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  • Gone with the Wind

  • By: Margaret Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 49 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,573
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,597

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not to miss audible experience

  • By dallas on 12-08-09

Strange choices by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

The novel is an important document in American culture and worth reading even though the depiction of slaves and African-Americans is unfortunate at best. When read in context, the book can give insight into the mindset of those nostalgic for a past that never was, and those who try to pretend that slavery wasn't a hateful and shameful part of our past.
The narrator is competent enough in the descriptive passages but makes many poor choices when doing voices for the dialogue. Both Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler are rendered with voices that are almost obnoxious to hear and they're both main characters in a very long book. A lot of the voices are poorly done.

  • Out of My Mind

  • By: Alan Arkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Arkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,309

In this Audible Original “mini-memoir”, the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey into Alan's self!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

Fun and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Obviously Mr. Arkin's acting talent comes from the personal spiritual/soulful/inquisitive journey he's been making for most of his life. This performance is very intimate and challenges one to consider one's own journey

  • Henry V

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Ian McKellen, William Squire, Trevor Nunn
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Sir Ian McKellen, William Squire, Trevor Nunn and Gary Watson perform Shakespeare's play that tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years' War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well produced and terrifically played but...

  • By Peter Giordano on 01-17-19

Well produced and terrifically played but...

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

...wish there was a cast list. If Ian McKellen, is playing Henry his voice is unrecognizable

  • Catch-22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 866

Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy - it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he's assigned, he'll be in violation of Catch-22.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story...Bad Production

  • By Stan on 09-27-18

Almost flawless

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

One of the greatest novels of the 20th century gets a top notch performance. High production values throughout and an amazing performance by the reader.

  • The Odyssey

  • By: Homer, Emily Wilson - translator
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version - the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman - this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By A. Ketbi on 12-02-18

Not your father's Odyssey

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Gender plays a big part in this new translation; most of the reviews have focused on this being the first translation of Homer by a woman. But there's much more going on here: This version attends to questions of class and status. Slavery is presented in harsh reality. I've not read the Greek in a long time so I don't know how faithful this version is to the original but it does make for a compelling and thought provoking narrative. While Claire Danes is an excellent reader and does what she can with the text I'm not certain that a female voice works throughout the whole thing.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • These Truths

  • A History of the United States
  • By: Jill Lepore
  • Narrated by: Jill Lepore
  • Length: 29 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths or belied them.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book. Terrible narration by the author

  • By Jack McLean on 11-16-18

Epic story

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

An extremely thoughtful, timely, and moving epic on US history; it clearly speaks to us as we ponder how we got where we are now in the Age of Trump

The reading, by the author, is well done, except there are careless and distracting extra sounds: turning pages, coughing, stumbling over words, repeated lines. But overall, it's a good book to listen to

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Nickel Mountain

  • By: John Gardner
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

When at 42, the obese, anxious, and gentle Henry Soames marries seventeen-year-old Callie Wells - who is pregnant with the child of a local boy - it is much more than years which define the gulf between them. But the beauty of this audiobook is the gradual revelation of the bond that develops as this unlikely couple experiences courtship and marriage, the birth of a son, isolation, forgiveness, work, and death in a small Catskill community in the 1950s. The plot turns on tragic events - they might be accidents

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful story, elegantly rendered

  • By Peter Giordano on 09-15-18

A beautiful story, elegantly rendered

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

This is a delicate, slow and thoughtful book about real humans. The reader captures all the heart felt empathy of the author and is faithful to the lovely and moving browse.

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,393

It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Escape From Reality is a Worthy Challenge

  • By Dave on 07-11-12

Rich and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

Of course the prize-winning novel is entertaining and thought provoking; the audio is wonderful: the narrator does an excellent job rendering the rich panoply of characters.

  • King John

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: The Marlowe Society
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

The Life and Death of King John, a history play by William Shakespeare, dramatizes the reign of King John of England (ruled 1199 - 1216), son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine and father of Henry III of England. It is believed to have been written in the mid-1590s but was not published until it appeared in the First Folio in 1623. Performed by The Marlowe Society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fine rendition

  • By Peter Giordano on 08-06-18

A fine rendition

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Considering the possibility for histrionics in this play this production is nicely contained within the beauties in the text, nothing too over the top - It's a good clear crisp rendition of a rarely performed play. The actors do an excellent job delineating the various characters so it's easy to follow the rather complicated plot. Alas, Audible does not provide a cast list.

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Simon Helberg, Glenne Headly, Hector Elizondo, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Shakespeare combined his love of theater with Greek mythology and the supernatural to create what is arguably his most playfully imaginative work. From love potions to bizarre transformations to the unforgettable play-within-a-play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a non-stop delight, and remains one of the milestones of the Bard’s canon. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great narration!

  • By Rose K on 09-06-18

A very Americanized production

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I guess the setting is Athens, GA - Regional accents kick in rather jarringly right from the first lines and one almost distracting puzzle is trying to guess where each actor is pretending to be from (Is that Texan I hear? And there's Alabama) Still, it's a breezy production, albeit one with minimum poetry - It's also great fun to hear Stacy Keach, once renowned for his epic performance as Hamlet in Central Park, chew up the aural scenery as Bottom - Thank you Audible for including a cast list, something that's often missing in Audible pages