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Thomas

Gainesville, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Writing with marvelous brio, Simon Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster before turning his unmatched talent for storytelling to the making of the most venerable of dictionaries: The Oxford English Dictionary.

    Donald says: "A New Appreciation"
    "Not a bad history of the OED"
    Overall

    A very interesting listen with lots of information about the people involved in making the dictionary and a fair amount about the words that comprise it as well as some insights into the lexicographer's art.

    Aptly, Simon Winchester manages to wield a delightfully rich vocabulary in telling his history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry Fielding
    • Narrated By Kenneth Danzinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    A foundling of mysterious parentage, Tom Jones is brought up by the benevolent and wealthy Squire Allworthy as his own son. Tom falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Sophia Western, a neighbor’s daughter, whose marriage has already been arranged. When Tom’s sexual misadventures around the countryside get him banished, he sets out to make his fortune and find his true identity.

    Elizabeth says: "Well read, many accents, older recording"
    "Excellent performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator does a great job of creating distinctive characters in this rendering of the great eighteenth century novel. If you enjoy the genre, you will surely enjoy this performance. The audio quality is also very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Nigel Hawthorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Set in the world of the Victorian professional and landed classes, the story centres on Mr Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity who is nevertheless in possession of an income from a charity far in excess of the sum devoted to it.

    Janet says: "a delight"
    "Elegant prose and fine reader"
    Overall

    I had never read Trollope before and was delighted with his wonderful prose, a pinnacle of a great century of stylized English. Hawthorne is also an animated and wonderful performer. I strongly recommend this volume to readers who love high style.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Cochrane
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold is a semi-autobiographical story, which tells of the mental breakdown of an ageing writer. Gilbert Pinfold takes a cruise to try to rebuild his shattered life, but what should his life be, and is he important to the world, anyway?

    Erez says: "What a gem"
    "Great reader"
    Overall

    I didn't much care for the novel. For some reason I couldn't understand what about the character's predicament was interesting. Michael Cochrane's reading, on the other hand, is magnificent. It was the reader rather than the writer that got me through this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Johnson, James Kwak
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Even after the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, America is still beset by the depredations of an oligarchy that is now bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks, which together control assets amounting to more than 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product, these financial institutions (now more emphatically "too big to fail") continue to hold the global economy hostage.

    Kyle says: "Easy to Understand and Comprehend"
    "Good review of banking sector"
    Overall

    While this is not light entertainment, it is an accessible study of the 2008 banking crisis, its historical, social, and political context. The authors are also quite specific in their indication of how to avoid the next, similar crisis.

    At times the narrator seemed to have a sort of Valley Girl intonation pattern that bothered me, but otherwise it was an engaging performance of a difficult text.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Charlemagne

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Winston
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (338)

    Charlemagne was easily one of the most fascinating figures in Western civilization, as well as the most heroic and romantic. The 47 years of his reign marked some of the most significant and far reaching events of the Middle Ages. Undoubtedly, it was his enlightened vision for Europe that resulted in the Carolingian Renaissance, a period of cultural flowering that never really ceased to develop, and which led in a straight line directly to that period of astonishing achievement we now call the High Gothic.

    Frank says: "A wonderful biography"
    "A fine book and reading"
    Overall

    Very enjoyable life of Charlemagne and a good reader. The reverb and music were occasionally irritating, but not enough so that I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who has the slightest interest in Charles or the middle ages.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Henry James Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This deeply sensitive and provocative collection includes "The Beast of the Jungle" (considered to be one of Henry James' best), "The Altar of the Dead", "The Birthplace", "The Liar", and "The Middle Years".

    Thomas says: "Nice collection despite poor performance"
    "Nice collection despite poor performance"
    Overall

    These are some very nice short stories and an accessible introduction to Henry James. Unfortunately, the reader's poor performance is a serious stumbling block to enjoyment. James is not an easy writer to perform, and Flo Gibson is clearly not up to the task. The audio quality is also very uneven with some sections difficult to hear well.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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