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  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Hootkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (155)

    "Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

    Jessica says: "Excellent, EXCELLENT reading!"
    "William Hootkins is brilliant!"
    Overall

    This recording makes Moby Dick come alive. Hootkins truly understands Melville. I've never been this impressed by a narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Sur

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    "Big Sur's a humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac, a superior novelist who had strength to complete his poetic narrative, a task few scribes so afflicted have accomplished...others crack up. Here we meet San Francisco's poets and recognize hero Dean Moriarty 10 years after On the Road. Jack Kerouac was a 'writer,' as his great peer W.S. Burroughs says, and here at the peak of his suffering humorous genius he wrote through his misery to end with 'Sea,' a brilliant poem appended, on the hallucinatory sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur." - Allen Ginsberg

    SHAWN says: "A great listen"
    "Tom Parker knows what he's doing"
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    Any additional comments?

    At times the narrative gets really charged up. Intense. Tom Parker is always up to the challenge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woody Allen Collection: Without Feathers, Getting Even, Mere Anarchy, Side Effects

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Woody Allen
    • Narrated By Woody Allen
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Woody Allen - writer, director, and actor - can now add narrator to his long list of achievements, as he’s teamed up with Audible to make his best-selling books available in audio for the very first time. The Woody Allen Collection, featuring four of his classic short-story books, highlights the comedian’s biting wit and signature style - performed as only he can. These hilarious stories examine the deepest of human questions from the highest heights of absurdity.

    Joe says: "Well worth the wait"
    "great recordings"
    Overall

    He does NOT sound old on these recordings. He sounds like he's always sounded. On the mp3 quality downloads he sounds just fine. Upgrade your downloads if he sounds strange. This stuff is hilarious. Don't miss it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Without Feathers

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Woody Allen
    • Narrated By Woody Allen
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (254)

    Now in audio for the first time, Without Feathers is narrated by Woody Allen himself. Here they are: 16 of the funniest tales and ruminations ever recorded, by one of the great comic minds of our time. From "The Whore of Mensa", to "Fabulous Tales & Mythical Beasts", to "No Kaddish for Weinstein", old and new Allen fans will laugh themselves silly over these sparkling gems.

    Vincent says: "Surprisingly good"
    "same old Woody"
    Overall

    Somebody on here said he sounded old. No, he sounded like he's always sounded -- nervous and a little nerdy. I could not detect any oldness in his voice in these recordings.

    What was clear to me in his voice was his usual strange sense of humor. These are great recordings. If he sounds old, I suggest you upgrade your download quality from AM radio to mp3 or higher. Everybody sounds old on AM radio.

    This is great stuff. Get this and lighten up for a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: The Original Scroll

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By John Ventimiglia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (160)

    Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951 that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history.

    Chris says: "Stellar, if you know what you're getting into"
    "the right narrator"
    Overall

    So many have tried to make Kerouac novels into audio books and failed.
    This guy pulls it off. Very well.
    He's got just the right accent and delivery.
    I'm very happy with this audio book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leaves of Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Walt Whitman
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." And Ralph Waldo Emerson found Leaves of Grass "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed," calling it a "combination of the Bhagavad Gita and the New York Herald."

    Martin says: "a passionate and believable interpretation"
    "a passionate and believable interpretation"
    Overall

    Mel Foster has a very good understanding of Walt Whitman's poetry. He must have read a lot of it before he did this recording. He probably loved Whitman's poetry before he got this job.

    I for one am sick of "way back then" styles of reading poetry. It wasn't "back then" when it was written. It should be read by someone who thinks of it as immediate and meaningful. Especially Walt Whitman's poetry.

    I'm baffled as to what some people were expecting.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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