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  • Letters from the Earth

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Carl Reiner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Here we see Twain on a somewhat personal level. Penniless and having just lost his wife and one of his children, Twain turns to writing about God, Christianity, and the many curious natures of man. This collection was so controversial that his daughter prohibited its publication until 52 years after his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for thinking people

  • By Charles on 11-28-11

More included than the title work, but no TOC

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

What made the experience of listening to Letters from the Earth the most enjoyable?

There is no table of contents so the reader does not know what is being read after "Letters from the Earth. Bad editing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Letters from the Earth?

When I no longer knew what was being read

Have you listened to any of Carl Reiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He's an excellent reader.

  • The School for Scandal

  • By: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Stuart Bunce, Jane Carr, John Francis Harries, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Beware the gossips! Lady Sneerwell and her hireling, Snake, are certainly up to no good in this timeless send-up of hypocritical manners. Thanks to their scandal-mongering, the comely Lady Teazle must fend off the slanderous barbs that have caught the ear of her elderly husband - as well as every other gossip in London! What follows is a torrent of mistaken identities and sex-crazed scheming in which the upper classes have never looked so low class.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a play for English Lit students!

  • By Kemdi on 03-25-15

Disappointed in production without text

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

What would have made The School for Scandal better?

To include the text would be a simple enough addition and sorrily needed, since the play as produced is severely abridged.

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  • The Long Goodbye

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,246

Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I first read The Long Goodbye over 50 years ago

  • By Wayne on 08-22-15

Worth reading several times

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Any additional comments?

I plan on saying hello to The Long Goodbye several times before my Big Sleep

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona

  • Arkangel Shakespeare
  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney, Damian Lewis, Saskia Wickham, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Proteus loves Julia in Verona, Valentine loves Silvia in Milan. But when Proteus meets Silvia, he falls for her too, and the heartbroken Julia sets out in pursuit. This delightful and sometimes disquieting early comedy of love lost and found offers lyrical poetry, disguise, clowning, outlaws, and a most unreliable dog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Prentice work

  • By Tad Davis on 06-08-14

Great but for two faults

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

Reviewed: 11-16-15

The pronunciation of Milan was odd. And I suppose jazz helps to improve the play for modern audiences. It would otherwise be old and boring?

  • Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Viewed as too libelous to print in England until 1968, the title essay in this collection reveals the abuse Orwell experienced as a child at an expensive and snobbish boarding school and offers insights into his lifelong concern for the oppressed. "Why I Write" describes Orwell's sense of political purpose, and the classic essay "Politics and the English Language" insists on clarity and precision in communication in order to avoid the Newspeak later described in 1984.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb collection of essays, very well read

  • By Christopher on 07-07-11

Great book deserves better recording. Skips horribly

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

This is a terrific collection of essays read quite well by Frederick Davidson. The unfortunate part is that the recording while clear is pockmarked all through with skipping. Dreadful really.

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  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

  • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,090

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great primer for hard SF fans and physics laymen

  • By David on 01-05-15

Audio without the visuals diminishes series

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Richard Wolfson?

Not without the visual examples. The professor includes these teaching tools and organized his lectures with plenty of references to the visual examples. The lack of video is an important lesson when considering whether to purchase another series from The Great Courses

What didn’t you like about Professor Richard Wolfson’s performance?

His performance was great,but I didn't have the benefit of experiencing the entire thing

Was Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition worth the listening time?

Yes, but without the visuals, much much less so