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  • The Histories

  • By: Herodotus
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 27 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing, but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges, who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians, Herodotus laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pater historiae: Latin, b/c who gets Greek jokes?

  • By Darwin8u on 05-21-12

Difficult but enlightening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-08

At 29 hours long, this is at a times a difficult listen. The story can be dry and lacks the imaginative preoccupations of fiction. That being said, the narration gives the feel that you are hearing the stories from the mouth of Herodotus himself. Like an entrancing old man who rambles on and on, you half listen out of respect to him, and half in wonder at things you've never heard before. I enjoyed the story and narration, but the audio quality was a little lower than I would have liked.

For a fan of ancient history, this is a must listen which sheds new revelations into other pieces of classic literature and in many respects sets up the mental stage for them.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Iliad & The Odyssey

  • By: Homer
  • Narrated by: John Lescault
  • Length: 28 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 422

Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audio

  • By Tiffany on 02-18-07

Best read I've heard

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-08

I've attempted other listens at these stories, and each time quit before getting too deep into them. The narrator really is everything here. Enjoyed the stories immensely, a superb rendition.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 52 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,202

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the book, funny echo in the audio

  • By Rob on 02-16-09

WOW - A must read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-08

had heard a lot about this book, wish I'd read/heard it long ago. This story should be required reading in ever high school!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Runes of the Earth

  • The Last Chronicles of Thomas Convenant
  • By: Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 27 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 309

Since their publication more than two decades ago, the initial six books in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series have sold more than six million copies and have been published in 10 countries around the world. Now, starting with The Runes of the Earth, Stephen R. Donaldson returns with a quartet of new Covenant novels that are certain to satisfy his millions of fans, and attract countless new followers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better in Audio Format

  • By Malcolm on 10-24-08

A wonderful and surprising addition

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-08

*Background
My first encounter with the Thomas Covenant series was 16 years ago when I was still a student in high school. Difficult at first because of the writing style, the first book Lord Fouls Bane was an amazing story which I admit took more than a month to finish. The story Donaldson laid out was so mesmerizing the following five books took less than a month to read combined. After such a long time, I was both excited at the prospect of new additions and skeptical of the idea at the same time. My first fear was "Is this simply one last attempt at making a buck off of a past success?"

*The Audio Book
Though expertly read by the narrator Scott Brick, I found myself quickly reminded of how painful Stephen R. Donaldson's writing style can be. Though it is a bit difficult to describe, I will say that at times, it is akin to reading a scientific publication. The authors strong English background is readily apparent, and the descriptive portions of the text are minimalistic yet completely thorough. At times the text may seem unnecessarily repetitive, however after the first 45 minutes of the audio book, this feeling was lost in favor of the story. The story translated surprisingly well into audio format, truly a testament to the strength of the narrator. The story which is laid out here in the last chronicles of Thomas Covenant is a great addition to the two previous trilogies. I find myself impatiently awaiting the audio recording of the next book, Fatal Revenant.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful