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  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (688)

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "Outstanding reading"
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    Sinise reads with extraordinary skill, richly conveying Steinbeck's empathy, indignation and grasp of his characters' struggle. I used this in a classroom, and it made the text come to life for the students.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Matt Armstrong
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    One of the most enduring American novels of all time, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn follows the adventures of Huck Finn and a runaway slave named Jim as they travel down the Mississippi river on a raft--all in order to help Jim win his freedom from slavery. Told in Twain's unique style, Huck Finn's story is one of the greatest tales of love, respect, and human decency, told through the eyes of an unlearned, but big-hearted, boy.

    Jeff says: "A Classic"
    "Excellent"
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    Story

    A superlative performance of a very challenging text. Armstrong's recording makes Twain's style come alive, without the characterizations becoming grating or tiresome - much more easily said than done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Iliad & The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lescault
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (285)

    Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity.

    Sam says: "Worth the price, worth the time"
    "First-class recording of a first-class translation"
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Iliad & The Odyssey again? Why?

    Lescault does an excellent job of conveying the tonalities of the different characters, with varying menace, resignation to the Fates, and real humor; and the translation - by Samuel Butler, which is not mentioned in the thumbnail though it is in the full-length description - is very, very good indeed. Subtext can come vividly alive, the great moments when the listener thinks, "Homer can't have intended that twenty-first century implication, can he?" (And of course, that is exactly what he did intend, which is what makes the work speak to us as it does.)
    Quality throughout, a wonderful bargain in getting the full work, and lovely to have the unity of recording, translator and performer.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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