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  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,014

A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conrad's Brilliant & Wild Novella

  • By Darwin8u on 11-21-12

The horror! The horror! Bravo Branagh.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

The first time I read this novel I was in high school and yawned my way though boring literary analysis in English class.

Ah, but you're older and wiser now, I told myself. Give it another a go, I thought. I dutifully bought and promptly procrastinated for a good 12 months but at last hit the play button.

Wow. What a great way to rediscover Conrad. Yes, it's slow but it's also compelling, sinister and deeply unsettling - and Branagh's narration truly brings Conrad's Africa to life.

I recommend giving yourself a proper run at it for your first listening session, to give yourself a chance to get in to it, but once I was in I didn't look back.

If it's been awhile since you've read Heart of Darkness or, like me, you've been putting it off because of old high school memories - I can heartily recommend this version to sink your teeth into. Enjoy!

  • Catching the Big Fish

  • Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
  • By: David Lynch
  • Narrated by: David Lynch
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931

In Catching the Big Fish, internationally acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch provides a rare window into his methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation. Lynch describes the experience of "diving within" and "catching" ideas like fish and then preparing them for television or movie screens, and other mediums in which he works, such as painting, music, and design.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • time well spent

  • By Andy on 06-10-07

Fascinating insights into a fascinating mind

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

Short and sweet, I enjoyed the opportunity to hear more about about the life and experiences of the enigmatic Mr David Lynch in his own voice. In amongst the philosophical moments and pieces of life advice, Mr Lynch also gives insight into his interests in transcendental meditation and his own creative process, peppered with anecdotes from his career. It's not intended to be a funny memoir (although there are funny moments) but neither is this reflective book dry and boring - if you are fascinated by Mr Lynch's work and would like more insight into the mind of the man that had created it I would highly recommend a listen.

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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,448

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feast for the mind and imagination

  • By Barbara on 02-21-11

Ugh. Overdone supernatural romance story.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

Got this one as a book club read and really struggled to finish it. If you enjoy romances you may enjoy this one but, personally, I found it all very overdone, with cliche characters that were difficult to relate to, unnecessarily long winded passages of description, and a story arc that seemed to move at a snail's pace in amongst all the romance-y stuff and despite the many magical twists and turns, all of which still somehow failed to lead to any kind of satisfying conclusion at the end of this first book. Frustrating. I made it through for the sake of book club discussions but this is the book that's convinced me that life is too short to read (or listen) to bad books. Never again.

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