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  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

Huckleberry Finn is the original American maverick. He chooses the things that feel the most comfortable for him, regardless of what others may say. But when he is forced to flee his home, and comes into company with Jim, a runaway slave, his sound heart collides with his ill-trained conscience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a hard book to read aloud.

  • By Kay M Bell on 12-30-15

Excellent in every way

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-17

This is the finest narration of this book that can be found.

The book is one of the best. Filled with humor and adventure, but also with amazing depth of character development of both Jim and Huck. Easily accessible by both young people and adults.

  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 23 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 549

The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping despite the minutiae

  • By Sarah on 06-06-08

Narration is good but story is lacking.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-17

I thought Anthony Heald did a fabulous job of narrating this very difficult and tedious book.

The story lives in the beginning and end of the book, which are very good. The other 80% of the book is nothing more than a reference manual about whales and whaling with tiny bits of story mixed in that act as bridges between reference material. I found this to be very tedious and detrimental to the overall book.

This is not a story with a bit of reference material. This is a reference manual with a bit of story mixed in.

  • Don Quixote

  • Translated by Edith Grossman
  • By: Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 39 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165

Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece - in literature and narration!

  • By Peter Y. Chapman on 06-13-14

Great Book and Great Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-17

This is one of my favorite books. The Narration by George Guidall is excellent and brings the story to life.

This should be part of everyones library.