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  • Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Colm Toibin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Elegant, profound, and riveting, Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know illuminates not only the complex relationships between three of the greatest writers in the English language and their fathers, but also illustrates the surprising ways these men surface in their work. Through these stories of fathers and sons, Tóibín recounts the resistance to English cultural domination, the birth of modern Irish cultural identity, and the extraordinary contributions of these complex and masterful authors.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eminently re-readable

  • By Elaine on 01-02-19

Breathless

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

Why did the author go from a quiet whisper almost as if out of breath to full volume. The sound engineer really earned his pay on this one.

I wish there had been more depth in each of the portraits and comparisons and contrasts, which were excellent. What the author presented was marvelous and insightful, though. Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Robicheaux

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188

During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one that involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern Day Master Work

  • By Meg on 01-05-18

Hard to Hear

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

I have read all of Burke’s Robichaux novels, and have thoroughly enjoyed the story and Will Patton who read them. But the production on this one was such a low volume compared to the others and Mr. Patton descends to whispers at times that it was impossible to hear some phrases. That was very disconcerting during the reading and very annoying. Other than that it’s classic James Lee Burke and Will Patton.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Divine Comedy

  • By: Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 287

Dante's Divine Comedy is considered to be not only the most important epic poem in Italian literature, but also one of the greatest poems ever written. It consists of 100 cantos, and (after an introductory canto) they are divided into three sections. Each section is 33 cantos in length, and they describe how Dante and a guide travel through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Divine Comedy

  • By Tbaley on 05-27-15

Divine Comedy

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

The epic of all epics. Carlton Griffin is magnificent. His pronunciation and intonation made it so much more reachable.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

  • or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life
  • By: Charles Darwin
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

The Origin of Species sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. It is the major book of the 19th century and one of the most readable and accessible of the great revolutionary works of the scientific imagination. Though, in fact, little read, most people know what it says—at least they think they do. The Origin of Species was the first mature and persuasive work to explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Upon its publication, the book began to transform attitudes about society and religion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For aficionados only.

  • By Ary Shalizi on 01-11-12

Hard Slugging

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

But worth it. Need to read again to let it all sink in. Detail illustrating each principle or argument drive home the point.