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Jeff Lacy

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  • The Enchanted

  • A Novel
  • By: Rene Denfeld
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cascading poetic imagery

  • By brenda hubbard on 04-04-15

A novel of deep insight and deep feelings

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

The Enchanted is a novel of deep insight and deep feelings. The narrator a man on death row who imagines the lives of people he encounters in the prison (the enchanted place): the warden; the lady (a death penalty investigator, a fallen Catholic priest, a corrupt prison guard, a teenage prisoner who is abused by prisoners, and Risk, the most corrupt and violent prisoner in the prison. This novel is well crafted, written carefully from the perspective of one of the death row inmates who is only identified at the end. The audible performance is excellent, modulated well to the characteristics of the narrator/protagonist. This is an easy book to read but one that contains significant philosophical overtones. I highly recommend this novel not so much for its entertaining qualities but for its intellectual, moral, and ethical virtues.

  • Why They Do It

  • Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal
  • By: Eugene Soltes
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Eugene Soltes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 247

Rarely does a week go by without a well-known executive being indicted for engaging in a white-collar crime. Perplexed as to what drives successful, wealthy people to risk it all, Harvard Business School professor Eugene Soltes spent seven years in the company of the men behind the largest corporate crimes in history - from the financial fraudsters of Enron, to the embezzlers at Tyco, to the Ponzi schemers Bernie Madoff and Allen Stanford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • insight into the slippery slope of fraud

  • By Kevin on 10-22-16

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

An important and insightful book on business ethics. Well researched and clearly written. Also well narrated by Johnny Heller. Outstanding. Highly recommend this book for those interested in ethics.

  • The Socratic Dialogues: Early Period, Volume 1

  • The Apology, Crito, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Menexenus, Ion
  • By: Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul, full cast
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Here are the Socratic Dialogues presented as Plato designed them to be - living discussions between friends and protagonists, with the personality of Socrates himself coming alive as he deals with a host of subjects, from justice and inspiration to courage, poetry and the gods. Plato's Socratic Dialogues provide a bedrock for classical Western philosophy. For centuries they have been read, studied and discussed via the flat pages of books, but the ideal medium for them is the spoken word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, insightful, stimulating

  • By Jeff Lacy on 05-30-18

Entertaining, insightful, stimulating

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Stimulating, insightful, entertaining, fun. For goodness sakes it’s Socrates. What else could it be. Using Jowett’s translation. The performers are excellent and enrich the reading of the dialogues.

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  • Alexander the Great

  • By: Philip Freeman
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

Alexander was born into the royal family of Macedonia, the kingdom that would soon rule over Greece. Tutored as a boy by Aristotle, Alexander had an inquisitive mind that would serve him well when he faced formidable obstacles during his military campaigns. Shortly after taking command of the army, he launched an invasion of the Persian Empire, and continued his conquests as far south as the deserts of Egypt and as far east as the mountains of present-day Pakistan and the plains of India.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By BadGuidance on 06-18-17

Five Stars for a Five Star General

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

An impressive, insightful, and entertaining biography about a powerful and ambitious man who simply did not abide by failure, by the word, “can’t”, and who hated to lose. His life was a grand adventure, always on the move, more world to conquer, ever more armies to overwhelm and defeat. Michael Page does a great job keeping the pace of this story moving forward. He has a fine voice attuned to the adventure and military prowess of this twenty-something empire-builder/General, administrator, motivator, soldier, warrior, king who faced the great Persian King and defeated him and ruled over his kingdom. This is one of the better audible recordings. Well worth using alone or accompanying the reading of the book.

  • The Aeneid

  • By: Virgil
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

The publication of a new translation by Fagles is a literary event. His translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have become the standard translations of our era. Now, with this stunning modern verse translation, Fagles has reintroduced Virgil's Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completed the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best, but not bad

  • By Tad Davis on 11-25-08

Excellent translation and performance

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Fagles creates a clear English translation and Simon Callow puts forward a powerful performance. Whether one listens to the audible alone or along with the reading (encouraged) Callow will entertain and lend a significant appreciation of this necessary work to one’s soul. Also, this audible version is unabridged where the Fitzgerald translation audible version is abridged. I recommend this Fagles version.

  • The Aeneid

  • By: Robert Fitzgerald (translator), Virgil
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ravenscroft
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Profoundly poetic yet gloriously accessible, this is the best way to experience a work that has remained a centerpiece of Western civilization for 2,000 years. Fitzgerald's rendering speaks directly to the modern listener, inviting us to share the excitement, adventure, and human tears as Aeneas, the warrior hero, escapes from the burning city of Troy, embarks on a long and perilous journey, and eventually, triumphantly establishes a new nation: Rome.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not complete

  • By Martin E Sargent on 04-16-16

Outstanding translation, performance

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Robert Fitzgerald produces another fine translation. The audible performance is abridged but performed with entertaining and dramatic affect.

  • The Iliad

  • The Fitzgerald Translation
  • By: Homer, Robert Fitzgerald - translator
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

Since it was first published more than 25 years ago, Robert Fitzgerald's prizewinning translation of Homer's battle epic has become a classic in its own right: a standard against which all other versions of The Iliad are compared. Fitzgerald's work is accessible, ironic, faithful, written in a swift vernacular blank verse that "makes Homer live as never before" ( Library Journal).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Tad Davis on 10-08-14

Best translation and performance

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

This is my third translational reading, after Richmond Lattimore, and I prefer this one so far. The reason being is it’s ease of reading and smoothness of writing. For the person coming to THE ILLIAD for the first time or who wants to read it for the appreciation of it feeling he has read the greatest work of literature, this is the translation for you. Also, I can’t emphasize this any stronger: read the work while listening to this audible performance. Dan Stevens’ performance is excellent, the best I have heard—with a pleasant voice, a commanding dramatic command of the characters and command of the names of the characters.

  • The Iliad

  • By: Homer, Richmond Lattimore - translator
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful, and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century BC, and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the audio version you want

  • By Rachel on 04-11-12

Liked translation; performance inconsistent

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I like Richmond Lattimore’s translation of The Iliad. However, I found the narrator’s performance inconsistent: his performance of the female voice is altogether hideous and irritating.

  • The Odyssey

  • By: Homer, Robert Fagles - translator
  • Narrated by: Ian McKellen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565

The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who - through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods - makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined. Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fagles yes, McKellen yes, Production NO!

  • By Vic on 06-13-14

Translation; performance

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Fagles’ translation lack poetic rhythm. It is clear and easy to read and understand for a contemporary reader who just wants a pedestrian understanding or easy student reading. Also, the performance is good and dramatic but not outstanding. I prefer Derick Jacoby reading Allen Mandelbaum’s translation which is more poetic. But that Audible performance is somewhat abridged. This Fagles edition is not. As Homer is a auditory story not written down, I like reading while listening to the performance.

  • Mythology

  • By: Edith Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 445

Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company, in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial best-seller in its various available formats. Mythology succeeds like no other audiobook in bringing to life for the modern listener the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good reading of classical myths

  • By Kathi on 03-18-13

Mythology in plain English

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

A great primer on Greek and Roman mythology. Explained and told in plain English. It covers the poems and plays. A good introduction and review. The narrator does a superb job.