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New York, NY USA | Member Since 2014

  • 5 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 228 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Matsuo Basho, Kamo no Chomei
    • Narrated By Togo Igawa

    The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki are two of the best-loved works of their kind; famous for their beautiful, delicate verse and subtle insight into the human condition. It has been said of The Narrow Road that 'it was as if the very soul of Japan had itself written it'. It takes the form of a travel diary, and traces the poet's journey from Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to the northern interior.

    Karen says: "Second story unintelligible"
    "Narrow Road narrowly passes"

    Although this title says this is read by one reader it certainly doesn't sound like it. When I got to the Narrow Road, which is not the first story read, I was surprised to hear that the reader had a much heavier Japanese accent. Although I can appreciate this approach it is a little hard to understand and requires constant concentration. Moreover I believe all the haiku are in Japanese - a real disappointment. I give this 2 stars only because it is Basho, but without the poetry, and it is the only version available.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Barbara Mertz
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Esteemed Egyptologist Barbara Mertz updates her widely praised social history of the people of ancient Egypt, which was originally published in 1968. Combining impeccable scholarship with a delightfully personal style, the author reconstructs the life of the Egyptians from birth to death, and beyond death, too.

    Elizabeth says: "Brilliant"
    "Perhaps the book is better"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked the content for an overview of ancient Egypt although not all subjects were dealt with or dealt with adequately or accurately. Overall I liked the narrator's presentation. However, the usual and inconsistent pronunciation used - with diphthongs as if some of the god names went through a Great Vowel change - was jarring. This along with the missing illustrations of the book made me wish I bought the book instead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walden: Life in the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. The bible of the environmental movement, Walden vividly portrays Thoreau's reverence for nature, and his understanding of the idea that nature is made up of crucially interrelated parts.

    Darwin8u says: "SHAKES the Ground, Sun & the Wilderness within."
    "Excellent book and narration"

    With only 1 minute of the preview available and with a couple 1 star reviews I was a little hesitant to buy this version. But with the Summer Sale a book like this for under $5 was too tempting to resist. So I bought it and I am very glad I did.

    Firstly I could not tell you if the narrator embodies Thoreau's nature or persona. Nor could anyone else for that matter. He died in 1862. It is silly to say what they were.

    Furthermore, I don't hear the choppiness, blank verse type reading mentioned. Neither have I yet noticed any mispronunciations or repeats. That doesn't mean there aren't any, it just means that it is not riddled with them.

    What I do hear is a very natural way of telling a story. For the first time listening to an audiobook I feel like I am in a room with the author who is telling me the story instead of line being read from a book. It is this conversational interpretation that makes this reading so intimate, so natural, so engaging. And isn't that the feeling one should get by listening to Walden? For me it works. Highly recommended.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Red and the Black

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stendhal, Lloyd C. Parks (translator)
    • Narrated By David Case

    The Red and the Black is a powerful character study of Julien Sorel, a clever and idealistic young opportunist who attempts to rise above his station through a combination of talent, deception, and hypocrisy. He uses his powers of seduction and charm to secure advancement, only to find himself betrayed by his own passions and outwitted by the larger political and social intrigues of post-Napoleonic France.

    beatrice says: "passion and politics"
    "Performance ruined by muffled audio."

    In this version David Case's voice is completely muffled and almost unintelligible even on the highest quality setting. Equalization is ineffective because the higher frequencies are simply missing. In this state I can only recommend that it be avoided until Audible fixes the file.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    When the starving French masses rise in hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause, La Guillotine, the new invention for efficiently chopping off heads.

    Kindle Customer says: "Please avoid this recording."
    "Please avoid this recording."

    The sound quality is very much below standard even at highest level 4 offered. I was unable to bring myself to listen to this for more than one minute. Do yourself a favor and look for another version. I am going to ask for my credit back on this one. (Please note that the one star rating is for the recording quality, not for the book or the reader)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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