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  • Shahnameh

  • The Epic of the Persian Kings
  • By: Ferdowsi
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson, Francis Ford Coppola - introduction
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

The new, impeccable translation and adaptation of the Epic of Persian Kings by Ahmad Sadri brought to life a host of heroic characters and wove their adventures into a thrilling story spanning thousands of years. Containing four grand tragedies and four beautiful love stories, the audiobook is currently going into its fifth edition. It has been a smashing success. We are delighted to present a 12-hour audio experience of this text (performed by the award-winning voice actor, Marc Thompson) against the backdrop of evocative sound design and music editing of Hamid Rahmanian the creator of the Shahnameh project.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tremendous auditory experience

  • By lava on 03-02-18

Epic

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This was a great listen. While it's not the full Shahnameh (it ends around the death of Rustam), it was a truly epic listen, full of wise kings, proud heros, and surprisingly complex lessons about the virtues of patience, tolerance, and courage. It is not simply tales of physical bravery, but also of strained family relationships and the tragic consequences of pride. The narration sometimes is a little distracting (the women all sound the same, for example), as are the sound effects, but the music and the ambience is general helps keep the pace exciting and engaging. I loved this story and am now going to read the whole translation. 5/5!

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  • The Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 1

  • By: Ambrose Bierce
  • Narrated by: Charton Griffin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Horror and the supernatural are the background of Bierce's short stories. His style is marked by vivid description, grim situations, and sardonic twists of fate. In terms of technique, he was far ahead of his time and his short stories are among the very best in American literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Death is fascinating

  • By Stephen on 09-30-05

Bierce's Most Unnerving Tales

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

One can get many versions of Ambrose Bierce's stories on audiobook. The benefit of this collection is a decent narrator and some well-chosen sound effects and dramatic music. The selection of stories is excellent; "Incidence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" being classics, though I greatly enjoyed the memorable "A Baffled Ambuscade" which I had never read before. These are classic American ghost stories, and fans of Poe and Lovecraft will enjoy Bierce, as well as those who like short fiction set in the era of the American Civil War and later Nineteenth Century.

Charlton Griffin's narration is up to normal standards (though his spirit medium voice sounds like your uncle trying to impersonate Gollum after a few glasses of red wine), though I perfer the voice he uses for the classics to his sometimes laconic midwestern twang and southern drawl. Music plays a notable role in heightening the tension, something Audio Connoisseur doesn't do much in my experience, but the result is actually rather frightening when you are alone in your house listening in the dead of night. I downloaded these to get in a Halloween Spirit and this audiobook accomplished that with gusto. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

  • A History of the Middle East

  • By: Peter Mansfield
  • Narrated by: Richard Brown
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

In this masterly work of synthesis, Peter Mansfield, drawing on his experience as a journalist and a historian, explores two centuries of history in the Middle East. He forms a picture of the historical, political, and social history of the meeting point of Occident and Orient, from Bonaparte's marauding invasion of Egypt to the start of the Gulf War. For more than four thousand years, the Middle East has provided a setting for titanic struggles between great civilizations and religions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • am i the only one who liked this?

  • By Colin on 03-24-03

Ends in 1990 (First Edition)

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

Peter Mansfield's History of the Middle East has become an anglophone classic account of the region, with the emphasis on the long 19th century onwards (most everything prior is covered concisely in the first two chapters). The work has gone through at least 5 editions, updating accordingly; this a lovely recording of the very first, published in 1991. Anyone hoping to learn about the oftentimes confusing modern situation would be advised that this recording ends prior to the swift defeat of Iraqi Forces in the 1991 Gulf War (as it is known to Americans) with profound implications for the contemporary Middle East. Imbued with a little foreknowledge, it is like watching a Western that cuts to credits at the moment the shooters begin unholstering their guns. However, this does not remove the value of the contextual history of the prior centuries, which provides a deeply enriching understanding of today's complicated political, social, and economic situation (the roots of the Syrian War, for example, are very evident even in 1991, admittedly with the benefit of some hindsight). And though Mansfield (who died in 1996) is not supremely prophetic, he does make some predictions that were prescient. The narration is also clear, if not animated (though the one voice modulation, in imitation of Churchill's droning voice, was appreciated if only for its silliness). So it is highly recommended, but with the caveat that it is now almost 30 years dated.

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  • Invisible Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Ralph Ellison
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,494

Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterfully written; perfectly narrated

  • By Imhokhai on 03-04-13

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

This is by far the best audible production I have ever purchased. Joe Morton's theatrical performance is excellent, carrying with it a vast range of energy and emotion, investing a whole world of Ellison's characters with life while also maintaining the mental world of our Invisible narrator. The story is rich and complex, raising questions that persist into our times. At once a profoundly incisive commentary on contemporary society as it confronted African Americans in the early twentieth century, the hard matter of a man trying to make his destiny and fulfill his human promise in a world which cannot recognize him for doing so. Supremely thoughtful and bitterly realistic, the novel can often be uncomfortable reading that challenges, in its honesty, the illusions that underpin cruelty and shallow ideology. Yet, as Ellison's characters would tell you: that's how it really is. Great reading of a great book that has been even better the second time around, I highly recommend!