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Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street audiobook cover art

Beautiful narration of this classic tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-17

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What a pleasure it is to be able to encounter again Melville's classic story, Bartleby, which I had read as a student and like so many others would never forget Bartleby's iconic response, "I would prefer not to".

Especially wonderful here is Ken Cohen's narration which captures first the humor of the story as we are introduced to Melville's eccentric characters which make up this small Wall Street law office. But then this sensitive and moving narration follows the arc of the story which deals with the moral and spiritual dilemma facing the owner of the law firm as he grapples with the increasingly difficult, perplexing and ultimately tragic life of his scrivener Bartleby.

I highly recommend this engaging audiobook of this classic tale.

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The Book of Tea audiobook cover art

A moving narration of The Book of Tea

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

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The Book of Tea is an engrossing overview of the philosophy and aesthetics of the Japanese Tea ceremony and how the “way” of tea is based deeply in Japanese Zen and in a distinctively Eastern (as opposed to Western) sensibility. This classic book written by Okakura in English in 1906 is both prescient and relevant today in its discussion of East vs. West, the material vs. the spiritual and the values brought out by Japanese tea ceremony which guide us to a more enriched and refined way of life. Ken Cohen’s narration in this audiobook perfectly captures the spirit of this essay which is written in a rich, dramatic and poetic style. Cohen gives us a moving interpretation of Okakura’s words which lead the listener directly into the way of tea.

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