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Sean D Simms

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  • A Whiff of Wilde, a Pinch of Poe, and a Frisson of Frost

  • A Dab of Dickens, Vol. 3; Selections from A Dab of Dickens & a Touch of Twain, Literary Lives from Shakespeare's Old England to Frost's New England
  • By: Elliot Engel PhD, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, and others
  • Narrated by: Roscoe Lee Browne, Cassandra Campbell, Christopher Cazenove, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

They are icons of the literary world whose soaring works have been discussed and analyzed in countless classrooms, homes, and pubs. Yet for most listeners, the living, breathing human beings behind the classics have remained unknown - until now. In this utterly captivating audiobook, Dr. Elliot Engel, a leading authority on the lives of great authors, illuminates the fascinating and flawed members of literature's elite. In lieu of stuffy biographical sketches, Engel provides fascinating anecdotes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stimulating...

  • By The Wolf on 11-07-17

Entertaining but not all the facts are straight

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Any additional comments?

It was fun to learn about these authors, but I noticed that some of the facts regarding Poe's life were wrong. Otherwise a great listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nabokov in America

  • On the Road to Lolita
  • By: Robert Roper
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

The author of the immortal Lolita and Pale Fire, born to an eminent Russian family, conjures the apotheosis of the high modernist artist: cultured, refined - as European as they come. But Vladimir Nabokov, who came to America fleeing the Nazis, came to think of his time here as the richest of his life. Indeed, Nabokov was not only happiest here, but his best work flowed from his response to this exotic land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Only partly on Lolita

  • By Sean D Simms on 12-26-17

Only partly on Lolita

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Would you listen to Nabokov in America again? Why?

Yes, I love to learn about Nabokov.

Any additional comments?

This is more of a commentary on Nabokov's life in America than on Lolita. Still very entertaining though.

  • Old Path White Clouds

  • Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 331

Old Path White Clouds presents the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha. Drawn directly from 24 Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources, and retold by Thich Nhat Hanh in his inimitably beautiful style, this book traces the Buddha's life slowly and gently over the course of 80 years, partly through the eyes of Svasti, the buffalo boy, and partly through the eyes of the Buddha himself. Old Path White Clouds is destined to become a classic of religious literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtaking accomplishment!

  • By Karamelfun on 05-14-16

Great narrative of the Buddha's Life

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Would you listen to Old Path White Clouds again? Why?

Yes, fascinating story of the Buddha's life as told by a monk who accompanied him.

What other book might you compare Old Path White Clouds to and why?

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening meeting with the Buddha.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but it's too long for that.