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  • Classics of Russian Literature

  • By: The Great Courses, Irwin Weil
  • Narrated by: Irwin Weil
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Russian literature famously probes the depths of the human soul, and in this series of 36 insightful lectures prepared by a frequently honored teacher legendary among educators in both the United States and Russia-you probe just as deeply into the extraordinary legacy that is Russian Literature itself.Professor Weil introduces you to masterpieces such as Tolstoy's War and Peace, Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Gogol's Dead Souls, Chekhov's The Seagull, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, and many other great novels, stories, plays, and poems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jump in The Troika for A Ride with Dr. Weil!

  • By Rich on 07-15-16

lovely Russian voice

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

The course was overall interesting, though of uneven quality. In most cases, the professor simply told the story of the given book, rather than highlighting what was the key literary significance and impact.
style was informal and friendly, and all in all a good course.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lady in Gold

  • The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, 'Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer'
  • By: Anne-Marie O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

The Lady in Gold, considered an unforgettable masterpiece, one of the 20th century's most recognizable paintings, made headlines all over the world when Ronald Lauder bought it for $135 million a century after Klimt, the most famous Austrian painter of his time, completed the society portrait. Anne-Marie O'Connor, writer for the Washington Post, formerly of the Los Angeles Times, tells the galvanizing story of the Lady in Gold, Adele Bloch-Bauer, a dazzling Viennese Jewish society figure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get a better narrator.

  • By David A Weatherbie on 04-13-15

Amazing story, Rushed performance

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

Reviewed: 05-08-14

This is a true-life story about the Austrian collusion in Nazi theft of art during WWII, and of its eventual restitution after a heroic battle, some 60+ years later. It is a compelling human drama and an important work.
The narrative suffers slightly from distracting side-tales, and the writing is not seamless.
I found the reading to be too rushed, as if the reader was trying to get through the story as rapidly as possible.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Winter of the World

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,009

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Sequel

  • By Tim on 03-15-13

John Lee excels, but Follett Falls

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

After reading Fall of Giants, I was eager to read this 2nd part of the trilogy. And having it read by John Lee made it all the more attractive.
But now, after completing the book I am mystified and puzzled how Follett managed to forget (or else ignored) one of the most overwhelming human tragedies of that (or any other) century - the holocaust! While he poignantly described the suffering of Germans (at the hands of Red Army rapists, or gestapo Nazis for example), he somehow decided not to even mention the systematic dehumanization, exile, and extermination of millions in death camps. Maybe this topic is unpopular, or maybe he felt that others have written about it. But if this book is to be a believable piece of historical fiction, this omission just appears most glaring.

  • Too Much Happiness

  • Stories
  • By: Alice Munro
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

In the long title story, we accompany Sophia Kovalevsky - a late-19th-century Russian émigré and mathematician - on a winter journey that takes her from the Riviera, where she visits her lover, to Paris, Germany, and Denmark, where she has a fateful meeting with a local doctor, and finally to Sweden, where she teaches at the only university in Europe willing to employ a female mathematician.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Each story should start on its own track

  • By Shyguy123 on 01-04-16

Strange collection, and one great story

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

Reviewed: 12-12-13

I bought this one because the description (and the title story) is about a female mathematician's life - of great relevance to my own career. And, as it turns out, it is indeed a part biography of THE Sonia Kovalevskaya, who is well known in mathematics! Not a made-up story but a true story, that Alice Munro tells us, was inspired by her reading of "Little Sparrow".
I liked that part of the book and found it both engrossing, poignant, and moving. How times have changed (thank goodness!)
As for the rest of the collection in this book, I still have to think about what the author is trying to tell us. I "don't get it" yet. But it has gotten me thinking.
The performance is fine, but I don't like the distraction of switching between male and female voices. If the narrator is good enough, we should be carried along no matter what gender.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dombey and Son

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 39 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

Dombey and Son is vintage Dickens and explores the classic themes of betrayal, cruelty and deceit. Dombey's dysfunctional relationships are painted against a backdrop of social unrest in industrialized London, which is populated by a host of fascinating and memorable secondary characters. The complete and unabridged novel is brought spectacularly to life by veteran reader David Timson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Hidden Dickens Gem

  • By eileen on 01-15-12

Terrific experience

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

Any additional comments?

First of all, Dickens is a master of the English language, using it like an artist painting a vivid portrait of Victorian England, his characters, and the world they live in. Second, he is deeply cognizant of human psychology,( of the passion of pride and jealousy in particular in Dombey and Son) and makes the motives believable. He is also a master of building up the suspense to make stories a real "page-turner".
To top it all, the reading is fantastic, persuasive, and better than any print edition. I am out to read all of Dickens on audiobooks, now that I have so deeply enjoyed the first two (this one and the equally great Bleak House).

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak House

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
  • Length: 35 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877

A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ordinary Lives; Extraordinary Circumstances

  • By Wendy Lohse on 10-01-12

Dickens - a Genius

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

Reviewed: 01-04-13

Would you listen to Bleak House again? Why?

I am actually listening to it again and again, sampling some of my favorite chapters. Now that I understand the plot and the story, it is a thrill to go back and see how carefully strands were woven together and how masterly the descriptions and social commentary.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I had many favorite characters, among them, Guppy, Krook, and George.

Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first one. I'd like to hear more.

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

I wanted it to last as long as possible, so I lingered.. but it was gripping and a real "page turner".

Any additional comments?

I'm going to get more Dickens!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful