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Peter Y. Chapman

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San Diego, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • Don Quixote: Translated by Edith Grossman

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (377)

    Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

    Erika says: "Best book ever written?"
    "Masterpiece - in literature and narration!"
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    I've been listening to audiobooks for over 3 years now, over 35 books, 2 hours a day in my commute. Of all the books I've listened to, this is easily the best. It's the first that had me laughing so hard I was worried about the effect on my driving. George Guidall's unparalleled narration took me completely into the drama of the story, brought out the characters as if they were alive in another country - not some un-relatable figures from the 14th century.
    I can't fully put in words how much I enjoyed this listen and I have to make this review short as I am at work.
    Get it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Champlain's Dream

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Hackett Fischer
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    In this sweeping, enthralling biography, acclaimed historian David Hackett Fischer brings to life the remarkable Samuel de Champlain - soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, artist, and Father of New France. We remember Champlain mainly as a great explorer. On foot and by ship and canoe, he traveled through what are now six Canadian provinces and five American states. Over more than 30 years he founded, colonized, and administered French settlements in North America.

    Jonah says: "Excellent Narration - Illuminating History"
    "Excellent"
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    Everyone who lives in the North Americas, US & especially Canada, that is interested in early history should listen to this. David Hackett Fischer is an excellent historian, the book is rich in detail yet he weaves it all together to read like a novel. If all the new explorers were like Champlian, how he dealt wisely with the natives, we would probably be still living with multiple Indian nations now rather than having them exterminated as they were.
    The narration was excellent.
    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of The Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Florida
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    The national best seller that defines a new economic class and shows how it is key to the future of our cities. The Rise of the Creative Class gives us a provocative new way to think about why we live as we do today - and where we might be headed. Weaving storytelling with masses of new and updated research, Richard Florida traces the fundamental theme that runs through a host of seemingly unrelated changes in American society: the growing role of creativity in our economy.

    Roy says: "Thought Provoking"
    "Interesting"
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    Interesting synopsis of a cultural force in America today.
    Keep in mind this book is a little dated, 2000, but a lot of the info is still relevant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Soul of a Chef: The Journey toward Perfection

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Ruhlman
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    In his second in-depth foray into the world of professional cooking, Michael Ruhlman journeys into the heart of the profession. Observing the rigorous Certified Master Chef exam at the Culinary Institute of America, the most influential cooking school in the country, Ruhlman enters the lives and kitchens of rising star Michael Symon and the renowned Thomas Keller of the French Laundry. This fascinating audiobook will satisfy any listener's hunger for knowledge about cooking and food, the secrets of successful chefs, at what point cooking becomes an art form, and more.

    Peter Y. Chapman says: "Surprisingly good!"
    "Surprisingly good!"
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    I was worried when this book started out as I was thinking it was just another book trying to capitalize on the reality show / Iron Chef craze. The beginning covers the Master Chef exam and was like that. So, initially I was turned off but then the author began to detail a chef, really getting into the person behind the title. He then covered another, the head chef of the French Laundry in Napa Valley. The horizon of cooking then just really began to open through masterful story development. It helps that Michael Ruhlman actually went to the CIA, took classes and has developed a real insight into the craft of cooking and chefs.
    The narration was excellent, a good narrator really opens up a book as it should be.
    I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Faith, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (72)

    The fourth volume in Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, The Age of Faith surveys the medieval achievements and modern significance of Christian, Islamic, and Judaic life and culture. Like the other volumes in the Story of Civilization series, this is a self-contained work, which at the same time fits into a comprehensive history of mankind. It includes the dramatic stories of St. Augustine, Hypatia, Justinian, Mohammed, Harun al-Rashid, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, and many more.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Illumination on the dark ages"
    "Epic"
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    Everyone should be exposed to this time period of history through this work in seeing the transformation of people groups from savages to civilized, to organized states, of states that rise and fall, and the slow but steady growth of Europe under Christianity. The blossoming of Islam and the subsequent stumbling and fall of it's luminaries sweeps before you.
    What I loved is Durant's weaving - he'll tell one epic, then another of the same time period and bring back the same characters so the reader can see how they fit in a different context.
    Stefan Rudnicki's narration is awesome for this work, a steady, constant, almost invisible narration allowing the story to shine through.
    Loved every part of it and I'm much richer for the listen, especially for the new understanding of our culture and how it developed, albeit slowly in fits and starts.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1106)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (968)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Stunning. Life-altering. Best Narrator."
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    I almost never write reviews but this work was so great I felt that I owed it to honor, post-mortem the author, the translator, and last but not least the narrator. Yet how do I write a review on a book that is a Literary Classic already and has been reviewed by countless individuals certainly more qualified than myself? How could I bring anything new to this work? I won't try to attempt this other than point out the excellence of the narrator and some other aspects.

    In such an epic masterpiece you need a masterful narrator and I've found George Guidall to be top of his class, par none. Mr. Guidall drew out each character, adding subtle inflections, cadences that brought life to the story in what I imagined Victor Hugo intended when he wrote the book. I can't imagine narrating a book 50+ hours and being so consistent as Mr. Guidall. There was no evidence whatsoever of weariness, he was in a word, awesome.

    We all are familiar with movies we've seen that are much longer than the traditional 80 minutes, that perhaps were 3 hours but the time just flew by. This is how I see this version. I have a long commute and with a companion like this audiobook I was taken away to a time long ago, to a character of the highest nobility with a heart as tender as they come - Jean Valjean, a nemesis representing the anthesis of grace - Javert, and redemption all played out on a scale as large as life itself. I was never anxious for it to end and was left feeling like I was leaving someone I got to know that I wouldn't see again. I didn't want to go, I didn't want it to end.

    This is and will be I suspect, one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. I have listened to quite a few up to this point.

    Thank you Mr. Hugo, Julie Rose, Mr. George Guidall and finally Audible.com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How the Irish Saved Civilization

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Liam Neeson
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Thanks to Thomas Cahill, the pivotal era called the "dark ages" is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves. Read by critically-acclaimed actor Liam Neeson.

    Thomas says: "Exceptional Audiobook"
    "Fantastic"
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    I read the book when it first came out, so to listen to it, with Liam Neeson narrating was the crowning touch to a masterpiece.

    This is one of those books that needs to be assigned to every student in Western civilization to read. It also demonstrates how Christianity tamed the savage tribes that made up Europe at the time.

    A very enjoyable narrative and completely brought to life by Liam Neeson's reading. Thank you! All's needed now is for Audible to offer higher quality sound files - it sounded a bit like you were listening through a long tin can. But I can say that to all the books I've listened to through Audible so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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