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Richard

Newport News, VA, United States

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  • The Tempest

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Sir Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Full Cast
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Tempest was the last of Shakespeare's comedies, completed just before he retired to his native Stratford-upon-Avon; perhaps this delightful comedy was intended to signal the playwright's farewell to his beloved theater. The Tempest reflects Shakespeare's mature genius, with its story of innocence tempered by intrigue, hilarity bounded by melancholy. Audiences the world over still thrill to see The Tempest's dark comedy and magical fantasy.

    Richard says: "Excellent performance."
    "Excellent performance."
    Overall

    I will qualify my review with the following: This was the first audio book I have completed, and I have not seen "The Tempest" as a production.
    I enjoyed this audio book. It helped me to understand the characters and setting better than simply reading the play from a written book. It could be helpful to have Act and Scene information announced as the book progresses. The sound effects (sea waves, music for Ariel) served to promote understanding of the play's content.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • From Colonies to Country: A History of US, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joy Hakim
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    How did compliant colonials with strong ties to Europe get the notion to become an independent nation? Perhaps the seeds of liberty were planted in the 1735 historic courtroom battle for the freedom of the press. Or maybe the French and Indian War did it, when colonists were called "Americans" for the first time by the English, and the great English army proved itself not so formidable after all.

    Tina says: "These books make US History fun!"
    "Excellent supplement to classroom instruction"
    Overall

    At the end of this audiobook the "Declaration of Independence" and "Constitution of the United States" are read. I found this book to be an excellent alternative delivery method for U.S. History. I would recommend this to students taking a course in the Revolutionary War and the War for Independence.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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