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  • History of the Ottoman Empire

  • By: William Deans
  • Narrated by: Adriel Brandt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Ottoman Empire was one of the longest standing empires in the world. Started in 1299, the Ottomans would conquer much of the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeastern Europe. This classic by William Deans covers 600 years of Ottoman rule. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacks objectivity especially about Islam

  • By Eloquent on 04-17-19

Lacks objectivity especially about Islam

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

Lacks objectivity especially about Islam and its commandments and principles. Aside from that analysis bias, the details of the historical events are good, though.

  • Mala

  • By: Melinda Lopez
  • Narrated by: Melinda Lopez
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,882

An utterly unsentimental journey toward the end of life, Mala is an irreverent exploration of how we live, cope, and survive in the moment. Grounded in Lopez’s distinctive emotional language and sharp humor, this powerful one-woman show dances between doctors and urgent 911 calls, a mother’s growing frailty, and a daughter’s quest for grace - all set during an epic Boston winter. Rather than depict a “right way”, the play opens the door for our universal struggle to support those we love in dying, especially when all we’ve ever focused on is surviving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hardest thing to do

  • By Christy on 02-03-19

Overboard

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Almost all elements of the play are cliché and overused. The story, the structure, the shaky-voice performance, and the cuts/closing scenes. Way overboard I almost felt embarrassed for the writer/performer.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Idiot

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Prince Lyov Nikolayevitch Myshkin is one of the great characters in Russian literature. Is he a saint or just naïve? Is he an idealist or, as many in General Epanchin's society feel, an "idiot"? Certainly his return to St. Petersburg after years in a Swiss clinic has a dramatic effect on the beautiful Aglaia, youngest of the Epanchin daughters, and on the charismatic but willful Nastasya Filippovna. As he paints a vivid picture of Russian society, Dostoyevsky shows how principles conflict with emotions - with tragic results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moments of surprise.

  • By Theo on 05-02-18

It can hardly get any better

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

A novel, and its audio performance, there at the very top. Dostoyevsky is the pinnacle of character portrayal that he manages to convince the reader of his impartiality and his characters' independence. Moreover, he can simply make you laugh and cry and shudder just like that.
I love Constance Garnett's translation language, very true to the time of the original book.
The performance is simply outstanding.
A feast for the senses.

  • The Symphonies of Beethoven

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 261

Ludwig van Beethoven is justifiably acclaimed as one of the most revered composers in the history of Western music-a genius once characterized as a "Titan, wrestling with the gods." There is no better way for you to understand the full impact of that description than to not only listen to all nine of his magnificent symphonies, but to do so with a full understanding of what this great composer was saying and the circumstances that drove him up to and beyond what had once been considered the limits of musical expression.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Truly the course materials MUST be made available.

  • By Christopher James on 09-23-14

A Great Course with a Great Caveat

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

Reviewed: 01-13-14

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Robert Greenberg?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Prof. Greenberg's style is passionate and humorous which makes the course quite enjoyable. His explanations are good.

Which character – as performed by Professor Robert Greenberg – was your favorite?

N/A

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Symphonies of Beethoven?

N/A

Any additional comments?

A great caveat is that Audible does not offer the word scores Prof. Greenberg uses heavily in this course and which are described in the very beginning as of great importance to understand the course. Not only that, but the professor skips some parts, due to lack of time, instructing the listeners to read those parts in the word scores!

When I complained, Audible said that 'The Great Courses company said the word scores are not important' and 'you can return the book if you didn't like it', which doesn't work for me because there is information in it that I need, but I also need the rest of it. When I contacted The Great Courses company they offered to sell me the hard copy of the word scores!

The question now is: Why doesn't Audible mention clearly that these courses come without the word scores that are given great importance by the instructor? And why doesn't it strike a deal with that company to sell the word scores and add their prices to the books'?

57 of 62 people found this review helpful

Rebecca
    
    
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        Daphne du Maurier
    
    


    
    
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        Anna Massey
    
    


    
    Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
    1,087 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840

After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen

  • By P. Wade Thompson on 05-12-09

A Different Perspective of the Narration

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The only negative point about the performance is the audio quality, which is attributed to the old recording. If you give yourself some time you can easily get over this and enjoy the listen. Well, I, for one, did. The narrator is actually very good if not excellent.

  • The Visible Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Chuck Klosterman
  • Narrated by: Annabella Sciorra, Scott Shepherd
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

Therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions: Y__, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible. Unsure of his motives or honesty, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hillarious & Disturbing In (almost) Equal Measure

  • By Amanda on 11-07-11

Different and Deep

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

Would you listen to The Visible Man again? Why?

Yes. The style is engaging and the performance is perfect.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both characters were drawn with care.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Listening Is an Act of Love

  • A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project
  • By: Dave Isay
  • Narrated by: Dave Isay
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,674

Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching

  • By Debra on 11-23-12

Stop and Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

If you could sum up Listening Is an Act of Love in three words, what would they be?

Humane, sincere, and touching

What did you like best about this story?

The idea, the spontaneity despite the staging, and the topics addressed

Which scene was your favorite?

The soldier who narrated how he killed a young good looking German soldier and how this affected him all his life

  • The Last Child

  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346

his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick With It!

  • By Christine on 10-19-09

The Universal Book of Cliches

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

Reviewed: 11-28-12

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

Those who can bear banality and cliche-riddled writing.

What could John Hart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Given it to a better author.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Sowers?

While Mr. Sowers admittedly did a not-so-good job with the narration, no narrator could have been able to lift this kind of writing off the ground.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Child?

First, last (which I didn't reach as I couldn't bear to finish the book), and whatever is in between.

Any additional comments?

Almost every phrase and word had been used before millions of times. This is an incredible work of collecting cliches, indeed. Hart goes further to create cliched characters and events. This is a remake of remakes of dozen other low class movies.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Sense of an Ending
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        Julian Barnes
    
    


    
    
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        Richard Morant
    
    


    
    Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    1,175 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • The Sense of an Ending

  • A Novel
  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,008

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?

  • By Chris Reich on 06-04-13

Intricate exploration of the deep human self

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

Reviewed: 11-27-12

If you could sum up The Sense of an Ending in three words, what would they be?

Cunningly and painfully insightful

What did you like best about this story?

The structure. Barnes plays the same tricks of the human psyche on the reader touching deeply and devilishly into it.

What about Richard Morant’s performance did you like?

Beautiful. While I would have loved a change of voice for each character, the somber one voice he read with has its charm and goes along with the novel's mood.

If you could rename The Sense of an Ending, what would you call it?

Remembering to Forget

Any additional comments?

The novel is short, yet is packed with a whole world of emotions and quite some surprises. The writing is wonderful and the insights are deep and invigorating.

  • Moloka’i

  • By: Alan Brennert
  • Narrated by: Anne Noelani Miyamoto
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,632

The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book!

  • By David on 08-23-12

Classically Touching

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

Reviewed: 11-27-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The book is quite touching and the writing is good. The narration is very good as well.

What did you like best about this story?

The expansive exploration of hard human emotions while keeping the rhythm

What does Anne Noelani Miyamoto bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The native touch

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did! No details, though. Sorry! :)

Any additional comments?

While the form is quite classical, the writer managed to keep a good grip on me and have me enjoy the novel. He managed as well to keep the structure from sagging despite the long timeline he is dealing with.