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  • Dubliners (Tantor Edition)

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Dubliners is a collection of short stories by James Joyce that was first published in 1914. The 15 stories were meant to be a naturalistic depiction of the Irish middle-class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written at a time when Irish nationalism was at its peak and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb reader for Joyce

  • By Paul on 06-14-17

Superb reader for Joyce

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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: 06-14-17

This narrator fits Joyce's writing like a glove - really wonderful audiobook rendition. He reads with great connection and love for the material, and it comes across in the hypnotizing storytelling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,999

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Listen to this book

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

And learn about one man's experience leaving Middle America so that he could come to understand it.

  • When Evil Came to Good Hart

  • By: Mardi Link
  • Narrated by: JoBe Cerny
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

In this addictive true-life whodunit, author Mardi Link details all the evidence to date in the case of the Robison family murders. She crafts her book around police and court documents and historical and present-day statements and interviews, in addition to exploring the impact of the case on the community of Good Hart and the stigma that surrounds the popular summer getaway. Adding to both the sense of tragic history and the suspense, Link laces her tale with fascinating bits of local and Indian lore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Compelling True Crime Read...

  • By Douglas on 07-03-16

Well written with good narration

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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: 08-24-16

JoBe is a pro - has been a narrator in Voiceovers for many years, and he handles this well-written text like the professional voice artist that he is. Also, the story itself is well-crafted for the genre, also written with confidence.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Stories of Anton Chekhov, Vol. 2

  • 1886
  • By: Anton Chekhov
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Anton Chekhov is widely considered one of the best short-story writers of all time. Having influenced such writers as Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, and James Joyce, Chekhov’s stories are often noted for their stream-of-consciousness style and their vast number. Raymond Carver once said, “It is not only the immense number of stories he wrote - for few, if any, writers have ever done more - it is the awesome frequency with which he produced masterpieces, stories that shrive us as well as delight and move us, that lay bare our emotions in ways only true art can accomplish.”

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Translators make a big difference

  • By D. B. Chamberlain on 03-29-16

Solid narrator, and Chekhov's not bad either!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

What was most interesting to me about listening to volumes one and two of Chekhov's short stories, is how much Chekhov improved as a writer in a fairly short time frame. His early stories feel more like quick sketches, while toward the end of volume two there is more than just humor, there is depth, life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 38 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718

Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, amazing narration

  • By Marcus Vorwaller on 08-02-08

Masterful narration for a masterful book.

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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: 07-11-16

Simply superb from start to finish. David Horovitch doesn't miss a beat in telling Tolstoy's story.

  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Brontë
  • Narrated by: Patricia Routledge
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 483

The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of 19th-century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved how much I hated everyone

  • By Dan Harlow on 07-07-13

Stunning Performance!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-16

Patricia Routledge delivers a Tour de Force in her narration of Bronte's haunting classic. Mesmerizing.

  • Good in a Room

  • How to Sell Yourself (and Your Ideas) and Win Over Any Audience
  • By: Stephanie Palmer
  • Narrated by: Judith Brackley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Business consultant and former MGM director of creative affairs Stephanie Palmer reveals the techniques used by Hollywood's top writers, producers, and directors to get financing for their projects and explains how you can apply these techniques to be more successful in your own high-stakes meetings.

As Palmer has found, the strategies used to sell yourself and your ideas in Hollywood not only work in other businesses, they often work better.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Much Too General to Be Useful

  • By Coldmountain on 05-22-15

Superb Advice for Hollywood and Beyond

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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: 11-11-15

While its initial stage is the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, Ms Palmer has broadened her applications to all walks of life - any situation in which the sale is important. It's not just about showmanship, it's about whole person communication. Best of all, Ms Palmer is very humane, and her writing takes on a compassionate while pragmatic perspective.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gray Girl

  • By: Susan I. Spieth
  • Narrated by: Linda Kimbrough
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

2014 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award Winner! 2014 Eric Hoffer e-book fiction Winner! Cadet Jan Wishart has been falsely accused of an honor violation at West Point. She believes her accuser is also a predator, guilty of a much more serious crime. At the honor trial, Jan must defend herself and try to reveal his guilt. Yet, two hundred years of fraternal brotherhood stand in the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 12-15-16

exceptional performance

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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: 04-27-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, audiobooks are all about the performance of the author's text, and in this case, Linda Kimbrough delivers a powerhouse performance of Susan Spieth's book.

Any additional comments?

Ms. Kimbrough is beautifully suited to narrate this story. Her velvety, textured voice is quite subtle, and she shows great facility in moving from character to character. If you are piqued by the topic and description of this story by Susan Spieth, you won't be disappointed by Ms. Kimbrough's vocal rendering of the text.