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  • Andromache

  • By: Euripides, Bruce Van Deventer (translator), Gene Openshaw, and others
  • Narrated by: Sonya Joseph, Andrew McGinn
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Euripides' classic tragedy in a new verse translation and a new, full cast audio production. After Troy fell to the Greeks, Andromache, the wife of the slain Trojan king Hector, was taken as prize and given to Achilles' son Neoptolemus as his concubine. He treated her kindly, and in the fullness of time she bore him a son. But Neoptolemus went on to take as his wife Hermione, the daughter of Menelaus, but she could bear him no children. Enraged with jealousy, Hermione plots the death of Andromache.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • brings an old text to life

  • By Aristobulus on 12-21-18

brings an old text to life

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Kudos for taking an ancient Greek text and bringing it to life. Nicely done for the most part. Some failures in pronunciation and the music overpowered the text, particularly in the last scene, but I would recommend it.

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,919

At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 10 stars!

  • By P. Minor on 07-18-14

Great production of a great work

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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: 09-13-18

A gripping story of human suffering and endurance, and an American classic. I was in the grip of a master storyteller from beginning to end. The performer did a great job in capturing all the different characters. Unforgettable.

  • Giovanni's Room

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

Set in the 1950’s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Baldwin: sensational. Butler: great. One caveat.

  • By Music Man on 06-28-14

Phenomenal

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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: 08-11-18

One of the most beautifully-crafted stories--in plot, in characters, and in writing in general--that I have ever read.

  • The Sumerians

  • The History and Legacy of the Ancient Mesopotamian Empire That Established Civilization
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Neil Holmes
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

When American archaeologists discovered a collection of cuneiform tablets in Iraq in the late 19th century, they were confronted with a language and a people who were at the time only scarcely known to even the most knowledgeable scholars of ancient Mesopotamia: the Sumerians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love these

  • By amy on 12-14-16

A simple overview

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-18

An interesting, simple overview of a fascinating culture and people, with numerous mispronunciatons by the reader.

  • Aristotle's Poetics

  • By: Aristotle
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Aristotle's Poetics is best known for its definitions and analyses of tragedy and comedy, but it also applies to truth and beauty as they are manifested in the other arts. In our age, when the natural and social sciences have dominated the quest for truth, it is helpful to consider why Aristotle claimed poetry is more philosophical and more significant than history. Like so many other works by Aristotle, the Poetics has dominated the way we have thought about all forms of dramatic performance in Europe and America ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a careful reading of a great classic

  • By Aristobulus on 01-11-18

a careful reading of a great classic

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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: 01-11-18

This is an important work for all lovers of literature and the theater, read slowly and carefully by the reader in such a way as to allow for easy understanding of text that can be dense at times.

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  • The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115

Have we been taught to discount the veracity and deeper meaning of our emotional resonance with the world around us? In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis looks at the curriculum of the English "prep school" and begins to wonder if this subliminal teaching has indeed produced a generation who discount such a nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IMHO, TGD is Lewis' Best Work of Fiction

  • By Tim on 06-02-05

A classic of Western thought and value

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-09-18

CS Lewis was not only brilliant in his insights but also able to phrase them in such a clear and winsome way as to allow others to see them also.

  • New Atlantis

  • By: Francis Bacon
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

Sir Francis Bacon's The New Atlantis is a utopian novel about a mythical land called Bensalem, where the inhabitants live happily with the sciences. In The New Atlantis, Bacon focuses on the duty of the state toward science, and his projections for state-sponsored research anticipate many advances in medicine and surgery, meteorology, and machinery. Although The New Atlantis is only a part of his plan for an ideal commonwealth, this work does represent Bacon's ideological beliefs.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • To what am I even listening?

  • By Lawrence on 02-07-18

a classic

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-17

A classic, with a precocious prediction of future human endeavors. Sadly, he did not finish his work.

  • The Double Helix

  • A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
  • By: James D. Watson
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner, Roger Clark
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 518

By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only 24, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book!

  • By A. Lai on 03-04-12

a classic in the history of science

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-17

An entertaining account affording insight into one of the key events in the history of the biological sciences.

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Uncle Tom's Cabin is centered on the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters - both fellow slaves and slave owners - revolve. This emotional novel portrays the reality of slavery while also stressing that Christian love can defeat something as damaging as enslavement of fellow human beings. Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling book in the 19th century, and second best-selling following the Bible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator's Performance is AMAZING!

  • By Rainbow_Sloth on 12-26-13

Now one of my favorite books.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

A moving story beautifully told with great emotional impact. Every American should read this book.