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William

Rutledge, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    James says: "A Modern (but Subtle) Masterpiece."
    "great book(s), spectacular reading"
    Overall

    Others can share their opinions of Powell's work; I have read it through three or four times now (once every decade or so) and continue to find it wonderful. Though I would find it hard to convince someone who needed convincing.

    I do want to say that Simon Vance's reading is superb. As I write this I have listened to the first three movements and he rarely stumbles (the pronounciation of Sardis is the only one I can think of), and even sings the songs. Above all, each of Powell's characters is given the "right" accent and personality; his Widmerpool, the central character in a way, is a reading of real genius. Congratulations and thanks to all involved.

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Trollope inextricably binds together the issues of parliamentary election and marriage, of politics and privacy. The values and aspirations of the governing stratum of Victorian society are ruthlessly examined and none remains unscathed. But it is above all on the predicament of women that Trollope focuses. ‘What should a woman do with her life?’ asks Alice Vavasor of herself, and this theme is echoed by every other woman in the novel.

    David says: "Superb performance and sound"
    "amazing performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Can You Forgive Her??

    Just a quick appreciation for the reading by Timothy West: a wonderful job, including convincing regional accents and, perhaps even more impressive, subtle but effective response to the narrative.

    I loved the Barchester Novels years ago but could never make much progress with the Palliser series; this reading has changed my mind; I find the reading, and the novel itself, rivetting. The kind of thing that gets you to clean up the garage just to have an excuse to keep listening.


    What other book might you compare Can You Forgive Her? to and why?

    As another reviewer suggested, I think, a newcomer to Trollope might be better off with Barchester Towers, but I liked Can You Forgive Her very much; a little like Mrs. Gaskell's North and South, without the social commentary. I'm no critic, but I think the exploration of female independence / willfulness has an interesting feminist dimension.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Bible, Volume 18: Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By American Bible Society
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The Holy Bible With Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha, Contemporary English Version published by the American Bible Society. Includes Tobit, Judith, Esther (Greek), Wisdom of Solomon, and Baruch.

    Adolph says: "Contemporary Version"
    "warning: contents aren't listed correctly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Holy Bible, Volume 18 again? Why?

    The Audible.com descriptions of what is where are wrong; e.g. Wisdom of Solomon is in vol. 2, not vol 1


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Modest Proposal and Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    "The chief end I propose to myself in all my labors is to vex the world rather than divert it," wrote Jonathan Swift in a letter to his friend Alexander Pope. Vexing works collected here are "A Modest Proposal," "Directions to Servants," "The Art of Political Lying," "A Digression Concerning the Critics," and "Sweetness and Light."

    Jaded Buddha says: "Very good reading; subpar audio quality"
    "waste of money"
    Overall

    As been said, this is very difficult to hear; it's the worst audio quality of anything I've ever got from audible.

    On top of that, the reader (firmly American) reads without any of the drama and irony that might help to communicate the point of Swift's satire.

    Doing these kinds of texts badly is a sadly wasted opportunity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Federalist Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
    • Narrated By Craig Deitschmann
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    The U.S. Constitution was approved by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. It was to become law only if it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. New York was a key state, but it contained strong forces opposing the Constitution. A series of 85 letters appeared in New York City newspapers between October 1787 and August 1788 urging support for the Constitution. These letters remain the first and most authoritative commentary on the American concept of federal government.

    Joy says: "Anti-Fed Fed Book"
    "not the real deal"
    Overall

    This is a book ABOUT the Federalist Papers, not the real thing. It seems fine as that, but the reader "does" the quotations (e.g. by Hamilton) in weird pseudo-English accents which make them fairly painful.

    36 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • ImmersionPlus: French

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Penton Overseas, Inc.
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The ImmersionPlus series of original vignettes has been created especially for the intermediate to advanced foreign language students who want to improve their foreign language comprehension.

    Peter says: "An excellent refresher"
    "not perfect for download only"
    Overall

    I have mixed feelings about this. The idea of having conversations at normal speed interspersed with conversations spoken more slowly is great. And a quick 5-10 minutes listening to all three is a great little fillip for someone working on French.

    But the thing seems to have started life as a CD plus booklet (it's available for only slightly more money at Amazon). And the booklet apparently contains a translation, and perhaps a text of the French as well. Given that this product is clearly for self-study, both the lack of both those features is a serious disadvantage.

    That said, I think the product is useful, and good value. Except in a car I have no interest in those programs that require you to say "bonjour" after they say "bonjour".

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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