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  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,064

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come one, Come all into 1984!

  • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08

Ok yes it's a classic but .... (oh amazing performance)

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

PERFORMANCE IS EXCEPTIONAL!!!

The book??

Well who really cares what is say. This by all accounts is one of the greatest books written in the English language - ever. However - the individual torture of a single individual still strike me as far fetched. And this notion of "ULTIMATE POWER" for the sake of "ultimate power" ... well I'm not sure I get it. Wouldn't the idea get old? The "party" wakes up - beats people into submission - turns them into stepford wives and wakes up the next day to do it again. For what purpose?? Wouldn't it get old. Why not just kill everyone and themselves - really what the heck is the point. Ok - I confess again what the he'll so I know - but the book leaves me thinking there is a lose end. A lose end having to do with human nature. Yes I k is - the party changed human nature but again for what? Who is getting off on the melting of humans into mush - and even if that was a joyous activity for a while - again - for how long can that be fun???

Anyway - glad in"read" the thing and you should too!!

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 894

Hailed as one of the world’s masterpieces of psychological realism, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high-court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise he is brought face-to-face with his own mortality. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elegant, simple, and true

  • By Alexandria on 09-22-13

A brilliant performance of a brilliant work.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

It is impossible to imagine how these Russian authors can dissect and present the essence of human condition - in all of its horror and splendor - such as they do.

To all - enjoy (and hug your children)

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978

In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reading, disturbing book

  • By Tad Davis on 11-03-08

Extraordinary!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

What did you love best about Crime and Punishment?

Why bother commenting on the work. It is a masterpiece composed by a genius. But, what needs be said is that the narrator - Heald is also a master. Heald is a superior talent who is - as he demonstrates quite without question that he is worthy of the task. The book and the interpretation by Heald were beyond moving!

  • Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Imogen Stubbs, Jane Lapotaire, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 90

Distressed by his father's death and his mother's over-hasty remarriage, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is faced by a specter from beyond the grave bearing a grim message of murder and revenge. The young prince is driven to the edge of madness by his struggle to understand the situation he finds himself in and to do his duty. Many others, including Hamlet's beloved, the innocent Ophelia, are swept up in his tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Presentation

  • By L. Jay on 11-22-16

Exceptional Rendition

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare to be better than the print version?

This is not a reading but an enactment of the play by superb actors with superb vocal talents. All the more importantly, they are clearly Shakespearean trained. They understand what they are saying and their interpretation of the work is most enjoyable

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

As I say, these are experts in every sense of the work.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Please, this is Hamlet. The film would be called ... Hamlet!

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