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  • The Caine Mutiny

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 26 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,447

Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better than the Movie

  • By James on 06-20-12

BLOWN AWAY...

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

Any additional comments?

Fellow Audible Listeners,

This is a stunning listen, a perfect marriage of Wouk's brilliant, morally ambivalent tale of honor, cowardice, and mutiny in the Pacific theater, and Kevin Pariseau's layered and sophisticated reading of the text. It was one of the most satisfying literary experiences I've had, and epitomizes the art of the audiobook. Know that this story isn't a rock-em sock-em action yarn, but rather a darkly comic character study. (Combat, when it appears, is sudden, brutal, and sad.) For the most part, "The Caine Mutiny" deals with the drudgery of Naval life—the unglamorous, day-to-day slog of the average sailor on a below-average vessel. It's a story of men under pressure—pressure from their captain, their circumstances, and, of course, themselves—and how they react under that pressure. And even though the war raging around them is more a backdrop than a set piece, the book is tightly plotted and not for a minute dull. It's aged beautifully since 1952, and I highly, highly recommend it. Enjoy.

- J.S.

  • Conspirata

  • A Novel of Ancient Rome
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824

On the eve of Marcus Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear through a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. Felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, the young slave appears to have been offered as a human sacrifice, forbidden as an abomination in the Roman Republic. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome's leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Read

  • By David on 04-29-10

The riveting sequel to "Imperium"!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

What did you like best about this story?

Continuing the adventure of Tiro and Cicero, Harris once again weaves historical fact into a meticulously layered tale of intrigue and murder. The stakes are raised as Cicero's enemies grow in power, with the deadly, shadowy apparatus of conspiracy working against our heroes. If you loved "Imperium", you'll be captivated by every moment of "Conspirata". Settling back into sights and smells of Ancient Rome is as satisfying as meeting an old, dear friend.

What about Simon Jones’s performance did you like?

Simon Jones, who ranks with John Lee as one of the great vocal performers, returns with his wonderful characterizations of Crassus, Caesar, Pompey, and every other scheming, backstabbing Roman power player. Jones' reading immerses you completely into Harris' Rome, presenting some of the most famous personages in history as the very real, very flawed people they were.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 46 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,968

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true Time-machine

  • By Ramon on 12-27-10

A classic come to vibrant life!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

What did you love best about The Count of Monte Cristo?

There isn't much I can say about the novel itself that hasn't been covered in the last hundred-and-sixty years, but suffice it to say that the plot is just as thrilling, the characters as vibrant, and the themes as relevant as they were when the book was first published.
It's John Lee's narration that makes listening to Dumas' seminal work such a great pleasure. His ability to create the most distinct voices without resorting to caricature is a rare ability, even for a vocal performer, and his mastery of the varied accents of Dumas' world -- Italian, Greek, British -- and his impeccable pronunciation of French names and places, is a marvel to behold.
Next to The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich, this has been the longest audiobook I've taken on, at about 46 hours, and not for a moment was I the least bored. For a whole month, Edmund Dantes, his myriad personas, friends and enemies were my constant companions. I hope you too decide to take the extraordinary journey offered by the great Alexandre Dumas, and his modern interpreter John Lee.

  • The Modern Scholar

  • World War l: The Great War and the World It Made
  • By: Professor John Ramsden
  • Narrated by: John Ramsden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

"The Great War", as it was known at the time, was also said to be the "war to end all wars." It seized all of Europe and much of the rest of the world in its grip of death and destruction. The first truly modern war, it changed how war and peace would be conducted throughout the remainder of the 20th century and even to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent & Interesting Course

  • By IRP on 10-29-08

One of the finest in the series

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

What did you love best about The Modern Scholar?

I'm a huge fan of The Modern Scholar, using nearly every monthly credit to purchase a new course. John Ramsden's lecture on WWI ranks with the best I've heard, offering a master historian's perspective on a conflict that shaped the remainder of the 20th century. Being more familiar with WWII, I was largely ignorant of the geopolitical, literary, artistic, medical, military, and psychological ramifications of the first war. This course is essential for anyone seeking to broaden their historical understanding.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Pompeii

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 833

All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life

  • By Marty-Seattle on 12-11-03

A beautiful story, beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

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

Fans of Robert Harris's previous works dealing with Ancient Rome, Imperium and Conspirata, will thrill to his masterfully researched Pompeii -- surely one of the great works of historical fiction. Harris's talent lies in vivifying the past, making it as colorful and immediate as the present, and creating timeless characters who, while two-thousand years in the grave by our calendar, command our undivided attention.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

This is the second work I've listened to which had been narrated by John Lee (the first being The Count of Monte Christo, which I wholeheartedly recommend), and I'm convinced he's one of the greatest living vocal artists. Every sentence, every line of dialogue, every character is masterfully rendered, imbued with brilliant subtleties in delivery and inflection, giving the impression you're listening to a whole troupe of actors.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Imperium

  • A Novel of Ancient Rome
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582

When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Way to Learn About Republican Rome

  • By Wolfpacker on 02-04-08

Extraordinary

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

Reviewed: 03-29-12

If you could sum up Imperium in three words, what would they be?

Riveting, suspenseful, enlightening

What about Simon Jones’s performance did you like?

Mr. Jones gives a brilliant, nuanced reading, imbuing each character with their own distinct and easily recognizable voices. One of the finest voice-over artists I've ever heard.

Any additional comments?

Author Robert Harris and reader Simon Jones are a terrific pairing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar

  • Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion
  • By: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
  • Narrated by: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Unique Read...(J/K)

  • By Jade on 06-10-09

Highly Recommended - Perhaps Life Changing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-10

Professor Drout achieves a triumph with his "A Way With Words" series. This first lecture acts as a kind of mental jump start -- spurring the listener on to greater independent analysis of language, and, more importantly, a true appreciation for speech. Drout offers brilliant insights on famous speeches, explains common logical fallacies (a real treat for those who enjoy arguing), and gives a crash course on lifesaving grammatical tricks. Rarely do we encounter a teacher who goes beyond intruction and into the realm of inspiration, but Professor Drout, with his delightful humor, personality, and total mastery of his subject, does so seemingly without effort. Since listening to the course, my writing has been more coherent, my thoughts clearer, and my speech more direct. I look forward to listening to Drout's other works.

- J.S., Los Angeles

2 of 2 people found this review helpful