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  • The Rainbow

  • By: D. H. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Paul Slack
  • Length: 20 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

D. H. Lawrence's controversial classic, The Rainbow, follows the lives and loves of three generations of the Brangwen family between 1840 and 1905. Their tempestuous relationships are played out against a backdrop of change as they witness the arrival of industrialization - the only constant being their unending attempts to grasp a higher form of existence symbolized by the persistent, unifying motif of the "rainbow".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roy G. Biv, the Birds and the Bees

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-16-16

A Worthwhile Challenge...

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

I've read several D.H. Lawrence works recently and although they are in many ways dated in their attitudes, manners and worldview, I'm forever in awe of his lyricism, vocabulary and stabs at the heart of what it is to be human and to relate to the Universe....That said, I many times mourn the loss of any real plot or arc in his works..It would make it so much easier to finish his dense and lengthy works...

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  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,601
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,163
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,167

More than forty years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation''s mighty. Mario Puzo, a master storyteller, introduces us to unforgettable characters, and the elements of this world explode to life in this violent and impassioned chronicle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!

  • By Dana on 10-04-13

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

As familiar as this story is from the movies, the book fleshed out and added so much depth to the characters that are a part of the U.S.. culture.

  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

  • By: James M. Cain
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one, grisly solution; a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tucci's performance of "Postman" is exquisite!

  • By Christopher on 06-25-12

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

I was amazed at how brief, but packed this book was...I had heard about it for years, but never read it..Sparse, evocative, brutal and heart-wrenching...Stanley Gucci gave a no-nonsense, expert reading..no frills, straight to the bone...Noir at it's best...I'll be reading the rest of McCain...

  • The Big Money

  • By: John Dos Passos
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

The Big Money completes John Dos Passos's three-volume "fable of America's materialistic success and moral decline" ( American Heritage) and marks the end of "one of the most ambitious projects that an American novelist has ever undertaken" ( Time). Here we come back to America after the war and find a nation on the upswing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Historical (Experimental) Novel

  • By Demonwife on 12-01-11

Finally!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Read the first two parts of the three-book novel in paperback..The first part was getting used to the style and disjointed nature...Following the characters is tough, but eventually you let the whole thing wash over you..The biographies, newsreels and Camera's Eye were welcome distractions..Powerful, tragic, infuriating and apropos..Update the references and you could write a similar book today..Not much has changed...

  • Scoop

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Simon Cadell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

In Scoop, surreptitiously dubbed "a newspaper adventure", Waugh flays Fleet Street and the social pastimes of its war correspondants as he tells how William Boot became the star of British super-journalism and how, leaving part of his shirt in the claws of the lovely Katchen, he returned from Ishmaelia to London as the "Daily's Beast's" more accoladed overseas reporter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious humor

  • By Bill on 05-30-15

Hilarious!...

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Classic British Humor that 80 years has not dulled....Sharp language and characters...Journalism that is greatly missed..

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  • Appointment in Samarra

  • Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
  • By: John O'Hara, Charles McGrath (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Christian Camargo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite good, but not a classic

  • By Michael on 04-25-15

Unexpected pleasure...

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

Reading 100 Modern Novels, so probably wouldn't have come across this otherwise...Although a dated setting, the characters pop off the page..Some storylines, especially Al Greco, were left hanging, but life doesn't always tie off neatly...

  • Native Son

  • By: Richard Wright
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply a classic

  • By Noah on 11-11-10

Heartbreaking!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

Knew nothing about this book prior to embarking upon Modern Library 100...Gritty, shocking, real ..Much has been accomplished but much remains...Adapted from CDs, so cues remain...

  • Angle of Repose

  • By: Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not too many novels written about marriage

  • By Barry on 08-18-12

Powerful and Touching..

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

Although a long and somewhat melancholy story, the characters, descriptions and the pure emotion of the story pull you along until you arrive breathless and satisfied at the conclusion...Quite a ride..

  • Midnight's Children

  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Lyndam Gregory
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 975

Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding book, superb narration

  • By MarcS on 06-09-09

Whew!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

A great book, but quite the challenging read/listen...A pantheon of larger than life characters populate the magical and real worlds of Saleem...The lyrical writing of Rushdie reminds you of Garcia-Marquez or Vonnegut...

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  • Catch-22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,640

Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny

  • By Phil on 04-11-09

Whew!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

Amazing and confusing story...at turns hilarious and frustrating.....a must read, but not an easy one..