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  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Dickens never employed greater skill or more consummate craftsmanship on any other of his works than he did on A Tale of Two Cities, his magnificent historical novel set during the turbulent era marking the end of Louis XVI's reign. His passionate portrayal of the lives of two groups, one English, one French, caught up in the net of revolutionary intrigue and cruelty, has never been equalled. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approachable for new Dickens readers

  • By josh on 12-19-16

Approachable for new Dickens readers

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

Narration was fantastic, Mr. Griffen is fantastic in anything he does.

Novel wise, this was hilarious and heartbreaking. Probably the most approachable Dickens novel.

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  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

  • By: John Milton
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

Paradise Lost, along with its companion piece, Paradise Regained, remain the most successful attempts at Greco-Roman style epic poetry in the English language. Remarkably enough, they were written near the end of John Milton's amazing life, a bold testimonial to his mental powers in old age. And, since he had gone completely blind in 1652, 15 years prior to Paradise Lost, he dictated it and all his other works to his daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Bio Followed by Milton's Masterpiece

  • By Thomas Phelan on 01-10-11

Classic Literature with a Distinctive Voice

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

Reviewed: 09-15-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained to be better than the print version?

No, this sort of thing is meant to be read. However, this is an excellent reading of the text.

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

Charlton Griffin is the BOSS. In the field of voice acting he is on par with Morgan Freeman and the like.

  • Super Mario

  • How Nintendo Conquered America
  • By: Jeff Ryan
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498

Nintendo has continually set the standard for video game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape. The saga of Mario, the portly plumber who became the most successful franchise in the history of gaming, has plot twists worthy of a video game. Jeff Ryan shares the story of how this quintessentially Japanese company found success in the American market.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly super!

  • By brenty on 07-20-13

A Worthy Choice for a Curious Gamer or Fan

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

Reviewed: 09-15-13

What was one of the most memorable moments of Super Mario?

The description of the court battle between Universal and Nintendo over the supposed trademark infringement of Universal's King Kong, by Nintendo's breakout hit Donkey Kong.

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

Surprised by Porter's deliver. Never heard him before, but he comes right off the page and brings the text to life.

  • Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

  • By: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 696

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter", Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts. However, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading

  • By Tad Davis on 09-03-08

Narrator Doesn't Do It Justice

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

Reviewed: 09-15-13

Would you try another book from Mary Shelley and/or Simon Vance?

Not from Simon Vance

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His diction didn't vary much. The quality of the recording was lacking.

Any additional comments?

I love this book, but I could not get into this reading of it. Vance's delivery put me to sleep more than it drew me in. His tonality is soft and he doesn't change pitch or act much out. I really feel like its an overall fail of a great piece of literature.

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  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 29 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410

Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a list of what you'll find in Volume 2

  • By T. on 04-24-12

AC Doyle Brings it!!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-12

If you could sum up The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing smooth talker

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

Great voice; when I think Sherlock I hear Charlton Griffin.

Any additional comments?

As a fan of the Law and Order, I feel like this is OG for the 1890s. Formulaic? Yes. Enjoyable? Immensely! Worth getting without a doubt.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful