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  • A Sand County Almanac

  • By: Aldo Leopold
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

First published in 1949 and praised in the New York Times Book Review as "full of beauty and vigor and bite", A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land. This classic work remains as relevant today as it was nearly 70 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book, odd narrator

  • By jking400 on 08-05-17

naturalism and conservationism

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I have just finished this book and will soon be looking for jobs in conservation. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when i downloaded this book, and did so on a recommendation from a good friend of mine. I am glad that I did, and will surely listen to it many times over. Listen to this book when in nature––no matter where you find yourself. It is not well suited to my life when I am working in the factory. it is perfect and incredibly beautiful when i am alone in my fields or forest or sitting at the fire. everyone should read this book today too. Especially if you're in a rural place. It will change the way you see your world. I do not see mere shrubs these days, and i will learn my birds soon enough.

  • Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

  • By: Henry David Thoreau
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

In the early spring of 1845, Henry David Thoreau built and lived in a cabin near the shore of Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts. For the next two years, he enacted his own Transcendentalist experiment, living a simple life based on self-reliance, individualism, and harmony with nature. The journal he kept at that time evolved into his masterwork, Walden, an eloquent expression of a uniquely American philosophy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional Narration

  • By Jackie on 01-22-17

This book is my bible

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I have grown up with this book playing. Robin Field is the voice of it, and no one could read it better. This has really shaped the way I live my life and see my place in the world. It's audio format is the way to go and enables you to listen to it while working and walking and being in nature. I built a cabin while listening to this and have heard it many times since. This is american philosophy.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

In the wealthy and vain hedonist Dorian Gray, London painter Basil Hallward has found his muse. Only when the portrait of Dorian begins to age, while the man himself remains untouched by time, do they realize they may have made a deal with the devil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great reading!

  • By Jessie on 12-04-17

just not my book

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I've tried a few times to listen to this book and never got past the sixth chapter. I know I haven't given it a full chance, and will probably come back to it later, but i am frustrated by it and feel, when i listen to it, that I am being given poor advice by an overconfident, pretentious nitwit. The character of dorian feels like a sounding board for his "wise" patron rather than a full character himself. It is chalk full of bad advice too and pithy statements that encourage the most shallow ways of life. I loved the importance of being ernest, and maybe it's just me this time, but i haven't been able to stick with this book so far.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Romeo and Juliet: The Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a tragic world in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud. This play, set in an extraordinary world, has become the quintessential story of young love. This new full-cast recording - based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare's classic - expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Dramatization!

  • By Karen Mitchell Smith on 04-26-16

a classic alive

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I really liked this performance of the classic romance. I hadn't heard it in a long time and I'm glad i returned to it. The full cast really helps comprehension too, for many of the outdated words and references are elucidated by context and intonation.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42,502
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,064
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38,974

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book You'll Read This Year

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-22-15

childhood here

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I'm 22 now and I still love these books. there is something about them and the way that Jim Dale narrates that ensures that they never get old. I listen to them while I work and drive and sit around fires. Always great pieces.

  • The Aeneid

  • By: Virgil
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

The publication of a new translation by Fagles is a literary event. His translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have become the standard translations of our era. Now, with this stunning modern verse translation, Fagles has reintroduced Virgil's Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completed the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best, but not bad

  • By Tad Davis on 11-25-08

Great book

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

This book is even better—in ways—than the odyssey. It has so much more emotion in it, but shies away from maudlin drama. Well read and written with echoes of the odyssey coming through it. It’s incredible.

  • The Sun Also Rises

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: William Hurt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,925
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,927

The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with narration

  • By Mary Jo Ignoffo on 04-17-15

Scenes and snapshots

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

I loved this book’s ability to absorb you in a scene. It isn’t one that pushes you along with anticipation — but instead, wraps you in foreign surroundings that are well worth the experience. I remember fishing in a dry spanish town, and seeing the revelry in pampalona, and floating on the ocean. Hearing descriptions of the festival too was insane. Sounds like a crazy human phenomenon.

  • Don Quixote

  • Translated by Edith Grossman
  • By: Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 39 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,898

Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Ever Written AND Read?

  • By Teadrinker on 02-13-15

Great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-17

This might be the best book you ever hear on your life. Narrator kills it

  • The Odyssey

  • By: Homer, Robert Fagles - translator
  • Narrated by: Ian McKellen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826

The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who - through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods - makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined. Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fagles yes, McKellen yes, Production NO!

  • By Vic on 06-13-14

Amazing

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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: 08-18-17

This book was truly amazing. Ian mckellan kills it, and this story which has been around for so long will never die because of it's greatness. This translation brings it to life. It's amazing that after centuries a story that enthralled ancient greece still does the same to us around the world today.

  • Cloud Atlas

  • A Novel
  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,552
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,573

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed often with the kindly Mr. Cavendish

  • By Aaron on 08-23-12

Best book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-17

This is a great book. I loved it and it's one of my favorites. I've listened to it twice so far and will again. The narrations are also on point.