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William

Male, 58. Listen mainly on my 45 minute one way commute. Listen mostly to non-fiction, especially history and christian books.

KENSINGTON, NH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The History of Rome, Volume 3: Books 21-25

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Titus Livy
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    The incredible saga of Hannibal and his invasion of Italy in 218 B.C. is the subject of this third volume of Livy's magnificent history. As only Livy can describe it, we are swept into the era of the Second Punic War and given a ringside view of the leadership of both sides. The stirring account of Hannibal crossing the Alps, the brutal description of Cannae, and the relentless Roman siege of Syracuse are some of the highlights of this remarkable story.

    William says: "Great story, terrible performance"
    "Great story, terrible performance"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Titus Livy and/or Charlton Griffin?

    I love history, especially military history, but did not enjoy this classic by Livy very much because of the performance. Mr. Griffen's style seems to be to read as fast as possible with little inflection. He reads as though he is simply trying to get through the book quickly rather than trying to breathe life into this ancient text. He is capable of reading impressively fast, but he is very hard to listen to. He brought to mind the speed talker from the old Fed Ex commercials.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Griffin’s performances?

    Never


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Also Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (620)

    The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

    Gerald says: "Bravo Papa!"
    "Narration just does not give the story a chance"
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have always enjoyed and respected William Hurt as a very professional actor. I feel as though he failed miserably in narrating this novel. He just does not seem to get Hemingway. He does not come close to the excellent narration Stacey Keach provides in the short stories or the narrator in For Whom the Bell Tolls.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Hurt?

    Stacey Keach


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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