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Joseph G. Simpson

Coventry, RI
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  • Aesop's Fables

  • By: Aesop
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The fables of Aesop have become one of the most enduring traditions of European culture, ever since they were first written down nearly two millennia ago. Aesop was reputedly a tongue-tied slave who miraculously received the power of speech; from his legendary storytelling came the collections of prose and verse fables scattered throughout Greek and Roman literature.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh no, they didn’t ...

  • By Garry on 01-01-19

Time tested truths

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-18

Many enjoyable fables to nod and reflect upon in silent agareement, many through one's personal life experience.

One disagreeable remark though, quite a few fables are repeatedly retold, and at one point, the reader actually takes a long moment to hack and clear his throat.

  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

  • By: Howard Pyle
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Here are American author Howard Pyle's exciting and hilarious tales of Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws, who reigned over Sherwood Forest doing many good deeds for the poor - and deserved misdeeds to the pompous and haughty rich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great presentation of a classic story

  • By Damon D. Hickey on 06-21-12

A Lost Treasure

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-18

Well written. You can still savor the undiluted English dialect. The collection of stories draw you in until you are deep within Sherwood forest mischieviously relieving the unwary rich and unscrupulous of their ill-gotton gains.

No doubt JRR Tolkien himself teethed on this fabulous fanciful fairytale of English folklore.

  • Treatise on the Love of God

  • By: St. Francis De Sales
  • Narrated by: Robert J. Shaw
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

A systematic work on the love of God by a great saint in the faith. St Francis de Sales brings the reader into the realm of eternal love by the truth and revelations he himself received by the grace of God. Treatise on the love of God was completed after his well known work Introduction to the Devout Life. St Francis touches on many subjects throughout this extensive piece, including the following: the heavenly birth of divine love, the progress and perfection of love, the exercises of holy love in prayer, and the commandment of loving God above all things. A marvelous work of literature for the child of God, whether Protestant or Catholic. Whether young or old, may you truly be blessed as you listen to this book! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Encyclopedia of Holy Love

  • By Joseph G. Simpson on 06-17-18

Encyclopedia of Holy Love

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

While the recording has a quick pace, corrected by adjusting the rate, take slowly this treatise on Holy love, vast in scope, surrounded with depth, and replete with reason, and reader's appetite, once wetted, will insaitably demand more of this Heavenly banquet.

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  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,553

With his trademark mirth and boundless charisma, actor Nick Offerman brought the loveable shenanigans of Twain's adolescent hero to life in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Now, in yet another virtuosic performance, the actor proves that despite being separated by a span of over a century, his connection to the author and his work is undeniable and that theirs is a timeless collaboration that should not be missed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mark Twain and Nick Offerman are a perfect match

  • By Philip M. Chute on 10-23-17

Making living into the dead

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-18

I imagine it takes divinie power to raise the dead to lfe, behold, with deference to the author and his work and even employing Christian restraint to its reader, the monotonic enchanter's recitation make its listener one of living into the dead, simultaneously gasping and grasping for sentience and silence.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • New American Standard Bible

  • By: Foundation Publications
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 89 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Since its completion in 1971, the New American Standard Bible has been widely embraced as "the most literally accurate English translation" from the original languages. Millions of people, students, scholars, pastors, missionaries, and laypersons alike, trust the NASB, learning from it and applying it to the challenges of their daily lives. Discover what the original text says, word for word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chapters

  • By Marcy on 01-26-10

Incomplete

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

what else have they changed? This is an incomplete listing of the Holy Bible, Ask yourself why should you trust the translation if they pick and choose and then throw out His Word

  • Introduction to the Devout Life

  • By: St. Francis De Sales
  • Narrated by: Robert J. Shaw
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

A classic work that has the potential of benefiting any true believer in God. Written with a humble heart, Francis De Sales outlines the practical points of living/pursuing the devoted life in a way that is able to be followed by the common man. Holy Scripture is interwoven throughout this piece, providing a sure foundation for us all to stand upon. Catholic and Protestant believers alike should find great insight into the the deeper things of walking with Christ, while partaking in this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spiritual Direction From St. Francis De Sales

  • By Teresa on 05-02-17

Blessed be the Name of the Lord

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Rich in content, broad in scope, probing the sublime and the mudane. To read a little is to gain a treasure. Only complaint is the pace of the narration, it's like thirsty man trying to drink from a fire hose 😢

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • On Loving God

  • By: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
  • Narrated by: John Polhamus
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

"We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing is more profitable." On Loving God is first a touching description of God's love for us as unmistakenly demonstrated in the death of His Son. Second, it is a call for us to joyfully respond to God like the child who runs and embraces her father whose love is sure. As St. Bernard writes, "They love all the more because they know themselves to be loved so exceedingly."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On Loving God

  • By Theresa Kocian on 09-07-15

Inside the mind and spirit of a saint

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-17

There are too many pearls and priceless jewels to be grasped at in one reading, each one a delicacy to be savored, but hastily comes another. When I knew Him not, I had sought Him in another. As I find Him out, I find I need no other.

  • Ascent of Mount Carmel

  • By: St. John of the Cross
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

"I remained, lost in oblivion; My face I reclined on the Beloved. All ceased and I abandoned myself, Leaving my cares forgotten among the lillies." Thus writes 16th century Spanish poet and mystic, St. John of the Cross. In this, his third work, the author reflects on the nature of a personal union with Christ, found in the abandonment of self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Mary on 10-29-12

Lead by Love

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-16

Timeless and profound are the words, so much so, one desires the written word so as to slowly savour in contemplation and repeatedly digest each syllable to remove every spiritual nutrient.

  • Rip Van Winkle

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Curtis Sisco
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

A man who sleeps for 20 years in the Catskill Mountains wakes to a much-changed world. This is an American classic!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A HEN PECKED HUSBAND

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-16-17

Pretty good chuckle

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-16

Not a bad short story, funny quips that stand the test of time: draws oneself into "what if I were to skip ahead twenty years."

The delivery is a bit stilted and unremarkable but tolerable..

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,008

One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway ( Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just wonderful.

  • By WhosYourChubby on 08-29-16

What a strange trip

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-16

The story is of course beautiful, harkening to Tolkien with very many elements, however, the deal breaker is Hathaway's vocal styling: juvenile, inconsistent, awkward, inappropriate, ...

I would not buy this rendition again and I am returning it promptly.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful