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  • David Copperfield [Trout Lake Media]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 32 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

Dickens called David Copperfield his "favourite child," and many critics consider the novel to be one of his best depictions of childhood. Set in early Victorian England against a backdrop of great social change, Dickens acutely observed the phenomena of the Industrial Revolution and used them as the canvas on which he painted the novel. Many consider David Copperfield to be the author’s finest work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Dickens listening

  • By Richard on 10-08-13

Excellent performance, but one nit

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Wonderful book and superb performance. The sound engineering, however, had some issues — inconsistent volume and tone, with occasional places where the book was shouting or screeched. But a terrific audiobook anyway by any standard.

  • The Way We Live Now

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
  • Length: 37 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

The Way We Live Now is a complex and compulsive tale that traces the career of Augustus Melmotte, a strange and mysterious financier who bursts into London society like a guided missile. In setting up a dubious scheme based on speculative money and stock market gambles, Melmotte manages to lure in several members of the English aristocracy, for whom money is the summum bonum. The world is at his feet - until the corruption catches up with him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, but no heroes here

  • By Tad Davis on 03-20-16

Terrific Narration

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

The book itself is wonderful, but what makes this audiobook stand out is the superb narration by David Shaw-Parker.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,608

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

Excellent study of Leonardo

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

What made the experience of listening to Leonardo da Vinci the most enjoyable?

Terrific narrator. Strong underlying book.

What other book might you compare Leonardo da Vinci to and why?

None

Which scene was your favorite?

?? You need to work on your software. This is a biography.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No -- it would take two days without sleep.

  • Capitalism Without Capital

  • The Rise of the Intangible Economy
  • By: Jonathan Haskel, Stian Westlake
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

Early in the 21st century, a quiet revolution occurred. For the first time, the major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets, like design, branding, R&D, or software, than in tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers. For all sorts of businesses, from tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that one can neither see nor touch is increasingly the main source of long-term success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • INVESTMENT VALUE

  • By CHET YARBROUGH on 12-17-18

Fascinating topic

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Capitalism Without Capital to be better than the print version?

No. Print might work better because of the complexities of the subject

Who was your favorite character and why?

There were no characters. This is a book about economics. You need to refine your algorithms in your software.

Which character – as performed by Derek Perkins – was your favorite?

?? The dollar? Money? What on earth do you mean?

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

Only an idiot would make a film of this book. Who thought up this question?

Any additional comments?

You need to work on your software. Your questions are stupid.

42 of 53 people found this review helpful

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,555

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cookie cutter cowboys need not apply

  • By david1j on 01-13-17

Well read

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Where does News of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Middle of the pack. Kudos to the narrator, who was excellent.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Totally predictable

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

??

Who was the most memorable character of News of the World and why?

There were only two characters, equally memorable

  • Stoicism: Introduction to the Stoic Way of Life

  • Beginner's Guide to Mastery
  • By: Jason Gale
  • Narrated by: Lukas Arnold
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Let's face it, we can't control every aspect of our lives, and the fact is a lot of things we stress about are out of our direct control. The ancient philosophy of Stoicism still stands the test of time and is still practiced in society today all over the world. This is the art of living in true happiness, as stoic principles guide us to live in harmony and flow with life's many challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enlightening

  • By Thomas on 12-13-17

Superficial

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

What disappointed you about Stoicism: Introduction to the Stoic Way of Life?

Very repetitive, "dumbed down" & unenlightening. The subject was reduced to a series of slogans and trite expressions, which didn't do justice to the important philosophical traditions of stoicism.

What could Jason Gale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Given more respect to the intelligence of his readers/listeners. This was the made-for-TV version of serious philosophical movement.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator was fine.