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Michael

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  • The Trial and the Death of Socrates

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Bruce Alexander, Jamie Glover, David Timson
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    The Trial and the Death of Socrates remains a powerful document not least because it gives a first-hand account of the end of one of the greatest figures in history.

    In Apology, Socrates defends himself before the Athenian court against charges of corrupting youth. Phaedo is the account by a young man of the actual last words and moments of Socrates.

    Gabriel says: "Even better than I expected"
    "Excellent rendition"
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    People don't change. His persecutors could live today. I am not sure, however, that we have a Socrates.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ken Albala
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (162)

    Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

    SamanthaG says: "Very interesting course"
    "This is a fabulous lecture series"
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    I have been a fan and customer of the attaching company for years. I like this format better.
    dr. Albala has a great command of history, and science. he is an expert guide to a world view of food throughout the ages. I enjoyed his lectures immensely.

    My only complaint is that the chapters are not well separated as usual for the iPhone version.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (233)

    Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Nancy says: "Listen before you buy..."
    "By the author"
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    I don't understand how one could ding the author himself on his reading. I have had the pleasure to be in the audience twice when R.B. was present. Once to discuss his life, and another at one of his plays. True, the reading is somewhat slow. I listened at 1 1/2 speed and is was quite good. At the end he has an excellent interview.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1984 (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By David Niven, The NBC University Theater
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    War Is Peace! Freedom Is Slavery! Ignorance Is Strength! Big Brother is watching and listening. Yep, we’re talking propaganda, the fabrication of “truth”, the outlawing of dissent, the distortion of reality, endless war… and of course, thought crime. No we’re not talking about the goings on on 2011, were talking about the 1949 NBC University Theater’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984.

    Stephanie says: "Worth the buy, but get the unabridged book."
    "Don't waster your time"
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    Very dated. Abridged. Love 1984 . Hated this. Couldn't even finish it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Very Good Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (243)

    Jonathan Cecil, described as having “one of the best-loved voices in audiobooks” by the P. G. Wodehouse Society, narrates this collection of brilliantly entertaining stories featuring Jeeves and Wooster, including: "Jeeves and the Impending Doom", "Jeeves and the Kid Clementina", "The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy", "The Love That Purifies", "Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit", "Jeeves and the Old School Chum", "Jeeves and the Song of Songs", "Indian Summer of an Uncle", "Episode of the Dog McIntosh", "The Ordeal of Young Tuppy", and "The Spot of Art."

    C. Telfair says: "Very, Very Good Jeeves"
    "Can't believe it's still so funny"
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    Jonathan Cecil is miraculously good in this production. Very fine voicing. Hilarious writing. Holds up well over the years

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2308)
    Performance
    (1886)
    Story
    (1904)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Mystical"
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    Don't ignore this book because the movie was so bad. Very well narrated, nearly mystical with some overtones of Poe. Loved it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The George Bernard Shaw Collection

    • ORIGINAL (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated By Shirley Knight, Anne Heche, JoBeth Williams, and others
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (42)

    Eight of George Bernard Shaw's most memorable plays in one splendid collection: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, The Devil’s Disciple, Major Barbara, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Misalliance, and Pygmalion.

    Michael says: "Impressive Collection of Shaw"
    "A master"
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    Riveting, moving performances. Wonderful works performed by various groups. If you like theater, you will love these. So well done I feels like I was present at the performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sagan Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (664)

    Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her - silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view: her own, as she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world.

    Robert says: "Nothing like Scalzi's old man's war."
    "Very strange"
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    Short enough to listen, but bordering on bizarre. Then again, I am not familiar with Scalzi.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (1820)
    Story
    (1844)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "Get anything narrated by Lloyd James"
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    What a great narrator. Made this excellent story come alive. Now enjoying Time Enough for Love, which he also narrated.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (582)

    Savor one of the most clever of Christie's suspenseful classics. An American businessman is stabbed to death aboard a luxury train, the Orient Express, snowbound in the middle of Europe. Nothing escapes the eagle eye and quick intelligence of the great Hercule Poirot, and clues abound. Sorting through a dozen perfectly respectable passengers, all suspects, Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

    Glenda Fuller says: "Great Story and Well Read"
    "Excellent performance"
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    Very entertaining and very well read. Better than the dramatizations I've seen. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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