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  • The Call of the Wild

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 209

Rediscover one of literature’s most beloved classics, richly reissued in a pivotal new audio recording. Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange Is the New Black) delivers a stirring performance of Jack London’s fierce yet tender tale of loyalty between man and beast, told from the point of view of a dog.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Pamela Child on 08-01-18

Narrator not as good as Samuel Griffin

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This is the best version available on Audibles, but the best narration of all is performed by Sam Griffin. (He sounds like Tyrone Power.) Only available on cassette tape. Audibles should try to get a hold of it.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: William Hootkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

"Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, EXCELLENT reading!

  • By Jessica on 02-18-09

The Frank Muller Narration is the Best

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Whootkins is too nasal, too forced, too unnatural. The Frank Muller narration is infinitely better.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Night of the Grizzlies

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

Jack Olsen's true account, traces the causes of the tragic night in August 1967 when two separate and unrelated campers, a distance apart, were savagely mangled and killed by enraged bears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The night the bears lost their fear of humans

  • By Michael on 12-19-14

A Masterpiece of Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

A powerful indictment of an establishment that prefers to see campers eaten alive than to have campers with guns. By the time the ranger showed up with his gun the bear had finished their meal. Thank God no bears were injured.

  • The Perfect Storm

  • A True Story of Men Against the Sea
  • By: Sebastian Junger
  • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

Man’s struggle against the sea is a theme that has created some of the world’s most exciting stories. Now, in the tradition of Moby Dick comes a New York Times best seller destined to become a modern classic. Written by journalist Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm combines an intimate portrait of a small fishing crew with fascinating scientific data about boats and weather systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fact is better than Fiction

  • By Ryan on 11-26-14

Wrong pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

It's pronounced "portugee" with a hard G as in "golf," NOT a soft G as in "genius."

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,023
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,891

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

Hopeless

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

I thought for sure that increasing the narration speed would do something to humanize the narrator's robotic performance, but not even that helped.

  • Ninety-Three

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

It is 1793 in France, the year of the guillotine. Already, Louis XVI has been sentenced to the scaffold, and Terror reigns. The architects of the Revolution (Marat, Danton, and Robespierre) have set up the Convention, an embryo parliament, designed to stem social chaos. But ideals topple in the face of political necessity, alliances founder, and intrigue is a way of life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Stuffy

  • By Julie on 04-08-13

Davidson Sucks

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16

The narrator's powdered wig, pinch of snuff, patronizing, arrogant, condescending landed gentry, I'm so much better than everybody else I can hardly stand it tone of voice totally killed it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Winner Take Nothing

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Stacy Keach
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Ernest Hemingway's first new book of fiction since the publication of A Farewell to Arms in 1929 contains 14 stories of varying length. Some of them have appeared in magazines but the majority have not been published before. The characters and backgrounds are widely varied. "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" is about an old Spanish Beggar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stacy Keach Nails It!

  • By marian on 08-13-16

Stacy Keach Nails It!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

Stacy Keach was born to read Hemingway. Stacy Keach makes Slattery, Hurt, Campbell--all the other Hemingway narrators--unlistenable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Farewell to Arms

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,636

The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is not unabridged

  • By Valerian on 06-17-11

Poor narration

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

The only audio Hemingway worth getting is what is read by Stacy Keach. Keach blows all other Hemingway narrators away. Keach makes all other narrators unlistenable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Utilitarianism

  • By: John Stuart Mill
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

This expanded edition of John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism includes the text of his 1868 speech to the British House of Commons defending the use of capital punishment in cases of aggravated murder. The speech is significant both because its topic remains timely and because its arguments illustrate the applicability of the principle of utility to questions of large-scale social policy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Wayne on 10-22-18

Disgusting Narration

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Narrator mispronounces author's name. It's Mill not "Mills." Mispronounces "Protagoras." Mispronounces "a priori." Narrator snorts. What the hell? Inexcusable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Moveable Feast

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: James Naughton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hemingway without being TOO Hemingway

  • By Cathy Dopp on 09-20-06

If you read no other Hemingway read this

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Spare, insightful, poetic in its simplicity. His genius lies both in what he says and in what he does not say, instead implying the thing, leaving room for the reader's intelligence to figure out.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful