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  • Oliver Twist

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

A workhouse orphan, Oliver experiences the terror and brutality of the criminal underworld. His companions, a thief, a whore, a pickpocket, and a fence, are destined for gruesome ends, but Oliver emerges unscathed from the darkness of the underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome narration

  • By Michael on 09-06-08

Antisemitism loud and clear

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

Reviewed: 08-31-12

It was very hard for me to rate this book. The story was very interesting and well written. However, every-time the narrator called Fagen "The Jew", it twisted my stomach. There is an underlying tone in this book from the beginning to the very end, that says, Jews equal the devil and Christians are the good people. It was quite disturbing.

If it weren't for that I would have given this book 5 stars. Because of that I want to give this book 1 star.

Great narrator.

5 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The House of the Dead

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The House of the Dead is a fascinating portrait of life in a Siberian prison camp - a life of great hardship and deprivation, yet filled with simple moments of humanity showing mankinds ability to adapt and survive in the most extreme of circumstances. Dostoevsky tells his story in a chronological order, from his character's arrival and his sense of alienation to his gradual adjustment to prison life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In the Prison House

  • By James C. Maddox on 10-25-09

Very low quality audio

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

Reviewed: 01-04-12

The audio quality of this book was so bad, I could not listen to it. I gave the Story 3 stars only because I had to put something in there so I could write this review.

I've read Dostoevsky before and loved his writing. This book may be equally as good, but I would never know.

I'm going to see if I could find this book with a different narrator. I suggest you do the same!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,144

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Altered Carbon

  • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

Sloppy Editing

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

Reviewed: 10-04-11

When I started to listen to this book my air conditioner was on and I found the book interesting. Then the weather changed and off went the air conditioner, and when I continued to listen to the book, that's when I noticed it. Very sloppy audio editing. When the narrator speaks I can hear ambient noise. When he stops for a pause after a sentence, the ambient noise is gone. So it is constantly switching from hearing the ambient noise to silence in the background which makes it very hard for me to flow with the book. It's distracting. So - I'll wait till next summer comes and the AC goes back on, to continue this book, and then after that I may change the rating. Narrator is good.

  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

  • By: Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 60 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,316

One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book that Made Me a Better Person

  • By Coalition Deadboys Podcast on 03-29-13

This book is an amazing experience! WoW!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-11

At first I was not familiar with Victor Hugo's style of writing. It would start to get very interesting and then all of a sudden he was off on another topic. That knocked me for a loop, until I got into the swing of things, and treated each new topic as a new book. In the end it all came together and was an amazing experience.
Out of both unabridged versions of this book on audible, I found George Guidall to be the better narrator. I had the opportunity to listen to the first few hours of the other version, and could not understand the narrator very well. I was very happy to get this one where I had no problem understanding the English. Great book.

43 of 48 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
    1,209 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Rose Madder

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 823

Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WHYYYY

  • By Chantelle on 12-01-11

Couldn't stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-11

I put this book on at night before I went to sleep, and I had about 8 hours left to the book. I wound up loosing a whole night's sleep because it was so interesting I couldn't stop listening! Great book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful