 of 19 people found this review helpful

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