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  • Jesus' Son

  • By: Denis Johnson
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

Recently adapted for the screen, this now-classic collection of 10 stories from the author of Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and Angels is narrated by a young man, a recovering alcoholic and heroin addict whose dependencies have led him to petty crime, cruelty, betrayal, and various kinds of loss.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Some books are better read.

  • By dngold77 on 09-02-18

Some books are better read.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

The elliptical poetic nature of this short novel make following it in audio format nearly impossible. A great read (and a great movie) but not a great listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • An Economic History of the World since 1400

  • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139

Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, tough to listen

  • By Rick on 10-27-16

A solid but unspectacular Great Courses.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

This course provides a solid, mostly interesting review of world history through the sense of economic development. Yet, for a short course, there a lot of detail that seems marginal (e.g. many description of how technology works). It was short on theory needed to tie different times and concepts together.

  • To the Lighthouse

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 475

To the Lighthouse is a landmark work of English fiction. Virginia Woolf explores perception and meaning in some of the most beautiful prose ever written, minutely detailing the characters thoughts and impressions. This unabridged version is read by Juliet Stevenson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Stark Tower on a Bare Rock, or a Hanging Garden?

  • By Jefferson on 03-17-13

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

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

The audio book is 6 hours of pure shimmering, insightful, delightful, mournful, intellectually stimulating, emotionally resonate literary perfection. In this slender volume, Woolf does what it took Thomas Mann over 500 pages of Magic Mountain and DH Lawrence two books (The Rainbow and Women in Love) to do - write an insightful meditation on the subjective nature of life, the transcendent power of art, the subtle, complex interrelations of personalities, and the existential change in perspective that occurred after WWI. Woolf is at her writing peak with prose that is perfected crafted, detailed but never forced and her words come alive with Juliet Stephenson crisp, English accent. She makes it feel like the characters are whispering to you, an effect very much in line with Wolf’s intent. I've read the book twice, and listening this third time was a joy. This is one of the great books of modern literature.

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  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,105

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

A great read, but an insufferable listen

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

Would you try another book from Neal Stephenson and/or William Dufris?

I really loved this book as an novel - one of Stephenson's best. An amazing exploration of how nearly everything we do is a type of cryptology. While a Stephenson fan, he smarty pants, juvenile, mildly sexist, racial stereotyping writing voice is bothersome. Reading the novel, you can downplay these tendencies, But in audible format only accentuates this problem, as the narrator really tries to sell the characters. There are just too many sections where characters are just blathering for what seems like hours. Someday I'll re-read the book, but I couldn't stomach the audio.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful