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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts United States | Member Since 2003

  • 7 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014

  • 'Tis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt

    Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.

    Stanley says: "A second delightful helping"
    "Excellent reading of a good book"

    McCourt is an excellent storyteller. Admirable, not too dramatic. You'd love his natural, unexaggerated Irish accent, and his picuresque metaphors. Human and humorous.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Anne Frank, edited by Otto H. Frank, Mirjam Pressler
    • Narrated By Winona Ryder

    Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the 20th century. Since its publication in 1947, Anne Frank's story has become familiar to millions all over the world, and remains a beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit.

    John says: "Not the Unabridged Definitive Edition"
    "Wonderful, except abridged!"

    This is a good, solid production. It is the first abridged book I've bought that comes close to being satisfying - but I still wish very much that it were unabridged.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Plan of Attack

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines

    Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Bob Woodward's latest landmark account of Washington decision making provides an original, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, examining the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam.

    Michael says: "Rorschach Test"

    Simply put, it is not very interesting. All that is said in the book has been written about in newspaper articles. Maybe it were different if they published an unabridge version, but they didn't. I look forward to reading it, and found it did not add much to what I've already known. It is beyond me how anyone sees the book as flattering to Bush and his adminstration.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "One of the best recorded novels"

    A haunting classic, read by one of the best I've heard. He is so good, that I clicked on his name to find out what else he is reading. The novel itself is easy to follow, tense, and stimulates much thinking. If you have any inclination to read classics, start here!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Best author-read book!"

    Excellent book, read by author in a wonderful Irish accent!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Alexander Scourby

    Feel the texture of Fitzgerald's language as master reader Alexander Scourby, with cool precision, unfolds the mystery of Jay Gatsby. A true classic of American literature, The Great Gatsby celebrates a "heightened sensibility to the promises of life," an American capacity for hope that remains unsullied even by the falsity of what it pursues. Fitzgerald's clean, elegant style evokes to perfection the glitter and charm of the Jazz Age, as well as the falseness of its values.

    Edward says: "The Great Gatsby"
    "Excellent American Literature"

    Superb novel, well nerrated. Despite the rich language - it is easy to follow.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines

    In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

    Douglas says: "suffers from abridgement"
    "Never listen to an abridged book"

    By comparison to other historical biographies, this book sounds superficial and skimpy. This is quite inconsistent with the reviewed and acclaim it has received - which makes me conclude that it suffered from crued abbreviation. If this is a representative example of what abridged books are like - I would never listen to an abridged book again.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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