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  • Appointment in Samarra

  • Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
  • By: John O'Hara, Charles McGrath (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Christian Camargo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • O'Hara's Best?

  • By Steve M on 10-01-15

Narrator is terrible

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I guess I got so spoiled by (and/or used to) Scott Aiello's narration of O'Hara's 'Ten North Frederick' that when I listened to Camargo's hurried, uninterested narration of 'Appointment in Samarra' I couldn't stand in and didn't want to invest any time in it. He reads it too quickly, and sometimes slurs words together so that they are incomprehensible. I tried listening at a reduced speed on the Audible App but most the time I listen on PC, which doesn't offer reduced speeds. But the speed was not the only problem. The narrator also sounds uninterested in what's he reading so that not only does he want to finish as quickly as possible he shows no interest in what he's reading. I couldn't listen to much of this story: I have given the narrator a 1, the story a 4 (based on what I know of O'Hara from "Ten North" and "New York Stories'). I will limit myself to reading this work in print, where I can enjoy it.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,199

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Better to look at the sky than live there"

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-12-14

Terrible choice of reader

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Holly Golightly is a teenager in this book. The narrator makes her sound as if she's in her thirties or even older; plus she has an incredibly inappropriate deep, raspy voice. Ruins the character, both of Holly and the novella.

  • The Gospel of John

  • By: Rev. Donald Senior CPSTD
  • Narrated by: Rev. Donald Senior CPSTD
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

From the time of its first appearance, the Gospel of John has gripped the imagination and the hearts of Christians. Composed towards the latter part of the first century, the so-called "Spiritual Gospel" presents a compelling and distinctive portrait of Jesus and His mission. Now you can explore this powerful portrayal of Jesus with Rev. Donald Senior, one of the world's top biblical scholars, as your personal teacher.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read John's Gospel instead

  • By A Carmack on 03-01-18

Read John's Gospel instead

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Your time will be much better spent reading (and, uf possible, meditating on) the Gospel of John than listening to, and I say this kindly, this talking head talk about the Gospel for five hours.

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  • The Gospel of Mark: A Bible Study Course

  • By: Prof. Ian Boxall DPhil
  • Narrated by: Prof. Ian Boxall DPhil
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Most scholars agree that the Gospel according to Mark is the earliest of the four canonical gospels. It is also the shortest, with swift dramatic turns throughout its fast-paced narrative. Because of its brevity, Mark's Gospel leaves many questions unanswered, and it has often been overlooked in the history of Christianity. As you will discover, though, Mark's Gospel is compelling in its combination of simplicity and sophistication. This audio course guides you through Mark's Gospel sequentially, offering you fresh insights and a deeper understanding of its overall shape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Laborious lectures on Mark

  • By A Carmack on 02-18-18

Laborious lectures on Mark

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

The lectures contain a lot of heady (and little inspirational) information and are a labor to get through. Most all the material is covered in another Now You Know media course on Mark, the one given by Fr John R Donahue, PhD, who devoted his life to the study of Mark's Gospel and whose presentation lacks nothing in scholarship but also exudes enthusiasm; if you can only get one, get the one by Fr Donahue.

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  • God’s Guide to a Good Life: Catholic Moral Theology

  • By: Fr. Kenneth R. Himes OFM PhD
  • Narrated by: Fr. Kenneth R. Himes OFM PhD
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The course is structured in three parts. In the first, you will explore the meaning of moral theology generally, and in the second, you will come to understand how moral theology conceives of freedom, character, conscience, sin, and conversion. In the final part, you will explore how to use the Bible, reason, natural law, ecclesial context, and the Church's teaching office to inform moral theology. In these lectures, you will learn to translate your religious beliefs into values and actions. Fr. Himes's course uses the best ideas from Catholic moral theology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little vague

  • By iesusv on 06-05-18

Great introduction... Look forward to more!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

I look forward to delving into more material by Father Himes. So I hope Audible will carry more of his works. This lecture series was a great introduction to the fundamentals of moral theology, about which I'm sure much more could be said. I l'm sure I'll listen to the complete series again to pick up on things that didn't sink in the first time. A regret I have is that the publishers would not provide me with a copy of the study guide that comes with this lecture series for free when you buy the audio from their website.