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  • The Mansion

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

The Mansion tells of Mink Snopes, whose archaic sense of honor brings about the downfall of his cousin, Flem. "For all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man," noted Ralph Ellison. "Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for the greatness of our classics." This volume includes a new introduction to the trilogy by acclaimed novelist George Garrett, author of Death of the Fox and The Succession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faulkner Snopes trlogy

  • By Susan on 07-19-16

Faulkner Snopes trlogy

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

Reviewed: 07-19-16

it is wonderful, funny and sad at the same time. a marvelous writer and an experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bare Bones

  • I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book
  • By: Bobby Bones
  • Narrated by: Bobby Bones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,955

Growing up poor in Mountain Pine, Arkansas, with a young, addicted mom, Bobby Estell fell in love with country music. Abandoned by his father at the age of five, Bobby saw the radio as his way out - a dream that came true in college when he went on air at the Henderson State University campus station broadcasting as Bobby Bones while simultaneously starting The Bobby Bones Show at 105.9 KLAZ.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A look inside the narcissist life of Bobby Bones.

  • By Selena on 05-20-16

Why did everyone give this a 5 stars?

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

What disappointed you about Bare Bones?

boring, made for apparently not too educated young people

What do you think your next listen will be?

Louise Erdrich's new book, after I finish the FAULKNER TRILOGY.

Did Bobby Bones do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

NO

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I GAVE UP AFTER A FEW HOURS.

  • Suttree

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 858

No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging Read/Listen, Narrator Outstanding

  • By Riley A. Vann on 03-07-13

Disappointing, but still excellent.

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

Reviewed: 12-11-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

the book was disappointing because i expected more from McCarthy. It is most excellent writing, and the character is three-dimensional. He was, nevertheless, hard to like and to feel involved with.

Time will show me if he sticks in my head like the characters of "all the pretty horses" and many of the other books he has written, in which case i would have to change my opinion of this book. The visual pictures produced by the story may be unforgettable; they are already jumping up at me.

What do you think your next listen will be?

i am listening to Endurance.

What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

never boring

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

probably not

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,354

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Too many words, repetitions, poorly written

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-09

i nearly didn't make it to the end of this long, tedious, boring book.
Now i realize that i heard the first book abridged, by accident, so they must have cut out a lot of the filler. Don't waste your time on this.

  • The Jungle Book

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Burns
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

When young little Mowgli's parents are run out of their camp by a formidable Bengal tiger, the toddler scampers to safety alone in the cave of a Seeonee wolf pack. Thereafter forest animals succor Mowgli, and through his wits and their kindness, he reaches adulthood.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book - dreadful narration

  • By Ian on 07-26-06

marvelous original

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-07

Too bad that Disney had to destroy this wonderful classic. Baloo and Bagheera are sages, teachers, wise ones; Disney made clowns. Mother wolf confronting Sh?re Khan at the mouth of her den remains untouched by the passing years, indeed, the whole story has not aged, although the Dearly Beloved manner of telling it probably has.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Flags of Our Fathers

  • By: James Bradley, Ron Powers
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome

  • By Thomas on 11-29-06

Good story poorly written

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-06

The story was good enough to keep me listening, in spite of the maudlin tone of voice of the reader and the continual repetition of the age of the "boys", how heroic they were, how serious and quiet the author's father was, etc. OF COURSE THEY WERE HEROIC, CLEARLY A SUPERHUMAN EFFORT WAS GOING ON. i didn't need to be told it every five minutes. i consider this book to be very poorly written. It is A TERRIFIC STORY, i only wish that the editor had done his job and toned down the pathetic tone that the writer has sprinkled all through his book.

  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264

Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Book

  • By Greg on 02-07-04

adds another dimension

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-05

This is one of the books that i have reread; i've read it three times and think it is marvelous. Listening adds another dimension to the story - the scene between Ivan and the Devil that takes place in the middle of the night has always mystified me, hearing it clarified the conversation so plainly that i wondered why i had a problem with it earlier. Personally, i think it is one of the most perfect novels i have read.

  • Malone Dies

  • By: Samuel Beckett
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Malone Dies is the first person monologue of Malone, an old man lying in bed and waiting to die. The tone is fiercely ironic, highly quotable, and because of its extravagance, also very comic. It catches the reality of old age in a way that is grimly convincing, cruel as humor so often is, and memorable because of Beckett's way with words. A master dramatist, Beckett's novels can be even more effective when heard, and especially when read by such a Beckett specialist as Sean Barrett.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Living Beckett

  • By Susan on 05-28-05

Living Beckett

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-05

Hearing these books ( i read them several years ago) brought them to life and gave them a whole other dimension. Personally i think they are marvelous, full of humor and philosophy. I wish Audible had more Beckett- MORE, MORE please.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful