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  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,633

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

New Christmas Tradition

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-18

This is my second time listening to this story, and I think my new Christmas tradition will be to listen to Simon Vance's narration of this wonderful tale about Marley and then listen to Vance's narration of the original Dickens tale. Someone else suggested that, and I'm grateful for the suggestion. This year, I listened to Bennett's tale, then the Dickens, and then went back to listen to the concluding chapters of the Bennett tale to more fully appreciate both tales.

I saw/listened to several variations on _A Christmas Carol_ this year and think this one the best. The author cleverly weaves the original into this tale providing a very satisfying parallel plot to the original tale. I think it makes the original larger and more profound. Here, I suspend my normal skepticism and thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,794

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Newton is a wonderful narrator

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-16

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her bring the novel alive. I hope to hear more works read by her.

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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,899
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,985

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RIVETING!

  • By Tracy P. on 07-13-16

Beautiful and poignant story, masterful performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Amazed by the talent of both the writer and the performer. Zora Neale Hurston's lyrical prose is wondrous. Ruby Dee's reading showcases her range as an actor. I was ignorant of how gifted the two women were; my eyes got to glimpse their glory.

  • The Art of Procrastination

  • A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing, or, Getting Things Done by Putting Them Off
  • By: John Perry
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 638

John Perry’s insights and laugh-out-loud humor bring to mind Thurber, Wodehouse, and Harry Frankfurt’s On Bullshit. This charming and accessible audio educates, entertains, and illuminates a universal subject. Procrastinators will be relieved to learn that you can actually accomplish quite a lot while procrastinating. In fact, the book itself is the result of Perry avoiding grading papers, refereeing academic proposals, and reviewing dissertation drafts. It also has a practical side, offering up advice that listeners can put to use.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Procrastinate on listening to this

  • By Reasonable Reader on 09-19-16

Don't wait; listen to this now

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

Reviewed: 01-17-15

I'm sorry I waited so long to listen to this. And yes, I was putting off another book that's more directly work-related. Perry's droll sense of humor and humanity/empathy make this a compelling listen. A bonus for fellow academics in the humanities. I could identify with much of what he says and got some tips on dealing with my habits. I particularly like the suggestion to have "don't do's" to cross off also on one's to do lists.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,744

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E.

  • By Charles on 07-22-13

Revealing and compelling

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

I appreciated the narrative and argument as a work of history. How did an illiterate day laborer/ messianic Jewish nationalist become the gentile God? The Good News is that both are worth believing in. Admirable job revealing "silences of the past."

0 of 2 people found this review helpful