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  • Plato's Republic

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • By Benjamin Myers on 08-08-16

best translation ever

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

I'm really enjoying this translation and the way it's been presented here with a cast of characters. It really helps to hear this as a dialogue.

I'm wondering if anyone might know who the translator was for this edition? I've checked out a few and so far, no luck. Allan Bloom seems to be the most recent as far as I've found, but that one's not it either.

anyone?

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • The Screwtape Letters

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

John Cleese's performance brings The Screwtape Letters to life, conveying all the irony, comedy, and terror of this modern spiritual masterpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Screwtape Letters

  • By Linda on 12-31-02

amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

I can't imagine a better narrator for this book than John Cleese. Sobering, piercing and hilarious by turns.

  • Mother Tongue

  • My Family's Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in Spanish
  • By: Christine Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Imagine negotiating for a replacement carburetor in rural Mexico with words you're secretly pulling from a pocket dictionary. Imagine your two-year-old asking for more niunai at dinner - a Mandarin word for milk that even you don't know yet. Imagine finding out that you're unexpectedly pregnant while living in war-torn Beirut. With vivid and evocative language, Christine Gilbert takes us along with her into foreign lands, showing us what it's like to make a life in an unfamiliar world - and in an unfamiliar tongue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fascinating story but...

  • By Victoria on 06-22-16

fascinating story but...

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

the narration! ugh. weird. she's fine until she's voicing a child or a male. it's cartoonish and distracting and annoying and completely unnecessary in a memoir. It's fine to change voices in a novel, but in a memoir, especially when it's done poorly, is just not needed.
I had to cringe and grit my teeth when listening to these parts. It's my only caveat.
Otherwise, it's a very interesting story of the author's adventure in different cultures, and what she learned about language learning. It's very well researched and I learned a lot. The writing itself isn't excellent, but the story is interesting enough to overcome that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Ultra

  • Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
  • By: Rich Roll
  • Narrated by: Rich Roll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,903

An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two Different Books

  • By Roger on 02-11-14

inspiring

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

I like memoirs in general, and this one did not disappoint, although it was a bit of a treatise on veganism. To do what he did after 40 is quite inspirational. The narration was a little slow, but I listened at 1.25, problem solved. The last chapter where he's outlining his specific diet and petitioning the reader (once again) to give up meat and dairy and what to replace it, and not replace it with, within a whole-foods plant-based diet, got a little long and recipe sounding. Although if I were to adopt his plan, it would be valuable to have a hard copy of the book, so as to be able to use some of these recipes. That part went on a little too long to remain interesting to listen to, but overall, the book is inspiring simply for the feats he is able to accomplish in mid-life, and I didn't feel that it came across as too self-aggrandizing.

  • Vagabonding

  • An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
  • By: Rolf Potts
  • Narrated by: Rolf Potts
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,028

Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life - from six weeks to four months to two years - to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to love this book...

  • By Scott Shepherd on 10-10-16

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

I really enjoyed this book. It was really inspiring to hear about his travels and his philosophy of travel. I've done very little travel, and the last few times it has been mostly to resorts to sit on my ass and eat and drink as much as I could. After the last time I was determined that I would NEVER travel like that again. It's insulated and boring and stupid. Why bother flying halfway around the world if that's all you're going to do? Better off to pay for a week's stay at a local hotel with a pool and hot tub and buffet. UGH!
This book said everything I had hoped travel could be like, and has made me that much more determined to discover the REAL world when I travel next. Not some western-sanitized version of a country.

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,021

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

meh

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

What would have made The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry better?

Better characterization. The characters were very sad, and very boring, and very shallow. The author did not really explore them indepth, although you could tell she thought she had. What you had were a lot of details, but little real sympathy. About as much sympathy as you'd have for somebody you read about in a newspaper.

Has The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yeah, probably. I'm going to stick to non-fiction and memoirs as is my usual. I only get it about 1/10 times when I branch out into fiction.

What three words best describe Jim Broadbent’s voice?

He's a decent narrator and it's not his fault the story is so boring.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

*yawn*

Any additional comments?

skip this one. There are better books. Like The Guernsey and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was utterly and completely wonderful.

  • Poster Girl, No-Work Spanish Audiobook, Title 2

  • No-Work Spanish Audiobooks
  • By: Anne Emerick
  • Narrated by: Michelle Thorson
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Poster Girl is the story of a messy, average kid, Paula who wants to show up her goody two-shoes rival, Cynthia. To pull off this feat, she's got to make a great science poster, better than Cynthia's. But of course there are problems. Like the fact that Paula waited until the day before the poster was due to begin. Or the fact that any autumn leaves that she tapes on the poster are going to turn brown and crumple up. Paula keeps scrambling as nothing goes quite like she expected.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • PDF File???

  • By William & Sweet T on 08-07-18

oi vey! what?!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-16

first off, I understand that the purpose of this book is to increase spanish comprehension in a more narrative format, and in this, it is an excellent resource.
but, I must say, the narrator is SO PAINFUL to listen to!! It almost sounds like they did it for a joke! (especially the older brother). I understand that for the purpose of the narrative, the voices must change, but this narrator is so unskilled, so cartoon like in the choice of character voice, that it makes it really hard to stay focused on the task at hand, ie: to focus on the narrative itself and the spanish in particular.
It's a good resource, but you have to work a bit to get past the excruciating narration. caveat emptor!

4 stars for effectiveness (like I said, as long as you can get past the narrator),
1 star for performance (if I could give less...)
2 stars for story, but the story itself is whatever.

  • The Sisters Brothers

  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living–and whom he does it for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A trip in to the Wild West

  • By Kirsten on 06-25-12

unexpected but enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

If you could sum up The Sisters Brothers in three words, what would they be?

Unexpected. Surprising. Fascinating.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator is my obvious choice. He is the younger brother, and a bit of a sheep sometimes, but the story told from his perspective is effective.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This is an interesting question, because as I read this book, I had the thought that it felt like it could be a Quentin Tarantino film.

Any additional comments?

Western genres are not typically my genre, and it's only because the reviews that stated it 'was not your typical western' intrigued me. The characters were memorable for sure, and I did enjoy the book, although I'm not sure I'd read any more of this genre again.

  • The Righteous Mind

  • Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,721

In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This should give you pause.

  • By Floyd Clark on 10-26-15

excellent.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

This book was engaging and informative and I will definitely have to give it another listen. He manages to keep key concepts intelligent but free of the intellectual jargon that can make it difficult for the lay person. His central metaphors are effective and engaging and really help the reader make sense of his arguments. He is a really good writer.

  • Kitchen Literacy

  • How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back
  • By: Ann Vileisis
  • Narrated by: Alex Day
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Ask children where food comes from, and they’ll probably answer: “the supermarket.” Ask most adults, and their replies may not be much different. Where our foods are raised and what happens to them between farm and supermarket shelf have become mysteries. How did we become so disconnected from the sources of our breads, beef, cheeses, cereal, apples, and countless other foods that nourish us every day?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book -- anemic performance

  • By Gringuita on 05-27-12

A Bird's Eye View

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

Reviewed: 09-03-13

I enjoyed this walk through American food history. It gives an excellent overview of how we have come to our current food situation. As some reviewers have already noted, it can be a little dry, but if you are already interested in the content, the history of factory farming, you will find this book enlightening. It could go deeper in areas, but is a good primer.

The narrator!! Gah! She sounds like a kindergarten or ESL teacher. Sheee speeeaks sooo sloooowly, and has puts very long gaps in awkward parts of the sentences. It really does the book a disservice. The information and facts are already a little dry, so the narration could really kill this book for some. Luckily, I also have an option on my audible app to speed it up a bit. This makes it much more tolerable.

Otherwise, an excellent read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful