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  • Life on the Mississippi

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

When Mark Twain was growing up, all he wanted to be was a steamboat man. And so Twain ran away in pursuit of his dream. Life on the mighty river for Twain consisted of paddleboats and history, poker games and gamblers, larger-than-life characters and outlandish festivals like Mardi Gras. Twain recorded it all with his keen eye for detail and biting wit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous, poignant, informative, adventurous

  • By Doug on 08-10-07

I can see why this is considered Twain's best

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

Reviewed: 12-10-13

What made the experience of listening to Life on the Mississippi the most enjoyable?

Twain of course, and the narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

the mix of the factual with the narrative ability.

Which character – as performed by Norman Dietz – was your favorite?

all of them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

after the steamboat explosion

  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118

Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pay attention!

  • By Chrissie on 07-11-13

what could I possibly contribute.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-13

What made the experience of listening to The Guns of August the most enjoyable?

for a thorough treat, look at maps of the front lines while you're listening to the book.

What other book might you compare The Guns of August to and why?

A Distant Mirror, because her narrative skills are so amazing.

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

Clarity.

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

The storm before the deluge.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Wild

  • By: Henry Fielding
  • Narrated by: Jill Masters
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The real Jonathan Wild, born about 1682 and executed at Tyburn in 1725, was one of the most notorious criminals of his age. His resemblance to the hero in Fielding's satire of the same name is general rather than particular. The real Jonathan (whose legitimate business was that of a buckle-maker) like Fielding, won his fame, not as a robber himself, but as an informer, and a receiver of stolen goods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Such excellent writing

  • By Benedict on 11-09-11

What a classic.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

Somebody needs to make a movie here, although I doubt they'd match the mystery and insight of the story and its main character. Such perspective and wisdom in short story form I doubt has ever been exceeded.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pickwick Papers

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

This is the story of the celebrated Pickwick Club. The members are to report to the club on their journeys, adventures, and observations of characters and manners. Dickens creates a vivid picture of England in taking his characters along the nostalgic highways and byways of this majestic isle. This remarkable first novel made Dickens famous and has remained one of the world's best-known works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets

  • By John on 08-21-07

Love Zimmerman, don't know why.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

Maybe it's because Zimmerman strikes me as so earnest, as if he refuses to influence the story with too much flair.

Why did I laugh out loud at something pretty slapstick, in this case the description of the carriage crashing? Because the characters are so vivid-not a surprise with Dickens.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Jones, Volume 1

  • By: Henry Fielding
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Tom Jones is a splendid Hogarthian panorama of 18th-century English life and morals, encompassing both city and country, and comprising some of the greatest comic characters in British literature. First published in 1749, it was an instant success and has gone on to become a classic of its genre. Quite simply, there has never been anything like it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy it

  • By Anthony on 09-30-07

Immortal story, outstanding performance.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

This narrator is one of those actors whose ability to read I deeply envy. Stresses, emphasizes in all the right places, as if he'd read the book dozens of times. Bravo, sir, whoever you are.

  • Paris 1919

  • Six Months That Changed the World
  • By: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803

Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, renowned historian Margaret MacMillan's best-selling Paris 1919 is the story of six remarkable months that changed the world. At the close of WWI, between January and July of 1919, delegates from around the world converged on Paris under the auspices of peace. New countries were created, old empires were dissolved, and for six months, Paris was the center of the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent History

  • By Martin on 12-03-05

A boring subject made vivid.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

Probably can't get a clearer description of what went on with this free-for-all involving so many countries.

  • The Stranger

  • By: Albert Camus
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,663
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,663

Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is amorality bad?

  • By Rolando on 03-10-14

Now a hardcore Camus fan.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

I worship Dostoevsky, Kafka, Kipling, Conrad, Melville, and now Camus.

I simply could not get as much out of this book without its narrator, for I have not his ability to read. I worry that it influences me too much. At the same time he demonstrates there is no right way to read this book. One of course credits the author for this, and I think the narrator does so with his quiet, intense performance. Hope he's the guy that narrates The Plague.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Empire of Liberty

  • A History of the Early Republic
  • By: Gordon S. Wood
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 30 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

In Empire of Liberty, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life - in politics, society, economy, and culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical writing

  • By Joseph on 01-14-10

A thorough, rigorous study.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

Most memorable part: The description of the elites' attitudes about people moving west. The now necessary fear of unsupervised, pioneering Americans becoming savages, moving away from the civilized east, ruining the desired European-style homogeneous social structure and consolidation of education, skills, culture, revenue, etc., is described so as to make the reader completely sympathize with these attitudes. The fear becomes understandable via the portrait of the difficulty of holding things together already. A brilliant study in how ideas of the past weren't necessarily crazy, foolish, bigoted, or simple-minded.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Possessed

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Loosely based on sensational press reports of a Moscow student’s murder by fellow revolutionists, The Possessed depicts the destructive chaos caused by outside agitators who move into a provincial town. The enigmatic Stavrogin dominates the novel. His magnetic personality influences his tutor, the liberal intellectual poseur Stepan Verhovensky, and the teacher’s revolutionary son Pyotr, as well as other radicals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better wait for Simon Vance to read this one...

  • By Erez on 10-27-09

Why do I like this book so much?

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

When they say Dostoevsky is like "voices in your head", none exemplifies this idea better than this book. Simply cannot put my finger on what makes the dialogue, and there is much here, so haunting.

I like to refer to artists like Dostoevsky as "raw geniuses", whose ideas are so powerful they seem to not care about keeping the reader interested. How could someone of this depth be hooked on the shallow sport of gambling? Not enough turmoil in his life already? Maybe I'll find out when I read/hear The Gambler.