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  • The Modern Scholar: Tolkien and the West

  • Recovering the Lost Tradition of Europe
  • By: Professor Michael Drout
  • Narrated by: Michael Drout
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are quite possibly the most widely read pieces of literature written in the 20th century. But as Professor Michael Drout illuminates in this engaging course of lectures, Tolkien's writings are built upon a centuries-old literary tradition that developed in Europe and is quite uniquely Western in its outlook and style. Drout explores how that tradition still resonates with us to this day, even if many Modernist critics would argue otherwise. He begins the course with the allegory of a tower....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Professor Who Loves Tolkien As Much As You Do

  • By Phebe on 12-19-12

Loved it!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

Professor Drout put into words everything I've always felt about Tolkien, and backed it by his own deep knowledge of the subject.
It is also well read and highly entertaining.
I recommend it for any Tolkien fan

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moby-Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,355

Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Had No Idea Melville Was So Funny

  • By Dave on 05-09-12

Excellent narrator for the most boring book ever

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

This has got to be one of the most tedious, over-descriptive, slow-moving books ever. If it had been edited and published today, it would probably be 80% shorter.
The story is actually a good one, and the narrator is superb, but the plot line gets lost in endless digressions that really tried my patience and perseverance.

  • Consider the Fork

  • A History of How We Cook and Eat
  • By: Bee Wilson
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 769

Since prehistory, humans have braved the business ends of knives, scrapers, and mashers, all in the name of creating something delicious - or at least edible. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer and historian Bee Wilson traces the ancient lineage of our modern culinary tools, revealing the startling history of objects we often take for granted. Charting the evolution of technologies from the knife and fork to the gas range and the sous-vide cooker, Wilson offers unprecedented insights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing history of everyday utensils

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-31-14

Must read for anyone who enjoys cooking!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-14

This book really blew my expectations. I love her comfortable style of writing and her witty comments. As I listened to the different chapters, I felt this incredible connection to her as a fellow lover of food. Really worthwhile, my only complaint would be that it did not come with attached pictures of the described contraptions.

  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,442

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, not crazy about the narrator

  • By Cathi on 07-20-13

Good book, not crazy about the narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-20-13

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

Yes, if they are interested in learning about the founding fathers and in the life of scientists.

What other book might you compare Benjamin Franklin: An American Life to and why?

Washington: A Life. They are comprehensive biographies that portray their subjects as actual humans, with virtues and flaws, and make you feel close to them, their way of thinking, and how they became great historic icons.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

While his tone and articulation were very good, I cannot say the same about the frequent "mouth" sounds throughout the narration. You can hear him stopping to drink water, swallowing, and making other sounds that are distracting, annoying, and a little disgusting. I know that your mouth can become dry from narrating such a long book, but I have listened to the George Washington biography, Herman Wouk's Winds of War, and other equally long books, without these "sound effects".
I think the narrator was good, but the sound production team could have worked better at filtering the sounds.

64 of 68 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockwork Universe

  • Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
  • By: Edward Dolnick
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,481

The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Calculus Ergo Modernity

  • By Nelson Alexander on 07-09-11

Wonderful book!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-13

Where does The Clockwork Universe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is one of my favorite audiobooks so far.

What did you like best about this story?

It really transports the reader to the period between the reinassance and the enlightenment. I loved it beginning to end.

Which character – as performed by Alan Sklar – was your favorite?

Galileo

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

An epic story of e power of human reason

Any additional comments?

Recommended for anyone interested in science, math, and the stories of brilliant scientists

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,620

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration

  • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

Not as good as Tom Sawyer, but worth reading

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

Reviewed: 06-26-13

If you could sum up Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood in three words, what would they be?

Great performance by Elijah Wood, the story was just OK.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting was the personal story and relations of Huck Finn. The least interesting was the endless narration of interactions with characters around the river, which have nothing to do with the main story. It felt at some points as if the novel was just a vehicle to write a history book on the Mississipi, with losts of mini-stories embedded. This made it a little boring. It does get much better at the end when Tom shows up.

Which scene was your favorite?

I would have to say when Tom Sawyer shows up and all the tricks they play on his Aunt.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,294

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

Good book, nice narration

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

Reviewed: 06-26-13

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

Yes, the story is interesting, the writing very beautiful, and the narrator was good.

What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

I liked the young, innocent tone to the narrator's character. It sounded very believable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final reflection comparing life in the east and west. It was read with particular authenticity and delivers the author's sentiment perfectly.

Any additional comments?

I had never read the book. I enjoyed it very much, it made me want to keep hearing it and finished very fast.

  • Washington: A Life

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,559

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

Great biography of Washington!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Washington: A Life to be better than the print version?

Yes. Long biographies tend to be tiring, and having it read so nicely makes you move on and not leave it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Washington: A Life?

I loved to hear about his human relationships, his flaws and personality quirks. It really made him come alive.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The tone, when referring to historic milestones, really transported me to those times and the people's sentiment.

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

A legend, an icon, a real man.

Any additional comments?

Excellent portrait of the person George Washington was, a true, living, breathing person as opposed to a picture on a dollar bill. Very complete biography of an outstanding human being. It also portrays a very complete description of the century, and the relations between nations at the time. I enjoyed it very much.

  • The Disappearing Spoon

  • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,946

Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Great Narration, But...

  • By Henny Button on 09-18-10

Charming and interesting overview of the P.T.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I am a science enthusiast and enjoy reading about scientific topics. This presentation of the periodic table, covering anecdotes and stories about the interaction of various elements with the real world, is a must read for anyone interested in learning about general science.
The narrrator was clear and had good tone and articulation.

  • A Dangerous Fortune

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,105

In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable Fun

  • By Rebecarol on 05-24-08

Classic Follet, entertaining, does not disappoint

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

What made the experience of listening to A Dangerous Fortune the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed the story. As in other books, Ken Follett is great at characterization and you can really feel the book's heroes and villains come alive. The multiple plots, twists, and points of view are always entertaining and keep you listening. The setting in 19th century England is interesting, and it provides good insight into the banking world.