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Scizen

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  • The Iliad & The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lescault
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (289)

    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"
    "Timeless stories, fairly good narration"
    Overall

    As for Homer's stories the Illiad and the Odyssey, they anchor western literature. This narration is decent. It is not annoying; it is eloquent and careful. It isn't 5 stars, but probable between 3 and 4. Bottom line: this is a solid purchase for your audio library.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Philosophy for Studs: The Alpha Male Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anthony Leccisi
    • Narrated By Anthony Leccisi
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    History's greatest thinkers, Epicurus, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Sun Tzu, Seneca, Baudelaire, Sir Francis Bacon, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, and others expound their philosophies on wine, women, song, love, lust, life, living, manners, character, sex, marriage, death, and laughter. Everything you need to know to be a world class male in today's modern world.

    Christopher says: "Tongue-in-Cheek"
    "philosophy for jocks and idiots"
    Overall

    This is a ridiculous oversimplification of profound philosophies. The narration is horrible also.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Canterbury Tales

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Chaucer's finest work begins at the Tabard Inn, where 30 travelers of widely varying classes and occupations are gathering to make the annual pilgrimage to Becket's shrine at Canterbury. It is agreed that each traveler will tell four tales to help pass the time during their long journey, and that the host of the inn will reward the best storyteller with a free supper upon their return.

    Scizen says: "chop, hack, stop, stumble"
    "chop, hack, stop, stumble"
    Overall

    This great and entertaining work is worthy of reading by all. Beware though of this narrator. His accent is ok, but he is monotone. That may be forgiven, but he...reads, with; chopPy-voice and cadence, sTumBLiNg aLoNg. It gets quite annoying. There's no fluidity or intonation. If you like Chaucer, get another narrator, even if it is abridged. This is unabridged which is nice, but after 30 minutes, it won't matter because you'll want to turn it off.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Kathryn Yarman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (30)

    Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave in an "humane" Southern family, the Shelbys. But, when the Shelbys are beset by financial difficulties, Tom is sold to a heartless slave trader. Hailed by Tolstoy as "one of the greatest productions of the human mind," this story describes Uncle Tom's trials, suffering, and religious fortitude.

    Brenda says: "Very Enlightening and Enjoyable"
    "Superb book and narration, poor recording"
    Overall

    This novel should undoubtedly be read by every person interested in understanding the history and culture of the America. The role of concerned Christians and belief in God in the abolition of slavery gets lost in our secular education. This novel brings that out. The narration is really good. She certainly has a good imagination for interpreting the various colorful characters. Now, the only drawback is the poor quality of the audio. It is clear, but there's a nasty echo. When there's a pause in the dialogue, you can hear a faint echo of what was said about 5 seconds earlier. This may not bother most, but I found it slightly annoying. All said though, it is worth the modest price.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, (1860-1904), was born in Russia at Taganrog on the Sea of Azov. His name has become synonymous with a certain literary style much admired and widely copied since his death. Typically, a Chekhov story is a "mood", a state of mind, usually with regard to relations between one person and another. Under the influence of the constant, infinitesimal, and unforeseen pinpricks of life, there occurs a gradual transformation of that state of mind.

    Darlene says: "A Box of Chocolates"
    "Griffin is excellent"
    Overall

    Narrator Griffen really brings these stories alive. His interpretation seems to fit the the story's character and theme. I only wish that there could have been more stories included in this volume. It is a little scant in the number it offers, but what is offered is golden.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (79)

    The Aeneid represents one of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Within the brooding and melancholy atmosphere of Virgil's pious masterpiece lies the mythic story of Aeneas and his flight from burning Troy, taking with him across the Mediterranean the survivors of the Greek onslaught. Aeneas, after many travails and adventures, including a love affair with Dido Queen of Carthage and a visit to the underworld to see his father, ends up in Italy.

    James says: "An epic in every sense of the word"
    "Extraordinary Great Book, Superb Narrator"
    Overall

    Wow! I love old great books and the Aeneid is a cornerstone of literature. Griffen is stupendous in his inflection and cadence. If you like this kind of literature, get this version. There is another version of the Aeneid narrated by another that is not nearly as well intoned. It is clear, but not as enjoyable.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • James Earl Jones Reads The Bible: The New Testament, King James Version

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Topics Entertainment
    • Narrated By James Earl Jones
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (115)

    In a voice as rich as it is recognized, James Earl Jones lends his narrative talents to the King James Version of the New Testament. In over 19 hours enhanced with a complete musical score, James Earl Jones interprets the most enduring book of our time utilizing the acclaimed actor's superb storytelling and skilled characterizations. Hailed as the greatest spoken-word Bible version ever, and with almost half a million copies sold, this exquisite audio treasury is certain to enthuse and inspire.

    Robert says: "Background music"
    "Where else can you get Darth Vader reading KJV?"
    Overall

    I listen to this audio nearly everyday and I love JEJ's voice. I wholeheartedly concur that the music is inappropriate and sometimes annoying, but only mildly so. If somebody knows how to filter it out, I'd do it.
    I have found only one book that I didn't like: Hebrews. Jones could have been having a bad day. But Hebrews doesn't flow very well either. Overall, this recording of the KJV New Testament is a still a jewel in my opinion.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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