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J. Moyer

Franklin, TN
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  • The Red Badge of Courage

  • By: Stephen Crane
  • Narrated by: Michael Scott
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

This story is about a young soldier, Henry Fleming, fighting in the American Civil War. It is a vivid and stark portrayal of war on the human psyche, interspersed with symbolic imagery and biblical metaphors. The story realistically portrays the young soldier's physical and psychological struggles after fleeing from his first encounter with a battle. He returns to his regiment to become a strong soldier and even taking on the task of the flag bearer in the final battle.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Problematic narrator

  • By J. Moyer on 04-21-19

Problematic narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

the novel itself is beautifully written and moving but this particular narrator distracted from the story. He has a strange manner of speaking, almost robot like, and mispronounces words or pronounces them oddly. For example he says the word grown as a two syllable word and when he was supposed to say condescension he said condensation, which really threw me! I'm inspired by the writing to read the novel on my own but I don't recommend this particular performance.

  • The Mill on the Floss

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 20 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Maggie Tulliver has two lovers: Philip Wakem, son of her father’s enemy, and Stephen Guest, already promised to her cousin. But the love she wants most in the world is that of her brother Tom. Maggie’s struggle against her passionate and sensual nature leads her to a deeper understanding and to eventual tragedy

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great compassion

  • By nina lalumia on 12-26-16

Good story well narrated

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

I really liked the narrator of this George Eliot classic. There were many aspects of the story I enjoyed, and many that frustrated and irritated me. Interesting overall.

The Old Curiosity Shop
    
    
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        Sinead Dixon
    
    


    
    Length: 23 hrs and 39 mins
    47 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Old Curiosity Shop

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sinead Dixon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Dickens's Little Nell became one of his best-known heroines when "The Old Curiosity Shop" was first published in 1841. Virtuous and stoic, Nell takes care of her grandfather in his gloomy shop until his gambling debts force the pair of them to flee London. They are hunted by the grotesque and villainous moneylender Quilp and Nell's own worthless brother, Fred, who wrongly believes that their grandfather has a hidden fortune. Through a kaleidoscopic round of people and events, Nell and her grandfather eventually reach a safe refuge, although neither of them is destined to enjoy it for long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a very good read!

  • By Julie Rae Loving on 01-11-19

Dickens (YAY) but at his most sentimental

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

I aspire to read all of Dickens and this novel had many highlights--the pony is one of my favorite characters ever--but be aware that this is Dickens at his most maudlin and sentimental. I really like this narrator and her ability to create distinct character voices.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,405

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

incomparable

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

I've always loved this classic English novel but hearing it read by the incomparable Thandie Newton was an absolute revelation. She has, of course, a beautiful speaking voice and a gorgeous, precise, elegant British accent so I thought that she was absolutely perfect for the voice of Jane Eyre. But what was really revelatory was how skilled she was at creating the various other characters, each with unique voices. What was really astounding was how she brought Mr Rochester so vividly to life. The emotional power she brought to the most wrenching scenes was truly affecting, and left me more moved than any personal reading or even cinematic rendition has ever done. I think I shall come back to this narration time and time again. It was an absolute enchantment.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Brontë
  • Narrated by: Claire Walsh
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 243

Fiery love, shocking twists of fate, and tragic mysteries put a lonely governess in jeopardy in "Jane Eyre". Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard. But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration hard to tolerate

  • By Reva Harrison on 09-17-18

No to this narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I could not hack this narrator's fake British accent and only made it through the first few minutes of this book, which is actually one of my favorites. Looking for another edition of Jane Eyre!

Nicholas Nickleby
    
    
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        Charles Dickens
    
    


    
    
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        Sinead Dixon
    
    


    
    Length: 35 hrs and 6 mins
    26 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Sinead Dixon
  • Length: 35 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" is closely modelled on the 18h-century novels that Charles Dickens loved as a child, such as "Robinson Crusoe", in which the fortunes of a hero shape the plot. The likeable young Nicholas, left penniless on the death of his father, sets off in search of better prospects. His meandering route to happiness includes work as a teacher at Dotheboys Hall, where the brutal Wackford Squeers ill-treats his impoverished pupils, and a spell as an actor with the absurdly melodramatic Crummles troupe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and Enjoyable in Every Respect

  • By Anne Claybrook on 01-14-19

Great performance of an absorbing story

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

If you like Dickens, there's much to love in this well performed reading of one of Dickens' less well-known stories, full of Dickensian characters and situations and circumstances.

  • Oliver Twist

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Claire Walsh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Named a "national institution" by George Orwell, Dickens offers his most popular tale, of the orphan who is reared in a workhouse and runs away to London. A novel of social protest, a morality tale, and a detective story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • narrator

  • By Jim B. on 09-13-18

Great narrator for the great Mr Dickens

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Of course the story of Oliver Twist, well known as it is to many, is a wonderfully engaging story. I read the book years ago and loved it, but I also loved hearing it in the voices created by this wonderful narrator. She was able to bring the characters to life audibly in a way that I really enjoyed. I especially love her Fagan, Bill Sikes, and the Beadle Bumble.

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