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  • Of Human Bondage

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 28 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Of Human Bondage is one of the greatest novels of modern times, and it is certainly Maugham's greatest achievement. It was published in 1914, when Maugham was at the height of his creative powers. The story concerns Philip Carey, afflicted at birth with a club foot, and his passionate search for truth in a cruel world. We follow his growth to manhood, his educational progress, his first loves, and the wrenching tragedies and disappointments that life has in store for him. In some of the finest prose of the 20th century, Maugham has presented us with the timeless story of one man's search for the meaning of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the greats

  • By Locopelli on 11-14-15

I must not be smart literate enough to appreciate

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you enjoy being depressed or bored this book is for you. This book is a favorite, though for many readers, who no doubt, find lengthy sentences about a reclusive man who had a brief love affair, mentally explores, bemoans his lack of social skills,.

Has Of Human Bondage turned you off from other books in this genre?

I will continue to read classics.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charlton Griffin?

Dull. or maybe he just followed the tone of the character.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Of Human Bondage?

I'd cut all the paragraphs during which he basically complains about the same things the character complained about on the last page.

Any additional comments?

I couldn't finish.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Given Day

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Louise on 01-11-10

Loved the characters and the story

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

Would you listen to The Given Day again? Why?

I would listen to a story like this one in the future.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Given Day?

there were many memorable moments - I always enjoy when characters who lead separate lives come together and become part of the same story, when people of diverse cultures find more similarities than differences.

Which character – as performed by Michael Boatman – was your favorite?

There were a lot of fav characters.

If you could rename The Given Day, what would you call it?

It's a good title

  • The Greater Journey

  • Americans in Paris, 1830-1900
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring - and until now, untold - story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific book, terrible abridgement

  • By Barbara on 06-21-11

I didn't finish it.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

Would you try another book from David McCullough and/or Edward Herrmann?

no.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

don't know, didn't finish it.

Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to others and probably won't I had expected more interesting people and more intrigue, relationships or plot. Seemed like a book of short stories of not so interesting people.

Do you think The Greater Journey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I'd expected a book about the great artists who gathered in a Parisian café and to hear their conversations, see their lives and relationships. This read like a history book.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,999

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Before me Everyone

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

No. But I can't remember when I've ever done that.

What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

Codependency No More. The primary character puts the needs of everyone before her own.

Which scene was your favorite?

Whenever she stood up for herself.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

a love story

  • The Yellow Birds

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Powers
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 359

"The war tried to kill us in the spring," begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. Bound together since basic training when their tough-as-nails sergeant ordered Bartle to watch over Murphy, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutal Honesty

  • By Melissa Phillips on 10-08-12

how to develop post traumatic stress disorder

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Yellow Birds to be better than the print version?

probably because I don't like to read anymore

Who was your favorite character and why?

the main character. he was the "I"

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

Great listen.

If you could rename The Yellow Birds, what would you call it?

how to develop post traumatic stress disorder

Any additional comments?

I work with veterans who won't or don't talk about their experiences. This story helped me understand some of what they might have experienced.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Reivers

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

One of Faulkner's comic masterpieces, The Reivers is a picaresque story that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucas Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family's retainers, to steal his grandfather's car and make a trip to Memphis. The priests' black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are off on a heroic odyssey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have enjoyed it very, very much

  • By Dražzen on 04-02-18

old south thinking but cute story and well read.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

What made the experience of listening to The Reivers the most enjoyable?

the reader

Who was your favorite character and why?

the major character, a 12 year old boy.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't think of one. Worst scene was child abuse at the end.

If you could rename The Reivers, what would you call it?

how to not treat a child or women or anyone

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Seabiscuit

  • An American Legend
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • See you in the winner's circle

  • By Janice on 06-26-13

Horse race the jockey fell, each healed. Repeat.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-12

What would have made Seabiscuit better?

Seabiscuit would have been better as a short story. After the first part when reporting on the life of the jockey, it was repetitive and dull. I couldn't wait for it to be over. Additionally I felt sorry for Seabiscuit. The owner, trainer and jockey just wouldn't let the horse rest until it stopped winning

What do you think your next listen will be?

I may listen to the second book of Hunger Games.

What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

Performance was o.k. Not much emotion but then not much emotion wasn't needed.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seabiscuit?

I would have cut details of each race and each of many times Seabiscuit was cut from the race because of rain.

Any additional comments?

Unless you are especially fond of horseracing, I'd pass this one up.