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  • Oneida

  • From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table
  • By: Ellen Wayland-Smith
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In the early 19th century, many Americans were looking for an alternative to the Puritanism that had been the foundation of the new country. Amid the fervor of the religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening, John Humphrey Noyes, a spirited but socially awkward young man, attracted a group of devoted followers with his fiery sermons about creating Jesus' millennial kingdom here on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating social history

  • By Louis on 09-25-16

Fascinating social history

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

What did you love best about Oneida?

This is a fascinating social history of the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. The stsory weaves together religious innovations, utopian experiments, labor and industry history. Not a dull moment. And the reader gives an outstanding performance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Oneida?

The description of the marital arrangements with its attempt to wipe out all exclusive personal attachments. This is the most eccentric but engrossing part of the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

No particualrly favorite scene, but I chose this book because I needed to use some credits. I was surprised by how good it is.

Any additional comments?

This recording is what a recorded book should be, a well written, informative, entertaining story perfectly read by the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • La Divina Commedia (New edit)

  • By: Dante Alighieri
  • Narrated by: Ivano Marescotti
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

La realizzazione di questa Commedia di Dante si deve al contributo appassionato di diversi attori: Ivano Marescotti ha prestato la sua voce profonda e la sua interpretazione accurata e sensibile ai molti personaggi che pullulano nei tre regni visitati da Dante.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Flawed by dramatization

  • By Louis on 01-01-16

Flawed by dramatization

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

What made the experience of listening to La Divina Commedia (New edit) the most enjoyable?

The best part is the undramatized reading by Marescotti. A real pleasure to listen to the Italian. Unfortunately this is undermined by the attempts to dramatize the poem. Instead of giving a simple narrative reading of the poem, the voices of the characters are put in a different voice. Virgil, for instance, sounds like he is in an echo chamber.

Any additional comments?

How wonderful it would be it Marescotti gave a straight reading of the Comedy. I have to return to my old recording by Albertazzi and others.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Witness

  • By: Whittaker Chambers
  • Narrated by: John MacDonald
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

First published in 1952, Witness came on the heals of America's trial of the century, in which Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss, a full-standing member of the political establishment, of spying for the Soviet Union. In this penetrating philosophical memoir, Chambers recounts the famous case as well as his own experiences as a Communist agent in the United States, his later renunciation of communism, and his conversion to Christianity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great history about Communism

  • By Susan on 03-04-10

Very engaging listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-09

This is one of the most engaging books I have gotten from Audible. Chambers writes with such skill that you have to envy his mastery of style and wish you could match it. MacDonald does a superb job in reading the book.
Of course, it is an apologia, and towards the end Chambers annoys with his strange reluctance to simply give straight testimony. But his linguistic ability never falters.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Rapid Italian: Volume 1

  • By: Earworms Learning
  • Narrated by: Andrew Lodge
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Italian and English a few times, you pick up over 200 essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue, but will be burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cognitively Infectious

  • By Kathryn A Brehe on 02-06-06

Annoying music

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-07

This would be a good introduction to some phrases useful for tourists. It is very basic, for beginners, and the words and phrases are pronounced clearly and repeated a few times. But I found the beat of the music so distracting and annoying that I could barely get through it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful