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Leahcim

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  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (99)

    Dostoevsky studied human nature with passion and precision. He plumbed the depths and never winced at what he found, even when it was beyond his understanding. This extraordinary novel is a recital of his findings, told in the story of four brothers: Dimitri, pleasure-seeking, impatient, unruly; Ivan, brilliant and morose; Alyosha, gentle, loving, honest; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, sly, silent, cruel. What give this story its dramatic grip is the part these brothers play in their father's murder.

    Paul Z. says: "This book is one of the reasons I joined Audible!"
    "Worth it, even if you're not a fan of "classics""
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    What made the experience of listening to The Brothers Karamazov the most enjoyable?

    A well done reading of a story worth hearing.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a huge fan of classic literature, but this story is still relevant and powerful, particularly if you know any sullen young "intellectual" men with chips on their shoulders, or happen to be one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3806)
    Performance
    (3332)
    Story
    (3367)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Snow Crash Redux"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like Neal Stephenson, you should love this. While Diamond Age is my favorite of his works, I think his skills improve with each book he writes.

    The only book of his I've read and been underwhelmed by was Snow Crash, and I feel like Reamde was his return to, and successful re-imagining of, the cyber-punk, MMORPG-based novel.

    Thanks Neal! Keep 'em coming!


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    AWESOME! This guy is among the best audio book performers I've ever heard! As much as I enjoyed the book, I actually think Hillgartner's reading made it even more enjoyable than it would have been in print. His accents were fun and well-differentiated! I always knew who was talking, and it spiced up some already atomically spicy characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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