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  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,215

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

A fantastic book, good performance.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

Everything was amazing, but inconsistent voice actor roles. Doesn't detract a thing, though. Honestly one of the best purchases I have ever made in terms of literature.

  • Bolivar

  • American Liberator
  • By: Marie Arana
  • Narrated by: David Crommett
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There will be blood.

  • By Joselo on 08-02-13

This is a must listen-to.

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

Everything about this story is glorious. Bolivar is a man who should be honored and taught alongside Washington or Alexander the Great in schools. His story is one deserving of legend, and by the end, had me nearly in tears. The narrator does a fantastic job, and the author paints potraits with her words as one would with the finest oils to showcase this figure of history. If you listen to no other book this year, listen to this one.

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  • Meditations

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,824

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent reading of an excellent classic

  • By David on 10-22-16

A Jewel of Philosophy

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

Where does Meditations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Meditations is among the top audio books I have ever listened to, given Steen's even voice and Aurelius' beautiful yet easy to follow prose, this work of philosophy lends itself to such a medium as if it were written specifically for it.

What other book might you compare Meditations to and why?

I would compare Meditations roughly to Plato's Republic or any of the works of Socrates, but that doesn't quite seem to do it justice. Aurelius in this work takes what philosophy is often criticized as- a logic puzzle for old men who've nothing better to do, and adapts it into a true form of contemplation, an examination of the existential and obligatory faculties that rule our lives. Also, this book may compare to many books that are used in the fields of Counseling and Therapy, as the author often gives advice that in many cases would ease the sharpness of the psychic stress we tend to feel in modern life.

What does Duncan Steen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Steen brought the authority and evenness of voice that this book requires. His smooth and confident delivery makes the text come to life and even more memorable than possible had I read this novel myself. Also, in covering this book in 5 short hours, he makes it easy to fully digest the entire text and take it as a comprehensive object, rather than the segments we often mangle to create our own opinions of text.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Certainly. This is the sort of experience that would lend it self to being done in a single sitting, preferably when relaxed and given an environment where one could easily focus.