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  • The Dead

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

This is a story from the Dubliners, Volume 2 collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superlative performance of an extraordinary story

  • By NYC Amazon buyer on 06-04-18

Superlative performance of an extraordinary story

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Jim Norton gives the most subtle, thoughtful, gorgeously layered performance of Joyce. Both The Dead and (a much longer investment of time) Ulysses are, for my money, definitive readings.

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,637

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

Exquisite recording that brings out the finest of the book

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

As simply superlative recording of this text. The actor with infinite subtlety and expertise brings out every nuance of the book without ones being overstated. A fabulous way to approach this text.

  • Vingt ans après

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Bernard Bollet
  • Length: 28 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Vingt ans après, ils courent, chevauchent et ferraillent toujours, sur les routes de France ou d'Angleterre. Leurs bras, comme leurs langues, n'ont rien perdu de cette vigueur étincelante qui les faisait déplacer les montagnes et réussir l'impossible. Leur amitié, dans les moments critiques, ressoude leurs quatre lames comme limailles autour d'un seul aimant. Mais les temps ont bien changé.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Très belle performance

  • By Brianna C on 05-28-15

Absolutely brilliant performance of a superb historical novel

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Could not be better. Dumas is such a clever, cynical, subtle writer, and this reading brings out every nuance with elegance and humor. Superb.

  • Paradise Lost

  • By: John Milton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

John Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most accessible reading of Paradise Lost

  • By Tony McClung on 02-21-10

Brilliant, illuminating reading

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Never was a fan of the poem before, but between teaching it to outstanding students at my school, and Simon Vance’s superlative performance, I’m a convert. Vance does an extraordinarily deft job of balancing erudition, elegance and poetic instinct; a wonderfully sensitive read by the perfect voice for this work.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ulysses

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 27 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,522
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,153

Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ulysses (Unabridged)

  • By Peter Deane on 01-22-09

Superlative rendition of a flawed classic

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-17

There simply could be no finer performance of this iconic book than Jim Norton's and his collaborator.
My only issue is with the book itself. I realize it is blasphemy to say, but the fact is that the book ranges from beauty and inventiveness, to self-conscious pretentiousness and fecal obsession.
The Emperor is wearing a half-suit of clothes, but could not ask for a better introduction.

  • The Playboy of the Western World

  • By: J. M. Synge
  • Narrated by: Cyril Cusack, Siobhan McKenna
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

One of the best-known Irish playwrights, John Millington Synge premiered The Playboy of the Western World in 1907. It immediately provoked controversy, eventually resulting in the infamous "Playboy" riots. It has been recorded and adapted many times, but this timeless recording stars the Irish actors who made it a classic, including Siobhan McKenna and Cyril Cusack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection

  • By NYC Amazon buyer on 07-10-17

Perfection

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

An astonishing, classic performance of the greatest play Synge wrote. Incredible that this cast has been captured, all of them legends of their time, which was in living memory of Synge himself. If you want to really understand the play, this is a stunning inroad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Awakening

  • By: Kate Chopin
  • Narrated by: Jane Leclercq
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136

Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers around Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South. The Awakening is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A bargain, but at a cost

  • By NYC Amazon buyer on 07-10-17

A bargain, but at a cost

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Frightfully posh accent, which is fine though not really in sync with material, but the reader seems not to understand what she's reading, beyond enjoying the elegant sounds she herself is making; this manifests itself in actually getting the words wrong (e.g. "susceptibility" becomes a magical new word, "suspectibility," which makes no sense either in itself nor in context.) The end result is that it is impossible for the listener to become engaged in the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Butcher Boy

  • By: Patrick Mccabe
  • Narrated by: Patrick Mccabe
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Welcome to the mind of Francie Brady. Just what Francie did to Mrs. Nugent is the final, terrifying act of a young boy at the end of a relentless descent into a world of scorn and fear, brought to unforgettably vivid life in this tour-de-force performance by author Patrick McCabe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • only downside is that it is abridged

  • By NYC Amazon buyer on 07-20-16

only downside is that it is abridged

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-16

Dazzling novel, and excellent reading by the author; only downside is that it is abridged. It's well abridged (as it would be, given it is the original author who did it) but it is definitely not an improvement. The text as it was written lives in a world of brilliant nuance, and part of that is lost at moments.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Of Mice and Men

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,313

While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The reader alone is worth it

  • By Jenny on 10-24-11

Outstanding reading

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

Reviewed: 08-02-12

Sinise reads with extraordinary skill, richly conveying Steinbeck's empathy, indignation and grasp of his characters' struggle. I used this in a classroom, and it made the text come to life for the students.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Matt Armstrong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

One of the most enduring American novels of all time, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn follows the adventures of Huck Finn and a runaway slave named Jim as they travel down the Mississippi river on a raft--all in order to help Jim win his freedom from slavery. Told in Twain's unique style, Huck Finn's story is one of the greatest tales of love, respect, and human decency, told through the eyes of an unlearned, but big-hearted, boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New life to an old Classic!

  • By Angelina on 10-08-12

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 08-02-12

A superlative performance of a very challenging text. Armstrong's recording makes Twain's style come alive, without the characterizations becoming grating or tiresome - much more easily said than done.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful