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  • Perelandra

  • Ransom Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731

Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Insightful Look at the Nature of Temptation

  • By Tim on 05-17-05

Book 2 of CS Lewis’s Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Incredible, so rich I need to read it again. Expect many, many hidden gems throughout.
IMHO CS Lewis is brilliant and Mr Howard’s reading outstanding.

  • Dombey and Son

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 39 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Dombey and Son is vintage Dickens and explores the classic themes of betrayal, cruelty and deceit. Dombey's dysfunctional relationships are painted against a backdrop of social unrest in industrialized London, which is populated by a host of fascinating and memorable secondary characters. The complete and unabridged novel is brought spectacularly to life by veteran reader David Timson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Hidden Dickens Gem

  • By eileen on 01-15-12

Absolutely Wonderful!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

What did you love best about Dombey and Son?

Beautiful story, beautifully told, beautifully read...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dombey and Son?

When Susan makes an attempt to reach into the heart-soul of one of the main characters.

Have you listened to any of David Timson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but this was FANTASTIC! Thank you Mr. Timson for an incredible performance! How do you manage to remember all the different characters, while maintaining the integrity of each voice/personality throughout?!! You made this such a joy to listen to! And thank you Audible for making this accessible!

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

Embark on a Dicken's Adventure, a riveting tapestry of life exploding with relevance for us today!

Any additional comments?

Am so grateful for novels by Charles Dickens and eagerly recommend them-- they add a palpable richness to life-- in my humble opinion.

  • The Mill on the Floss

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

First published in three volumes in 1860 it tells the story of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, a brother and sister growing up on the river Floss. Maggie is deeply attached to her brother but their conflicting temperaments and outlook produce only stress and misunderstanding until they are finally reconciled in a moment of revelation before tragedy overtakes them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Flawed and depressing

  • By Thomas H. Kregel on 11-23-10

Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

Hang in there-- slow going for first several chapters but there's a reason... once you are past that point, you won't regret your patience. Beautiful intense story, outstanding performance.

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,209

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read This if You're Very Sick and/or Thinking About Ending Your Life

  • By Derek on 07-21-15

Must Read

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is lifechanging.

What did you like best about this story?

The life and hope there-in.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I love his performances and this was another fabulous one!

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

You matter, your dignity is real. Or, you are responsible because you are irreplaceable. Or, your dignity has nothing to do with your usefulness... it is innate. Or, wake up Sleeper and rise from the dead!

Any additional comments?

I wish this book came with every new born babe. Loved it in every way!

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,900

A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly a Classic

  • By Theodore on 11-04-12

Don't Miss!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

Fantastic! Tour de Force! Beautifully read. Powerful historical fiction from the great Charles Dickens.
Keep up the good work Audible!




1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795

Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada. As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent narrator

  • By Michael on 04-26-09

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Important to read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncle Tom's Cabin?

Too many...

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many...

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lord have mercy... yes it made me laugh, and cry, and be overwhelmed with horror at what precious people have endured at the hands of fellow men.

Any additional comments?

Narrator was superb! Also, such a gripping story and wonderful narration perfectly in-line with the heart of the novel so much so that I sincerely missed the characters and the story for many, many days after listening. Don't miss this!

  • The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition]

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 37 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Spiritual and Philosophical Tour-de-Force

  • By Rich on 02-27-16

Amazing! Tour du Force!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

Would you listen to The Brothers Karamazov again? Why?

Yes! Brilliant!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved several!

What does Constantine Gregory bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Absolutely fantastic narration! Beautiful rendering of Dostoyevsky's briallinat novel. How difficult it must have been to take on a work like this with so many characters and emotional rollercoaster-like dialogues throughout the book. I wish he would narrate more of the Classics!

Who was the most memorable character of The Brothers Karamazov and why?

Just loved them all.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this! It is very long but WORTH the time. Just a joy! Thank you Constantine Gregory and Audible!

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Tree and the Wedding

  • A Fyodor Dostoyevsky Short Story
  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

"The Christmas Tree and the Wedding" is a bittersweet story written in 1848, the year of revolutions throughout Europe. The story has an undercurrent reflecting the tumultuous changes of that year. The narrator, attending a Christmas party with the Christmas tree referenced in the title, sees the Guest of Honor take an undue interest in a young girl, the daughter of his host....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t buy this story!

  • By Michael on 02-09-13

Excellent story- terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

What disappointed you about The Christmas Tree and the Wedding?

Deaver Brown, the narrator is not a good fit for Classic Literature. I was so disappointed, particularly after listening to Constantine Gregory's wonderful narration of The Brothers Karamazov. This was a dismal attempt, and the narration made it hard to pay attention to the story.

What other book might you compare The Christmas Tree and the Wedding to and why?

Other Dostoyevsky works.

Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

NO!

What character would you cut from The Christmas Tree and the Wedding?

None. Each one is important for this story.

Any additional comments?

This is not personal of course, but some people are just not cut out to read literature aloud for a company like Audible where the listener expects excellent storytelling... because we are listening to excellent literature. This narrator may be fit to read some dry "how-to' books, but please, not famous, classic literature, at least not on Audible.
Audible, I think its your job to carefully, thoughtfully, and professionally match narrators with literature.

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,838

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale

  • By Judi on 01-07-07

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

So very enjoyable to listen to this narrator. He made the story come alive and I want to hear it again!