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  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

  • By: Thomas E. Woods Jr.
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

Western civilization has given us modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of law, a sense of human rights and freedom, charity as a virtue, splendid art and music, philosophy grounded in reason, and innumerable other gifts we take for granted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and informative

  • By Michael Kellogg on 09-29-05

Excellent book, deadpan narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

I really appreciated Woods' explanation of the Church's role in the development of so many aspects of our civilization. The only downside to the Audible version was that the narrator was almost completely expressionless. It didn't ruin the book for me, but it did detract from the overall impression.

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Life Among the Lowly
  • By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784

Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day." A thrilling and important piece of American literature!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration

  • By Linda on 04-14-16

Great work, spoiled by poor narration

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

Would you try another book from Harriet Beecher Stowe and/or Mary Sarah?

Harriet Beecher Stowe, yes. Mary Sarah, absolutely no.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Sarah’s performances?

No. Her narration spoiled the book for me. She mispronounces many common words ("lithe" has a long i, the g in physiognomy is silent, for example), and has a stilted style. She also drops off at the end of nearly every sentence. There was no differentiation between the voices of the various characters. It became maddening after a while.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 57 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely awful narrator!

  • By Janneke on 02-22-13

Atrocious narration

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one. The narration was so bad that it was utterly unlistenable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Count of Monte Cristo?

I couldn't make it past the second chapter, due to the poor narration.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His halting presentation made it almost impossible to even understand the text. His French pronunciation -- remember, this is a French novel! -- was absurd. He was expressionless.

Any additional comments?

I've bought quite a number of titles from Audible, and have always been highly satisfied. I can't understand why this is even offered.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful