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Memphis

Graton, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 72 titles in library
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  • Nostromo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Set in the fictional South American country of Costaguana, Nostromo explores the volatile politics and crippling greed surrounding the San Tomé silver mine. The story of power, love, revolutions, loyalty and reward is told with richly evocative description and brilliantly realised characters. But Nostromo is more than an adventure story; it is also a profoundly dark moral fable. Its language is as compellingly resonant as the sea itself; the characters absorbing and complex.

    Dan Harlow says: "If literature was food, this would be 12 courses"
    "One of My Favorites of All Time"
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    This book is really great. The narration is great. I don't really feel like writing a long review but seriously this is one of my favorite books. I rank it over books I like a whole lot, I'm not exactly sure why, there's something about it. Here's to the "Glorious Capitas!" Interesting fact about Joseph Conrad, he was born and raised in Poland and emigrated to England, I think this adds something to his writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Commentaries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Julius Caesar
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.

    Dale says: "Great reading of an engrossing classic"
    "Another Epic read by Charlton Griffin!"
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    Very enjoyable and interesting listen, recommend. Great translation as well, although haven't read any others. Check it out! To the vanguard!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kim

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Madhav Sharma
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    Set in the days of the British Raj, Kipling's finest novel is the exciting and touching tale of an Irish orphan-boy who has lived free in the streets of Lahore before setting out, with a Tibetan Lama, on a spiritual quest. Kim later enrols in the Indian Service and simultaneously embarks on an espionage mission of supreme importance.

    Carol says: "Fabulous Narrator"
    "Very Nice Enjoyable Book and Good Narration"
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    I did like this book quite a bit, not as much as I have liked some other books but it was very good and worthwhile. Amazing telling of Indian culture and when I think about it is truly a grand piece of writing in the way Kipling details and describes various aspects of this culture and its people, and the characters he creates are very unique and ingenious. I think in the end I felt something lacking in the plot or at least was a little unsatisfied. Narration is quite extraordinary at times and very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Within the Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Written at various times and under various influences, the four stories contained in Within the Tides are linked by Conrad's treatment of loyalty and betrayal. They range in setting from the Far East via 18th-century Spain to England. The tone shifts from the tragic inevitability of "The Planter of Malata" and the pathos of "Because of the Dollars" to the gothic "The Inn of the Two Witches" and the grim humor of "The Partner." Experimental in form, they represent yet another branch of Conrad's search for moral truth.

    Memphis says: "Enjoyable Stories, Very Well Done Sir"
    "Enjoyable Stories, Very Well Done Sir"
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    I enjoyed these stories although I don't remember them very well and it wasn't too long ago that I listened to them so they must not have had that much of an impression on me. Really have enjoyed the books of Conrad that I have listened to so was searching for more of that, perhaps me thinks this book did not fulfill that desire. Good narration I would say. I by three stars I am being a very harsh judge, I'm not sure why, Conrad is quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (87)

    The Aeneid represents one of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Within the brooding and melancholy atmosphere of Virgil's pious masterpiece lies the mythic story of Aeneas and his flight from burning Troy, taking with him across the Mediterranean the survivors of the Greek onslaught. Aeneas, after many travails and adventures, including a love affair with Dido Queen of Carthage and a visit to the underworld to see his father, ends up in Italy.

    James says: "An epic in every sense of the word"
    "Very Epic and Fantastical Story"
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    Enjoyed this book quite a bit, I think I thought it was going to be a bit different then it was for some reason, it is quite a bit similar to the Odyssey or Iliad in tone and form but also different. Whenever the word "epic poem" is used to describe a book I think of something rhymey and syntactic (what does that mean?? ) but this is more like a novel with that epic quality that often is found in old books that are well translated. A bit hard to follow as these sorts of books often are but a lot of that was me not paying enough attention. Would enjoy re-listening at some point. Narration is quality and Griffin does a good job with the female characters which I think he flailed on in the Odyssey. Anyhow, fun and epic book! Perhaps not as epic as the Persian Wars or the Peloponnesian War at least to me, but in some ways perhaps more. Kind of vaguely reminded me of the Narnia Chronicles or some fantasy novel like that in a very slight manner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Candide and Zadig

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Voltaire
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Voltaire's razor-sharp satire on philosophical optimism, Candide, is coupled here with another of the author's most celebrated works, Zadig. Both challenge the moral and philosophical orthodoxies of the day with humor and sly wit, while parodying the clichéd formulas of so many contemporary novels.

    Erez says: "Highly recommended"
    "Really Enjoyed This, More than I Expected"
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    This is a fun and entertaining story, a nice diversion from the longer more serious novels and books I have been listening to. Definitely check it out! Had some amusing philosophical thoughts and sayings, narration is quite enjoyable in my opinion. Remember to tend to you garden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Homer, A. T. Murray (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    The Odyssey is the greatest adventure story ever written, and one of the great epic masterpieces of Western literature For almost 3,000 years, it has been a storehouse of ancient Greek folklore and myth. It is also our very first novel, if we think of it in terms of romantic plot development, realistic characterizations, frequent change of scene, and heroic dramatic devices.

    Carl says: "Fantastic Audio Reading by Griffin!"
    "I Feel Obliged to Write a Somewhat Bad Review"
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    Well as much as I have enjoyed some of Mr. Griffin's other readings I must say that, as other listeners have stated, his handling of female voices is fairly bad. Harpy is quite a good word to describe it. I have listened to another book read by him since this one and he does a better job but still kind of sub par. Maybe this was one of his earlier reads and has since improved, definetely check out The Peloponesian Wars it's quite excellent I thought, if you are into that sort of thing. One thing about Griffin is I think he generally picks out really good translations of books which is very very important for these types of books. Maybe he needs a female counterpart for the voices because besides that I really enjoyed the narration. As far as the actual story goes I didn't really enjoy it that much but certainly interesting and worthwhile I would say, and I was hampered somewhat by the above mentioned inconveniences.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    The intensely personal David Copperfield (widely regarded to be the most autobiographical of the author’s novels) is one of Dickens’ greatest works. We follow David Copperfield from birth and miserable childhood to inevitable tragedies, until he finally finds happiness later in life. Full of some of the most memorable characters in literary history. Nicholas Boulton’s depiction of the oily Uriah Heep and David Copperfield’s sinister stepfather, Murdstone, do the novel full justice.

    ML says: "Dickens would be proud"
    "Probably the Best Narration I Have Heard !"
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    This is without doubt one of my favorite narrations of any book that I have heard, and quite possibly the best! Really fantastic voices and characters, and he actually pulls off the female voices well which is rare. The book speaks for itself I would think, another epic Dickens novel. Not my exact favorite Dickens book but really good (duh) and enjoyable. Unfortunately Mr. Boulton hasn't done very many other readings, at least of books I want to listen to, which was a bit depressing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (592)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!"
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    Really loved this book it's truly a modern classic. The narration is really excellent with amazing voices that add so much to the book. Only quibble is the women's voices are a bit strange at times, but totally a non issue in the end. I actually got a copy of this audiobook awhile ago from a friend which is the one I listened to, but wanted to support the author so I got it here too, plus I bought the actual book! Really good narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Holy Qur'an: A Modern English Reading, Volume I: Chapters 1-8

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Noorbox Productions
    • Narrated By Kevan Brighting
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    The Holy Qur'an was revealed in Arabic over 1400 years ago for the whole of humanity to the last prophet in Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him). Written down and recorded as it was revealed, The Holy Qur'an remains unchanged, even to this day. The Holy Qur'an is considered the greatest miracle given to the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

    This is a Modern English reading of the interpretations and meanings of the Holy Qur'an, based on interpretations of the meaning by Dr Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din al-Hilali and Dr Muhammad Muhsin Khan.

    This production in the English language is only an interpretation of the Arabic.

    Will says: "Good but not acurate!"
    "Best English Reading of Quran I have found"
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    This isn't only the best english reading of the Quran I have found, it is kind of the only one, at least the only decent one. Worth listening if you have an interest in Islam and western religions, certainly has some entertaining and informative bits. Overall though probably wouldn't recommend the audiobook, the book is quite repetitive and hard to follow. Probably better to read if you are really interested in it. As far as the 'story' goes it has some interesting 'historical' information and many sayings and laws. Its quite short compared to the bible, and actually has many similarities as well, such as certain stories and such. Generally the message is the same as the old testament. It does emphasize the bad things that will happen to you if you don't follow the rules quite more significantly than the bible though, such as hell. I guess they had figured out by that time it was a good way to get people to do what you want.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (567)

    When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

    Jerry says: "Why a classic is a classic"
    "Great Book, maybe one criticism"
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    Its hard to criticize Dickens (at least what I've read), I mean he is truly epically awesome. Probably the best writer of all time I think. The only thing I would say is that the general meaning and importance of the story is perhaps lacking, in other words it seems to have a less significant general theme then perhaps could have been achieved with an entirely different story and concept. But that is a very strange and obscure criticism, and this is what he chose and knew how to write about. So what am I saying? Nothing really this book is awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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