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  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco, William Weaver - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The meaning of the mystery & mystery of meaning

  • By Ryan on 02-14-14

One of the best productions on Audible

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

A masterful production of a more than deserving work. Kudos to everyone involved in making this happen!

  • Chinese Classic Stories

  • By: Xun Lu
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Lu Xun (1881-1936) was born in Shaoxing, in the province of Zhejiang, China. He came from a scholar-official family and by the age of six had begun studying the ancient classics. Regarded as the founder of contemporary Chinese literature, Lu Xun used the pen as a weapon to wage an heroic struggle against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism. The rich heritage he has left behind is a treasure in the literature of the Chinese people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Stories of Life in Early 20th Cent. China

  • By Jefferson on 01-31-17

Perfect little collection

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Flawless performance of some short works of a writer who deserves to be ranked with the greatest chroniclers of the 20th century but is not as read as he should be outside of China. And for remarkably cheap to boot!

  • Cultures of War

  • Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq
  • By: John W. Dower
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Dower examines the cultures of war revealed by four powerful events - Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9/11, and the invasion of Iraq in the name of a war on terror. The list of issues examined and themes explored is wide-ranging: failures of intelligence and imagination, wars of choice and "strategic imbecilities", faith-based secular thinking as well as more overtly holy wars, the targeting of noncombatants, and the almost irresistible logic - and allure - of mass destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dower does it again

  • By Anthony on 06-25-18

Dower does it again

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Only a late-career academic of Dower's stature could pull off such a lofty project and succeed. An amazing success in tackling a subject that in nearly anyone else's hands would be an unreadable jamming of square pegs into round holes. The narration is not great but only seldom distracting.

  • JR

  • By: William Gaddis
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 37 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Absurdly logical, mercilessly real, gathering it's own tumultuous momentum for the ultimate brush with commodity training, JR captures the listener in the cacophony of voices that revolves around this young captive of his own myths. The disturbing clarity with which this finished writer captures the ways in which we deal, dissemble, and stumble through our words - through our lives - while the real plans are being made elsewhere makes JR the extraordinary novel that it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly superior as an audio book

  • By Peregrine on 12-12-10

Stellar production and reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Stellar production and reading of a novel that could have become a nightmare listen. A novel one should attempt to relax and laugh with.

  • Inheritance from Mother

  • A Novel
  • By: Minae Mizumura
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Award-winning novelist Minae Mizumura demystifies the notion of the selfless Japanese mother and the adult daughter honor-bound to care for her. Mitsuki Katsura, a Japanese woman in her mid-50s, is a French-language instructor at a private university in Tokyo. Her husband, whom she met in Paris, is a professor at another private university. He is having an affair with a much younger woman. In addition to her husband's infidelity, Mitsuki must deal with her ailing 80-something mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By resc on 09-02-17

Excellent narrator--Audible needs more Japanese lit

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Allison is not only a wonderful reader and perfect for the novel but also can pronounce Japanese (!). An all-round excellent production--I hope Audible will continue to record more works of Japanese literature.

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  • Madame Bovary

  • By: Gustave Flaubert, Lydia Davis (translator)
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

Set amid the stifling atmosphere of nineteenth-century bourgeois France, Madame Bovary is at once an unsparing depiction of a woman’s gradual corruption and a savagely ironic study of human shallowness and stupidity. Neither Emma, nor her lovers, nor Homais, the man of science, escapes the author’s searing castigation, and it is the book’s final profound irony that only Charles, Emma’s oxlike, eternally deceived husband, emerges with a measure of human grace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ironic, humorous, and restrained

  • By Esther on 05-13-13

Flawless reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Flawless reading of what is now the new standard translation. Completely worth the extra money or a credit for Lydia Davis's translation and Kate Reading's reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Within a Budding Grove

  • Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 2
  • By: Marcel Proust, C. K. Scott Moncrieff (translator)
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 25 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th century literature. Within a Budding Grove is the second of seven volumes. The young narrator, experiencing his youthful sexuality, falls under the spell of a group of adolescent girls, succumbs to the charms of the enchanting Gilberte, and visits a brothel where he meets Rachel. His impressions of life are also stimulated by the painter, Elstir, and his encounter with another girl, Albertine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One young nubile girl and then another ...

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-13

Fantastic narrator with unobtrusive French pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

The narrator sounds like he understands what he's reading and pronounces French quite well and with only a few mistakes (e.g., with names ending -bourg). Highly recommended production!

  • The Witness of Poetry

  • Charles Eliot Norton Lectures
  • By: Czeslaw Milosz
  • Narrated by: Peter Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Czeslaw Miosz, winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature, reflects upon poetry's testimony to the events of our tumultuous time. From the special perspectives of "my corner of Europe", a classical and Catholic education, a serious encounter with Marxism, and a life marked by journeys and exiles, Milosz has developed a sensibility at once warm and detached, flooded with specific memory yet never hermetic or provincial. Milosz addresses many of the major problems of contemporary poetry, beginning with the pessimism and negativism prompted by reductionist interpretations of man's animal origins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible needs more university press books

  • By Anthony on 11-06-17

Audible needs more university press books

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Fantastic narration job, and I'm glad to see accessible lectures and thought provoking lectures offered through audible. This merits multiple listens and thus the price tag for such a short audiobook. Narration was fantastic!

  • 20th-Century American Fiction

  • By: Arnold Weinstein, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Arnold Weinstein
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Hemingway. Fitzgerald. Faulkner. These and other giants of literature are immediately recognizable to anyone who loves to read fiction and even to many who don't. Now, thanks to these 32 lectures, you can develop fresh insight into some of the greatest American authors of the 20th century. Professor Weinstein sheds light not only on the sheer magnificence of these writers' literary achievements but also explores their uniquely American character as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No longer wasted on the young!

  • By Carolyn on 08-26-13

Remarkable performance by Weinstein

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-17

Deftly navigating a series of brilliant close readings to share a lifetime of study, Weinstein demonstrates a mode of critique that dialectically links critical theory with previous styles of critique that are less suspicious of the text. A must-listen for anyone interested in 20th century US literature or culture.

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  • Another Country

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, Another Country tells the story of the suicide of jazz-musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way. Another Country is a work that is as powerful today as it was 40 years ago - and expertly narrated by Dion Graham.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Expect Sweetness and Light

  • By Barbara on 10-02-10

Dion Graham is a tour de force

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Dion Graham is the best narrator on Audible, as far as I'm concerned. Flawless performance.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful