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Mark

FORT WORTH, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • My Man Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (133)

    Wodehouse introduces us once again to the "wonder butler" Jeeves, who, as usual is able to solve any and all of Bertie Wooster's endless problems with ease and finesse. And he also introduces us to a character not dissimilar to Bertie . . . by name of Reggie. Such fun to follow Jeeves in the hijinks!

    Noora says: "Brilliantly narrated light reading"
    "What, ho!"
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    Would you listen to My Man Jeeves again? Why?

    Wonderful comic novel by Wodehouse. His subtle, elegant use of language is a pleasure. David Thorn is a tremendous interpreter, I wish he would record more Wodehouse.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red and the Black

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stendhal, Lloyd C. Parks (translator)
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Red and the Black is a powerful character study of Julien Sorel, a clever and idealistic young opportunist who attempts to rise above his station through a combination of talent, deception, and hypocrisy. He uses his powers of seduction and charm to secure advancement, only to find himself betrayed by his own passions and outwitted by the larger political and social intrigues of post-Napoleonic France.

    beatrice says: "passion and politics"
    "Le Rouge et le Noir"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Red and the Black to be better than the print version?

    I'm so glad that this audio edition gives the name of the translator. I wish the name of the translator was always included.


    What aspect of David Case’s performance would you have changed?

    I don't like David Case's low, growling, pressed voice (what therapists call "vocal fry"), but I appreciate all the qualities which Case brings: intelligence, pacing, characterization, etc. He mispronounces the hero's name, Julien (should rhyme with 'bien').


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful, complex portrait of post-Revolution France, and of the idealistic hero, grappling with the shallow, hypocritical society he lives in. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Dostoevsky is primarily known for his monumental works like Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. However, he also wrote many excellent shorter works that embody the same exploration of human psychology on a smaller scale. The Dream of a Ridiculous Man is one of his best short pieces. No less a writer than Virginia Woolf says of Dostoevsky, "Out of Shakespeare there is no more exciting reading."

    Jeremy says: "Inspiring"
    "Dostoyevsky Gem"
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    Any additional comments?

    What a wonderful, challenging, philosophical, fantastical short story by Dostoyevsky. The narrator is very clear and well-paced. Audio quality is OK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Bart Wolffe
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A Selection of Short Stories by Leo Tolstoy read by Bart Wolffe.

    Mark says: "Short Stories"
    "Short Stories"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Pretty good selection of Tolstoy stories. I'm guessing the narrator is from South Africa? and I find his accent distracting. "A mahhn raised his hahhnd..." Every 'r' nicely rolled.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many better short story collections available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Psmith in the City

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    "Work," said Psmith, with simple dignity. "I am now a member of the staff of this bank. Its interests are my interests. Psmith, the individual, ceases to exist, and there springs into being Psmith, the cog in the wheel of the New Asiatic Bank; Psmith, the link in the bank's chain; Psmith, the Worker. "I shall not spare myself," he proceeded earnestly. "I shall toil with all the accumulated energy of one who, up till now, has only known what work is like from hearsay."

    Karen says: "Such a dilemma"
    "Sound quality"
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    Would you try another book from P.G. Wodehouse and/or Frederick Davidson?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible sound quality. Hard to understand. Get the other audio performance with Jonathan Cecil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hill of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Arthur Machen
    • Narrated By Harry Shaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Considered Machen’s most important and moving work, The Hill of Dreams tells the story of aspiring author Lucian Taylor and his fascination with a relic Roman fort near his hometown in Wales. The story follows Taylor’s real-life explorations, through dream-like memories, and finally obsession and fantasy that will lead to Taylor’s ultimate doom. Arthur Machen was a major influence on many early-20th Century fantasy and horror writers, including H. P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, Lord Dunsany, and David Lindsay.

    Mark says: "Major work by Arthur Machen"
    "Major work by Arthur Machen"
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    If you could sum up The Hill of Dreams in three words, what would they be?

    Dreamy, philosophical, poetic journey of a young writer in 1890's London. Machen's wonderful use of language as sensual, evocative experience is rewarding. Now I want to read other Machen writings. The narrator was excellent, and I hope that we will see other Machen audiobooks in the future.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Romantic Poets

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Keats, William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, and others
    • Narrated By Ralph Richardson, Christopher Hassall, Margaretta Scott, and others
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Blake, Coleridge, and Byron. The poets of the Romantic Period celebrated with readings by Sir Ralph Richardson, Christopher Hassall, Margaretta Scott, and Tyrone Power.

    Shawn says: "Romantic Poets...you're on your own"
    "very poor"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nothing is identified in this audiobook. No titles, no authors, no readers.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It needs a table of contents, and the titles and speakers should be identified.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The sound quality is very uneven, sometimes bad.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Romantic Poets?

    That is hard to say, since no poems or titles are given.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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