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  • The Professor and the Madman

  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Z on 11-27-05

History is funny

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Interesting story to about the contributions of complicated persons who society tags as useless. I bought this book referred by a podcast about a person who was incarcerated and barely illiterate, who taught himself to read better and contributed in the same way to editing the encyclopedia. Editor corresponded with him while incarcerated, never met him while he was inside. Lobbied the warden when they took away books. Provided the inmate with a job after release.
Simon Jones as usual, excellent. Why did he not read the unabridged version?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dust and Shadow

  • An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,566

Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Wadie on 01-07-11

Excellent story and performance

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

I enjoyed this book thoroughly.. The narrator was solid with the characters. The author's story was well written, vocabulary as Doyle would have used was spectacular.

  • Dictator

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

At the age of 48, Cicero - the greatest orator of his time - is in exile, separated from his wife and children, tormented by his sense of failure, his great power sacrificed on the altar of his principles. And yet, in the words of one of his most famous aphorisms, "While there is life, there is hope." By promising to support Caesar - his political enemy - he is granted return to Rome. There, he fights his way back to prominence....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Where there is life, there is hope."

  • By Margaret on 01-17-16

Rerecord with Simon Jones

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

Long awaited end of spectacular trilogy. A good ending, would have been better with Simon Jones reading. David did a noble job trying to stay true to the delivery of the previous narrator in voice and style. I applaud him for that. For those who would want to give him harsh critique, do not. He narrated An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris and was marvelous.
The story was littered with its many twists and turns. For anyone who listened to the trilogy, I felt like finishing a course in suspecting the unexpected, lesson of patience and executing at opportunities' door. Paraphrasing, whenever your faced problem and can't see the outcome. Start a fight and an answer will be presented.
I'm going to start a fight.. Support this comment if you want a 2nd recording with Simon Jones as narrator.

There are many audio books recorded for the same works.. Why not this one..

12 of 13 people found this review helpful