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Robert

Tromso, Norway | Member Since 2012

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  • 503 titles in library
  • 65 purchased in 2014
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  • Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jim Holt
    • Narrated By Steven Menasche
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Author Jim Holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: why is there something rather than nothing? This runaway best seller, which has captured the imagination of critics and the public alike, traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. Holt adopts the role of cosmological detective, traveling the globe to interview a host of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers.

    Gary says: "Excellent survey of philosophy book"
    "Great book marred by poor narration."
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    Steven Menasche is considered a capable narrator, but this time it doesn't seem to work for him.
    He sounds very “robotic” with almost complete lack of timing and “presence”. It sounds like he doesn't understand what he is reading, or perhaps more likely; he doesn't care about the book at all.
    The book itself is very good though.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Constantine Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

    Robert says: "Best "Karamazov" yet."
    "Best "Karamazov" yet."
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    Constantine Gregory decided to give a reading of the Constance Garnett translation of "The Brothers Karamazov". Constance Garnett is no longer considered the best translator of Dostoevsky. She goes to great length to "pretty up" the rather rough and bumpy language of the original. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky’s new translation of "The Brothers Karamazov" is now regarded by most critics to be definitive as it does not try to mask Dostoyevskys idiosyncratic prose.

    Gregory gives a rather calm and relaxed rendering of the work, which is nice in the long run.
    My dream "audio" Karamazov would be David Horovitch narrating the Pevear and Volokhonsky’s translation.
    However as it stands now, this version by Constantine Gregory is the best "Karamazov" available.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3026)
    Performance
    (2786)
    Story
    (2787)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "A perfect audiobook."
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    It doesn't get any better than this. A very good story perfectly narrated by George Guidall.
    The book grips you from the very beginning and won't let go before the end.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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