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Rochester, MN, United States
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  • The Iliad & The Odyssey

  • By: Homer
  • Narrated by: John Lescault
  • Length: 28 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 431

Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audio

  • By Tiffany on 02-18-07

Listening is the best way to experience this story

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

Reviewed: 06-28-12

I could never get through the Iliad in school! It was simply too thick with unique names and places and colorful description. But to listen to the story told was marvelous! This story was meant to be spoken. Thanks to Audible I finally have had the joy of experiencing Homer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pontoon

  • A Novel of Lake Wobegon
  • By: Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 911

Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillliant but not lighthearted

  • By Shel on 10-01-07

A fun listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-12

Listening to Garrison Keillor is always a treat. The story is a bit goofy--essentially an elongated version of "The news from Lake Wobegon." However, his story telling never gets old!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional & Powerful

  • By Miss Toni on 06-30-13

I love Maya Angelou!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-12

What a joy it was to listen to Maya Angelou narrate her story! The book is wonderful, and to have her narrate it made it amazing. I was sad when the book ended because I wanted to go on listening to her voice.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience

  • By: Henry David Thoreau
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Tommy on 08-17-12

Didn't care for the narration

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

Reviewed: 06-28-12

This is a great book, but I couldn't get into listening to it. I found myself drifting off to sleep or day dreaming. I think this was partly because the narrator's voice is rather depressing to listen to--flat, sad and dejected--although this very well may be the tone of the writer's voice and not the narrator's fault.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Letting Go

  • Living the Wisdom of Saint Francis
  • By: Richard Rohr OFM
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohr OFM
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

We often think of saints as rare individuals whose gifts far exceed our own, and St. Francis is no exception. But for Fr. Richard Rohr, a prolific author and renowned speaker, the life and teachings of this beloved figure offer an authentic spirituality we can all embody.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • delivery a bit disappointing;still a 5 star listen

  • By connie on 02-20-11

A spiritual retreat of sorts

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

Reviewed: 11-22-11

I really enjoyed listening to this program. It was as if I was on a spiritual retreat as I listened to Richard Rohr talk about the life of St. Francis and apply it to my life today. The insights offered transcended religion and dogma and addressed my real spiritual needs. For anyone trying to learn how to "Let go and let God," this is right on target.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • That Used to Be Us

  • How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 466

America has a huge problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, analyze those challenges - globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption - and spell out what we need to do now to rediscover America and rise to this moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We have met the enemy and it is us.... Pogo

  • By Soudant on 09-16-11

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-11

This is one of the most important books I have read in many years. The authors really seem to have a grasp on the issues that our society is facing and offer excellent insight into what needs to be done to get us back on track. I highly recommend this book for anyone who cares about where we are as a society, how we got there, and what we need to do.

  • A Whole New Mind

  • Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,449

Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Power to the Right Side of the Brain

  • By David on 11-15-10

A good combination of neuroscience, econ., & psych

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

Reviewed: 11-22-11

The author offers a blend of neuroscience, economics, politics and psychology as he describes the direction that we as individuals and as a society need to be moving. There is a lot of good stuff in here!