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  • Tyrant

  • Shakespeare on Politics
  • By: Stephen Greenblatt
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social causes, the psychological roots, and the twisted consequences of tyranny. In exploring the psyche (and psychoses) of the likes of Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Coriolanus, and the societies they rule over, Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its execution.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too Close for Comfort

  • By C. Gross on 05-10-18

Timely essay on Shakespeare's tyrants

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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: 06-11-18

Greenblatt's scholarly elucidation of Shakespeare's tyrants implicitly comment on the spectacle of Trump. Masterful and thoroughly enjoyable.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

The Maltese Falcon
    
    
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        Dashiell Hammett
    
    


    
    
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        Eric Meyers
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    2,809 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Maltese Falcon

  • By: Dashiell Hammett
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,599

Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding American classic!

  • By Kathi on 03-07-13

Classic with superb dialogue but also bigotry

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

A great story but marred by homophobic, racist and misogynist characterizations. Still exciting to listen to and perfectly read.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,394
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,032

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Masterly writing but quite gruesome in parts!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

The performances and storytelling were excellent throughout. Not for the squeamish though. The author's commentary before and after were also very interesting, especially for aspiring writers. Overall very impressive but not always enjoyable listening.

  • Under the Sign of Saturn

  • Essays
  • By: Susan Sontag
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Sontag's most important critical writings from 1972 to 1980 are collected in Under the Sign of Saturn. One of America's leading essayists, Sontag's writings are commentaries on the relation between moral and aesthetic ideas, discussing the works of Antonin Artaud, Leni Riefenstahl, Elias Canetti, Walter Benjamin, and others. The collection includes a variety of her well-known essays. Sontag's writings are famously full of intellectual range and depth, and are at turns exhilarating, ominous, disturbing, and beautiful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great essays and a great reading performance

  • By Jaded Buddha on 03-29-18

Great essays and a great reading performance

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I love some of the essays in this book and the reader does an outstanding job. Overall a great audiobook experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,085

Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real treat

  • By Eric Shields on 02-08-08

Masterly reading of a masterly work

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Simon Jones is wonderful as the sarcastic, jaded djin of the trilogy's title. The book itself is made to be a classic. Clever, funny, inventive and full of wry, witty observations about the folly, selfishness and greed of mankind and the rise and fall of empires.

  • The Magician's Nephew

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,467
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,721
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,727

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to...somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By Sean Calvert on 06-02-05

One of the most beguiling, exciting Narnia books

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Kenneth Branagh gives a great performance. Ennoyable throughout, inspite of occasionally heavy handed biblical allegory.

  • The Silver Chair

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093

Narnia is in peril, and only Eustace and Jill can help. Along with Puddlegum, a gloomy but valiant Marsh-wiggle, they are sent by the mighty lion Aslan to find Prince Rilian, heir to the throne. Their quest leads them past hungry people-eating Giants, and deep into the dark underground. But the true test for this noble band of friends comes when they face an evil witch and her deadly enchantments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful!!

  • By book buyer on 05-26-05

Superb reading of one of the best Narnia books

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

I wish Jeremy Northam could have read all the books in this series. The Silver Chair is exciting and thoughtful with less of the rather forced political and social satire that afflicts some of the other Narnia books. I have listened to this recording many times without tiring of it.

  • Prince Caspian

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,681

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia, the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lynn Redgrave Surprised Me!

  • By Stephanie L. Thompson on 09-07-14

Disappointing Narnia Story

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

The narrator's affected and pretentious delivery made this hard to listen to. The story might have been more enjoyable if read by Jeremy Northam, the consumate narrator of The Silver Chair. However, the story itself is fairly thin, unengaging, and doesn't rank alongside the best Narnia books.

Children of the Noisy Village
    
    
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        Astrid Lindgren
    
    


    
    
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        Catherine Byers
    
    


    
    Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    274 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Children of the Noisy Village

  • By: Astrid Lindgren
  • Narrated by: Catherine Byers
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

A charming story about the everyday life of six children living on the three neighboring farms that everybody calls "noisy village" because of its "high spirits".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware Christmas issue for young kids

  • By Emer on 09-10-12

Great!👍🏼

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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: 07-06-17

Five Stars
I liked this book very much. I thought it was sweet and I liked how Astrid Lindgren shows how she can write so many different styles of books because I only thought that she wrote Pippi Logstocking. Catherine Byers did a good job to.

  • Blitzed

  • Drugs in Nazi Germany
  • By: Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside - translator
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping best seller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops; resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Reich, One God, One Dealer

  • By Tim on 03-13-17

Top notch audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

This is a gripping historical narrative, offering an unusual perspective on Hitler and the Nazis. It develops a fascinating argument -- that amphetamines and pharmaceuticals were a significant factor in the history of the Second World War. While this is not an *entirely* new argument -- I read a history of amphetamines a few years ago called _On Speed_ that made similar suggestions -- Blitzed caught the pass and ran with it all the way into the end zone for the touchdown. Rooted in scholarship, but very fun to listen to, and well performed by the audio reader. Excellent!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful