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  • King Lear

  • Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)
  • By: William Shakespeare, Mike Reeves, Phil Viner
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker, Terrence Hardiman, Lucy Robinson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Experience King Lear as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the format, like the piece

  • By fred on 06-01-09

King Lear In All Its Nuanced Brilliance!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

As someone who has spent a greater part of my life working in theater, studying and working on many Shakespeare productions, this is by far the best means to access this complicated and dark play. First, the production of the text is outstanding, and then the annotation of the text, literally line by line, is extremely enlightening. Making it very, very simple to understand. It has taken one of my favorite Shakespeare plays and made it even greater. I gained a lot of new insight into this text that I had overlooked before. It will be greatly enhanced if you download or read along in the text with them as they go.

  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor

  • A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
  • By: Thomas C. Foster
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 593

What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey? Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface - a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character - and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you. In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lives Up to Its Claims

  • By Evelyn on 05-22-14

Spelunking Literature

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Dude, your books are witty, clever and fun; and immensely insightful! David de Vries gives your work great voice.

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  • By: Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,543

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best novels I've listened to in years.

  • By Rain on 10-27-13

Unexpected Pleasure

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I was not sure what to expect with this story, but takes you on a very remarkable journey. Unpredictable up the very end. Excellent writing with an equally excellent reader.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,311

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Unexpected Delight!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I am not drawn to and do not read these sorts of novels but this one was suggested by another writer who used it a superb example of how to reveal character and exposition without creating an info dump. I was absolutely captivated from beginning to end and found myself often surprised by the journey such a book could take me on. It was unpredictable through out. But then again I am not drawn to such genres. I was blown away how honest the characters are written. I found my heart racing through much of the action and emotionally engaged through out, asking questions and pondering the reality of such possibilities. It completely pulled me into the world of the story. To me this is really what makes a great read, something to be savored.

  • Keto Clarity

  • Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet
  • By: Eric C. Westman MD, Jimmy Moore
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374

Leading health blogger Jimmy Moore and researcher and internist Dr. Eric C. Westman join forces again to explain the powerful therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet—one that combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats—which is emerging in the scientific literature as a means for improving a wide range of diseases, from Type 2 diabetes to Alzheimer's and more. Simply eating a low-carb diet alone isn't enough, and Moore and Westman tell you why. Have you looked at a low-carb diet simply as a means to lose weight? What if you learned that combining a low-carb nutritional approach with a high fat intake produces a powerful therapeutic effect on a wide variety of health conditions that most people think requires medication to control? That’s what Keto Clarity is all about. Jimmy Moore, a leading low-carb diet blogger and podcaster, has reunited with his Cholesterol Clarity co-author Dr. Eric C. Westman, a practicing internist and low-carb diet researcher, to bring you the crystal-clear information you need to understand what a ketogenic diet is and why it may be the missing element in your pursuit of optimal health. This book includes exclusive interviews from twenty of the world's foremost authorities from various fields bringing their depth of expertise and experience using this nutritional approach. Moore and Westman explain why ketosis is normal and how this nutritional approach is being used therapeutically by many medical professionals. You will find a step-by-step guide to help you produce more ketones and track your progress, real life success stories, and more. The solid evidence for nutritional ketosis in dealing with many of the chronic health problems of our day is presented, including but not limited to: epilepsy, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good source of info on Low Carb, High Fat living

  • By Susan on 12-13-14

Does not work as an audio book!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I could only take about 2 hours of listening to it., Horrible read on what might seems to be an interesting topic. Does not work at an audio book what-so-ever. Difficult to follow and the constant dinging for a quote of clarity, did not help, as you could no longer tell what were quotes or what was drivel. The friend who recommend it finally loaned me his book copy and it works way better in print.

  • Death in Venice

  • A New Translation by Michael Henry Heim
  • By: Thomas Mann
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Published on the eve of World War I, a decade after Buddenbrooks had established Thomas Mann as a literary celebrity, Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer who follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual fulfillment that instead leads to his erotic doom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For the Love of Language

  • By William on 10-21-06

Best Translation, Poorly Read!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

First of all Michael Cunningham's introduction on the process of writing and translations is brilliant, worth the price of admission on this audio book. This is a story I have been fascinated with for many decades and tend to read every so many years, always searching for translations that get to the core of it's poetic beauty. This may be one of the best I have read/heard as most translations are often a bit stilted, missing the emotional context sacrificed for a more literal meaning. This one seems more accessible to a modern audience. Did not like Simon Callow's reading of it. Seemed like he was racing through it. Too, too fast to grasp the beautifully textured imagery of the words. I couldn't grasp or linger in it's dense poetry as he had already moved on by the time I could conjure in my minds eye. For goodness sake it's a short story, could slow it down a bit to savor and linger in it's haunting imagery.

  • The Artist's Way

  • A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
  • By: Julia Cameron
  • Narrated by: Julia Cameron
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

The Artist's Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international best seller, millions have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist's life. Still as vital today, or perhaps even more so, than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Downside of downloading...

  • By Meridian Brady on 08-05-08

Brilliant materials, horrible as an audiobook

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

I did this program about 20 years ago and it changed my life. I have recommended it to many other artist in search of their creativity. it has also helped those I have recommended it to. I was excited to maybe revisit it when i saw it was available as an audio recording, and to actually listen to Julia tell it from her perspective. It does not work as such. It is divided into 3 chapters that you kind of have to muddle your way through to figure out. Designed as a multi week program but so poorly produced that is has become a disaster as an audio recording. Stick to the printed book. Very heart breaking to listen to as an audio book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,068

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come one, Come all into 1984!

  • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08

Excellent Reader of a Visionary Classic

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

For first being published in 1949, Orwell had a dire vision into a possible future of our humanity and life on this planet. What's more frightening is that some of his vision has come true. Television has become a big part of what manipulates and controls much of our culture and society. Social media seems to spew hate. This has been one of those classics that has always been on my to read list but I never quite got around to reading. Simon Prebble is an excellent reader and takes us directly into Orwell allowing us direct access to the thoughts of Winston. Was not at all what i was expecting and found parts so anguishing to listen to I had to turn it off and take a break from the intensity of his reading. Well worth a listen.

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • The Iliad

  • The Fitzgerald Translation
  • By: Homer, Robert Fitzgerald - translator
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

Since it was first published more than 25 years ago, Robert Fitzgerald's prizewinning translation of Homer's battle epic has become a classic in its own right: a standard against which all other versions of The Iliad are compared. Fitzgerald's work is accessible, ironic, faithful, written in a swift vernacular blank verse that "makes Homer live as never before" ( Library Journal).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Tad Davis on 10-08-14

Great Translation Poor Reading Of It!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

This is a story I love and adore and typically a huge Dan Stevens fan of most everything I have listened to him read. When I saw this I was quite excited to give it a listen. But he completely misses the mark on this particular reading. He rushes through it so quickly that you can't grasp the grandeur and beauty of the words this story amazing vividly visceral world it paints.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lion and the Crow

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Scott Richard Ehredt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

Sir Christian Brandon was raised in a household where he was hated for his unusual beauty and for his parentage. Being smaller than his six brutish half-brothers, he learned to survive by using his wits and his gift for strategy, earning him the nickname the Crow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott Richard Ehredt is PERFECT

  • By Belen on 11-14-15

WOW! Unpredictably delightful!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

First off the reader gives this story and it's character brilliant life. The resonance and authority of his tone and diction gives this tale depth and settles the listener into it's rich historical context. The writer reveals the story and desire slowly and with great precision, that you feel the characters emotional life. The entire story is honest and true from the first chapter to the end. The sexual encounter of the characters is some of the most erotic I have ever read or heard. Beautiful, foreboding, hesitant, and lustfully sensual; the reader delivers with great deliberation and defiance painting it with vivid nuance, that I was filled with such delight and had to go back and listen to it that chapter again, to be sure I had grasped the poetic beauty of what I had just heard.