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Pittsburgh, PA
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  • Confucius in 90 Minutes

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

Confucius knew all about life and told us how to behave, but we can't find out precisely what he was up to. His well-meaning platitudes, quaint maxims, and quasi-enigmatic anecdotes combined to produce an ideal philosophy for civil servants. It would appear that his aim was to turn his pupils into good government officials, but his teachings succeeded beyond his wildest expectations, providing rules of conduct and spiritual fodder for more than two thousand years.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The author seems to dislike Confucius

  • By DMC on 06-07-06

The author seems to dislike Confucius

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-06

The author completely fails to elucidate any of Confucius's brilliance, and instead appears to be utterly bored by Confucius (begging the question of why he wrote the book). The narrator faced a difficult task of trying to breathe life into the book, and didn't. This was an ill-conceived 90-minute introduction that does little to introduce Confucius to the listener, nor is it well organized. Don't waste your time--this is not a good introduction to the subject.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ecclesiastes and The Song of Solomon

  • By: Recorded Books
  • Narrated by: Adrian Cronauer
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...." The author's name in Hebrew was Koheleth, but the Greek translators of the Old Testament rendered it as Ecclesiastes. Nothing is known about his life, but without his words, our language would be missing some of the most beautiful passages ever written.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • sound quality the only problem

  • By Rachel on 08-06-05

Great narration/Poor audio

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-06

This is an exceptional narration of these classic wisdom books, but the audio is quite poor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Your Literary Voice

  • By: Benjamin Saenz
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

An award-winning Chicano writer, Saenz examines the importance of language and who you are as...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Useful workshop lecture on writing

  • By DMC on 05-28-06

Useful workshop lecture on writing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-06

I found this to be a useful workshop lecture by Benjamin Saenz with relatively good audio for a live recording. The lecture focuses on how to bring concreteness to a literary voice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Job

  • By: Stephen Mitchell (Translated by)
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Perhaps no other Biblical tale penetrates so deeply into the everyday travails of the common person as The Book of Job. It tells the story of a righteous man beset by torment and misfortune through no fault of his own. This parable of bad things happening to a good person addresses the eternal question of why we are here, and why we suffer. This translation is by Stephen Mitchell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenominal !!!

  • By Kirill on 08-10-04

Good translation, well-narrated, mediocre audio

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-06

This is an exceptional translation of Job, and Peter Coyote does an excellent narration. However, the audio quality is only fair.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Genesis

  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Critic and author Robert Alter presents a new translation of Genesis that reveals the...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional translation, well-narrated, fair audio

  • By DMC on 05-28-06

Exceptional translation, well-narrated, fair audio

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-06

Alter's translation of Genesis is exceptional and Coyote's narration is equal to the task, but the audio quality is only fair.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Garcia Marquez in 90 Minutes

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Latin American literature was never primitive; yet, from its beginnings, it was suffused with a fresh, often childish lyricism. Gabriel Garcia Marquez stands on the shoulders of a great Latin American literary heritage, but he is a modern rarity: a writer with aspirations to high art who also remains hugely popular. For those who fall under his spell, his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the richest literary dreams ever written.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good introduction to Marquez

  • By DMC on 05-28-06

Very good introduction to Marquez

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-06

The audio is clear but the narration moves a bit fast, although not too bad. Otherwise, this is a very good introduction to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Duino Elegies and The Sonnets to Orpheus

  • By: Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Stephen Mitchell)
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mitchell
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

The poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke addresses the issues of God, death, and "destructive time." Rilke tries to transform these problems into an inner world, what he calls "a whole inner world as if an angel, comprehending all space, were blind and looking into himself." Eminent author and translator Stephen Mitchell brings these ideas vividly to life in this new translation of Rilke's most transcendent works.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • warning: listen before buying

  • By John on 05-27-05

Remarkable poetry read by its best translator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-06

This is a brilliant collection of poetry read by Stephen Mitchell, by far the preeminent translator of Rilke. It is a nice combination, with clear audio and a very credible reading.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Lottery and Seven Other Stories

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Carol Jordan Stewart
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

It's just townspeople picking numbers for the annual lottery...why, then, is there an ominous feeling to "The Lottery"? Find out, and listen to 7 other unique stories. The collection reveals Jackson's remarkable range, from hilarious to horrible, dealing with modern issues of alienation, empowerment, racism, and economic class. The stories are "The Lottery," "Flower Garden," "Come Dance with Me in Ireland," "Men with Their Big Shoes," "Trial by Combat," "Pillar of Salt," "Like Mother Used to Make," and "Colloquy."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck?

  • By Kathy on 09-08-08

Poor audio

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-06

The stories are exceptional, but the audio is very disappointing. It is somewhat difficult to understand the narrator given the poor audio quality.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful