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  • The Guermantes Way

  • Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 3
  • By: Marcel Proust
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 28 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. The Guermantes Way is the third of seven volumes. The narrator penetrates the inner sanctum of Paris high society and falls in love with the fascinating Duchesse de Guermantes. Proust describes vividly the struggles for political, social, and sexual supremacy played out beneath a veneer of elegant manners. He also finds himself pursued by the predatory Baron de Charlus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes a very big reading project a breeze!

  • By David E. Gregson on 10-01-12

Great novel, annoying reader

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

I much prefer the John Rowe read versions, but he has not recorded all of the books. Neville Jason gives a very stilted and affected reading that is just annoying to listen to. He makes the narrator into a totally shallow and even silly character, which may not be entirely out of character but sure is hard to listen to. John Rowe creates a more engaging character and a much more pleasant listening experience for my ears.

  • Concert Masterworks

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Have you ever thought about the creative process that boiled inside geniuses like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Liszt-or any composer, for that matter?What goes through a composer's mind when a musical composition is being set to paper? Are those magical weeks or months spent in an agonizing creative blur of ideas first tried and then discarded, or it a matter of pure inspiration?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Down the rabbit hole with Dr. G!

  • By JaneN on 11-09-14

Great series

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

This has been well reviewed by others and it is a great series. The only negative is the lack of the supplemental material which could easily be provided but is not. Why the publisher has denied purchasers this material is a mystery. It is technically very easy and would cost nothing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

  • By: Andrew Hodges
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,431

It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fantastic Biography For The Patient Listener

  • By Sara on 02-22-15

Interesting story

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

Much better than the movie! A well-crafted bio of an interesting character. Perhaps too much soap-opera but keeps you reading. The technical side is glossed over, but it is a bio, not a technical treatise.

  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 2
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,246

A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hear "Cold Ground" First, Then Audlble This!

  • By Ted on 08-31-13

A good story

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

A nice addition to the Sean Duffy saga. Gerard Doyle is the perfect reader for these stories.

  • The Cold, Cold Ground

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,300

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a stunning book

  • By Alan on 01-17-12

Another good story

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

Adrian McKinty tells a good story. And Gerard Doyle is the perfect reader. Great to find such a good combination. It does not always happen. If you like his other work, you will like this one as well.

  • The Quantum Thief

  • By: Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 552

Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist, and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy—from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. Now he’s confined inside the Dilemma Prison, where every day he has to get up and kill himself before his other self can kill him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Starts Confusing, Gets Exciting, Ends Awesome

  • By Matthew on 10-21-11

Worst reader ever

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

The book is pretty good, but this is the worst reader I have ever heard. Why does someone with such a cloying voice get hired to read a book? Painful. If there were negative stars I would give them. Almost unbearable. I will never buy another book read by Scott Brick. Sorry not to say more about the actual story, but it is just impossible to get past the terrible reading.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Third Plate

  • Field Notes on the Future of Food
  • By: Dan Barber
  • Narrated by: Dan Barber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

The Third Plate is chef Dan Barber’s extraordinary vision for a new future of American eating. After more than a decade spent investigating farming communities around the world in pursuit of singular flavor, Barber finally concluded that - for the sake of our food, our health, and the future of the land - America’s cuisine required a radical transformation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is what a paradigm shift feels like.

  • By kyra m hall on 02-21-15

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

This is a good listen. Interesting material and from a real participant. Always nice to hear the actual author read the book.

  • 25 cuentos para escuchar en 5 minutos

  • By: Martín Roca
  • Narrated by: Ariadna Giménez
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

¿Quieres compartir un cuento conmigo? Tan solo serán cinco minutos.Cuentos mágicos, divertidos, fantásticos, emocionantes, sorprendentes y únicos. Relatos de princesas y leones; cerditos y ratones; hadas, duendes, brujas y ogros; huevos saltarines y gnomos respondones… ¿Por cuál quieres empezar?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good material, terrible reader

  • By Miles on 09-13-14

Good material, terrible reader

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

Reviewed: 09-13-14

These are good stories and I am using them to help build my comprehension of Spanish. Unfortunately, for me anyhow, the reader is very annoying. A shrill childish voice that is grating and actually makes it harder to understand the stories. I will look for something similar with a better reader.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Swann's Way
    
    
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        John Rowe
    
    


    
    Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
    267 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Swann's Way

  • By: Marcel Proust
  • Narrated by: John Rowe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Swann's Way is the first volume of Proust's supreme masterpiece, the seven-part novel entitled Remembrance of Things Past. In it, Proust recalls the early youth of Charles Swann in the small town of Combray as seen through the eyes of the narrator. It then shifts to Swann himself, now a fashionable man caught up in turn-of-the-century Paris and a tortured love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece, brilliantly read

  • By Cheryl on 08-25-08

Proust as it should be

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

Reviewed: 10-09-11

This is an excellent reading of a remarkable book as is the second volume. I only hope that the remaining volumes might also be recorded as well. I have only found the abridged versions here to date and that is a disappointment. Why would anyone both abridging Proust. If you don't want to read/listen then don't but to chop it up is criminal.