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Jonathan G

Austin, TX USA
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  • Of Mice and Men

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,184

While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Rosemary on 06-25-12

Amazing story, outstandingly performed

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

I don't have much to say to say beyond my review's title. This is one of the most outstanding stories ever written and Sinise performs it exquisitely.

  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  • By: Benjamin Franklin
  • Narrated by: Walter Costello
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

Considered to be one of the best autobiographies written in colonial America, Franklin portrays a fascinating picture of life in pre-revolutionary Philadelphia. In his own words he describes his life as a printer, inventor, scientist, and politician.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Love the man, dislike this audiobook

  • By Jalal J. Dallo on 06-03-17

A bit dry but OK overall

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

The reading is a bit dry and overly deliberate, but otherwise good. The autobiography itself is wonderful.

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,708

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

Irritating production

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

I found Tim Curry's performance of Scrooge's voice to be quite annoying. Since Scrooge speaks a lot, this becomes problematic. Also, the performance is overly dramatic. Since the source material is dramatic enough, I also found this annoying.

  • Beyond Good and Evil

  • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 269

Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, first published in 1886, presents a scathing critique of traditional morality and attacks previous philosophers for their blind acceptance of Christian ideals of virtue. As an alternative to what he viewed as the illogical and irrelevant philosophy of the nineteenth century, Nietzsche argues for the importance of imagination, self-assertion, danger, and originality for genuine philosophy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Steven Crossley Nails It!

  • By Philip on 12-04-13

Difficult to understand

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

I admittedly listened to only a little of this book (somewhat into the first chapter) but that is because the narrator spoke very dramatically with, annoyingly, a strong modulation in volume. Some words would be loud but then some would be inaudible. This is a particular problem with Nietzsche since he often looks at subtle concepts where hearing even the prepositions is important to grasping his point. Therefore, I switched to the narration by Alex Jennings which is better (and which uses a translation that also includes brief notes before each chapter).

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Soldier

  • By: Ford Madox Ford
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Handsome, wealthy, and a veteran of service in India, Captain Edward Ashburnham appears to be the ideal "good soldier" and the embodiment of English upper-class virtues. But for his creator, Ford Madox Ford, he also represents the corruption at society's core. Beneath Ashburnham's charming, polished exterior lurks a soul well-versed in the arts of deception, hypocrisy, and betrayal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tragic, dramatic classic

  • By Zaubermond on 10-24-13

Well executed narration... but why a British one

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

Reviewed: 11-27-15

The story is fascinating, if a bit repetitive.

The narrator was good but... for a book that repeatedly talks about Americans vs. Brits and where the narrator in the book is American, why did they pick a British voice?

3 of 4 people found this review helpful