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Gone with the Wind Audiobook by Margaret Mitchell
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Gone with the Wind Audiobook by Margaret Mitchell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Gone with the Wind Author: Margaret Mitchell Narrator: Linda Stephens Format: Unabridged Length: 49 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 10-01-09 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 7505 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire: darkly handsome Rhett Butler and flirtatious Scarlett O'Hara. Behind them stand their gentler counterparts: Ashley Wilkes and Melanie Hamilton. As the lives and affairs of these absorbing characters play out against the tumult of the Civil War, Gone With the Wind reaches dramatic heights that have swept generations of fans off their feet. Having lived in Atlanta for many years, narrator Linda Stephens has an authentic ear for the dialects of that region. Get ready to hear Gone With the Wind exactly as it was written: every word beautifully captured in a spectacular unabridged audio production. Critic Reviews: "Beyond a doubt one of the most remarkable first novels produced by an American writer. It is also one of the best." ( The New York Times)"The best novel to have ever come out of the South...it is unsurpassed in the whole of American writing." ( The Washington Post) Members Reviews: not to miss audible experience GWTW has been a favourite read of mine since my teen years, but I never realized before how much of the descriptions I tend to skip over in favour of dialogue. Listening to this book has made me hear every word and added a whole new dimension to the story. I thought the narrator was brilliant and the accents added an authenticity - its made me want to study more about the civil war. Fabulous! I won't comment on the novel Gone With the Wind, because nothing I can say would do this great classic justice. I will say that Linda Stephens is perhaps the best audiobook narrator I have ever had the pleasure of listening to! She is utterly fantastic. Got the Accents Right Okay, I'm not going to review the text of GWTW. It's been analyzed plenty. It's a brilliant book. 'Nuff said. What I do want to review is the audio performance. When I saw that GWTW was available in audio format, I was dubious. I'm from the South. (Not the deep South -- Virginia). I speak with a Tidewater accent, which is different to my ear from a Georgia accent, which is different to my ear from a Charleston accent... You get the picture. Ms. Stephens managed to get the nuances of the various accents well enough not to make me cringe. It sounds like a trivial thing, but since Mitchell, herself, made a big deal of differences of dialect in the actual novel, you need to have it in the performance. I'm so glad that the narrator did not go for that Eastern Tennessee accent that is so often touted as "Generic Southern". If you love GWTW, get it. If you've never read it, this is a good way to enjoy the book. Linda Stephens is an Incredible Reader I agree with another reviewer that this was one of the best credits I've ever spent, largely due to the excellent performance of the reader. Consistent and distinct characterizations were the highlight of this reading--I was actually brought to tears several times. I will listen to this audiobook over and over again, I'm sure. An extraordinary performance of a classic novel Linda Stephens is simply superb in her reading of one of the great novels in American literature. Everything is crystal clear, and the attitudes of the characters and the narrative voice are powerfully suggested. The book is long, but it never FEELS long when read this well. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Atlas Shrugged Audiobook by Ayn Rand
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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook by Ayn Rand

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Atlas Shrugged Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Scott Brick Format: Unabridged Length: 63 hrs Language: English Release date: 12-02-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 10004 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? And why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, an electrifying moral defense of capitalism and free enterprise which launched an ideological movement and gained millions of loyal fans around the world. Members Reviews: A long listen but worth the effort and patience At 63 hours long, this is the definition of a marathon listening session, but I think it's worth it. Atlas Shrugged is a long story, which presents Ayn Rand's theory of objectivism through a number of speeches and discussions, but it also has a great fictional narrative that goes along side it. You may not like Rand's politics or philosophy, but at its heart this story has a great female lead character who fights to be successful and competent surrounded by idiots, fools and incompetents. So, give it a try, you might be surprised and enjoy it. Hurt version decidedly superior While I appreciate many of Scott Brick's audiobooks, he misses the emotional impetus behind the characters and Ayn's incredible grasp of satire. Many of her characters are archetypes, and Hurt just plain understands how she intended them to come across. There are some issues with the audio quality(background noise, etc). This drawback is overwhelmed by the brilliance of his acting. He really brings the book to live. Brick on the otherhand comes across flat, misses the characters emotional states and motivations, and turns a great story less so. I have both versions, but if you only purchase one yourself, select the Hurt version. You will not regret it A true classic! 'Who is John Galt?' Released in 1956, Atlas Shrugged has become an American classic. I first read in in 1962 as a college sophomore. There are two versions if the novel at Audible, one is narrated by Christopher Hurt and the other is narrated by Scott Brick. Brick is my favorite narrator, but I admit that Hurt does a slightly better job with Atlas Shrugged, but both are superb. I recommend the Kindle version over either Audible version because of John Galt's very, very long speech to the nation which is easier to understand by rereading parts. (The Audible bookmark feature is almost as useful.) Atlas Shrugged is too long and complex to easily summarize. Dagny Taggart inherits a railroad and expands it into an empire despite her weak brother James. Hank Rearden invents and patents a new steel alloy (Rearden Metal) that threatens to put all of his competitors out of business, but politicians interfere and threaten his patent. Taggart used Reardon Metal to enhance her railroad construction in the Rocky Mountains. Taggart and Readen become lovers and join forces against the thuggery of the politicians. The ultimate hero is John Galt who years before abandoned society when his invention of a revolutionary motor that would have literally changed the world was threatened by politicians and government regulators. Reading or listening to Atlas Shrugged requires a significant commitment of time. It is well worth it; indeed, it would be worth twice the commitment.

Invisible Man Audiobook by Ralph Ellison
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Invisible Man Audiobook by Ralph Ellison

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Invisible Man Subtitle: A Novel Author: Ralph Ellison Narrator: Joe Morton Format: Unabridged Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins Language: English Release date: 12-21-10 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 5170 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places. After a brief prologue, the story begins with a terrifying experience from the hero's high-school days; it then moves quickly to the campus of a "Southern Negro college" and then to New York's Harlem, where most of the action takes place. The many people that the hero meets in the course of his wanderings are remarkably various, complex and significant. With them he becomes involved in an amazing series of adventures, in which he is sometimes befriended but more often deceived and betrayed - as much by himself and his own illusions as by the duplicity and the blindness of others. Invisible Man is not only a great triumph of storytelling and characterization; it is a profound and uncompromising interpretation of the anomalous position of blacks in American society. Editorial Reviews: An idealistic young man strives to make his way among the like-minded of his own black community and the larger white world beyond only to experience cascading disillusionment in both. He is The Invisible Man, the protagonist of Ralph Ellisons masterpiece, electrifying today, and devastatingly so when published in 1953. A richly poetic and cinematic work carrying a searing social critique, the novel features a first-person narrative that seems written to be heard as much as read. And the actor reading to us here seems to have been born for the role; as the movie trailers say, Joe Morton is The Invisible Man. From his nameless and hidden existence in a Manhattan basement, our narrator leads us through the events leading to his identity or lack of one. A high school valedictorian down South, he receives a scholarship from a white group after being brought onstage for a humiliating, bigoted burlesque. Honored at his black college to chauffeur a visiting white benefactor, he accedes to the request to take a fateful detour through the towns black slums. As a result, the colleges president, a venerated yet utterly Machiavellian figure, scapegoats him. Expelled and directed north for redemption and employment, he again becomes the fall guy, literally and figuratively, when he is injured and laid off from his job in a union-embattled New York City factory. Nursed back to health by the kind, maternal Mary up in Harlem, he seems to find his calling at the unlikely event of an elderly couples eviction. Spontaneously addressing the roiling crowd to temper their rage lest it incite the armed white evictors, the injustices he shares with them by race, as well as those befalling him for less obvious reasons, impassion him to eloquently encourage their defiance. His oratory draws him to the attention of Jack, head of the brotherhood (Ellisons stand-in for the Communist movement), who offers him work and successfully indoctrinates him with utopian propaganda and sets him up to lead the partys Harlem chapter. Seduced by his prestige among the partys white sophisticates and a long-craved sense of purposefulness he embraces his work, even standing down Ras, an afro-centric nihilist violently competing for followers.

Atlas Shrugged Audiobook by Ayn Rand
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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook by Ayn Rand

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Atlas Shrugged Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Christopher Hurt Format: Unabridged Length: 52 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 01-18-07 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 4231 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms. Members Reviews: Over before you know it Clocking in at 50+ hours, some might think the length of this audiobook is prohibitive. Believe it or not, I can honestly say that it is such a riveting and compelling novel and philosophical discussion that it truly is over before you know it. Highly, highly recommend this book to all readers. Also, if you're wondering which Ayn Rand to start with, start here. Her philosophy is best summarized in Atlas Shrugged. Excellent Book, minor issue This is an excellent book, with a very good narrator. My only issue with it is that it appears there was poor sound insulation between the studio this book was recorded in, and another studio. I would often hear quiet murmurings from (I assume) another audiobook reading. It was a bit distracting at times. However, I reiterate the quality of the material and the narration. I often found myself sitting in a parking lot for an additional 10-15 minutes, not willing to turn the book off and get out of the car. Stop and smell the roses When I read this book 40-some years ago, I rushed through the long-winded speeches. One benefit of having it read to you is that you cannot. I was surprised to discover how much Ayn Rand's philosophy seemed to develop during the book. I really enjoyed looking for things that dated the book--like driving 200 miles to find a long-distance phone! It is a wonderful story, albeit with a pretty heavy message. If you've not read Ayn before, start here! Outstanding book, outstanding narrator The narrator, Christopher Hurt, does as much for this audio book as the book itself. Being such a tome containing sophisticated and complex ideas, it would have been a disaster if the narrator was weak. He is simply outstanding. Never falters once in a book of 645,000 words. Yes, it's that big. Uses intonation to anticipate 2 sentences ahead, and does a marvelous job of using different voices without crossing the line to being cheesy. I recommend this book highly. Didn't know what I expected, but wow... I normally read sci-fi, fantasy, etc. Something to escape the day to day. This book had been on my 'to read' list for a long time, but I was always put off by it's length (1200 pages), and that it was old (1950s). I mean, how good could that be? Woah was I wrong. I so wish I would of read this book earlier! Incredible page turner with some of the most amazing writing I have ever read. Without question the story will cause you to look at the world differently. Truly a MUST READ/LISTEN. I just finished listening to it, and now I have the book and I'm going to read it again as well. Simply an amazingly engaging, suspenseful, and moving book. As for the audio-book: This book was wonderfully read/performed.

The Member of the Wedding Audiobook by Carson McCullers
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The Member of the Wedding Audiobook by Carson McCullers

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Member of the Wedding Author: Carson McCullers Narrator: Susan Sarandon Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 03-08-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 584 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation. "Rarely has emotional turbulence been so delicately conveyed," said The New York Times of Carson McCullers' sensitive portrayal of Frankie Addams, a disconnected 12-year-old whose only friends are her familys maid and a six-year-old cousin. Desperate to be part of something big, she takes an overlarge interest in her brothers wedding and dreams of following the couple on their honeymoon to the Alaskan wilderness. But as Frankie crosses into adulthood, she experiences the fantasy-shattering disillusionment that must come with it. This is a story for anybody whos ever felt like an outsider and a natural fit for Ms. Sarandon, a master at creating authentic, sympathetic characters. Critic Reviews: "Sarandon uses her voice well to convey all the emotions of a troubled girl who is searching for a place to belong." (Audiofile) Members Reviews: It's a Classic People Would you listen to The Member of the Wedding again? Why? Yes. Read this book in college and all of Carson McCullers' books. She writes haunting prose and creates real, raw characters who pull you into their loneliness. Susan Sarandon was a great choice (although I didn't care for her Bernice voice). I can't help but laugh at those who wrote it was slow and boring. It's a beautifully written work of art with myriad layers. It's obviously not for your typical beach reader. I enjoyed this book for the third time and it was a great way for my 13 year old to "read" a classic. Highly recommend. Would give anything to write as well as McCullers. What did you like best about this story? Frankie's painful maturation, John Henry's innocence, and Bernice's wisdom Which scene was your favorite? It's such a simple scene, but I like when when Frankie gives in and collapses on Bernice after dinner, before she goes back to town. You know she's not ready to let go and the compassion and realization is told so simply and beautifuly in that moment with few words. Breaks my heart and makes me want to hug my Mom and never let go. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? The end of the story always makes me shed a tear for the loss of innocence. One of my favorite books What made the experience of listening to The Member of the Wedding the most enjoyable? This has long been a favorite book of mine and since I have read it several times, it probably would not have been one I would have downloaded but I so love Susan Sarandon I could not resist. She did not disappoint and did a wonderful job speaking in the mind of young Frankie Adams. I would certainly recommend this title to anyone. Imagine Susan Sarandon Reading to Me!! What a treat to hear that wonderful voice reading this classic. She gives the main character all the spunk that McCullers created and she pulls our emotions into the story to care about what happens to the girl. (Okay, it takes a few minutes to forget the sultry actress, but she soon does make you hear the girl.) The richness of this book commonly referred to as a "coming of age novel" is that it is about so much more than sex.

Burnt Offerings Audiobook by Robert Marasco
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Burnt Offerings Audiobook by Robert Marasco

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Burnt Offerings Subtitle: Valancourt 20th Century Classics Author: Robert Marasco Narrator: R.C. Bray Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins Language: English Release date: 03-25-16 Publisher: Blue Heron Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1245 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it's an offer that's too good to refuse. There's only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals. But Mrs. Allardyce never seems to emerge from her room, and it soon becomes clear that something weird and terrifying is happening in the house. As the suspense builds toward a revelation of what really lies behind that locked door, the Rolfes will discover that their cheap vacation rental comes at a terrible cost.... The basis for a classic 1976 film adaptation and an acknowledged influence on Stephen King's The Shining, Burnt Offerings is one of the most original and scariest haunted house novels ever written. This edition, the first in decades, features a new introduction by award-winning author Stephen Graham Jones. Critic Reviews: " Burnt Offerings has no peer. Better than Rosemary's Baby, The Other, and The Exorcist." ( Hartford Courant) "Insidiously frightening...It snares you early and draws you inexorably to one of the most nerve-shattering finales in years." ( Publishers Weekly) Members Reviews: Burnt?More like charred.. I've heard about this story for years and was quite excited to hear what partially inspired authors like Stephen King.The narration was excellent in emoting the family's urban cage,its problems and eccentrics and the anticipation of getting away from it all.Even the odd couple at the getaway was enthralling to hear,the reverence held for the longtime home.Even after the oppressive influence of the true nature of the place begins to emerge,the struggle seems to wear out the suspense.It becomes monotonous,and im convinced that in the 70s,suspense was set at a low bar.Im glad to be to cross this off my list.Im even checking into other books by the author,but i dont see what all the fuss is over.BUT I will still refer this to others,i really was entertained and submerged in the story thanks to R.C. Bray. As Scary As I Remember Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes, if they like horror stories that do not rely on blood and guts to terrify. What about R.C. Brays performance did you like? RC Bray is an excellent performer however, he would not have been my first voice for this book. It could be I'm used to listening to him doing action thrillers. I think a female performer may have been a better choice. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? This book was made into a film with the same title. It's very well done and one of my all time favorite movies. If you haven't seen it you really should.

Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Bob Thomley Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins Language: English Release date: 05-13-11 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 951 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Here are all of Edgar Allan Poes great short stories in one 16-hour collection. Also includes "The Raven". Stories included are: Members Reviews: A rare treat. You can't go wrong with this collection. There is a story for every mood or occasion. The stories are often funny, wonderfully horrific, and sometimes beautiful. I was very impressed with Mr Thomley as a narrator, with his a soothing and sophisticated voice, he could not be more perfect for Poe. Worth so much more than what I paid. NEVERMORE A HUMAN TEAPOT First of all, my reviews are written with the blue collar reader in mind. I am a blue collar worker and I could not pretend to be otherwise. A lot of people say they love Poe, seriously? He wrote his stuff in the early 1800's and for that time I am sure it is great stuff. I find the language hard to understand, the stories take forever to get to the point and the ending is often disappointing. Here is how one of his most famous stories, (The Murders in The Rue Morgue) starts out. THE MENTAL FEATURES DISCOURSED OF AS THE ANALYTICAL, ARE, IN THEMSELVES BUT LITTLE SUSCEPTIBLE OF ANALYSIS. It goes on and on like that. If you have a lot of time, you might, like I do with Shakespeare, want to sit down and slowly read and absorb his writings. I believe you would get more out of it that way. SUPERCILIOUS LIPS One must also remember, that in Poe's time to write a story in which someone dies was considered scary. He had some really great ideas, that were not always followed through with. In one story he mesmerizes someone as they are dying and he actually dies, but does not die. He is kept in this state for months, but we never find out what life after death is like. The scary part is that he should be dead, but is kept in the mesmerized state for months. For 48 to 69 cents you can get these stories individually. The Tell Tale Heart is a masterpiece and is very easy to understand. I really liked The Black Cat. The System Of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether was entertaining and thought provoking. For me the 26 other stories were a waste of my time. The whole collection is cheap, but time consuming. READ BY BOB THOMLEY You get to hear that before each and every story, because these are sold separately. I thought Bob's performance was excellent and helped in the understanding of the written word. Not all. The reading is excellent, as is the quality of the stories. It's Poe, you know. The only quibble I have is that the title says "The Complete Short Stories" and this collection is far from complete. But it's a good collection and thoroughly enjoyable. Edgar Allan Poe First, the reader, Bob Thomley is excellent. Second, Poe is strange. If one is not familiar with Poe other than some of his popular works like The Pit and the Pendulum, then you will find these stories weird, crazy and some are hilarious like Toby Dammit. Bob Thomley makes it all work. A sampling, poorly read, but better than nothing This was a bargain I picked up while waiting for my next month of credits to kick in, and it should be seen as such: filler. The fact that this collection of Poe's short stories is not complete, despite the title's indication to the contrary (I knew this going in, having glanced through reviews before making the purchase), is not the issue. The sampling of stories is fine. The problem, however, is the reader.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Audiobook by Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Audiobook by Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Subtitle: 50th Anniversary Edition Author: Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction) Narrator: John C. Reilly Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 07-31-12 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2468 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A 50th-anniversary edition of Ken Kesey's searing American classic. Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the story through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them all imprisoned. Hailed upon its publication as a "glittering parable of good and evil" (The New York Times Book Review) and a "roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the invisible Rulers who enforce them" (Time), Kesey's powerful book went on to sell millions of copies and remains as bracing and insightful today as when it was first released. This new deluxe audio edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the original publication of the novel on February 1, 1962, and will be a must have for any literature lover. Members Reviews: Fantastic What did you love best about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? John C. Reilly's performance. Hats off to whoever it was that thought of having him read 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.' When I saw this on audible's homepage I knew it was going to be something special. What other book might you compare One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to and why? 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' has been compared to 'The Catcher in the Rye' and that sounds about right. However, I've always found it difficult to compare some books to other. In terms of quality, where the source material and the narrator are well matched, I would compare this to audible's 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' and 'Blood Meridian.' What does John C. Reilly bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? I would probably find John C. Reilly's readings of directions on how to take Tylenol entertaining. Having him read one of the best English-language novels is a rare treat. If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? I don't think another film adaptation needs to be made of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.' The Milos Forman, Jack Nicholson version is pretty damn good. Any additional comments? One of the best audiobooks Ive listened to from audible. Id put it right up there with Junot Diazs and Jonathan Daviss The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and the Song of Ice and Fire books by George R. R. Martin and Roy Dotrice. This is one of those rare examples where the marriage of performer and material are perfect. I would also highly recommend this to first-time listeners as an example of what the medium can be when its at its best. Excellent Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? This book is one that will stick with me for a long time. I have seen the movie several times but never took the time to read the book.

Anthem Audiobook by Ayn Rand
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Anthem Audiobook by Ayn Rand

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Anthem Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 02-18-14 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 598 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil. Deep issues of conscience are explored in Ayn Rands dystopian tale of a man who dares to fight against a system that invades his very mind and identity. Members Reviews: Triumphant! A beautiful molding of the mind. I'm writing this a week later and have already started another book. Though I must say this short book is still ringing in my head. We all know that moment in a good movie, the explosion the bridge brings in a powerful song and the whimsical climax of a well written book.. This book gave me that. Is it for everyone, probably not. If you struggle getting out of your bubble and are so gripped by your own understanding and way of thought.. Find another book. If you can appreciate where this character is in time, where he is coming from and where he ends up.. If you can understand that without the teachings of a god, this is the most precious gift. Understanding ones self. It's beautiful; the explanation of love, friendship, hate, ego and reason you breathe. I can go on and on, but why should I? It's all in this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Great read! I was really surprised. The students were highly engaged from first words! Excited to teach it again. Very captivating Intelligent and life changing. Shows just how important individual liberty is in society. I was moved and inspired Free will BJ Harrison was amazing... I think Ayn would have like it It was exactly what Ayn Rand has always taught. Test your tolerance for Ayn Rand Anthem is a good starting point for Ayn Rand's novels. Dip your does into Objectivism with Anthem to see if you agree with her preachings. It is short enough to tolerate if it does not sit well with you but will leave you wanting more if it does, especially with Anthem's strong ending. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Haunting of Hill House Audiobook by Shirley Jackson
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The Haunting of Hill House Audiobook by Shirley Jackson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Haunting of Hill House Author: Shirley Jackson Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 10-04-10 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1972 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Past the rusted gates and untrimmed hedges, Hill House broods and waits. Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own. Critic Reviews: Makes your blood chill and your scalp prickleShirley Jackson is the master of the haunted tale. ( New York Times Book Review) Now widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written. ( Wall Street Journal) Shirley Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders. (Dorothy Parker, Esquire) Members Reviews: Superb Reading of Horror Classic Dunne's performance of Jackson's novel is just about perfect. Her husky, flexible voice provides a consistent sense of character and tone. I have a book on writing horror fiction. The editors ran a poll of top horror/fantasy writers as to "best of" and Jackson's Haunting of Hill House came in first. It is on Stephen King's list of "ten best." It is a wonderfully-written novel that gets inside your head. As one reads this, one sees how huge an influence it was upon King, as several elements play powerfully into Carrie, Rose Red, and other works. Well written horror tale I chose to listen to this book in order to pass the time while organizing and cleaning the kitchen. I remembered Ms. Jackson's stirring short story, "The Lottery" and hoped this would be just as intriguing. I used the book as an incentive to get done a job I did not want to do and it was treat was to listen to this book as I went about my task. This book has been on my list for a while, after learning that Ms. Jackson wrote in this genre. I don't read many supernatural thrillers but this one was a good one that wasn't too "freaky" that would leave me with nightmares. I would think that it sits solidly in the genre along with Henry James' Turn of the Screw and as well as Stephen King's The Shining. It some ways it reminded me of both. I'm sure that it was on the cutting edge, written in the 1950's when everything was to be happy and pleasant. I appreciated the solid description that helped build the scene in my mind without being overly descriptive and flowery. Her characterization is solid but not overwhelmingly vivid, except maybe for the Doctor's wife. She was maybe a bit too vivid. This "ghost" story sits adequately between the old and the new in the genre. I was adequately entertain without my intelligence being insulted. I look forward to reading other pieces from Ms.

The Blind Assassin Audiobook by Margaret Atwood
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The Blind Assassin Audiobook by Margaret Atwood

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Blind Assassin Author: Margaret Atwood Narrator: Margot Dionne Format: Unabridged Length: 18 hrs Language: English Release date: 05-20-01 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1294 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2000 For the past 25 years, Margaret Atwood has written works of striking originality and imagination. In The Blind Assassin, she stretches the limits of her accomplishment as never before, creating a novel that is both entertaining and profoundly serious. The novel opens with these simple resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister's death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as you expect to settle into Laura's story, Atwood introduces a novel-within-a-novel. Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms. When you return to Iris, it is through a 1947 newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist. Told in a style that magnificently captures the colloquialisms of the 1930s and 1940s, The Blind Assassin is a richly layered and uniquely rewarding experience. The novel has many threads and a series of events that follow one another at a breathtaking pace. As everything comes together, you will discover that the story Atwood is telling is not only what it seems to be - but is, in fact, much more. Critic Reviews: "Listeners will find themselves piecing together the clues, guessing at truths, but the rewards are to be found in the layering of details and the skill of the storytelling." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Terrible audio quality As others have pointed out, the audio quality of this audiobook is abysmal. I am a frequent Audible listener, and download only the highest quality 'enhanced' format. But this particular book sounds hissy. Whenever the (excellent) reader speaks, there is a lot hum & hiss in the background. When the reader pauses, the hiss goes away. If the hiss were *always* there it would just sound low quality and tinsy. But because the hiss comes & goes, it is incredibly distracting. I had to put this book down without finishing it and will be contacting Audible for a refund. Good book, TERRIBLE audio! Inconsistencies in volume, a terribly annoying high-pitched whining pulse that comes in and out, a muffled sound like the actor was too far from the mic, and more. Plus, terrible cuts in and out from chapters. No pausing, sometimes, just words spilling over from one section to the next. TERRIBLE! I never write reviews, but the quality of this recording is SO bad that I felt I owed it to other interested consumers to warn them. Please, read the book in print. Do NOT waste your money or credits on this audio. The Best! I downloaded this book after listening to Oryx and Crake and I have to admit that from the teaser, I too was expecting more of a Sci Fi story. However, what I ended up with was something much richer. To call the novel a romance would not give it its full character. More simply, the book is a fascinating tale of one woman's life spanning from WWI through modern times. As with Oryx and Crake, the characters have great depth and personality and the plot takes a perrilous and often unexpected course. Atwood's background as a poet also shines through in the rich language of the book.

The Good Earth Audiobook by Pearl S. Buck
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The Good Earth Audiobook by Pearl S. Buck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Good Earth Author: Pearl S. Buck Narrator: Anthony Heald Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins Language: English Release date: 10-03-07 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3997 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Hard times come upon Wang Lung and his family when flood and drought force them to seek work in the city. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls. Critic Reviews: "A beautiful, beautiful book. At last we read, in the pages of a novel, of the real people of China." (Saturday Review) "The Good Earth has style, power, coherence and a pervasive sense of dramatic reality." (New York Times Book Review) "To read this story of Wang Lung is to be slowly and deeply purified; and when the last page is finished it is as if some significant part of one's own days were over." (Bookman) Members Reviews: Wow Though written in 1931, The Good Earth hasn't lost a bit of its timeless power and beauty. Set in agrarian, pre-Revolution China, the book tells the tale of impoverished farmer Wang Lung, who, through hard work and a stroke of good luck, goes from being a poor man on the edge of starvation to a rich one with much land and a large family. Yet, his new life only brings him new problems, which keep coming as the years pass. Buck writes with simple but eloquent brush strokes, and the world and culture she describes are fascinating. In some ways, this novel could describe the life of peasant people anywhere. The language is simple and direct, and beyond a few quaint turns of phrase, doesn't feel at all dated. All of her characters, including the protagonist, are flawed people, and she writes about them without judgment, but truthfully. It's not a world that's always kind, especially to girls and women, but it's a world that was. We also see the virtues and the faults of capitalism, as it existed around the turn of the 20th century. This is a beautiful, lyrical story that paints a vivid, cyclical picture of life in another time and place. Highly recommended. The audiobook narrator does an excellent job, as well, effortlessly making his intonations more or less Chinese, depending on if he's reading dialogue or description. The Good Earth = a Great Listen This is as excellent of an audiobook as you will ever hear. The narrator is outstanding, putting expression even in the chapter numbers. The book is an expansive adventure throughout the life of Wang Lung, a Chinese farmer. His story and that of his family present universal conflicts and decisions that all of us and our families have to face at some point. I give this audiobook my highest recommendation. "Not to be missed" Classic I can't believe I waited till my 60's to read this wonderful classic. This is a novel full of rich characters and narrated beautifully. I didn't want it to end. Worthy of all the praise Pearl S. Buck won a Pulitzer for this novel as well as being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. The Good Earth lives up to all accolades. From the start, I knew I was listening to a timeless classic and was hooked. The prose is clean, unencumbered; almost biblical or "Hemingwayesque." The Good Earth is the story of Wang Lung, a poor Chinese farmer who takes a wife and through hard work and frugality is able to purchase more land to cultivate, and eventually prosper.

The Most Dangerous Game Audiobook by Richard Connell
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The Most Dangerous Game Audiobook by Richard Connell

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Most Dangerous Game Author: Richard Connell Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 59 mins Language: English Release date: 05-13-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 666 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A mysterious island, shrouded in fear, evil, and darkness. Here the amoral General Zaroff hunts. And what, you ask, is the most dangerous game? It is the manner and substance of his nightly killings. Members Reviews: A TRUE COSMOPOLITE YOU HAVE SOME WONDERFUL HEADS HERE This is one of the stories, that is so popular, that you have seen a version or two of it. Not all versions are the same. I know I saw this on Alfred Hitchcock and then Star Trek has done several versions, etc. Even so, it still has a trick or two up it's sleeve and you may be surprised in how it ends. It is well written and is worth one hour of your time. Harrison does a lot of these older works and he is good. Not bad The story itself is quite nice and well written, if slightly dated. Or perhaps you need to be younger to appreciate the story and ignore the fact that a lot of it has become cliche ("A mysterious island, shrouded in fear, evil, and darkness" etc.) As for the narrator, I must say I didn't care for his performance. It's not that he does anything "wrong": his voice is pleasant, his diction is flawless. But to my taste it was overacted. Mr. Harrison simply expresses too much emotion in his narration. As always, this is a matter of taste, but that's what I thought. All in all, well worth getting, especially for this price. One of the best short stories - ever! I remember reading this many years ago. Always curious to see if perceptions change over 35+ years, I gave this one another try. I can report here that it is as good now as then! Harrison does a good job narrating the story, so don't let the new format put you off. For the price, you can't go wrong having this in your library. A most thrilling classic masterpiece! Would you consider the audio edition of The Most Dangerous Game to be better than the print version? Hummm. No. Just as good. What other book might you compare The Most Dangerous Game to and why? This is vintage perfection written for the discerning mind. Publisher's Weekly probably would reject it as "old fashioned" because it doesn't begin with a chase scene, or something. You want new fashion? Go see Star Trek. You want perfection like Doyle, Wells, Kipling, or Verne, this is your ticket to satisfaction! It will knock your socks off and make your head spin like no other story. What about B. J. Harrisons performance did you like? Excellent. None better. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? ...in the tree. Any additional comments? Worth every cent, every minute devoted. Short but sweet Where does The Most Dangerous Game rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? In the top % it was short but so entertaining. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Most Dangerous Game? when he realizes that he fights or dies. Which character as performed by B. J. Harrison was your favorite? The antagonist. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? Not really just very nostalgic. I remember reading this in high school. Any additional comments? Cheap quick and worth it. If you've never herd the story check it out you will not be disappointed. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Giovanni's Room Audiobook by James Baldwin
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Giovanni's Room Audiobook by James Baldwin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Giovanni's Room Author: James Baldwin Narrator: Dan Butler Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins Language: English Release date: 04-01-13 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 445 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwins now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart. Members Reviews: Baldwin: sensational. Butler: great. One caveat. I'd never read any Baldwin and it was high time to fill in the gap. I think "Giovanni's Room" is a good way to get to know this extraordinary author. The writing is filled with beauty, the characters are potent and alive, and Baldwin's ability to evoke time and place (cities, seasons, an entire era) is masterful. The tone is unrelievedly elegiac; the sad ending is announced at the very beginning, and there is precious little joy in the narrative. Every character is at some kind of impasse. But Baldwin describes everyone with such vivid detail that their dead-ends blaze in Technicolor. Dan Butler is a fine actor, and he doesn't fight the dolefulness of the book. He lives it. He has good timing, he finds non-stagy ways to evoke the characters, and he turns Baldwin's novel into a subtle, powerful monologue. He has variety and soul. What's the catch? Something that could have been avoided, alas. There is a lot of French in this book--most of it takes place in Paris, some in the south of France--and Butler has no idea how to pronounce the many, many French phrases. It's not merely that he has an American accent. Sometimes I simply could not figure out what he was saying at all. He's such a believable, sympathetic reader. I wish he'd taken the time to coach the French and get it right. He doesn't even pronounce the title character's name correctly; sometimes he gets the name "Guillaume" right but in the next paragraph he'll call the man "Zhee-yome." Etc. For me, a distraction and an irritation. For another reader, perhaps less of an issue. "Giovanni's Room" is shortish--a manageable length, and I think a beautiful entry into the world of James Baldwin. I am ready for more. People are too various to be treated so lightly "for nothing is more unbearable, once one has it, than freedom." - James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room Baldwin is everything. He ability to articulate the struggle to be a man in a world where both black men and gay men were considered 2nd class (if lucky) citizens taught me. He is the reason I read (or at least one of the reasons) good fiction. It transports me into the experience of the other. His writing is a gift. The emotions of this novel are expressed as if Baldwin's heart was set aflame in Paris. In Giovanni's room, Baldwin carves his pain and his struggle with fire into the oppressive clouds of the Parisian night. I sort of knew what I was wading into reading Giovanni's Room. I knew Baldwin was gay and this was considered both a great novel AND a great piece of gay fiction. It is hard to imagine, however, Baldwin ever wanting to be dropped into ANY corner, locked into any room. Black. Gay. Saint. Yes, the man was certainly all those, but he was also so much more. I don't want to come across as presumptuous, but I think Baldwin would reject the idea that this is a gay novel.

Atlas Shrugged Audiobook by Ayn Rand
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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook by Ayn Rand

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Atlas Shrugged Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Edward Herrmann Format: Abridged Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins Language: English Release date: 04-11-06 Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1606 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity. Part mystery, part thriller, part philosphical inquiry, part volatile love affair, Atlas Shrugged is the book that confirmed Ayn Rand as one of the most popular novelists and most respected thinkers of the 20th century. Members Reviews: Edward Hermann's masterful performance. Other reviews have focused in on the book itself. This review is about this specific recording. Normally I don't listen to abridgments, but years ago the only unabridged version of Atlash Shrugged was read by a dreadfully dull speaker who made Al Gore look like Robin Williams. (There is now a new unabridged recording available here, that is most definitely NOT the older one I just described) So when this recording first came out on tape, I picked it up. I knew Mr. Hermann as one of those actors you always see in supporting roles but never knew who he was. He was, "That Guy". Though I did remember his anti-IRS movie Harry's War as a favorite of mine. At any rate, I picked up this abridgement (though at nearly 12 hours, it's not exactly a quick listen), and loved how Edward fleshed out the characters of Atlas Shrugged with his acting. Forever will his portrayal of the characters be the voices I hear in my head when I read the text. He shifts between differing characters, attitudes, accents, and genders beautifully. If the forever rumored film ever comes out virtually every actor will have to measure all the actors against Hermann's performance here. I only wish that he had made an unabridged recording. For quite a while I'd hoped to find this version on Audible to get a digital version of the recording to replace my cassette tapes. Finally it's here and have bought it for the second time. That alone should let you know how strongly I feel about this version. If you normally don't listen to abridged versions, thinking the guts and heart of the book get ripped out in the abridgement. That is not the case here. If you find the sheer size of the book daunting, or the length of the unabridged reading too much, this is a great starting point from which you can then decide to read the full text yourself or listen to the unabridged version. Great listen I read and enjoyed The Fountainhead some years ago but I've never read Atlas Shrugged. I expected that even the abridged version of a 1,200 page book might be a little dry in parts, but that was not the case - I was captivated all the way through. Even if you don't agree with Ms. Rand's ideology you can't help but laugh at some of the scenarios presented. The narration was also excellent - the voices of the various characters were consistent and underscored the surreal nature of some of the characters and situations. Good abridgement I rarely listen to abridged books, but took a chance on this one. Our book club was reading it and I didn't have time to listen to the whole book. I found that I enjoyed it more than many who had read the whole book and complained of its length.

A Little Princess Audiobook by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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A Little Princess Audiobook by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Little Princess Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Narrator: Virginia Leishman Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 534 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: 10-year-old Sarah Crue lives life like a princess until tragedy strikes, taking away her fine clothes and privileges. Without her velvet and silk and French maids, she's no longer the envy of all the girls at Miss Minchin's London boarding school, and even has to live in the school's attic, working for the students who were once her friends. Will Sarah's spirit remain unbowed? Follow her through her trials and triumphs in this unforgettable tale beloved by children the world over. Editorial Reviews: Sara Crewe had a privileged life until her father died, and she went from princess to pauper. Listeners will experience the drastic changes in Sara's life as narrator Virginia Leishman captures the treatment she receives from those around her before and after she becomes penniless. Particularly nasty is schoolmistress Miss Minchin, whose voice drips with contempt. Sara herself acts and sounds like a real princess particularly when she gives up her precious hot buns to a cold, homeless child. Leishman's delivery changes yet again as Sara's fortunes are altered for the better. Listeners will be enriched by this riches to rags, and then back to riches, story. Critic Reviews: "A blend of power, beauty, vivid interest and honest goodness. Yes, if this is magic, it is good magic." (The New York Times) Members Reviews: Credit Worthy Narration Virginia's Leishman's narration is excellent, as is the audio quality. I already own another recording, but I purchased this one because it was available in a better quality. A wonderful story of a little girl's character tested in the face of adversity. Its one of the select few audiobooks that I always keep on my ipod, so that I may listen to random selections. One of our Family Classics When I was young, my mother gave me this book for Christmas. I still have it. She was given a copy from one of her older sisters when SHE was young. It was quite a treat in a time when treats were few; she could escape with Sara from their poverty that necessitated raising chickens behind the house, among other things. They weren't raised for eggs, but fattened in Chicago, not on a farm or in a rural area. After reading this wonderful story my mother, as a girl, thought all things were possible. I derived the same secret and exciting thought. She wasn't wearing clothing handed down and patched wool stockings; I wasn't wearing things my mom got at the informal neighborhood swap. No, we were wearing beautiful clothing underneath. We could always be kind when someone was mean because we knew who we really were, despite the evil child who socked me in the stomach, and the nasty boy who chased her with a snapping turtle. Many times I remember wishing the floor would open and swallow me. But then I would remember who I really was (or could be) and life would go on as it always did. Children seem to grow up so fast now, they don't get a chance to imagine and pretend; I gave a copy of this book to each of my nieces when they needed some extra joy and distraction. Psychologists may say the basic unlikeliness of the happy ending is a warped crutch. I thought it was a beautiful tale and if Sara could be happy while waiting for her fondest wish to be granted, couldn't I? So there! Indulge yourself with this one, but bring Kleenex. The Little Princess is a fantastic novel, offered here with excellent narration.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories Audiobook by Flannery OConnor
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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories Audiobook by Flannery OConnor

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories Author: Flannery OConnor Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins Language: English Release date: 12-01-10 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 525 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This now classic book revealed Flannery OConnor as one of the most original and provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces a problem of salvation: the grandmother, in the title story, confronting the murderous Misfit; a neglected four-year-old boy looking for the Kingdom of Christ in the fast-flowing waters of the river; General Sash, about to meet the final enemy. Stories include: Critic Reviews: OConnors works, like Maupassants, are characterized by precision, density, and an almost alarming circumscription In these stories the rural South is, for the first time, viewed by a writer whose orthodoxy matches her talent. The results are revolutionary. ( New York Times Book Review) Much savagery, compassion, farce, art, and truth have gone into these stories. OConnors characters are wholeheartedly horrible, and almost better than life. I find it hard to think of a funnier or more frightening writer. (Robert Lowell, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet) With a keen eye for the dark side of human nature, an amazing ear for dialogue, and a necessary sense of irony, Flannery OConnor exposes the underside of life in the rural south of the United States. (Holly Smith, 500 Great Books by Women) Members Reviews: O'Connor's Words Shoot Me Every Minute of my Life There is something magical and impossible about O'Conner's short stories. They pulse, plunge and roll like one giant allegorical ocean. At one level her writing is beautiful and charged with a cold and lonely realism, but she pounds again and again with the brutality of her words until she absolutly devours and transforms whole continents of readers. One cannot read these stories and not be pulled away by the current of her imagination transfixed, transformed and thinkin' kinda funny. Flannery O' Connor I love Flannery O' Connor - I read all of her fiction years ago and was happy when I saw her work on audible. There is so much to learn from all of these stories and I love how, even though her times are now dated, the messages and themes in these stories never will be. On a sidenote, however, a lot of these stories are sad and extremely depressing especially to those who are sad or extremely prone to depression. "The truth doesn't change based on our..." If you could sum up A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories in three words, what would they be? Unapologetic - Sobering - Beautiful Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavins other performances before? How does this one compare? Haven't listened to many of them, but absolutely loved this one! Any additional comments? Was just recently turned on to Flannery O'Connor and love what I've read so far. Her approach and messages are hard-driving and beautiful at the same time. Excited to read more of her work! Great stories; less than great narration What made the experience of listening to A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories the most enjoyable? These are classic American stories, touching upon all the hot bottoms of our culture: race, class, gender and religion. These stories are both funny and frightening, sad and instructive. However, the narrator does not do them justice. These stories are read in a uniform, uninspired,rushed monotone. Still, not a total loss.

Tender Is the Night Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Tender Is the Night Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tender Is the Night Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Therese Plummer Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins Language: English Release date: 04-22-14 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 506 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Published in 1934, Tender Is the Night was one of the most talked-about books of the year. "It's amazing how excellent much of it is," Ernest Hemingway said to Maxwell Perkins. "I will say now," John O'Hara wrote Fitzgerald, "Tender Is the Night is in the early stages of being my favorite book, even more than This Side of Paradise." And Archibald MacLeish exclaimed: "Great God, Scott...You are a fine writer. Believe it - not me." Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character - lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative - Tender Is the Night, Mabel Dodge Luhan remarked, raised F. Scott Fitzgerald to the heights of a "modern Orpheus". Critic Reviews: "Plummer's skill with varied voices and accents is without equal. She navigates Fitzgerald's glamorous world with panache, immersing the listener in the intense characters' personalities. The result is an entertaining production in which the narrative is as alive as the characters themselves." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Was it all just the champagne This story struck a chord with me that made it a swell time, easy to pick up and put down. I don't speak French but you knew what was being said. You want to feel for each caracter and celebrate there victories but at the same time you remember that like in the great war no one wins you only survive. A great summer listen The narration is fantastic, a lovely story in a forgotten time. Characters are memorable and easy to like. Descriptions of beaches and shops draw you into the story with ease Remembering the Genius. Enjoyed the flow of listening . Maybe the 40 plus years since reading my outlook has changed. If it has been a long time, listen. If you have only done Gatsby or never Fitzgerald this book should be enjoyed. Performance was 5 star. Tender is the Night - More Fitzgerald Story: I found the story very Fitzgerald. Believable but difficult to feel any empathy for the characters. Their problems seem all self-induced and it is hard to pity them. What did enjoy is the backdrop of the story and travels from to and from the first location. It is another slice of life that no longer exists, good or bad. Reader: Very Good. Performance: Very Good Excellently performed! Beautifully read, the voices were amazing! The story was romantic and tragic, but not in a way that brings you down. It wasn't particularly suspenseful or exciting, but that wasn't was I was looking for anyway. A lovely read. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Chosen Audiobook by Chaim Potok
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The Chosen Audiobook by Chaim Potok

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Chosen Author: Chaim Potok Narrator: Jonathan Davis Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins Language: English Release date: 09-16-05 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1164 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Though they've lived their entire lives less than five blocks from each other, Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders exist in very different worlds. Reuven blends easily into both his secular Jewish faith and his typical American teen life, while Danny's conservative Hasidic clothes and appearance make him stick out in any crowd. Their improbable friendship teaches them that the differences separating people through cultures and generations are never as great as they seem. ©1995 Chaim Potok; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC Critic Reviews: "Anyone who finds it is finding a jewel. Its themes are profound and universal." (The Wall Street Journal) Members Reviews: truly rates overused "classic" label This listen managed to combine my two favorite types of lit - realistic depiction of another period (especially its social history) and reflection on faith in a troubled world. I listened to this shortly after the more contemporary "Foreskin's Lament" and "Disobedience" -- and although I enjoyed those two (each in their own way)-- oh, how I wish I had listened to this first! In addition to a beautiful "coming of age" portrait of two young Americans in the WWII/post war era, what a compassionate depiction of Jewish faith coming to terms with modernism! As other reviews point out, the novel portrays universal truths while giving outsiders to the Jewish faith a glimpse of its richness and diversity in the story's specifics. There are enough symbolism and imagery to satisfy a reader/listener without the literary complexity that demands much effort to digest. I thank the reviewer who named Potok's follow-up novel, but since that is not on Audible (yet), I think as a follow-up, I will re-listen to Doctorow's "City of God" and hope for a re-release of "The Promise." Fascinating story This book provides a fascinating glimpse of Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish culture but is also a griping story about friendship between two boys as they grow to adulthood. And the narrator does a fantastic job, making it fascinating to listen to, more so than reading the book in print. I wish the sequel to this (The Promise) was also available in audio form by the same narrator but unfortunately it is not. Top notch book! Chaim Potok is an excellent novelist. The book depicts two very different father/son relationships and explores a deep friendship between two young men. It provides an accurate glimpse of Orthodox and Hassidic Jewish life and provides perspective on Judaism in post WWII America. How wonderful to revisit an old friend! I first read The Chosen as a teenager. I loved it then. Listening to it now, 40 years later after raising children of my own, it had even more meaning to me. Jonathan Davis does a terrific job with the narration. The story of two Jewish boys in NYC at the close of WWII and the birth of the state of Israel is a compelling narrative of friendship, family and culture, with world politics woven in. The passage of time since the book was first published has only served to underscore its importance. "Must Read" for every parent This story follows a delicate friendship of two Jewish lads, David & Ruven, their fathers and their different Jewish faiths (one Hassidic, the other not).

The Age Of Innocence Audiobook by Edith Wharton
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The Age Of Innocence Audiobook by Edith Wharton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Age Of Innocence Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Mary Sarah Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 01-30-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 312 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Whartons Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in upper class New York City. Newland Archer, gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City's best families, is happily anticipating a highly desirable marriage to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland. Yet he finds reason to doubt his choice of bride after the appearance of Countess Ellen Olenska, May's exotic, beautiful 30-year-old cousin, who has been living in Europe. This novel won the first ever Pulitzer awarded to a woman. Members Reviews: Beautiful Book But Less-than-Beautiful Performance Would you listen to The Age Of Innocence again? Why? I wish I had the patience to sit through this narrator's reading one more time. As it was, I had to reverse and listen to sections over and over again due to her artistic choices so I feel like I have already listened to this book three or four times! What was one of the most memorable moments of The Age Of Innocence? I love the passion of the two key characters, Newland and Ellen, which is heightened by their inability to declare their love openly. Any scene in which they appear together is tense but passionate...and certainly memorable. Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Sarahs performances? No. While she articulates the prose well and reads Wharton's novel with enthusiasm, I felt her artistic choice to open every sentence loudly and end it in a whisper was difficult and annoying. I had to hit the rewind button far too many times which seriously harmed the experience for me, Who was the most memorable character of The Age Of Innocence and why? The three main characters - Newland, Ellen and May - are memorable and deeply drawn. While May is depicted as an innocent child-woman, she turns out to be very clever indeed. Bit. my favorite character is Newland, who maintains his dignity despite his passionate love for Ellen. Ultimately, he makes the right choice but his passion is deeply felt. Any additional comments? Although it's difficult to believe in our modern times that two people in love could have their love constrained in such a way, the novel's depiction of this forbidden love is beautifully rendered. Amateur reader. Terrible pace and pronuniciation. This book wasnt for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more? This is a wonderful but the reader Mary Sarah is so terrible I stopped after two chapters to see if I can find a better reader. Avoid her! She can't speak proper English, never mind French. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Sarah? Imagine Juliet Stevenson Any additional comments? I feel like I should get a credit for this bad purchase. I guess I should have read the reviews. Performance Ratings Really Matter Normally I listen to audiobooks during my commute, but for Age of Innocence (by Edith Wharton, narrated by Mary Sarah), I tried simultaneous listening and reading. By taking this approach, I immediately noticed several issues of missing words or using the wrong words. Instead of "But then Regina always does what he tells her," the narrator said, "But when Regina always does what tells her." Instead of "There was a cousinly murmur of pleasure," the narrator said, "There was a cousinly rumor of pleasure." This interrupted the flow of the experience.

A Lesson Before Dying Audiobook by Ernest J. Gaines
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A Lesson Before Dying Audiobook by Ernest J. Gaines

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Lesson Before Dying Author: Ernest J. Gaines Narrator: Lionel Mark Smith, Roger Guenveur Smith Format: Abridged Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Hachette Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 343 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Jefferson is an innocent and unwitting party to a deadly liquor store shoot-out in the 1940s. As the only survivor, he is tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, a university-trained teacher at the plantation school, is persuaded to visit Jefferson in his cell. Wiggins is torn between staying in his native Cajun community or moving on. The 2 men gradually form a bond as they jointly discover the simple heroism of resisting - and denying - the expected. Check out more . ©1995 Ernest J. Gaines, All Rights Reserved, Abridgment Approved by the Author; (P) and ©1995 Time Warner AudioBooks and Juneteenth Audio Books, Time Warner AudioBooks Is a Joint Venture of The Atlantic Group and Time Warner Trade Publishing Members Reviews: Just like the old Sears radio hour This is too good to be true. I remember long ago listening to the old Sears radio hour and listening to the show while imagining what was happening. This book is very well done. Misses the mark What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? There is a significant amount of the novel not included in this reading. I was very disappointed that so much is skipped and left out. Wonderful narration! The narrator(s) brought the characters emotionally alive and unambiguous. The story is wonderfully written -- tightly woven but the author takes his time so you can get to know the characters. I look for more from this team. diappointed it helps me to read book..but.. it is not full contents that makes me sad... An emotionally gripping story... Skillfully written, deeply emotional, and well worth my time. Very eye opening and exquistely eye-opening. This story unlike anything I had read or heard, but now in retrospect, I am very appreciative of the opportunity to have come across this marvellously written piece of work. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 4 mins Language: English Release date: 07-11-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 788 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Benjamin Button was literally born an old man. He lived a backwards life, for his body grew younger as the years passed him by. Come and listen to the original, unabridged story by F. Scott Fitzgerald which inspired the movie. Members Reviews: LOL Funny I must OBJURGATE with anyone who does not find this hilarious. As is typical of the time of the writing we never hear from the woman who had the baby or old man. The attempts of the father to raise his old man son like a kid is just funny. B.J. does a great job with great timing in his reading. Get this one just for the fun of it. good story, bad performance classic story, but the fake British accent of the reader is insufferable. couldn't make it through. Classic Any additional comments? F. Scott Fitzgerald clearly knows how to hit hard in a story, and as he shows in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, he can also pull you along with simply a good story. A Good Listen Any additional comments? Once you move past the absurdity of the concept and the preconceived ideas that you might have from watching the movie, this was solid story. It was funny and intriguing, while being short enough to listen to from start to finish without dedicating a whole afternoon or evening to it. Also, BJ Harrison's narration is spot on. This is definitely worth a listen. okay the story was okay but honestly for the first time ever I prefer the movie! story just seemed to be missing so much! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Sounder Audiobook by William H. Armstrong
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Sounder Audiobook by William H. Armstrong

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sounder Author: William H. Armstrong Narrator: Avery Brooks Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 01-12-06 Publisher: HarperAudio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 168 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A landmark in children's literature, winner of the 1970 Newbery Medal, and the basis of an acclaimed film, Sounder traces the keen sorrow and the abiding faith of a poor African-American boy in the 19th-century South. The boy's father is a sharecropper, struggling to feed his family in hard times. Night after night, he and his great coon dog, Sounder, return to the cabin empty-handed. Then, one morning, almost like a miracle, a sweet-smelling ham is cooking in the family's kitchen. At last the family will have a good meal. But that night, an angry sheriff and his deputies come, and the boy's life will never be the same. ©1969 William H. Armstrong; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. Critic Reviews: "The magnificent trained bass of Avery Brooks is a beautiful compliment to Armstong's prose; words and voice clearly paint images and evoke emotional responses from the listener." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Great Story Sounder was a great book to read because it really invested me in the story. Beautifully read The language in this moving story approaches poetry, and the narrator, with his deep, resonant voice, captures the cadences. Sad but powerful! Excellent listen...the reader really enhanced the experience. What sad history but so worth the knowing. Awsome book This book has a lot is details and It is a sad story Sounder is the best book I've read Do you love Dogs then you'll love Sounder Wonderful touching story! Great reader! Great guitar playing! You love dogs you love Sounder! a wonderful book about a boy and a dog! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Everything That Rises Must Converge Audiobook by Flannery OConnor
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Everything That Rises Must Converge Audiobook by Flannery OConnor

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Everything That Rises Must Converge Author: Flannery OConnor Narrator: Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, Lorna Raver Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 09-24-10 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 775 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This collection of nine short stories by Flannery O'Connor was published posthumously in 1965. The flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment. The title story is a tragicomedy about social pride, racial bigotry, generational conflict, false liberalism, and filial dependence. The protagonist, Julian Chestny, is hypocritically disdainful of his mother's prejudices, but his smug selfishness is replaced with childish fear when she suffers a fatal stroke after being struck by a black woman she has insulted out of oblivious ignorance rather than malice. Similarly, The Comforts of Home is about an intellectual son with an Oedipus complex. Driven by the voice of his dead father, the son accidentally kills his sentimental mother in an attempt to murder a harlot. The other stories are A View of the Woods, Parker's Back, The Enduring Chill, Greenleaf, The Lame Shall Enter First, Revelation, and Judgment Day. Flannery O'Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else. Critic Reviews: The current volume of posthumous stories is the work of a master, a writer's writerbut a reader's tooan incomparable craftsman who wrote, let it be said, some of the finest stories in our language." ( Newsweek) All in all they comprise the best collection of shorter fiction to have been published in America during the past twenty years. ( Book Week) When I read Flannery O'Connor, I do not think of Hemingway, or Katherine Anne Porter, or Sartre, but rather of someone like Sophocles. What more can you say for a writer? I write her name with honor, for all the truth and all the craft with which she shows man's fall and his dishonor. (Thomas Merton) Members Reviews: Pride goeth before the fall Flannery O'Connor's short stories are fascinating the way looking at a household insect in a magnifying class is fascinating -- suddenly, a familiar, innocuous part of the world becomes a writhing grotesquery. Except, here, the object of examination is human self-importance, within the context of the American South circa 1960. If you've ever taken a creative writing class, you've probably read at least one of these stories. Fifty years after being written, they're still textbook examples of how to use flawed characters to reveal the absurdity of human attitudes. O'Connor sets her characters against some obstacle or antagonist, then dispassionately observes them as they drive themselves to their own ruin, usually with some final moment of epiphany. It would be bleak stuff if it weren't so enthralling, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. There's the story of a young man who bristles at his mother's unthinking racism, yet whose own enlightenment rings false. There's a self-righteous father who neglects his disappointing son in order to "save" a delinquent teenage boy, whose feral cunning more than matches him.

Wise Blood Audiobook by Flannery OConnor
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Wise Blood Audiobook by Flannery OConnor

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Wise Blood Author: Flannery OConnor Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins Language: English Release date: 08-01-10 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 424 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Flannery OConnors astonishing and haunting first novel is a classic of 20th-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a 22-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate faith. He falls under the spell of a blind street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate 15-year-old daughter. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Hazel founds The Church of God Without Christ but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with wise blood, who leads him to a mummified holy child and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Hazels existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, and wisdom gives us one of the most riveting characters in American fiction. Critic Reviews: No other major American writer of our century has constructed a fictional world so energetically and forthrightly charged by religious investigation. ( The New Yorker) There is in Flannery OConnor a fierceness of literary gesture, an angriness of observation, a facility for catching, as an animal eye in the wilderness, cunningly and at one sharp glance, the shape and detail and animal intention of enemy and foe. ( The New York Times Book Review) Members Reviews: Grotesque Southern Gothic Masterpiece Holy crap and profit! I think Flannery O'Connor could go 10 rounds with Cormac McCarthy and still end with a draw. Wise Blood is an amazing look at sin, heresy, apostasy and redemption(?). No. Redemption might just be too hopeful for this O'Connor. Wise Blood is an amazing reworking of several of her shorter stories, but where this novel might have ended up as some Frankensteinian monster in lesser hands, Wise Blood pulls it off. It is a monster for sure, but you never should confuse a grotesque Southern Gothic masterpiece with a deformed literary Prometheus. This novel is amazing Excellent novel, some problems with the narration First off, let me say that I was really very impressed with the book. On the surface, it's basically a freak show of religious nuts, con artists and madmen, with none of the plot lines making too much sense; but when you go beyond the surface you see the different themes -- religious, philosophical, social -- that make this such a deeply brilliant and open-ended work. However, a couple of things about the narration bothered me. Bronson Pinchot has a very clear and pleasant voice, but I felt almost like he was performing the characters, rather than narrating a book. The biggest problem was that whenever characters speak in a low voice he actually whispers. For anyone who listens to audiobooks while commuting, this makes some phrases almost impossible to hear. Indeed, I had to listen to some passages over and over again before I could make them out. The other issue I had with his narration is more a matter of taste: he took great care to give the characters different voices, but to me it resulted in over-interpretation. For example, he performs one character in the book (Enoch) as having a permanently stuffy nose, so that he would pronounce "I mean it" as "I bead it". Now, there is no trace of this in the printed book (I checked), and so I feel like the narration added more than I wanted.

The Short Stories, Volume I Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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The Short Stories, Volume I Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Short Stories, Volume I Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Stacy Keach Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins Language: English Release date: 11-15-02 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 336 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Short Stories, Volume 1 features Stacy Keach reading favorites including: Members Reviews: A great introduction! What did you love best about The Short Stories, Volume I? I confess that I haven't read anything by Ernest Hemingway since I was forced to do so in high school. My teachers TOLD me what a phenomenal writer he was, but my teenaged self failed to appreciate it. So, fast forward a few years and imagine my utter delight and surprise. His writing is clean, precise, succinct; his stories are still relevant and entertaining. I am now a huge fan and am gobbling up everything I can! What did you like best about this story? Stacy Keach was the perfect choice to narrate this collection. HIs voice was expressive, gritty and hard when required, soft and passionate. Beautiful. The language feels as good as it sounds. What a treasure. And the reader injects personality and heart. Highly recommended and I'm picky Classic Hemingway stories beautifully read. I am picky about narrator's voices; Stacy is one of the best. I highly recommend it. Papa wouldn't have like this recording. Papa was pretty particular and sometimes labored over a sentence, let alone a paragraph, for hours at a time and his great forte as perhaps the greatest author of prose in the English language in the 20th century was his literary style, his sparce descriptions, what the rain felt like, looked like, and perhaps what it portended. This is an excellent group of short stories, representative of Hemingway's finer works, with only a few obvious omissions (I'm referring to both Vol 1 and II). They are, however, generally well done and the narrator is capable. But Hemingway is not about "the story" or the theme or the plot of whatever he's writing. My rating of this at 4 stars reflects the disappointment any serious reader of Hemingway will have in not having the written pages before him/her, to read that delightful first sentence which inevitablish introduces each chapter of a novel or a story. Not Hemingway at his best, but if the listener wants a taste these two volumes are a good place to start. But for heavens sake, dear God, please read the written stories too. These make a nice companion for a weekend with a bit of interruption. Listen to one on your iPod and stop, then pick it up and be ready for the next. Hemingway's hard to beat I "read" this one at the end of a Hemingway binge, and it doesn't measure up to For Whom the Bell Tolls, but still good reading. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft
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Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories Author: H. P. Lovecraft Narrator: William Roberts Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 12-09-10 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1975 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: At the heart of these stories, as with all the best of Lovecrafts work, is the belief that the Earth was once inhabited by powerful and evil gods, just waiting for the chance to recolonise their planet. Cthulhu is one such god, lurking deep beneath the sea until called into being by cult followers who like all humans know not what they do. It is because of these dark, mythic tales with their terrified awareness of the limits of Mans knowledge, that H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most influential American writers. Members Reviews: Required reading "In his house at Rlyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming. Ask any writer of horror, fantasy, or weird fiction who their influences were and H.P. Lovecrafts name is almost sure to come up, especially if theyre over the age of 50. For this reason alone, all true fans of these genres must experience H.P. Lovecrafts work for themselves. Think of it as required reading. Even if you dont read horror or weird tales, Lovecrafts Cthulhu mythos pops up regularly in fantasy literature, games, television, music, and art, so its a good idea to get a little of it under your belt. If you want to get a good quick culturally-relevant dose of Lovecraft, I recommend The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories which is available in several editions. I listened to Naxos AudioBooks version read by William Roberts, which I downloaded at Audible.com for $4.95. This version (there are others) is 4 hours long and contains four important Lovecraftian stories: The Call of Cthulhu, The Hound, The Dunwich Horror, and Dagon. The narration is excellent; Mr. Robertss voice and cadence helped evoke a suitably sinister ambiance. In The Call of Cthulhu, the first story in Lovecrafts Cthulhu mythos which was published in Weird Tales in 1928, we learn from our narrator that Cthulhu is a monster who lives in a sunken city in the South Pacific. He looks like a cross between a dragon, a giant octopus, and a man. Hes got a scaly body, tentacles, short wings, and the top of his head is vaguely human. Youve probably seen some concept art. Cthulhu is related to the Elder Gods, an ancient race from space who will someday come back and wipe humanity off the Earth and restore themselves as rulers. There are secret religious cults on Earth who chant to Cthulhu and look forward to his return. The narrator of the story discovers all this while investigating some strange notes left by his granduncle, a professor who died unexpectedly. After his investigation, our narrator realizes that he knows too much now hes a target of the Cthulhu cult, too. In the second story, The Hound (Weird Tales, 1924), a couple of friends who are bored with the normal pleasurable pursuits of life turn to graverobbing and build a museum filled with the objects of necromancy they uncover. When they steal a jade amulet from a grave, they begin hearing the baying of a hound, and things go badly from there. This story, which feels very much like Edgar Allan Poe and a little like The Hound of the Baskervilles, is notable because its the first to mention Lovecrafts famous fictional grimoire, The Necronomicon. The third story is The Dunwich Horror (Weird Tales, 1929). It tells the tale of Wilbur Whateley, the child of a deformed albino mother who grows up supernaturally fast in a backwater village in Massachusetts where, because of inbreeding, the natives have regressed into degeneracy and perversity.

Light in August Audiobook by William Faulkner
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Light in August Audiobook by William Faulkner

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Light in August Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Will Patton Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 08-23-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 2377 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine) Audible is pleased to present Light in August, by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner. An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities. Audie Award-winning narrator Will Patton lends his voice to Light in August. Patton has narrated works by Ernest Hemingway, Don DeLillo, Pat Conroy, Denis Johson, Larry McMurtry, and James Lee Burke, and brings to this performance a keen understanding of Faulkner, an authentic feel for the South, and a virtuoso narrator's touch. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of William Faulkner's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview where James Atlas interviews James Lee Burke about the life and work of William Faulkner begins as soon as the audiobook ends. This production is part of our line, a collection of important works from groundbreaking authors. Editorial Reviews: Having grown up in the South, the daughter of someone who wrote her masters thesis on Southern fiction, the idea of writing even a 300 word review of William Faulkners classic Light in August is intimidating, to say the least. In the South, Faulkner is a rite of passage, someone we all read in high school or college but certainly not since, preferring to celebrate our literary legacy through more contemporary Southern fiction light. Faulkner is just tough its dense and wrought with meaning classic literature at its finest, but not what you would call a beach read (unless youre my mom). And then I listened to Will Patton perform Faulkners Light in August. Faulkners stories are written out of chronological order, in layers, in such a way that you might come to know a story over time from hearing it told by many different people in a place. Those who have studied Faulkner say when you get really caught up in one of the authors page-long sentences, the best thing to do is read it out loud. Its even better to listen. With intonation, and the honey smooth cadence of Pattons voice, the story is suddenly clearer. Patton introduces us to Lena Grove as she begins her journey to find the father of her unborn child, Lucas Burch. Instead she finds Byron Bunch, who feels a strong pull to take care of her, though it puts him in an awkward social position. For guidance, Byron visits the Rev. Gail Hightower, a man so haunted by not even his own past, but that of his grandfather, that he has trapped himself in his own home. Even before we encounter Joe Christmas, the 33-year old drifter of ambiguous race, the allusions to the life and death of Jesus are thick. There is a fire and a murder, and it all unravels from there. Pattons voice carries us through it all, enhancing the story with approachability and authenticity. The Charleston-born Pattons southern accent is true and realnot a touch of the theatrical, overdone linguistics adopted by some other actors. In Light in August, Faulkner addresses themes of morality and race, religion and redemption all too deeply to address in these few words.

Anne of the Island Audiobook by L.M. Montgomery
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Anne of the Island Audiobook by L.M. Montgomery

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Anne of the Island Author: L.M. Montgomery Narrator: Barbara Caruso Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 551 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Anne Shirley, the mischievous, carrot-topped waif of Anne of Green Gables, has grown into a lovely young woman who leaves the security of Prince Edward Island to enroll at Redmond College. There, she discovers a professor who believes education is wasted on women, ponders the security offered in marriage proposals, and a host of other questions of young adulthood. Editorial Reviews: The third book of L. M. Montgomerys Anne of Green Gables series finds its heroine, Anne Shirley, attending college and falling in love. A loveable, headstrong orphan in the first book, Anne is a teacher in Avonlea, Nova Scotia, when she enrolls in Redmond College in Halifax. Shes followed by her lifelong friend Gilbert Blythe and Philippa, a charming girl from Annes hometown. Its at college that Anne experiences the death of an old friend and the romantic attention of Roy Gardner. Annes ideas about love and friendship are tested and altered by these experiences. Barbara Carusos inviting tone, well-paced narrative, and subtle characterizations make her performance in Anne of the Island stand out. Members Reviews: Grown Up, Off to College and Romance Good storytelling is good storytelling whether complex or simple; Heidi or War and Peace. Montgomery's style is crisp, simple and enjoyable. Her stories were not in the style of War and Peace but on the hand, I don't think Leo Tolstoy could have written anything like Anne of Green Gables. In any case, Lucy Maud Montgomery is near the top of my favorite writers especially when I need something to enjoy without effort. I think I have read all of her dozens of books and many of her scores of short stories. Anne is all grown up and off to the big college of Redmond. Montgomery seems to put into her stories the tales which have an oral tradition of the Maritime Provinces. I have no doubt that this is the source of many of Anne Shirley's adventures. There is a ring of truth to them. They actually happened to someone at some time. My favorites include the two old woman of Patty's Place; oh, yes and the cats! I know they were real. No one could make them up. To Anne's eternal vexation, the all grown up young lady received some of the best "worst" proposals of marriage ever. They stand alongside Mr. Collins' proposal to Elizabeth Bennet and even Mr. Darcy's first proposal to the same lady as awesomely horrible. I think Montgomery reports actual proposals. Oh, yes, she refused them all, including the rather nice expected (by the reader)one from Gilbert. The death of Ruby Gillis, the beautiful social butterfly is one of Montgomery's best scenes. In addition, that moment when Anne thought Gilbert was dying and she has a flash of insight into her own heart is quite moving. One last thing, "playing gooseberry" or "going gooseberry" means to chaperon. I got that straight from the P.E.I. public relations department and the LM Montgomery Institute. Good It was good, but the narrator was a bit annoying. Anne of green gables is my favorite book, but I like all the Anne spelled with an e books Such a great Book!! I love this book and have read it at least 5 times! I Love it and will always love it! A definite read! Great story! I was so pleased with this story and with the narrator. So much happened to Anne in this book.

Sula Audiobook by Toni Morrison
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Sula Audiobook by Toni Morrison

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sula Author: Toni Morrison Narrator: Toni Morrison Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins Language: English Release date: 07-23-07 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 395 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Two girls who grow up to become women...two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal ¿ or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life. ©1973 Toni Morrison; (P)2002 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc. Critic Reviews: "Enchanting....Powerful." (Chicago Daily News) "In characters like Sula, Toni Morrison's originality and power emerge." (The Nation) "Exemplary....The essential mysteries of death and sex, friendship, and poverty are expressed with rare economy." (Newsweek) "Extravagantly beautiful....Enormously, achingly alive....A howl of love and rage, playful and funny as well as hard and bitter." (The New York Times) "...Morrison provides an audio gem that can be cherished within the whole body of audiobook recordings. Her smooth, mellifluous voice has so much command over each word. She honors each sound and expresses each image vividly. While most listening can accompany other tasks like driving or exercising, Morrison smoothly draws the listener to complete attention. This is compelling listening: a dazzling presentation of Sula and Nel's lives, loves and losses, and of Morrison's brilliance." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Good against evil and a riotous story to boot This was a well thought out, well put together novel. Everything draws together at the end. In addition, the author knows how to tell a story. The characters are real, unpredictable, flesh-and-blood people. People you have known in your life, or wished to know. The reader is immersed into the culture of a backwater black neighborhood of the early 20th century. The story has twists and turns, some back stories, but I followed it easily while alone cleaning my kitchen. I can usually predict a plot twist, but not this time. Something was happening every 5 minutes, or so it seemed. Similar to the books of Thomas Hardy, there are all of these characters, all of these lives and interactions within a community, an interesting plot, and a thread of morality winding through it all. I didn't really notice the thread, but many things made me feel uncomfortable with both Nell and Sula. All is explained at the end and justice prevails. I felt better only to discover that I had been "had" by the moral questions now raised within myself. Some people complained about the narration. I had no problem with it, but I listen on my computer instead of a device, if that makes any difference. The author speaks deliberately, but without a lot of expression. This way you can interpret her words as you wish, just as if you were reading it. In summary, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It has everything one could wish for.

Johnny Got His Gun Audiobook by Dalton Trumbo
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Johnny Got His Gun Audiobook by Dalton Trumbo

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Johnny Got His Gun Author: Dalton Trumbo Narrator: William Dufris Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 04-30-08 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 351 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Johnny Got His Gun holds a place as one of the classic antiwar novels. First published in 1939, Dalton Trumbo's story of a young American soldier terribly maimed in World War I - he "survives" armless, legless, and faceless, but with his mind intact - was an immediate best seller. This fiercely moving novel was a rallying point for many Americans who came of age during World War II, and it became perhaps the most popular novel of protest during the Vietnam era. Critic Reviews: "[This] is a terrifying book, of an extraordinary emotional intensity." (The Washington Post) "There can be no question of the effectiveness of this book." (The New York Times) Members Reviews: READ THE INTRODUCTION LAST I saw the movie in 1971 when I was a teenager and had wanted to read the book ever since. I finally purchased it from Audible a few days ago. Unfortunately, I didn't know (or didn't pay attention to) the fact that there was to be an introduction by a mother who had lost her son in Iraq that was intended to create a sense of the outrage she felt at losing her son in a war that was unjustified. It also gave away much more of the plot than I remember from the movie and certainly more than I wanted to hear before reading the book myself. Don't get me wrong . . . I'm not saying that her outrage is unjustified. It just didn't belong at the beginning of a book that I wanted to discover for myself. It set HER tone, justified though it might be, not mine. As soon as I realized what was happening to ME as I was listening to the introduction I turned it off and found the beginning of the book. But, alas, I will have to wait awhile before I take it up again. It reminds me of the time in the early to mid 70's when Charles Schultz ran a Sunday cartoon featuring Lucy and Linus watching "Citizen Cane" on TV. The last plate of the cartoon had Lucy telling Linus, "Rosebud is . . . . . . .". It ruined the anticipation for a whole generation of people who had not seen the movie. People who have read a book or have seen a movie or play should NEVER give anything away that might change the experience for others. Johnny Got His Gun The narrator of this audible book makes listening to this book easy. I've read the book, but it is at times very difficult to read due to the lack of proper punctuation (it indicates a drugged state of the first person narration of the book, I believe). The narrator makes it much easier to understand and enjoyable. Awesome Story and Narration This book is truly incredible and when listed to as an audio book -- awesome. I highly recommend it to be listened to with the narration by William Dufris -- it was so realistic that I had to go back to the Editors review of book to confirm that it was indeed Fiction. I've never read anything like it and, personally, think everyone would benefit to listen to, no matter your views on war. I am giving it 5 stars because of this --- it ranted on for a wee bit too long at the end but didn't take away from anything. Skip the introduction... The book itself, after you get to it, is well written and flows as erratically as the life of someone in that condition might have theirs go.

The Winter of Our Discontent Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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The Winter of Our Discontent Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Winter of Our Discontent Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: David Aaron Baker Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 01-25-12 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 706 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The final novel of one of Americas most beloved writersa tale of degeneration, corruption, and spiritual crisis In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American. Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbecks last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Islands aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards. Set in Steinbecks contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty, and today ranks alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition. Members Reviews: Memorable characters, great narration, POOR AUDIO Is there anything you would change about this book? John Steinbeck? Are you kidding? I just wish it were twice as long. Which character as performed by David Aaron Baker was your favorite? Baker does a great job of bringing each character to life, distinctly voiced and infused with individual emotion. Very easy to listen to. Any additional comments? I'm giving this audiobook three stars instead of five because of Audible's sloppy, shoddy editing. Words are clipped off at the end of chapters, and there are jump cuts where the words have been lost. This poor quality work is a gross disservice to a master writer like Steinbeck, and to the paying customer expecting a professional, unabridged product. Get your act together, Audible! Do the Ends Justify the Means? Where does The Winter of Our Discontent rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? I love the book and really enjoyed listening to this audio versions. What did you like best about this story? It is a classic snapshot of society. Though the story is 50 years old people still value position and money in society in the same manner. What about David Aaron Bakers performance did you like? He did a great job with the voices. If you could rename The Winter of Our Discontent, what would you call it? Revenge for the Belle Adair Beautifully Written and Skillfully Nuanced Short of reading the book itself, few words can justly capture the masterful command of the English language and narrative of human experience Steinback demonstrates in this book. To express the cognitive process and self awareness of a protagonist such that he and the reader become one in a literary world, and yet, stay true to the character's nature is inexplicably difficult, and Steinbeck does so effortlessly. The author has earned his place among literature's greats and even that might be selling him short. Love this story! If you could sum up The Winter of Our Discontent in three words, what would they be? Amazing story teller. What other book might you compare The Winter of Our Discontent to and why? Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow Captivating story, sublime messages that aren't always caught the first or second time around. Intelligent! Have you listened to any of David Aaron Bakers other performances before? How does this one compare? This was my first time to listen to Baker.

The Dharma Bums Audiobook by Jack Kerouac
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The Dharma Bums Audiobook by Jack Kerouac

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Dharma Bums Author: Jack Kerouac Narrator: Allen Ginsberg Format: Abridged Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins Language: English Release date: 12-15-99 Publisher: Phoenix Books Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 107 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Two friends in 1950s San Francisco Bohemia explore Buddhism Zen - hipster style. On the road to finding Dharma, or truth, the story's narrator, Raymond Smith comes to a spiritual roadblock. Smith, based on Kerouac himself, discovers a role model in his friend Japhy Ryder, modeled after the real poet-Buddhist Gary Snyder. This autobiographical novel is one of Kerouac's most popular, and has served as an inspiration to the beat culture, hippies, and dharma seekers since the 1950s. This program is narrated by legendary poet Allen Ginsberg, a friend of Kerouac's and an early fan of his work. Recording (P)1991 by Audio Literature; ©1958 by Jack Kerouac Members Reviews: As it should be done What made the experience of listening to The Dharma Bums the most enjoyable? Brilliant story, brilliant narration Have you listened to any of Allen Ginsberg???s other performances before? How does this one compare? Ginsberg is the perfect narrator for this piece. There are probably narrators more qualified with better voices and better meter, but Ginsburg lived with Kerouac, danced and sang and sprouted mad poetry with him, he is Alvah Goldbook is the book. jack at his best on the road part two. with lots of buddism in the mix, just enough humor to keep it from being boring. mind expanding beat litt at its finest. You have to love Jack and Allen Reading any biography, or just listening to an author in conversation quickly reveals the complexities of recalled and reshaped experience. Hearing Allen Ginsberg read Jack Kerouac will take you back in an instant and real way to those times, and the relationship between the two men. Your own version of The Dharma Bums will likely be different, just as Jack's own version will be different from your own. But it is also likely that your sense of your own version, and your imagined sense of what Jack's version was will be enhanced by hearing Allen's. Don't buy abridged versions of novels. This is just not the true Kerouac experience. You need the whole thing. It is a waste of money. This is a great novella, which I really enjoyed. However the meter and tone of Alan Ginsburg's oration is so often off key and out of synch that I have to wonder if it's not intentional. I would recommend finding a more modern reading. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Audiobook by Washington Irving
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Audiobook by Washington Irving

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Author: Washington Irving Narrator: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 26 mins Language: English Release date: 12-02-15 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 82 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is the most famous supernatural wild chase in all of literature. One of the best known American short stories, this tale has been produced countless times for television and film. A Halloween classic! Members Reviews: Well written short story As the man after the book is over ask I ask what was the point? I'm still not sure if I cared for the story or not? The author's detail and scene he created I was interested in but the end was abrupt and without closure which maaaybe was the point idk... Heard the story now and still don't care... Narration was hard to follow Good classic American folk lore, but the narrator's voice was too deep making it hard to follow along. This isn't worth a full credit, but is worth a buck or so if it's on sale. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY 4 stars for a classic of its time the narration was serviceable; the story itself seems vaguely commercial in a modern sort of way. Ok O mean it was a little bit now I but is cool Just a struggle, all around... The story itself could have been pared down to about half its length, it's mostly just rambling paragraphs about the lay of the countryside the character inhabits and the various dishes prepared for dinner. I won't get into this particular narrator because I have all the same complaints that everyone always has about Alan Munro. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates Audiobook by Tom Robbins
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Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates Audiobook by Tom Robbins

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates Author: Tom Robbins Narrator: Keith Szarabajka Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 05-30-00 Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1179 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: And as we dog Switters' strangely elevated heels across four continents, in and out of love and danger, Robbins explores, challenges, mocks, and celebrates virtually every major aspect of our mercurial era. To describe a Tom Robbins plot does not begin to describe a Tom Robbins novel. Moreover, the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author, with his love of language nuance, and surprise, is as opposed to story summations as J.D. Salinger. It is revealing, however, to learn what things Robbins lists as having influenced the writing of Fierce Invalids: "This book was inspired by an entry from Bruce Chatwin's journal, by a CIA agent I met in Southeast Asia, by the mystery surrounding the lost prophecy of the Virgin of Fatima, by the increasing evidence that the interplay of opposites is the engine that runs the universe, and by the embroidered memories of old Terry and the Pirates comic books." Critic Reviews: "Tom Robbins... has again deputized himself to carry the freak flag of irreverence and fleshly indulgence." (The New York Times Book Review) Members Reviews: Wildly entertaining-excellent naration! If you find the beginning slow or confusing, stick with it, after ten or fifteen minutes it will all begin to congeal and you will be hooked and submersed completely. I've been an avid audio book listener for about fifteen years, an Audible member for several years, and this is quite possibly my all-time favorite. The narration of this is perfect, in my opinion. Keith Szarabajka did such an outstanding job reading, his characters came to life more vibrantly than any other audio book I have listened to. The story is engrossing and seductive, with moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity. Obvious high points include Maestra's character and her relationship with Switters, which is hysterical. The voices of the random and vastly different characters were so well done that at no point did I ever have to try to figure out who was speaking (which does happen rather often with heavy dialog in audio books). Robbin's entertaining use of language and his skillful weaving of cultural details makes reading or listening to this book feel like a journey. To anyone who has traveled in third world countries and ventured outside the beaten path of the big cities, the descriptions of Switters' adventures will ring bells. Being a woman and a feminist, I beg to differ with the two reviewers who claim this book is not suitable for most women. It's likely to offend the people who don't "get" Robbins voice. He addresses taboo subjects in a very unapologetic way, but his stories are like onions--they have layers. Pay attention. Sixteen hours of good stuff. What a bargain! And so many great one-liners that you will be insisting your friends read or listen to it so they will get your jokes. I laughed so hard at a few passages that I had to loan my headphones to the stranger sitting next to me on a flight, in order to explain, and even though he only listened to a few minutes of it, he was laughing out loud himself and writing the name of the book down, thanking me. You will too! Clever and funny! I read this book years ago but I think I enjoyed it even more listening to it. The witty illiterations are more effective when heard than read, and I don't have to stop reading to laugh.

The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume 2 Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft
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The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume 2 Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume 2 Author: H. P. Lovecraft Narrator: Wayne June Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 05-30-06 Publisher: Audio Realms, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 388 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: These following Lovecraft tales can be found in this audiobook: Critic Reviews: "Narrator Wayne June's voice will give you the absolute lurking creeps." (SFFAudio.com) Members Reviews: Wayne June made this a must-listen Comparing to the first volume and the fifth ( the two I have finished before), this volume may not be as packed in contents. Both stories are on the Deep Ones so it made sense to put these two together. "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" is good, the pace started slow and almost monotonous, but increasingly action-packed and exciting from 1/3 to 4/5 mark, typical of Lovecraft's works. "Dagon" though, is too short and lacks dramatical narratives. Compared with the first volume which has "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Call of Cthulhu", the length might be a shortcoming of this volume. But overall it was worth listening solely because of the exceptional performance of Wayne June, whose delivery of Zadok (Shadow) and Narrator (Dagon) is strikingly vivid and emotional, that carries the listener through the most monotonous and tangling of Lovecraft's passages. And you don't want to miss out on the Deep Ones. So, the conclusion is: Get it. Get the entire collection. Amazing! This is my best purchase I've made on Audible thus far. The stories; genuinely horrifying and disturbing, made manifest by the excellent voice work of Wayne June, is sure to strike you with an unsettling feeling quite difficult to shake off. If you're in the mood on a stormy night, close your eyes and let yourself be swept into the maddening world of eldritch horror. Wayne June is a national treasure Seriously. The story is amazing (because HP Lovecraft), but the delivery is singularly amazing because Wayne June has a voice that (as far as science can tell) narrated the birth of our universe and the subsequent elder god invasion shortly thereafter. Great perfomance with good old eldrich horro. Narrator wayne june is great bit hard understand at times and stories feel bit outdated Best religion ever! The best part is when he chose to embrace what he was. Shadow Marveled! I wish there were more Innsmouth stories. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

O, Pioneers! Audiobook by Willa Cather
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O, Pioneers! Audiobook by Willa Cather

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: O, Pioneers! Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Alexis O'Donahue Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 07-25-11 Publisher: Open Book Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 208 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: On the harsh and wild frontier of the American West, Alexandra Bergson struggles to fulfill her father's dying wish of establishing his family on the Nebraska table lands. Through hard times and abundant, through love and loss, through joy and suffering, Alexandra challenges both her family and the land in her quiet, honest way. Cather's realistic depiction of life on the prairie is anchored by a smart, strong, independent heroine and heart-achingly beautiful prose which evokes both the melancholy and the awe-inspiring beauty of middle America at the turn of the century. Members Reviews: Fantastic Any additional comments? One of the best books I've ever read, and marvelously narrated. Incredible depth in the characters and a great overall storyline. I'd recommend this to anyone. Pleasing to listen to and inspiring! This book has it all as far as I am concerned. There is a strong female character with a bit of history mixed in, a lesson to be learned and wonderful narration. I can't believe that it was only $3.95. This was a great deal for a very good book. important interpretatio of jealousy ruining lives. story touches on true character flaws in people. how their fears and insecurities made then act small. Nebraska What did you like best about O, Pioneers!? What did you like least? I was born in North Platte Nebraska - both of my parents were born and raised in Nebraska and I have fond memories of times spent on my grandparents farm in Nebraska. I thought it was time to read something written by a Nebraska author - what I liked best was the authors description of the Nebraska prairie - it is a very different kind of beauty and it brought back fond memories. I would say that the story line is not something new or unique but it was a nice story but again it was the descriptions of the land that were so breathtaking. Icredible. Cather is underrated. She's amazing. Loved it. It's like a love letter to life, love and nature. Absolutely Beautiful. Read it. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Collected Stories of William Faulkner Audiobook by William Faulkner
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Collected Stories of William Faulkner Audiobook by William Faulkner

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Collected Stories of William Faulkner Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Paul Boehmer, Susan Denaker, Scott Brick, Arthur Morey, Marc Cashman, Paul Michael Format: Unabridged Length: 31 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 12-04-07 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 180 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This magisterial collection of short works by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner reminds listeners of his ability to compress his epic vision into narratives as hard and wounding as bullets. Among the 42 selections in this audiobook are such classics as "A Bear Hunt", "A Rose for Emily", "Two Soldiers", and "The Brooch". ©1976 Jill Faulkner Summers; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Copyright renewed Members Reviews: great Faulkner is one of those writers I could never get into, but always felt I 'should' like because of wide acclaim. Felt this way about Hemingway for many years until I was at an age where I could appreciate the weight of the work. I am age 31 and, though I can't grapple with Faulner's novels yet, found the short stories quite amazing and much different than what I expected (having read portions of some of his novels). This book costs two credits, but I think it's worth it because the narration by three different readers is perfect. The stories, "Black Music," and "The Tall Men," and a "Rose for Emily" are alone worth the price of this audio. Without exaggerating, I can tell you I've listened to "The Tall Men," at least six times. One day I hope to be able to read an entire Faulkner novel, but for now the short stories are great and very readable (listenable) A nice way to get the feeling of Faulkner I really liked the narration, different people make the stories sound more lively. Also, i have tried to read/listen to Faulkners novels and could quite pick my way through the. The short stories are a nice compromise, maybe now that I am used to his manner, i will be able to enjoy the longer genre. Thank you very much Audible! Too Bad So Sad What disappointed you about Collected Stories of William Faulkner? Nothing disappoints me about Faulkner's stories. The production of this collection, however, is unfortunate. There's no index, no distinction between the 6 sections you download (that is, you can't choose one section over another) and the stories run back to back with no gaps so you have to be paying very close attention to the timer to find '0' between stories. I found it frustrating. With a hard copy of a collection, the reader can choose which story they start with, etc. Not so with this collection for the listener.If all you need/want is background on while you do other things, I suppose 35 hours of Faulkner is as good as it can get. But, if you want a collection you can relish and return to favourites from, and discover new narrators from, you'll have to listen to the whole 35 hours, bookmark each story, and write your own notes on Titles, Narrators, length, etc. That's a lot of work...that shouldn't be required. Any additional comments? I really wish Audible would do Signature Performance of Faulkner's most familiar short stories (Barn Burning, A Rose for Emily, etc.) narrated by the same (Southern) celebrity. Completely Useless as an Audio Book OK, I really wanted this collection but the way it's arranged, without a pdf file for where stories begin and end, it's completely useless. Some stories have multiple parts so as you start listening to a story, it may be 30 minutes or a couple hours and spread over 5 parts.

Rip Van Winkle Audiobook by Washington Irving
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Rip Van Winkle Audiobook by Washington Irving

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Rip Van Winkle Author: Washington Irving Narrator: Curtis Sisco Format: Unabridged Length: 37 mins Language: English Release date: 05-23-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 176 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A man who sleeps for 20 years in the Catskill Mountains wakes to a much-changed world. This is an American classic! Members Reviews: A HEN PECKED HUSBAND MARRIED TO A SHREW We all know someone like Rip. An easy going guy who gets along with everyone, but is a bit on the lazy side. Some authors take hours to build a character, Irving does it in mere minutes and tells a whole story. Unabridged As a elementary kid, I had heard the abridged version. It does not do justice to the unabridged version and Sisco reads it well. This was one of my favorites as a child for the whimsy of the strange men in the mountains, nine pins and a 20 year nap. As an adult I love the complexity of the story and the look at American History. Best Thirty-Seven Minute Fairy Tale on Audible Rip Van Winkle is the tale of an unhappily married man on a journey towards idleness married with impunity. Irving's a master of language whose created a lexical texture describing time and place. The narrator, Curits Sisco, achieved the appropriate meter and emphasis; however, sometimes he rushes listed sections inappropriately or slows too long for character's voices. Rip Van Winkle easily fits into the tradition of short classical fantasy. Other stories like it include: The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crimes in Connecticut by Mark Twain, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A Well-Crafted Tale... ...from a much-beloved writer. Well- crafted tales never go out of style & are never forgotten. BB... Jade Dragon Main narrator was excellent; secondary ones not so Where does Rip Van Winkle rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? NA What was one of the most memorable moments of Rip Van Winkle? NA Which scene was your favorite? NA Who was the most memorable character of Rip Van Winkle and why? NA Any additional comments? The vast majority of the book was by the main narrator, so the secondary voices (possibly the main narrator taking on additional voices) was at most a minor annoyance. Great story This classic should be read by everyone interested in 19th century American literature. A truly fun tale. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Henderson the Rain King Audiobook by Saul Bellow
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Henderson the Rain King Audiobook by Saul Bellow

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Henderson the Rain King Author: Saul Bellow Narrator: Joe Barrett Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 08-13-09 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 240 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Ranked #21 on Modern Library's list of the 100 Best Novels, Henderson the Rain King's blend of philosophical discourse and comic adventure has helped make it one of Bellow's most enduringly popular works. It is said to be Bellow's own favorite among his books. Bellow evokes all the rich color and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson's awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life earn him the admiration of the tribe but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah. A hilarious, often ribald story, Henderson the Rain King is also a profound look at the forces that drive a man through life. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Saul Bellow's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview where James Atlas interviews Azar Nafisi about the life and work of Saul Bellow begins as soon as the audiobook ends. Editorial Reviews: Summoning a deluge from the sky, building an explosive to rid a pond of frogs, forging an intimate bond with a powerful lion these are just some of the actions undertaken in Africa by the title character in Saul Bellow's astounding, inventive novel Henderson The Rain King. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and a titan of 20th-century American fiction, Bellow belongs to a select group of skilled American novelists (with John Updike and Philip Roth) best known for their precise examinations of middle-aged, middle-class men yearning for more out of life than two cars or two houses. Bellow's title character in Henderson harbors the same, ceaseless hunger for life, manifested in a voice inside him which cries out day in and day out, "I want, I want, I want." But while Roth and Updike's characters rarely stray far from America's northeast corridor, the voice inside Eugene Henderson compels him to travel to remote corners of civilization in Africa. A brief summary of the novel's plot sounds preposterous: a middle-aged millionaire travels to Africa, where he becomes The Rain King. But Bellow manages to make such a seemingly far-fetched story sound believable one sentence at a time. And narrator Joe Barrett's grizzled voice is perfect for bringing to life Henderson's unique perspective and tone. In the beginning, Henderson is like one of those pushy, half-drunk loudmouths you can't wait to get away from in line at an airline counter. Listening to Barrett squawk Henderson's wisecracks and American slang in Africa initially gives the book an absurd, humorous quality. But as this fable-like novel progresses, Henderson gradually and plausibly evolves into a God-like figure. Barrett makes the dramatic transformation, as well as the entirety of Henderson's mad-cap journey, sound realistic. Critic Reviews: "A kind of wildly delirious dream made real by the force of Bellow's rollicking prose and the offbeat inventiveness of his language." (Chicago Tribune) Members Reviews: Amazing Book on Many Levels I hate to write a trite review about a great book so I won't. I won't recap the story. I will say that if you are male and have 40+ years under your belt, you will enjoy and be deeply touched by this incredible book.

The Yellow Wallpaper [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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The Yellow Wallpaper [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Yellow Wallpaper [Classic Tales Edition] Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 40 mins Language: English Release date: 08-09-16 Publisher: B. J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 26 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: It's just a hideously papered room. At least that's what everybody thought. But when a woman suffering from a nervous condition is housed in the room, things begin to surface from the wallpaper. Things that seem familiar but are best left quiet and undisturbed. Members Reviews: Great story! I loved the story. Although I wish there was a female narrator since the story is told by a woman from a woman's point of view. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

This Side of Paradise Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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This Side of Paradise Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: This Side of Paradise Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Brian D'eon Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 07-28-10 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 256 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: F. Scott Fitzgeralds pseudo- autobiographical first novel. It describes life at Princeton among the glittering, bored, and disillusioned lost generation of post World War1 America. Published in 1920, when he was just 23, the novel was an overnight success and propelled Fitzgerald to instant stardom as spokesman of the Jazz Age. Members Reviews: A Joy-Ride through Pompous Asseville Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes, It was a wonderful listen. A story written by one pompous ass about other pompous asses. Not as good as The Great Gatsby but definitely up there. What was one of the most memorable moments of This Side of Paradise? It was a short book. I liked the whole journey. I will be buying more of F. Scott Fitzgerald's work and I will read this one again. What I like best is this man knows how to tell and great story with minimal words. What about Brian D'eons performance did you like? He was perfection. The accent and the attitude. He had it all. If you could rename This Side of Paradise, what would you call it? Leave the title. It is perfection. F Scott Fitzgerald picks great titles. Any additional comments? Read it. It is part American history most people don't experience first hand. pre-WWI joy I think that I enjoyed this book more because of its period than anything. This is not the sort of book I would hand to just anyone and expect that they would like it. Of course this is no great gatsby and is, from what I understand, Fitzgerald's first novel written at age 23. I enjoyed it because I wanted to enjoy it, but don't expect to be wowed as with his true classics. This is about a privledged kid growing up and going through college. Reminds me at times almost like Catcher in the Rye, although Catcher came many decades later. Anyway, there are four or five versions of this on audible and this version has the best narrator. I was very pleased with the production. 5 stars. Slow at first, but so worth the read! Brilliant and clever book, I love Fitzgerald's work and this book is no exception. The readers voice was hard to get used to at first, but I ended up really loving it. I just let it wash over me. It's not a book I would normally read, but I just finished "Z", so I just had to see what it was all about. I didn't try to follow the story or look too deeply into any of it, I just let it wash over me and I found myself enjoying the experience. I would not have had the patients to actually read it, but having it read; and read so beautifully, was a truly pleasant experience. I think was the pros, it just flowed... Over all it was a very nice experience. Can't wait to read Gatsby. Great work Great work Fitzgeralds work never grows old or tiresome.his work keeps you thinking .keeps the unanswered questions lingering in the air!great work great man .very good narration .very much enjoyed . Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Tell-Tale Heart Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Tell-Tale Heart Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Tell-Tale Heart Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 15 mins Language: English Release date: 07-11-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 186 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: It was the eye. The dull, sightless, vulture's eye that shredded his final nerve. But the murder was done so carefully, so perfectly, that only one thing could reveal the whereabouts of the body. B. J. Harrison gives a masterful reading of the famous murder that wouldn't keep quiet. This audiobook was the #3 best-selling audiobook in 2008 at the iTunes Music Store! Members Reviews: THE VULTURE EYE THE BEATING OF HIS HIDEOUS HEART This has always been my favorite Poe tale. I remember first reading it around the age of eight. It is written with such clarity, that you can't help but feel you are there. This may be the best fifteen minutes you can spend listening. Harrison does a splendid job. He reads about 40 of these classic tales and none of his voices sound alike. Happy Halloween!! Could they not hear it? This short story was one of the few to catch my attention as a kid in school. Soon after i fell in love with the rest of the writers works, but this one has always held a spot for me special. The narration completes this fully, and compliments the story perfectly. Picking up at the right points and building the suspense AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY Amazing I loved the voice acting. I got chills as the man started to become unhinged. Such an exciting story. Great Teaching Tool! As an English teacher for over 20 years, I am always looking for ways to bring literature to life for my students. This reading of The Tell-tale Heart really helped my students to visualize and understand the narrator's madness...a most effective teaching tool! LOve it! I did like it. What was there not to like about EAP? I would rather hve it on audible than read it. The performance was excellent. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Magus Audiobook by John Fowles
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The Magus Audiobook by John Fowles

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Magus Author: John Fowles Narrator: Nicholas Boulton Format: Unabridged Length: 26 hrs and 19 mins Language: English Release date: 09-07-12 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 377 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: John Fowles The Magus was a literary landmark of the 1960s. Nicholas Urfe goes to a Greek island to teach at a private school and becomes enmeshed in curious happenings at the home of a mysterious Greek recluse, Maurice Conchis. Are these events, involving attractive young English sisters, just psychological games, or an elaborate joke, or more? Reality shifts as the story unfolds. The Magus reflected the issues of the 1960s perfectly, but even almost half a century after its first publication, it continues to create tension and concern, remaining the page-turner that it was when it was first released. Members Reviews: Mystical Morality Tale of Love, Reality, Fidelity John Fowles now underappreciated novel is a mystical morality play on love, truth, maturity, reality and sexual and emotional betrayal. "The Magus" is set on a Greek island lush in the legends of Apollo, Artemis, Orpheus and Eurydice, and involves our protagonist, Nicholas Urfe, a mysterious island local and pretty young English ladies. While the year of the story is 1953 in the aftermath of WWII, in many ways it seems as timely as today. If you read reviews, you wont get much more of a description, other than below a Spoiler Alert heading. To explain it more would require pages and would, in many ways, be like explaining the recent novel Gone Girl or the movie The Sixth Sense: it would ruin the whole experience for you. Like Gone Girl, I could NOT put it down. Truly in its own league, particularly considering it was published nearly 50 years ago. One of the best novels that I really think I hate. What is written here must remain hidden. So now that you've scrolled down, let the game begin. Hurry, let's unpack this quick. I felt like I've already spent far too much time being frustrated by the many curves, mysteries, deceptions in this book. I loved 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' and really, really liked 'The Collector' and there were many parts and many scenes from 'the Magus' that I really, really liked and even loved. But reading 'the Magus' reminded me of those novels one reads, and are far better read, when one is a nubile Freshman in college or a precocious HS Senior. I'm thinking of most of Tom Robbins, Chuck Palahniuk, JD Salinger, Ayn Rand, and Camus (to a certain extent). These are books that indeed can be considered literary (except for Ayn Rand), and have some form of magic buried within them that attracts the 20 y/o literary set. These are books that become fetish items. Carried, dog-earred, and flashed between the group to communicate their fealty to a group, game or club. But looking back, they just don't seem to have the same magic or mystery for me. I should have read 'the Magus' in HS. I should have tried it all on sometime before I turned 30. It was smart, but the magic was gone, burned off, disappeared. The lights have been turned on. The big questions (for me, at this time in my life) seemed answered or perhaps just not that damn important. So, death. Again, I love Fowles' prose, but part of this book felt like wading through azure pudding in a chemical fog. There were pages and pages where I just felt tired, exhausted, with burning eyes wondering why I kept turning the pages. Part Marquis de Sade, part 'Eyes Wide Shut', part PoMo philosophical exploration of freedom and love.

Matar a un ruiseñor [To Kill a Mockingbird] Audio Libro por Harper Lee
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Matar a un ruiseñor [To Kill a Mockingbird] Audio Libro por Harper Lee

Escuche este audio libro completo gratis en http://hotaudiobook.com/free Título: Matar a un ruiseñor [To Kill a Mockingbird] Autor: Harper Lee Narrador: Adriana Sananes Formato: Unabridged Duración: 13 hrs and 6 mins Idioma: Español Fecha de publicación: 06-30-15 Editor: HarperCollins Espanol Calificaciones: 4.5 de 5 de 166 votos Categorías: Classics, American Literature Resumen del editor: El consejo de un abogado a sus hijos mientras él defiende el verdadero ruiseñor de la novela clásica de Harper Lee - un hombre negro acusado de violar a una niña blanca. A través de los ojos de Jem y Scout Finch, Harper Lee explora con humor y honestidad inquebrantable la irracionalidad de la actitud de los adultos hacia la raza y la clase en las profundidades del sur en la década de 1930. La conciencia de una ciudad impregnada de prejuicios, violencia e hipocresía se enfrenta con la resistencia y heroísmo silencioso de la lucha de un hombre por la justicia, pero el peso de la historia no tolera más allá de su límite. Uno de los clásicos más queridos de todos los tiempos, Matar un ruiseñor ha ganado muchas distinciones desde su publicación original en 1960. Ha ganado el Premio Pulitzer, ha sido traducido a más de cuarenta idiomas, vendió más de cuarenta millones de copias en todo el mundo, y se han convertido en una popular película. También se nombró como la mejor novela del siglo xx por los bibliotecarios de todo el país (Library Journal). Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. Opiniones de los miembros: Excelente Uno de los mejores libros que he leído, me parece que es una lectura sencilla, que cualquier persona puede leer y entender con facilidad. Excelente! felicitaciones tanto a la autora como a Excelente trabajo, una obra muy bien lograda.. muy bien pensada. inteligente y entretenida, la narración también la hace fácil de seguir. Inolvidable Historia. La amé Tenía mucho tiempo queriendo leer este clásico. Al fin lo hice y me ha encantado, la narración incluso es formidable. Estoy viendo la película ahora y es excelente la adaptación sin embargo por supuesto me quedo con el libro. muy recomendable. enjoyed! I love this story and this is a very enjoyable version! The narrator did an excellent job. She read it very clearly with good expression. una buena historia Me agradó la historia aunque al principio me costó trabajo la narradora, no me agradó mucho su estilo, sentí que la narración era monótona en algunos momentos. al final me acostumbré a la voz y pude disfrutarlo. Contáctame para cualquier pregunta: inforeq17@gmail.com

Absalom, Absalom! Audiobook by William Faulkner
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Absalom, Absalom! Audiobook by William Faulkner

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Absalom, Absalom! Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Grover Gardner Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 01-08-08 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 440 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Sutpen was a man, Faulker said, "who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him". His tragedy left its impress not only on his contemporaries but also on men who came after, men like Quentin Compson, haunted even into the 20th century by Sutpen's legacy of ruthlessness and singleminded disregard for the human community. Members Reviews: A long, enjoyable listen This was the first Faulkner novel I attempted to read/listen since high school (when I thought I'd never read Faulkner again). With that said, I found this audiobook to be really excellent, and I plan to buy more of Faulkner's books. The reader was crisp, clear, and fit the book perfectly. Warning: this story/ plot line may be difficult to follow. If one is unfamiliar with the story, I recommend consulting some sort of plot chronology because it makes the listening experience a lot more enjoyable. (google University of Virginia and Absolom) Narrator made the difficult easy. I was nervous to read Faulkner having always heard how difficult his novels were. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease at which I was able to handle Absalom, Absalom! I give full credit for that to the excellent interpretation of Mr. Gardner. I never had trouble following the thoughts or complicated storyline of Faulkner's masterpiece. I now believe he is a MUST READ. Awesome Book This book was a difficult but great read. Faulkner makes use of an interesting technique by jumping back and forth between the past and the present with many of the characters. By doing this he creates a patchwork of small bits of information that eventually come together as a whole piece. Although this creates a very unique read it also becomes hard to keep all the facts straight, but if you stick through to the end you will not be let down. PS: The second time through is better That is the substance of remembering That is the substance of rememberingsense, sight, smell: the muscles with which we see and hear and feel not mind, not thought: there is no such thing as memory: the brain recalls just what the muscles grope for: no more, no less; and its resultant sum is usually incorrect and false and worthy only of the name of dream. William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury are probably more important, and perhaps more influential overall. However, as novels, I prefer Light in August and Absalom, Absalom!. In many ways this novel, for me, belongs next to Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the Great Gatsby, and a handful of other as some of the greatest written art America has ever produced. It captures, without over-doing it, issues of race, class, the American Dream, the South, family, memory, etc., all packed inside a nearly perfect novel that slowly unwinds and unwraps through multiple, unreliable narrators. I will need to come back to this review. I may also need to come back to this novel. It is that good. Faulkner at his finest! If you could sum up Absalom, Absalom! in three words, what would they be? It is hard to say which of Faulkner's works is my favorite, but Absalom, Absalom! certainly ranks in the top three. Grover Gardner is wonderful as the narrator, too. Faulkner, of course, is not an easy read, but with time one can begin to understand the "flow" of Faulkner's writing. I think this Audible presentation is an excellent way to capture Faulkner's wonderful poetic voice.

The Optimist's Daughter Audiobook by Eudora Welty
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The Optimist's Daughter Audiobook by Eudora Welty

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Optimist's Daughter Author: Eudora Welty Narrator: Eudora Welty Format: Abridged Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 04-19-11 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 105 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This story of a young woman's confrontation with death and her past is a poetic study of human relations. Members Reviews: Beautiful writing Like most people I don't like abridged versions of books and avoid them. So I WISH that Eudora Welty had recorded the unabridged version of this book, but to the best of my knowledge she didn't. That being said, the beauty of the writing and the wonderful narration by the author outweigh any frustration resulting from abridgment. I have owned this recording for 10 - 15 years (first in audio cassettes), and returning to it is always a pleasure. I hear something new each time I listen. I highly recommend this recording. velvety cloak of words... stitched with gold.... A story of an adult daughter's (Laurel) struggle with the death of her father, after already having lost her husband and her mother. She recalls her mom and dad reading parts of books to each other: She was sent to sleep under a velvety cloak of words, richly patterned and stitched with gold, straight out of a fairy tale, while they went reading on into her dreams. It is a story of the people and things we recall upon the death of a parent, the loss of that part of your life, the rooms, the stories, and the attempt to hold onto what others see as the smaller things. It is also about contemplating the defects of the parents through others you see after the loss. We have all known folks like the busy-body neighbors and friends here. Perhaps we have all known despicable human beings like the step-mother (a younger self-centered and completely negative nelly married late in life by Laurel's widowed father). She is a dismal, awful spirit that you cannot help but wonder what the father could have seen in her to marry. This part of the novel made my stomach churn and my hair stand on end. A poetic, semi-autobiographical look at death and life, as peculiarly experienced in the South, sure to strike a chord with anyone who has lost a parent. I have heard Miss Welty Where does The Optimist's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? thoroughly enjoyable What was one of the most memorable moments of The Optimist's Daughter? I loved the description of the sewing woman, Miss Berna Longmeyer. Her description tells a deep story about that exact time in the south. What about Eudora Weltys performance did you like? It is always wonderful to hear a story in the author's voice, but this one was exceptional. Her southern soul was on display If you could take any character from The Optimist's Daughter out to dinner, who would it be and why? My first choice would be Fay, because she would be entertaining, but I wouldn't want to actually spend any time with her. I'd prefer to spend time dining with Juge McKelva Barely Abridged If you could sum up The Optimist's Daughter in three words, what would they be? Worthy of praise. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Optimist's Daughter? Everything after the 117 or after the funeral. Have you listened to any of Eudora Weltys other performances before? How does this one compare? No, she does a wonderful job reading her own material. Who was the most memorable character of The Optimist's Daughter and why? Fay, she was viciously ignorant. Any additional comments? Welty reads all but a few sentences in this audiobook herself.

The Devil and Tom Walker Audiobook by Washington Irving
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The Devil and Tom Walker Audiobook by Washington Irving

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Devil and Tom Walker Subtitle: And Hurst of Hurstcote, by E. Nesbit Author: Washington Irving Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 3 mins Language: English Release date: 05-13-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 104 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Washington Irving paints an effulgent portrait of the New England countryside as Tom Walker walks with the Devil. Would you dare to bargain with the Devil for your soul? This audiobook also includes "Hurst of Hurstcote", by E. Nesbit. Here, a young man is so stricken by the passing of his wife that his sanity begins to stray. And, as madness spreads its paralyzing influence over him, he unearths a shocking conclusion. Members Reviews: Great Bargain Enthralling stories with wonderful narration. For less than $1, you really can't beat the deal! Very entertaining. Being a fan of Washington Irving's works, "The Devil and Tom Walker" was particularly enjoyable. The story and the narrator were both outstanding. I'm less familiar with the other of the follow on story, Hurst of Hurstcote, and its author, Edith Nesbit. Nesbit was apparently a socialist and lived a dissolute life. She was mainly known for writing children's stories. Although a foolish woman in her personal life, she did seem to have a talent for writing; at least, Hurst of Hurstcote was good. Love the classics Really enjoyed listening to these stories. They are both kind of short, both together are just a little over an hour. So they are great if you need to kill a little time. Classic Tales You can't go wrong with one of BJ Harrison's Classic Tales, especially when it's bite-sized. beautifully read. excellent story. loved every minute of the story. the narrator is quite good. i definitely recommend it. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Catch 22 Audiobook by Joseph Heller
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Catch 22 Audiobook by Joseph Heller

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Catch 22 Author: Joseph Heller Narrator: Trevor White Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 04-19-11 Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 347 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This is the tale of the dangerously sane Captain Yossarian, who spends his time in Italy plotting to survive. Yossarian is a bombardier in the 256th Squadron of the US Army Air Forces during World War II, stationed on Pianosa, a fictionalised island in the Mediterranean between mainland Italy and Corsica. The squadron's assignment is to bomb enemy positions in Italy and eastern France. Yossarian's mission is simply to stay alive. Critic Reviews: "The greatest satirical work in the English language since Erewhon. (Observer) "Wildly original, and brutally gruesome, a dazzling performance that will outrage as many readers as it delights. Vulgarly, bitterly, savagely funny, it will not be forgotten by those who can take it." (The New York Times) "An apocalyptic masterpiece." (Chicago Times) Members Reviews: A great book well read. An excellent story expertly read. Catch 22 is a classic stream-of-thought black comedy detailing the absurdity of war. It is my favourite book that I come back to reread every few years but this audiobook will change all that - now I can have the book read to me every few months. This reading is excellent. It is clear, easy to understand and the character voices are mostly the same as I hear in my head. Catch 22 is a classic. If you know the book and love it, you will love the Audiobook. If you don't know the book, it details the story of Yoissarian's attempt to stay alive in a world that doesn't make sense, where people are trying to kill him and the rules are against him. The narrative jumps about through time. Scenes jump in the middle of conversations. No-one acts rationally except Yossarian (and he's crazy). It contains all the absurdity and horror of war. And it's the most hillarious book you'll ever have read to you. This is a great book well read. I recommend this Audiobook very highly. Fantastic listen The best audiobook I have heard. It refeshed my memory of my reading of the book 20 years ago. The narration is excellent and illuminates the text. Don't think the reader got it Catch-22 is a sparklingly funny book, but it needs a deadpan delivery to pull it off. Trevor White seems to think that he is reading a bloody, amoral and unpleasant war tome. He is, of course, but the genius of the book is that its wit makes its dark subject matter accessible and so much more heart-wrenching for catching you unaware. White reads like he's spitting out the words and glad to be rid of them. A disappointment. MASH on Acid! Decided to check this out given its iconic nature and it is a crazy ride. Really good account of the absurdity of war and the mind bending circumstances for its combatants. I struggled at times with this just the crazy logic (or lack of it) but it always brought me back. you can see this as the forerunner for some of the great war stories such as MASH and even Full Metal Jacket. A classic and deservedly so. Satire Still Sings and Zings I returned to this modern classic not really expecting it to live up to my memory of its bite, cleverness and the inventive use of the absurd. I was pleasantly disappointed (a contradiction that might have pleased Heller). The bite is as sharp as it was in the early 80's, when I first read the book. The years, the wars and the cynicism of the last 20 years have not dulled the edge of the humour or the social criticism of the war, victors and who really gets the spoils.

The Caine Mutiny Audiobook by Herman Wouk
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The Caine Mutiny Audiobook by Herman Wouk

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Caine Mutiny Author: Herman Wouk Narrator: Kevin Pariseau Format: Unabridged Length: 26 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 06-12-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2277 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of lifeand mutinyon a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Members Reviews: Even Better than the Movie Prior to this audiobook, I had seen the movie and read Wouk's Winds of War. So I had high expectations. I was not disappointed, and was even surprised by how much I enjoyed of the book. The story is engaging, entertaining, profound and even (a little) twisty. The character development is excellent and rarely seen in recent fiction. The narration is very good. A few words of expectations management: First, this is less of a war book than Winds of War, and much less than other novels. The backdrop is the WWII Pacific Theater, and there are some fighting scenes. But this is not a war action book, or even a WWII history. Second, this is an epic story. Unlike the movie, the plot unfolds over 24 hours of audiobook and sometimes requires patience. But patience will be rewarded with a fantastic read (well .... listen). Superb Historical Fiction Any additional comments? There are very few authors on this planet that can tell a masterful and engaging story while simultaneously teaching world history. Herman Wouk is one of these rare few. His stories are powerful, interconnected, and beautifully written; the listener not only feels a part of the narrative but also gains a certain affection for the characters. The Caine Mutiny is not Wouk's finest work. I'll reserve that honor for some of his later works. That being said, the Mutiny is a fantastic story of love, hate, jealousy, and all of the complexities of thought an emotion experienced by a young sailor during World War II. Any story from Herman Wouk will entertain and enlighten, and Tha Caine mutiny delivers on both accounts. The finest of the finest Most probably the best narration I have ever had the chance to experience. Of one of the greatest novels ever written. Not Wouk's Best, But Still VERY Good! First off, this is NO "Winds of War" or "War and Rememberance", which Wouk is known for. It may seem unfair to compare this book to those two MASTERPIECES, but such is the territory when you write the "War and Peace" of a generation. If you haven't read those two, I recommend you do before you read Caine. It will truly give you a feel for just how genius Wouk was. I found Caine to be more fluffy and kid-friendly than I had expected. There isn't a lot of action, and you may fid yourself dozing off at times. Where this book excels is in character development. I mean, after all, you know just from the title what's going to happen by the end. Therefore, rich characters are a must, and this book has them! I haven't seen the broadway show, but I can imagine it's very similar to listening to the book. The characters are almost cartoon-like (in a good way), and there aren't many different settings.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey Audiobook by Thornton Wilder
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey Audiobook by Thornton Wilder

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Bridge of San Luis Rey Author: Thornton Wilder Narrator: Sam Waterston Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 11-27-02 Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 383 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Again and again, the novelist and playwright Thornton Wilder explores in his works the connections between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, always returning to fundamental questions about the meaning of life. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of the true great American classics, has been translated into more than 30 languages. The book won Wilder the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes. Critic Reviews: "A masterpiece." (New York Herald Tribune) "A melancholy narrative of great power, simplicity and beauty." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Compact novel about fate, destiny I highly recommend this novel, and enjoyed it thoroughly. The story begins with the end in Peru in 1714 a bridge collapses, killing five people. Brother Juniper, a monk who witnesses the disaster and is also fascinated with the idea of scientifically proving Gods existence, collects and analyzes the evidence of these victims lives, hoping to witness Gods plan. We then are taken into the lives of the individuals who died on the bridge who they were, how they lived, and what forces drew them to cross that bridge at that fateful moment. Though seemingly unrelated at first, they are in fact indirectly related to Camila Perichole, a former Peruvian actress. Upon reading, I had initial fears that TBOSLR would depict the predictable 20th century existentialist world, where Gods plan is synonymous with panacea and that each of our lives is purposeless. Though I will not reveal the ending, Wilder steeres clear of this conclusion. Sam Waterstons voice (Law and Order) is excellent. Perhaps some do not like his plodding, tired style, but I feel it fits this novel perfectly. Wilder's masterful accomplishment rests upon his proficiency in theatre. Limiting himself to only a few short scenes for each character, he perfectly encapsulates their motivations, dreams, fears, and essences. Readers will enjoy the depth of characters enclosed in such a brief novel. Excellent Story, But Poor Audiobook Technically What aspect of Sam Waterstons performance would you have changed? Unlike other reviewers, I have no problems with Waterston's performance. However, two technical issues seriously detract from the listening experience. First, the sound is muffled, probably due to the performance having been originally a book on tape. Second, two of the audiobook's six chapters are out of order! The correct listening order should be 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 6. Audible, most of the time I love your products, but you should correct problems like this, or at least warn us! Couldn't hear it I'm sure that this is an amazing tome of fate and the like, but the audio quality is so bad that I asked for a refund. I can't understand the narrator. Strong Moral Questions Contained Within As perfect as a novel can get. Very short...but fervid with the hard questions we sometimes don't think of asking ourselves. "Why am I on this earth?" "What led me to this point?" Very modern in construction but a period piece. The most memorable characters in literature. The reader...not great. I LOVE Sam Waterston but his reading is very quiet, very breathy and emphysemaed. Perhaps previous he was kicked in the chest by a mule? Book: A Reader: C- Monumental book and Sensitive Narration This Pulitzer Prize winning book is poetic and touching.

A Classic Tales Christmas Audiobook by O. Henry, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald
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A Classic Tales Christmas Audiobook by O. Henry, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Classic Tales Christmas Author: O. Henry, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins Language: English Release date: 03-08-12 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 85 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: All of your favorite Christmas stories in one fantastic collection. From heartfelt stories such as O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" to tales of mystery from G. K. Chesterton and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Here is a treasure trove of tales from some of the best writers in the world, narrated by the voice of the Classic Tales: B.J. Harrison. Each story is presented unabridged. A Classic Tales Christmas includes: Members Reviews: Like a Christmas Stocking filled with many varied items this collection has stories that I look forward to reading every year and some I had never heard before but all top class authors. Mr Harrison has a pleasant light tenor. The only thing I disliked was not being able to easily find a specific story. Good Classic Christmas Fun I found several of these stories very enjoyable to say the least. It ws very fun to listen to some other stories instead of the Christmas carol. Some of the stories are a little dark in nature but others are great. If you have the time and want to be in the Christmas mood give these a chance. Excellent for getting and keeping the spirit of Christmas Likely recorded over a span of time that might even be years, I suspect, because the recording/editing quality varies from story to story and Harrison's skills wax and wane a bit. But by the time I got to "A Christmas Carol," I thought this quite an accomplishment, to render such disparate writers' styles and give a considered, performative weight to their each and every phrase. The collection is heavily weighted toward Dickens, but besides A Christmas Carol, the Cricket on the Hearth (also a novel) was among my favorites, as was the short story by Tolstoy. Oh, and the Fitzgerald! That was a surprise and also expertly narrated. I listened to this from about Christmas Eve and finished just after Epiphany, so it helped me keep the twelve days of Christmas fresh and meaningful. Classic Tales Christmas? Hardly. The stories that I managed to make my way through in this collection are boring and annoying. No chapters are labeled, so there's no way to pick out stories you would actually LIKE to hear. You're apparently just stuck listening until it runs out. It begins with an interminable story by G.K. Chesterton, which had nothing to do with Christmas that I could determine. Chesterton's writing only displays how him impressed with himself Chesterton was. Trying to jump from chapter to chapter is pretty much like flipping a coin. I need to be able to choose what the story is, sorry. Magical Stories This compilation contains some I have heard before and many I had not. It is a magical experience to hear many of these classics at Christmas time. Some deal specifically with Christmas and some, like Arthur Conan Doyle's Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, only allude to the season. This does not detract from the beauty of the stories. This audiobook will be a yearly treat that I will enjoy from now on. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Gift of the Magi and The Last Leaf Audiobook by O. Henry
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The Gift of the Magi and The Last Leaf Audiobook by O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Gift of the Magi and The Last Leaf Author: O. Henry Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 34 mins Language: English Release date: 07-11-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 66 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A poor young couple demonstrates the meaning of love and self-sacrifice in the Christmas Classic, "The Gift of the Magi". Also included is "The Last Leaf". This tale follows a young woman artist who is stricken with pneumonia. She watches the leafy vine opposite her window with hollow eyes, and she determines to stay alive until the last leaf falls. O. Henry, always a master with the surprise ending, delivers two fine tales of his beloved New York City. Members Reviews: Not what you think it is. What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? Had this been the O. Henry Story! Any additional comments? This isn't a verbatim version of the story. Surprisingly effective Very interesting and touching stories. Timeless tales that seem to be more universal than I would have expected. Glad I bought this book. O. Henry, one of my favorite authors These are two of my favorite stories by O. Henry. I love his compassion for the sick child who was saved by an old man by giving back her hope. The love of the couple for each other, by selling their most precious posessions in order to give them a special gift. The gifts were for each to adorn their pride and joy. What a specal Christmas it was. The narration, however, was too slow and put me to sleep. Good voice. classic greatness The vice of magi is one of the greatest classics ever written. I was so pleased to find it in audio form. OLD FAVORITES The Magi is an old familiar fable I've heard many times in one form or another . The Last Leaf is new to me. I enjoyed both shorts; each with its own unique characters , storyline and outcome. I now will be searching for more O. Henry material. As usual, B. J. Harrison does an excellent job of narrative. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Cask of Amontillado Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Cask of Amontillado Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Cask of Amontillado Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 15 mins Language: English Release date: 05-13-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 103 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The bloody-minded Montresor leads the pompous Fortunato deep into the catacombs, seeking the famed Amontillado wine. Here we have one of Poes most terrifying, and most beloved tales. Revenge and pomposity commingle beneath the rivers bed, leading to a delightfully sinister conclusion. Members Reviews: Great price for great performance Wonderful performance needed this book for school! Wonderful for the very low price that is thank you!!! I love the person that made this Giggity! I started studying this story in Middle/High school. Wrote several papers/analysis on it and have since grown to really enjoy the dark mind that was Poe. Reminds me of my favorite film director Tim Burton. If you enjoy Burton's work, Poe will not disappoint. My only complaint then (and still today) is the verbiage from that particular era of poetry/writing. Unfortunately, that will never change. Perhaps a translation into new era english is in order? It's alright Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? It could go either way. I didn't dislike it, but I didn't like it. It was an interesting read for class, but nothing that I ever would have read otherwise. It was more interesting than some of his other writings. Would you recommend The Cask of Amontillado to your friends? Why or why not? Sure, if I had a friend that loved Poe in general then I would recommend this short. What aspect of B.J. Harrisons performance would you have changed? The performance was pretty spot on in my opinion, very animated. There are some better performances and readings (even dramatizations) on YouTube available for free. If this book were a movie would you go see it? No, of course not. But I did see a funny dramatization and reading on YouTube with the actor that played the dad in the Home Alone movies. It was better than listening to this in my opinion. Any additional comments? Read it if you are a Poe fan, if not then pass. Wonderful to listen to. Would you consider the audio edition of The Cask of Amontillado to be better than the print version? No. What did you like best about this story? The element of not really knowing the context of the story. Gives you so much to consider. Any additional comments? Wonderfully read. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Adventures of Augie March Audiobook by Saul Bellow
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The Adventures of Augie March Audiobook by Saul Bellow

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Adventures of Augie March Author: Saul Bellow Narrator: Tom Parker Format: Unabridged Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 12-19-07 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 366 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Augie is a poor but exuberant boy growing up in Chicago during the Depression. While his friends all settle into chosen professions, Augie demands a special destiny. He tests out a wild succession of occupations, proudly rejecting each as too limiting - until he tangles with the glamorous perfectionist Thea. ©1949 Saul Bellow; (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc. Members Reviews: Wonderful story, wonderful reader What a fabulous novel, and so well read by Tom Parker. I ended up buying the book as well, to reread some chapters and have the opportunity to ponder the philosophical musings expressed by the various vivid characters in this story. I found myself thinking of Dickens so often as I was listening to and reading this novel--the rich teeming life of a city, the wildly improbable yet wholly believable one-of-a-kind characters, the comic antics, the sorrow, the crazy business of living and trying to find any meaning in it at all. I've been listening to lots of Dickens on Audible, and now I'll add Bellow to my wish list. These are great books to listen to and live with, and think about long after you've read or heard the last word. One line I love from Augie's tale: "I refuse to live a disappointed life." THAT part of the Universe visible from Chicago! I knew from the first couple paragraphs of this novel that it was fantastic, amazing, like a well-built Italian or German sports car. However, once Bellow jumps into Augie's flight to Mexico with Thea (where they try to to catch Mexican lizards with a wussy eagle) it was equivalent to discovering the sports car you are driving actually has 7 gears and your radio goes to 11. Anyway, this is one of those books where sentences seem likely to escape the gravity of English, the characters are as big as planets, and the plot is as big as Eternity or at least the Universe or at least that part of the Universe visible from Chicago. My favorite book in the world I have read this over and over and now I can listen to it. The characters are all interesting and knowable, but the thing about it is the language. The rich rich American language. The descriptions of things and places and people and emotions and confusions are all-encompassing. There is no book you ever get inside of like you get inside of this one. Saul Bellow was a great writer, and I've enjoyed all his books, especially "The Dean's December," but this is his youthful outpouring, just a flood of words and characters and situations, each as engaging as the last. My favorite. All-time. Different but good This is a really peculiar book, a very American picaresque bildungsroman, about a young Jewish man growing up in Depression Era Chicago and traveling a bit - to Mexico. What makes it peculiar is that Augie just seems to tumble from one escapade to another always managing to land on his feet and continue the journey. He goes from one group of people to another, one woman to the next, times of money and no money, etc. His basic employment seems to be that of book thief, but he's open to much of what comes along although some troubles he just lands in though his own life mismanagement. His survival skills, physical, emotional and material, are certainly well-honed. The message seems to be that "Local boy can never quite get it together and stays lost." A lot of it is quite funny and Augie is certainly an engaging protagonist.

A Man in Full Audiobook by Tom Wolfe
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A Man in Full Audiobook by Tom Wolfe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Man in Full Author: Tom Wolfe Narrator: David Ogden Stiers Format: Abridged Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 08-11-00 Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 343 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Meanwhile, Conrad Hensley, idealistic young father of two, is laid off from his job at the Croker Global Foods warehouse near Oakland and finds himself spiraling into the lower depths of the American legal system. And back in Atlanta, when star Georgia Tech running back Fareek "the Cannon" Fanon, a homegrown product of the city's slums, is accused of date-raping the daughter of a pillar of the white establishment, upscale black lawyer Roger White II is asked to represent Fanon and help keep the city's delicate racial balance from blowing sky-high. Networks of illegal Asian immigrants criss-crossing the continent, daily life behind bars, shady real estate syndicates - Wolfe shows us contemporary America with all the verve, wit, and insight that have made him our most admired novelist. Charlie Croker's deliverance from his tribulations provides an unforgettable denouement to the most widely awaited, hilarious and telling novel America has seen in ages - Tom Wolfe's most outstanding achievement to date. Members Reviews: Not A Book In Full Why arent there more Tom Wolfe books on Audible? Hes such an amazing writer. No one observes the subtle battlegrounds of human interaction better than he. Whether it's Charley Coker in a **** measuring contest with his banker in A Man In Full or Charlotte Simmons deciding to "go all the way" in I Am Charlotte Simmons, I'm always struck by how Wolfe can see the subtle chess moves in our day to day human transactions. And yet, Im dissatisfied and Wolfes prodigious talent is one reason I am. When I finished the book, my first impression was that it felt truncated, as though pieces were missing. I checked at Audible.com and, sure enough, the book was abridged. Why is a writer this remarkable and celebrated being abridged? I would have gladly spent the time to listen to the entire book. Its just wrong to tamper with an authors work. I have to agree with everyone on this forum who said that David Ogden Stiers did a world class job on the narration. Apparently this was the first book he ever did. Lets hope he does many, many more. Right now, hes right up there with Patrick Tull who narrates Patrick OBrians fabulous Master And Commander series. A wonderful book, but please, please release it in an unabridged form. The point is... The point is to buy and then listen to the entire book. Be sure to look for the unabridged version if it's even available. I had read "A Man in Full" when it came out. My wife had never read any of Wolfe's work. We were off on a holiday drive and thought it'd be great entertainment. There is an entire piece of the intertwined story missing! As well as some other details and insights that I definitely missed. I have lived in Atlanta and actually met the author at a cocktail party. I guess I feel like some of the value of the work is diminished. Yes, Wolfe may at times be a bit wordy in his narratives but that's also part of the charm of his observations. We enjoyed Ogden-Stiers in his reading. He is tougher to listen to in the female characters' voice though. Overall, a story that has much that is dead-on regarding Atlanta and in greater measure the types of people in this city and elsewhere. "Man" would have been a good movie if cast properly. I assume The Bonfire of the Vanities film disaster may have scared Hollywood away.

The Street Audiobook by Ann Petry
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The Street Audiobook by Ann Petry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Street Subtitle: A Novel Author: Ann Petry Narrator: Shayna Small Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 01-18-13 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. and Buck 50 Productions, LLC Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 91 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: As much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to live and raise her son by herself amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s. Originally published in 1946 and hailed by critics as a masterwork, The Street was Ann Petrys first novel, a beloved best seller with more than a million copies in print. Its haunting tale still resonates today. Ann Petry (1908-1997) was an American author who became the first African American woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street, which earned her the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. Critic Reviews: A major literary inventionA truly great book.(Los Angeles Times) Overflows with the classic pity and terror of good imaginative writing.(New York Times) A powerful, uncompromising work of social criticism. To this day, few works of fiction have so clearly illuminated the devastating impact of racial injustice. (Coretta Scott King, American author, activist, and civil rights leader) Members Reviews: Wonderful This book was written in 1945 but could have easily have been about the realities of black life circa 2016. Well written! Sad storyline! VeryWell read and great sound effect! awesome Wonderfully done. I loved this book so much that I read it twice. Surprised ending. Needed read This book was a real eye opener. Touched on a lot of things people still go through in poverty. great book i had to read this for an American lit class and do not have a whole lot of time to sit down and read so I downloaded the audio book. the narrator is amazing and so is the story. 5 starts all around Brilliant book. Superb narrator. Tacky sound effects As a white middle class male from the 21st century I found this book about a black woman in Harlem in the 1940s absolutely mesmerizing. The narrator is top notch with great voices for all the characters. I felt I was a fly on the wall in Harlem in that postwar era. The only reason I gave the performance three stars has nothing to do with the masterful narration. It has to do with the annoying, distracting, superfluous, tacky sound effects that keep popping up at seemingly random points in the story. Door slams, doorbells, high heels clicking, trains, etc. Puleeeeeeze! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Men Without Women Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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Men Without Women Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Men Without Women Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Stacy Keach Format: Abridged Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins Language: English Release date: 06-30-08 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 38 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In "Banal Story", Hemingway offers a lasting tribute to the famed matador Maera. "In Another Country" tells of an Italian major recovering from war wounds as he mourns the untimely death of his wife. "The Killers" is the hard-edged story about two Chicago gunmen and their potential victim. Nick Adams makes an appearance in "Ten Indians," in which he is presumably betrayed by his Indian girlfriend, Prudence. And "Hills Like White Elephants" is a young couple's subtle, heartwrenching discussion of abortion. Pared down, gritty, and subtly expressive, these stories show the young Hemingway emerging as America's finest short story writer. Members Reviews: loved the ending beautiful athletic masculine prose as usual for Hemingway. very well read, too. loved it. overall an educational read it was good, just maybe not my usual. it was educational from the point of view that it was all about men. short stories all regarding men and their roles. Great and varied collection Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? I would because each story is interesting, short and sweet. Does not get dull or boring, if you find that the particular story does not suit you its not long before the next one starts. Which character as performed by Stacy Keach was your favourite? Think this is my first and she did a great job narrating the stories. Would absolutely pick up more books with her as the voice If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? Think it would be more of a sketch film and even at that I think it would be fairly hard to make it into something good. Any additional comments? Really liked the bullfighting one, think it was the first. Really set the tone and gave a hint of what was to come. The concept is very interesting and there is no shortage of things men does for women. Not to mention what men with out women does to get women. Really liked the one about the boxer as well, really emotional and give a lot of depth to a character in a very short amount of time! Masculine Prose. A wonderful collection of short stories! I listened to it while working at my desk, it is an interesting companion to dull and dreary working hours. There are many interesting and varied stories and if you like Hemingway's narratives, and you're like me, you will want to listen to them again and again. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Nick Adams Stories Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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The Nick Adams Stories Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Nick Adams Stories Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Stacy Keach Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins Language: English Release date: 06-04-07 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 128 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "Of the place where he had been a boy he had written well enough. As well as he could then." So thought a dying writer in an early version of The Snows of Kilimanjaro. The writer was, of course, Ernest Hemingway. The place was the Michigan of his boyhood summers, where he remembered himself as Nick Adams. The now-famous "Nick Adams" stories show a memorable character growing from child to adolescent to soldier, veteran, writer, and parent - a sequence closely paralleling the events of Hemingway's life. In this arrangement, Nick Adams emerges clearly as the first in a long line of Hemingway's fictional selves. Later versions were all to have behind them part of Nick's history and, correspondingly, part of Hemingway's. This is a must-have for fans of the iconic author. Members Reviews: Let Nick Adams introduce you to Ernest Hemingway In Hemingway's best short stories, a curtain is parted then closed, revealing the center of a man's being. Some of these stories are included in this collection, such as "Big Two Hearted River," "The Last Country" and "Fathers & Sons." Stacy Keach is outstanding, and cleary understands the writer. I hadn't realized how versatile Keach was. Absolutely brilliant reading! This is just about as good as audio book production and 20th Century literature gets. Hemingway's "Nick Adam's Stories" come to life! Stacy Keach's reading is incredibly dexterous as he brings Hemingway's characters to life. Earnest would be pleased. Straight Goods Mr. H manages one true sentence when two might do and leaving a word out risks nothing but empty space. Space occupied but empty notwithstanding. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

In Our Time Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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In Our Time Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: In Our Time Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Stacy Keach Format: Abridged Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins Language: English Release date: 05-28-08 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 80 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In Our Time contains several early Hemingway classics, including the famous Nick Adams stories "Indian Camp", "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife", "The Three Day Blow", and "The Battler". It also introduces listeners to the hallmarks of the Hemingway style: a lean, tough prose, enlivened by an ear for the colloquial and an eye for the realistic that suggests, through the simplest of statements, a sense of moral value and a clarity of heart. Now recognized as one of the most original short-story collections in 20th-century literature, In Our Time also provides a key to Hemingway's later works. Members Reviews: Unabridged reading by Stacy Keach This is a great reading by Stacy Keach of Hemingway's first book. Audible is listing this as Abridged (as of March 2011, they may correct it later) but it is actually complete with all of the 16 short stories and the 16 vignettes as in the printed Scribner editions. Astonishing. Stacy Keach brings Hemingway's characters and narrative to life with a depth and dimension which must surely mirror the author's intent. Applause all around. Wonderful time Good narration, great stories of horse racing, bullfighting, and a peaceful lone fishing trip in another time. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 9 mins Language: English Release date: 06-20-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 52 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Fitzgerald's tale of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. This story was the basis for the Oscar-winning Brad Pitt film of the same name. Members Reviews: Great Story - Mediocre Narrator Performance While I greatly enjoyed the story, the narrator's performance was lacking. His speech patterns (pauses, etc) were not natural and made it difficult for me to follow the story. De calidad Would you listen to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button again? Why? Si, inclusive lo hago seguido. La historia es buena y la narración también What did you like best about this story? Es poco tradicional Have you listened to any of Alan Munros other performances before? How does this one compare? No If you could take any character from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button out to dinner, who would it be and why? Benjamin Button Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty Audiobook by Eudora Welty
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The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty Audiobook by Eudora Welty

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty Author: Eudora Welty Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat, Jessica Almasy, Victor Bevine, Marc Boyett, Jonathan Davis, Colman Domingo, Jeremy Gage, L. J. Ganser, Gayle Hendrix, Khristine Hvam Format: Unabridged Length: 32 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 08-05-11 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 173 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This complete collection includes all of the published stories of Eudora Welty. There are 41 stories in all, including those in the earlier collections A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, The Golden Apples, and The Bride of the Innisfallen, as well as previously uncollected stories. The full cast of narrators includes Jessica Almasy, Victor Bevine, Marc Boyett, Jonathan Davis, Colman Domingo, Jeremy Gage, L. J. Ganser, Gayle Hendrix, Khristine Hvam, Allyson Johnson, Katy Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, Elisabeth Rodgers, Barbara Rosenblat, Eileen Stevens, Suzanne Toren, Marc Vietor, Ollie Wyman, and Gabra Zackman. Critic Reviews: "Eudora Welty is one of our purest, finest, gentlest voices, and this collection is something to be treasured." (Anne Tyler, Washington Star) "The richness of such talent resists a summing up.... She is always honest, always just. And she is vastly entertaining. The stories are magnificent." (Maureen Howard, The New York Times Book Review) An expansive cast of performers delivers Weltys 41 published stories. While all the performances are strongit is the female narrators who shine on these recordings. Their voices are especially capable of performing the acrobatics involved in the social maneuverings of Weltys steel magnolias. Dialogue is nuancedmany exchanges sound so authentic that its almost as if the listener is watching a play rather than hearing prose. Weltys unique stories of hope, love, and redemption are enlivened by all the performers on this extensive collection. (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Too Good For Audio (I've given fewer stars for performance, because some performances here are better than others). Based on what I've been hearing on this recording, Eudora Welty may be the best American writer of the 20th Century. (For me, for my taste) Hard to tell. So I've got to read her on the page. I've bought this book, now, from Amazon. I can't listen to it anymore because I want to constantly stop, go back, and read stuff over, asking, "WHAT did she just say?!." I can't believe an American writer I haven't read before (I'm old and I've been reading all my life) can be so impossibly good. Usually I LISTEN to books to escape. Audio is fine for that. But this is escape of a different kind entirely. It's a glimpse into the real world made magical by descriptions that make you catch your breath. I may change my mind after pursuing her onto the page. I don't think so, though. great stories, uneven readers I was initially appalled by the arch and phoney accent of the initial narrator reading Welty's preface. Happily most of the readings are better than that, some of them actually quite good. The stories themselves, it it almost needless to say, are varied and splendid. A Beautiful Companion I have read and listened to 'The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty', not all in one go, a few or one at a time, between novels or for a break, in a car on NPR, and on a plane to escape my seat companion, and I am always taken completely from myself into a world of word as music.

Bartleby, the Scrivener Audiobook by Herman Melville
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Bartleby, the Scrivener Audiobook by Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Bartleby, the Scrivener Author: Herman Melville Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 05-13-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 228 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The life of a scrivener can be a dull one. After all, your entire occupation has to do with the handwritten copying of law documents. But when Bartleby arrives, he turns the office upside down with the enigmatic phrase: I prefer not to. Members Reviews: Listen to this version The narrator is very good, and the other versions are far too pricey for a tale of this length. "I would prefer not to REVIEW" This novella seems to anticipate both Kafka and reflect Dostoevsky. I would say more but I prefer not to. Haunting... The first chapter was a bit detailed and slow (which seems about right, given the period this book was written) and then the story became so strangely amusing and Kafka-esque. But Melville wraps the story up in a beautifully haunting way that I will not soon forget. I'm so glad I listened to this novella. The narrator was pitch perfect and the story will stay with me for a long time. I loved Bartleby This is another one of those books that you think Ill get round to this one day. I never did so decided to listen instead. I am glad I did. NARRATOR The narrator does a very good job with this book. He has the voice for a Dickensian novel. His voice is commanding and his accent frightfully English. His voice differentiation is great so there is no confusion. His accents are appropriate which can sometimes be a trap with this period. His inflections keep the story moving along without being overly dramatic, but maintain the drama nonetheless. I enjoyed the rendition very much indeed. STORY This story is a classic for a reason. Sometimes a character out of a book will stick with you, Bartleby has certainly done that. The author has drawn him and his compatriots so well you can almost see and smell them, and thanks to the great narration you can hear them. I would recommend this book unreservedly to anyone that loves great characters in their storytelling. I can,t believe Melville wrote this Even a great narrator like BJ can save this boring, awful story. I hope they will give me a refund. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

O. Henry: Complete Short Stories Collection Audiobook by O. Henry, William Sydney Porter
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O. Henry: Complete Short Stories Collection Audiobook by O. Henry, William Sydney Porter

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: O. Henry: Complete Short Stories Collection Author: O. Henry, William Sydney Porter Narrator: Bob Thomley Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins Language: English Release date: 05-02-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 98 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: O. Henry's short stories are well known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization, and clever twist endings. This collection includes Members Reviews: Mis-named: This is not a complete collection Any additional comments? I was suckered but it was my own fault. I should have known that a complete collection of O. Henrys short stories couldnt be recorded in only 14 hours, 40 minutes. I didnt even take the time to read the list of only 49 stories thoroughly. All I did was notice that MY favorite, A Retrieved Reformation, was included. My 900+ page book of O. Henrys stories has something over 200 stories, and it doesnt claim to have all of them. The last Audible book I got that was that long (The Count of Monte Cristo) required 47 hours to read. I should have known. Even knowing this, I would buy this audiobook again. Its cheap and well worth the price. I wont attempt to critique O. Henrys work, as most high school graduates have read at least one or two of his short stories. You should already know about his tendency towards surprise endings. What I had forgotten was his other tendency towards depressing endings. The Gift of the Magi and The Last Leaf are two good examples, but there are several other stories in this collection that are also downers. The earlier reviewer is correct that you really must listen to these stories to get all the important parts. O. Henry wrote SHORT stories, so almost every word is significant. He didnt use long descriptions just to fill pages. Also, as previously stated, the language is stilted compared to todays usage. Remember, he died in 1910. These stories do require your attention. The reader is absolutely excellent. He knows exactly where to emphasize each word and has enough different voice personalities to make it easy to understand whos talking. One last note regarding the limited number of stories on this recording: The list by the publisher claims that there are 49 stories. This is incorrect; there are 46 stories. The missing ones are: The Caliph, A Blackjack Bargainer, The Trimmed Lamp. The download comes in two parts. Each story has its own chapter break and some longer stories have two chapter breaks. There is no listing of what stories are where, so here it is for you: O. Henry - Complete Short Stories (Part 1) - 0:00:00 - By Courier - 0:09:14 - Jimmy Hayes & Muriel - 0:22:31 - Schools and Schools - 0:49:15 - Roads of Destiny (Part 1) - 1:18:03 - Roads of Destiny (Part 2) - 1:48:06 - A Cosmopolite in a Café - 2:01:17 - Christmas by Injunction - 2:31:01 - Mammon and the Archer - 2:46:49 - A Bird of Bagdad - 3:06:12 - After Twenty Years - 3:14:04 - From the Cabbys Seat - 3:25:56 - Lost on Dress Parade - 3:41:09 - Memoirs of a Yellow Dog - 3:52:48 - Tobins Palm - 4:12:06 - Transients in Arcadia - 4:26:03 - The Skylight Room - 4:41:56 - Ulysses and the Dogman - 4:56:00 - The Pendulum - 5:07:50 - The Enchanted Profile - 5:25:58 - The Green Door - 5:44:13 - The Third Ingredient - 6:15:39 - Best Seller - 6:42:14 - The Princess and the Puma - 6:57:57 - The Last Leaf O.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Washington Irving
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by Washington Irving

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow [Classic Tales Edition] Author: Washington Irving Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 23 mins Language: English Release date: 08-09-16 Publisher: B. J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 86 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Here is the complete and unabridged tale of Ichabod Crane and his ill-fated visit to Sleepy Hollow. Half of the charm of the tale is Irving's beautiful prose, as he describes the glorious New England countryside. But of course there are chills galore when the Headless Horseman appears. Members Reviews: First timer For someone hearing the actual story for the first time. Its nothing that I expected from what little I know of the story from movies and cartoons. Honestly... I forgot how cumbersome and dry is the nature of this tale is in my nostalgia. It is humorous with a little chill in its bones, yet there is much wasted and needless detail that fluffs the story up to its length. I understand the commentary hidden, but it could have been s9 achieved without the incessant detail. Also I take issue with the narrator, Mr. Harrison, for the voice he gave to the story's, erm... "Hero"... Ichabod Crane. He was portrayed as having the voice of a frog or toad from some bygone cartoon in the most nerve wracking of ways and it might destroys the feeling and immersion offered by the story. Classic with a classic reading Timeless classic that, once I got beyond the obvious racist overtones of some of its characters portrayals, spirited me back to a time long ago to spook me get again. Kudos to the narrator. Great story Beautiful writing and excellent narrator. Irving is a true master of writing tales only rivaled by Poe and Hawthorne. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Ransom of Red Chief Audiobook by O. Henry
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The Ransom of Red Chief Audiobook by O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Ransom of Red Chief Author: O. Henry Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 42 mins Language: English Release date: 02-17-12 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 56 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In the first tale, we follow two workmen on an intriguing journey to Coney Island, where the heartsick and disgruntled Tobin has his palm read. Who knew that palmistry could be so unpredictable? Secondly, a tale of kidnapping gone awry. A little boy, self proclaimed "Red Chief", is taken from his home, and has so much fun he never wants to go back, much to the chagrin of the kidnappers. Members Reviews: Two O. Henry stories Besides The Ransom of Red Chief -- one of the best-known stories by O. Henry (The Gift of the Magi is another) -- this title also includes Tobin's Palm. Both are amusing, well-written, and extremely well narrated by Mr. Harrison. I enjoyed them both, probably more than if I had simply read the stories. O boy I really only listened to this because of a sketch I seen on an old episode of SCTV Network 90, they had done an I Henry parody. Terrible The concept of The Ransom of Red Chief was amusing. The actual story, however, was not clever and definitely not funny. Lame ending. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Winesburg, Ohio Audiobook by Sherwood Anderson
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Winesburg, Ohio Audiobook by Sherwood Anderson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Winesburg, Ohio Author: Sherwood Anderson Narrator: George Guidall Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 05-23-12 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 78 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Winesburg, Ohio is a little-known masterpiece that forever changed the course of American storytelling. Bittersweet and richly insightful, it reveals Sherwood Andersons special talent for taking the small moments of life and transforming them into timeless folk tales - a talent that inspired a generation of writers including William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. At the center of this collection of stories stands George Willard, an earnest young reporter for the Winesburg Eagle who sets out to gather the towns daily news. He ends up discovering the towns deepest secrets as one by one, the townsfolk confide their hopes, dreams, and fears to the reporter. In their recollections of first loves and last rites, of sprawling farms and winding country roads, the town rises vividly - and poignantly - to life. With polished prose and fresh imagery, Winesburg, Ohio is an American classic that celebrates small-town life in the lost days of innocence and good will. Members Reviews: Isolation, Loneliness, Love & Midwest Grotesque This is one of those important novels I would have probably passed over or missed if Sherwood Anderson wasn't mentioned in so many lists--and if so many authors I admire (Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, O'Connor, McCarthy) didn't mention him as an influence or inspiration. There is something beautiful about every single sentence that Anderson writes. Some of the stories in 'Winesburg, Ohio' (Death, Loneliness, the Strength of God, Godliness, and Adventure) were nearly perfect. Others, while they might not have hit me as hard as those five, were still almost uniformly beautiful and interesting. Like waves beating rhythmically against a wall, Anderson's stories seemed to gently deliver a message from the universe of the grotesque. Ideas of isolation, loneliness, love and the need to reach out to others (to find love or understanding) float from one story to the next and weave the various plots of the twenty-two short stories together. 'Winesburg, Ohio' is a great piece of American fiction and an amazing piece of 2oth century art. An unusual, mannered performance -- but brilliant Though it may outwardly resemble Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A., the rural town of Winesburg, in this famous collection of related short stories, is far from quaint and pastoral; rather, it's a hotbed of thwarted dreams, stifled passions, and suicidal loneliness. Anderson couldn't write explicitly about sex in those days, but it's a central element in many of the lives he examines, most of them tragic. There's so much misery in this community, so many painful or twisted emotions bubbling beneath the proper surface of daily life, that the stories seem at times almost self-parodies. (The style invites parody and has indeed been parodied.) What sets this audiobook apart is the amazing performance that George Guidall gives. All I can say is that his reading is extremely unusual, extremely mannered, all the more so if you try listening to it, as I did, played at half speed. His delivery is somber and portentous, emphasizing every single word, and every single sentence somehow reads like a death sentence, ending on a somber, despairing note.

The Complete Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer (Dramatized) Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Complete Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer (Dramatized) Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Complete Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer (Dramatized) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Jason Damron Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 12-27-12 Publisher: BN Publishing Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 13 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: An easy to navigate audio version of every published Twain novel that features Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer Abroad, and Tom Sawyer Detective). This audiobook also includes a plot overview for each work. Members Reviews: Very Odd Dramatization The reading of this book was actually quite annoying. It seemed as though the narrator was trying too much to dramatize each word which, in my opinion, had the effect of sounding extremely loud and childish. Most of the dramatization was simply too overdone and I found myself wishing he would just read instead of trying to almost put on a one- man play. It seemed as though he was shouting rather than reading and the voices each character took on were overly exaggerated in their inflections. I just did not enjoy this particular narration. Also, despite the description of the "complete" adventures of Huck and Tom, it was almost entirely all about Huck. Though I know it is geared for children, this narrator didn't have to read it as though the listener was probably a toddler. All in all, I would not recommend this particular version as an audiobook, especially when you consider the cost. Compared to the free version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer through my Audiobooks app, this book missed by a mile in its narration. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Eric G. Dove Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 09-05-13 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 20 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Following the events of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn is under the watchful stewardship of the Widow Douglas. However, when he is forced back into his drunken father's custody, Huck fakes his own death and runs off down river. In the process, he meets up with Jim, a runaway slave, and the two become friends as well as travel companions. Their adventures lead them through many twists and turns through the American South, embarking on a legendary journey. Members Reviews: Excellent Voices Eric did an excellent job and we loved all of his voices! I would recommend this to parents, teens and children. So many parts of this book had us in stitches!! Old time truths and wonderful lessons for all about the value of a man's soul. Wonderfully read story What made the experience of listening to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the most enjoyable? I wanted to share this story with my 5th grader and 3rd grader to bring their US history lessons to life. It served as a springboard for great discussions about the formation of our country and life lessons as well. I was happily surprised with how entertaining this story is. I knew it was going to be funny, but I didn't expect to be laughing out loud. I thought the reading, by Eric G. Dove, was excellent. Wonderfully read! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story by Mark Twain! The narrator is very exceptional! fantastic performance fantastic performance brought characters alive! A true American Classic. Great experience as an audio book! Love the voice! The book is amazing, of course, everyone already knows that, but Eric read it in such a way as to do the plot and characters real justice. Each character had, and maintained, their unique voice, and the narration never sounded sleepy or 'teleprompter'-ish. Great recording too, nice and loud and clear so I could listen without being bothered by every surrounding sound. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 3 Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft
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The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 3 Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 3 Author: H. P. Lovecraft Narrator: Wayne June Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 05-30-06 Publisher: Audio Realms, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 283 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: These following Lovecraft tales can be found in this audiobook: Critic Reviews: "Narrator Wayne June's voice will give you the absolute lurking creeps." (SFFAudio.com) Members Reviews: Good Listen This is my first venture into H.P. Lovecraft. I really like the narrator's voices, which add to the vibe set by the stories. The only issue I see people having is the choppy rhythm moments, which are few and far between. Wayne June is perfect for Lovecraft's tales What did you love best about The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 3? I liked hearing a collection of some of Lovecraft's best tales in one volume. Wayne June's voice is perfect for the brooding atmosphere of Lovecraft's tales. I have heard other tales ruined by the narrator. Not here though. Have you listened to any of Wayne Junes other performances before? How does this one compare? I have listened to several volumes of Lovecraft's work read by Wayne June and by others. By far, Mr. June is the best of them. I have not heard him in any other writings but would be interested to do so. Wayne June is terrifying Would you consider the audio edition of The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 3 to be better than the print version? Don't know didn't read the print version. What other book might you compare The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 3 to and why? The other volumes in the series Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Wanted to but was unable too. Any additional comments? Wayne June's narration of Lovecraft is absolutely terrifying. It makes the listening experience that much better. Great Tales, some of my favorites, well told! Wayne June's voice is perfect for Lovecraft. He truly excels when given the weird, the wild, and the bizarre and if there's a writer who supplied more of those qualities in his work per word than Howard Phillips Lovecraft, June should read that too! A match made in R'Yleth for fans of weIrd fiction. Tales from the Crypt! What did you love best about The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 3? A good mix of H. P. Lovecraft's stories. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 3? the ending of Which character as performed by Wayne June was your favorite? All are read with a great , deep, voice used to, and expert at telling stories. Any additional comments? H. P. Lovecraft was a genius. His work is the high bench mark for modern horror. No one has reached his greatness since. I urge the reader to listen to Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Audiobook by Washington Irving
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Audiobook by Washington Irving

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Author: Washington Irving Narrator: Curtis Sisco Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 9 mins Language: English Release date: 04-25-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 453 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the most famous supernatural wild chase in all of literature. One of the best known American short stories, this tale has been produced countless times for television and film. A halloween classic! Members Reviews: Hard to believe was written almost 200 years ago The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a such a great short(ish) story. The descriptions of the people, scenery, and life in the Hudson valley were excellent. Then there's that neat and very ambiguous supernatural element in it as well. I read this story back in high school eons ago. Loved it then, love it now. It almost feels contemporary despite its age. Btw, reading it again made me realise the Disney version of this got the look of Ichabod Crane just right. stiff story teller great book! the story of Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman is not the story for the light-hearted LOL. very colorful and very intricate. the Storyteller was a little stiff. I enjoyed the story overall A great story What made the experience of listening to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow the most enjoyable? It was short and so I could listen to it with few breaks. Who was your favorite character and why? Ichabod because he thinks he's got it all figured out on how to get the girl. What does Curtis Sisco bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? He's a good storyteller. His reading is fluid and easy to follow. He pronounces the words well and doesn't make awkward pauses like other narrators sometimes do. If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? A twist at the end Any additional comments? This was a good story that is about middle school level. It's not particularly one that I feel my 7 year old could follow, but a story I plan to share with him in the future. The Good Ones Never Get Old If you could sum up The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in three words, what would they be? Entertaining, humorous, lively What other book might you compare The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to and why? Like Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow gives an enchanting view into the dynamics of everyday life in colonial times. What about Curtis Siscos performance did you like? Sisco does a splendid job giving distinct voices to each of the characters and does so with attention to the story flow. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? Listening to this book brings back happy memories of being read the story as a child. I couldn't help but laugh at the foibles of the character. Any additional comments? As you can tell from my earlier comments, I am quite enthusiastic about this experience. If you purchase this version, you will be, too. What A Disappointment Though this work is considered a "classic" it must be only due to its age. It certainly should not be considered classic in the sense of being a good story. It is a short story and, I find it to be a disappointment. I could have certainly completed my life without ever having read this book. The language and vocabulary I found impressive. The story I find mediocre. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Young Goodman Brown Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Young Goodman Brown Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Young Goodman Brown Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 40 mins Language: English Release date: 02-17-12 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 96 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: How long would you walk, if the Devil sauntered up to you of an evening, and journeyed alongside of you? Young Goodman Brown is led by the Devil to a midnight ritual, where fire, blood, and water change his opinions of the nature of humanity. Members Reviews: Perfect I bought this because of the exceedingly cheap price, but this turned out to be one of the best audio books I have listened to in a long time. Perfectly narrated, and a great story. All should know the tale of young goodman brown Reminds me of hp love craft. Very well written, has a great atmosphere and is a well crafted story. Full of great imagery. Classic the narrator aside, Hawthorne is a master, second maybe, only to Edgar Allen Poe. I loved this reading. Great Narration! Great narration in tribute to a wonderful classic. The characters were well betrayed in an enthusiastic and insightful way. I would recommend it to anyone. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Bernice Bobs Her Hair Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Bernice Bobs Her Hair Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Bernice Bobs Her Hair Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr Language: English Release date: 02-17-12 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 98 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Bernice has rare beauty and wealth, but is undeniably socially awkward. Her cousin Marjorie does her best to make Bernice into a social vampire. Being a socialite in America in the 1920s, it seems to her that some of the more archaic feminine ideals need to go. Bernice's long, luxurious hair may need to go, too. Members Reviews: Who's Afraid of F Scott Fitzgerald ? Any additional comments? If you've hesitated to read F Scott Fitzgerald because his novels are so... respected and loved by literary intellectuals, give his short stories a shot. They are friendly, extremely interesting, filled with memorable and easily recognized characters. Bernice Bobs Her Hair is only one of many, so keep in mind that you're getting a one-hour recording, but still well worth your purchase. And funny. Bernice is a typical young woman learning to maneuver through her societies. Whether you picture her in Fitzgerald's early 20th C setting or transport her into current social events, her predicament and solution ring true and delightfully recognizable. I love Fitzgerald for a light short read on a quiet afternoon. (and yeah, the novels are surprisingly approachable--though not as lighthearted--too.) Excellent story! Would you listen to Bernice Bobs Her Hair again? Why? Yes. I like the story. What was one of the most memorable moments of Bernice Bobs Her Hair? When Bernice gets her own back. Have you listened to any of B. J. Harrisons other performances before? How does this one compare? No. If you could take any character from Bernice Bobs Her Hair out to dinner, who would it be and why? Bernice, because she is the least evil. Love F. Scott He has such a clear writing style that makes it an easy listen. If you liked the Great Gatsby, you'll love this short story. I can honestly say I did not foresee the twist at the end. Love F. Scott He has such a clear writing style that makes it an easy listen. If you liked the Great Gatsby, you'll love this short story. I can honestly say I did not foresee the twist at the end. Classic Literary fiction at its best! A great Classic story of revenge. Very climactic end to the tale. Great literary fiction at its best. Wonderfully narrated by B. J. Harrison. Definitely a worthwhile read (listen). Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Stacy Keach Format: Abridged Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 06-30-08 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 126 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The ideal introduction to the genius of Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories contains ten of Hemingway's most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction. Selected from Winner Take Nothing, Men Without Women, and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories, this collection includes "The Killers," the first of Hemingway's mature stories to be accepted by an American periodical; the autobiographical "Fathers and Sons," which alludes, for the first time in Hemingway's career, to his father's suicide; "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," a "brilliant fusion of personal observation, hearsay and invention," wrote Hemingway's biographer, Carlos Baker; and the title story itself, of which Hemingway said: "I put all the true stuff in," with enough material, he boasted, to fill four novels. Beautiful in their simplicity, startling in their originality, and unsurpassed in their craftsmanship, the stories in this volume highlight one of America's master storytellers at the top of his form. (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc. Members Reviews: Extraordinary reading. Stacy Keach, who I am proud to say I've met when he was playing Ken on "Titus" is an amiable and talented individual. Reading Hemingway, he is absolutely superb. My kids were fascinated by the stories and absorbed by Mr. Keach's telling of it. Truly sublime. Two vantage points Earnest Hemmingway is such a household name that everybody thinks he/she must have read Hemmingway at some time or the other. Many won't admit they could have lived so long and not read Hemmingway. It's hard to believe that there is only one voice reading these stories. Stacy Keach makes these stories come alive because of his mastery of accents and interpretation. Keach's reading makes them seem as fresh as a new day. Hemingway... Boring and uninteresting. What disappointed you about The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories? I thought I would try Hemingway because of his reputation. However, I recently watched his bio' on U-tube and found I did not much like him. He is rated the best writer since Shakspear, I guess it's a matter of taste! What does Stacy Keach bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? I like Stacy If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories? All Any additional comments? No At times slow and boring Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? At the beginning I didn't know if I was listening to one story or a series of short stories. It was several short stories. What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!) Just OK. Could you see The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be? Snows of Kilimanjaro is a movie already, and the movie is very slow... Collossal A wonderful collection of short stories! I listened to it while working at my desk, it is an interesting companion to dull and dreary working hours. There are many interesting and varied stories and if you like Hemingway's narratives, and you're like me, you will want to listen to them again and again. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Great American Short Story Collection Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, O. Henry, Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce
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The Great American Short Story Collection Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, O. Henry, Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Great American Short Story Collection Subtitle: 40 Outstanding Tales by American Writers Author: Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, O. Henry, Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 07-10-15 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 57 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A thoroughly engaging collection of great classic tales by the very best American authors. ... and 10 more wonderful stories. Members Reviews: Hated narrator big time American Stories Not Narrated In American English! Woman sounded spiteful, unpleasant, grinding, slurring it was bad. Annoying voice The stories are classics, but the narrators rythym was irritating. The stories themselves are fantastically written but I felt that the narrator was trying to tell a cheesy horror story to a toddler. Didn't like narration Narration style and accent distracted me from enjoying the stories. Also the pause / transition between stories was so quick and monotone that I was often unsure which story I was in. awful! the reader completely destroyed this book for me. I have no idea what accent she was trying to do but was really really bad. and why would she drag out words for no reason, it didn't add suspense it added nausea. not only do I not recommend this book it should be removed and the reader should be fined! narrator is bad Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? I have only listened to the first 3 stories. I had hoped that each story would have a different narrator. But NO.... Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cathy Dobson? Don't know Could you see The Great American Short Story Collection being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be? no Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Sometimes a Great Notion Audiobook by Ken Kesey
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Sometimes a Great Notion Audiobook by Ken Kesey

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sometimes a Great Notion Author: Ken Kesey Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Format: Unabridged Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins Language: English Release date: 03-03-11 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 376 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A literary icon sometimes seen as a bridge between the Beat Generation and the hippies, Ken Kesey scored an unexpected hit with his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. His successful follow-up, Sometimes a Great Notion, was also transformed into a major motion picture, directed by and starring Paul Newman. Oregons Stamper family does what it can to survive a bitter strike dividing their tiny logging community. And as tensions rise, delicate family bonds begin to fray and unravel. Members Reviews: A great book in print brought to life If you could sum up Sometimes a Great Notion in three words, what would they be? Strong Northwest tale Who was your favorite character and why? Hank. He was the hero but also an antihero. Kesey brought out his inner thoughts and downplayed the obvious, i.e. the outer action. He was capable of great love, for his father, Viv, and Joe Ben but had some trouble expressing this love. Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte???s other performances before? How does this one compare? The Road. No Country for Old Men. All of them have been well done but the narrator had more voices in this novel and did all of them extremely well. Who was the most memorable character of Sometimes a Great Notion and why? Joe Ben. He was the guy we'd all like to have as a friend. Irrepressible joy and boundless energy. He wouldn't hurt anyone on purpose. A man who lived his deep faith but was worldly in every respect. Any additional comments? As happened when I read this book 45 years ago in print, I did not want this audiobook to end. My Favorite Book If you liked The Count of Monte Christo, Atlas Shrugged, East of Eden, or On the Road you will love this book because it finishes the thought that these books started, but with more humanity, humor and complexity. A very worthwhile sleeper classic I had read in several literary forums that SAGN was lesser known but actually a better book than his more famous One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. I have not yet read Cuckoo's Nest (loved the film) but I have to say that SAGN lived up to and exceeded my expectations and I would have to place it amongst the greatest of the modern classics I've ever read. Starting out, the plain stark bare-bones writing style reminded me of Cormac McCarthy, another of my all-time favorites. Kesey has an incredible gift to put his reader inside the minds of all the characters, both protagonists and antagonists and other, so much so that I found myself sympathizing and empathizing with even the alleged bad guys. Combine that with all the symbolism, brilliant characterization and quest for universal truths and you have an incredibly enjoyable read! This is a challenging book because Kesey keeps switching the perspective from 1st person from character to character to 3rd person omniscient. Also, the narrator's voice was very appropriate for the novel. SAGN is easily one of the more rewarding reads I've had the pleasure to experience on audible. I'm off to more literary adventures with Kesey and I'd advise all other avid readers of challenging modern classics to do the same. Kesey writes Oregon like King writes Maine Where does Sometimes a Great Notion rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? It's hard to say. I have listened to over 100 audio books, perhaps more.

The Ambitious Guest Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The Ambitious Guest Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Ambitious Guest Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 21 mins Language: English Release date: 07-11-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 58 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A vicious tempest is raging on a New England mountainside. A young traveler sojourns through the sea of wind and snow, finding refuge in a cottage, cozily nestled in the notch of a hill. The traveler burns with a determination to make his name known to the world. But that will all have to wait until the storm subsides. Members Reviews: Short Tale The Ambitious Guest is a short fork lore tale. Narration is great, probably not worth a credit. Buy it on sale days. Twisted sweetly...loved it. A sweet story. so relatable to how we all feel. Twisted moral. Supper easy, quick read. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Gold-Bug Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Gold-Bug Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Gold-Bug Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Chris Lutkin Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 26 mins Language: English Release date: 07-25-17 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The grand-prize winner of a writing contest sponsored by the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper, "The Gold-Bug" was one of Poe's most popular stories during his lifetime. Similar to his ratiocination tales - early versions of what we now call detective fiction - "The Gold-Bug" is full of mystery and adventure and includes a cryptogram, invisible ink, a scarab-like bug, and pirate treasure. Members Reviews: The Gold-Bug and Other Tales With Edgar Allen Poe, the subjects of death and decay are never long for which to wait; not particularly pleasant topics. And yet, no one else (in my opinion), handles these topics so deliciously! The title of this collection is The Gold-Bug and Other Tales, and it's the 'other tales' which are my favorites. I've always viewed Masque of the Red Death as prescient of the Ebola virus; however what this story is truly about is the futile attempt of an unnamed noble, and his entourage to escape the inevitability of death. They hole themselves up in the noble's castle, surrounding themselves with their opulence, rich food and wine and other amusements. Their attempt is to shut themselves off from a plague which is ravaging the countryside. Ironically, Poe was critiqued in his early writings of not demonstrating a cognizance of what was happening in society and the politics of the time. Yet here is Poe, recognizing the futility of the upper classes, (of which he was a member), in trying to escape the horrors of life with which people of the lower classes (such as slaves of his time), had to cope. Held to have been a racist and pro-slavery, he clearly seems to have recognized the plague sweeping the US,(slavery),and the inevitable impact it would have on the white upper classes. Whether one chooses to view this story as a metaphor for slave uprisings and the threat to the white upper class, or as a spark of conscience illustrating the retribution due a society, when those in power attempt to separate themselves from, and propagate the sufferings of those who are subjugated, the story is an entertaining and haunting read. The subject of conscience for misdeeds is further explored in The Tell Tale Heart, in which the narrator can't escape the 'lub-dub' of the beating heart which the narrator hid under the floor boards, after a committed murder. In Cask of Amontillado, it is the jingling of the bells on the hat of the hapless wine trader as he is buried behind a wall. The description of guilt and its total consumption of the guilty has never been so aptly described! I would recommend this collection to anyone who is interested in descriptive writing, Literature classes, and those who love gothic macabre. Great book at a great price Great book at a great price! I am passing through Charleston, SC soon and remembered that one of my childhood favorites "The Gold Bug" takes place on nearby Sullivan's Island. I thought it would be neat to reread this story and visit Sullivan's Island, which has become somewhat of a monument to Edgar Allan Poe. I look forward to checking out Poe's Cafe. Awesome for a little book Ok ok I will say the N word is used in this book making it a little cringe worthy, however one must remember the era in which it was written. Fabulous story. I had never read a Poe story thinking they were lame.

Best American Humorous Short Stories Audiobook by Eliza Leslie, Edgar Allan Poe, Oliver Wendle Holmes, Caroline M.S. Kirkland, George William Curtis, Mark Twain, Edward Everett Hale
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Best American Humorous Short Stories Audiobook by Eliza Leslie, Edgar Allan Poe, Oliver Wendle Holmes, Caroline M.S. Kirkland, George William Curtis, Mark Twain, Edward Everett Hale

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Best American Humorous Short Stories Author: Eliza Leslie, Edgar Allan Poe, Oliver Wendle Holmes, Caroline M.S. Kirkland, George William Curtis, Mark Twain, Edward Everett Hale Narrator: Stephanye Dussud Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins Language: English Release date: 07-13-12 Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 50 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Eighteen of the very best American short stories, each a classic in its own right. Stories include "The Little Frenchman and his Water Lots", by George Pope Morris; "The Angel of the Odd", by Edgar Allan Poe; "The Schoolmasterss Progress", by Caroline M.S. Kirkland; "The Watkinson Evening", by Eliza Leslie; "Titbottoms Spectacles", by George William Curtis; "My Double and "How He Undid Me", by Edward Everett Hale; "A Visit to the Asylum for Aged and Decayed Punsters", by Oliver Wendell Holmes; "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", by Mark Twain; "Elder Browns Backslide", by Harry Stillwell Edwards; "The Hotel Experience of Mr. Pink Fluker", by Richard Malcolm Johnston; "The Nice People", by Henry Cuyler Bunner; "The Buller-Podington Compact", by Frank Richard Stockton; "Colonel Starbottle for the Plaintiff", by Bret Harte; "The Duplicity of Hargraves", by O. Henry; "Bargain Day at Tutt House", by George Randolph Chester; "A Call", by Grace MacCowan Cooke; "How the Widow Won the Deacon", by William James Lampton; and "Gideon", by Wells Hastings. Members Reviews: Unamused There's an impressive number of stories here, but good luck finding them. The stories do not show up with their titles when downloaded on your iPod. When played, the narrator identifies the title and author of the first story. But the narration for the second story starts within the heading of "Chapter 1." The third story starts in "Chapter 2." In most cases, when you try to advance to the next chapter, you end up in the middle of a story. You don't know what you're listening to. In most cases it's impossible to skip ahead and select a specific story. Stephanye Dussud is a pleasant enough narrator. She's best doing a French accent and worst when attempting a Southern dialect. But there's a sameness to her performance. There's also a sameness to the stories. The title of the collection would lead you to believe they span the breadth of American humor. But most were written in late 19th century. Aside from the work of Mark Twain, many are (very) light comedies of manners that haven't aged well. Some delightful stories spoiled by the narration. What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? Different narrator. Who was your favorite character and why? Having difficulty staying with the audiobook due to the narrator. I will finish it but it will take a lot of work. How did the narrator detract from the book? No levity or personality to her reading. Any additional comments? While the narrator's voice is pleasant I am not convinced she enjoyed reading the book aloud. She needs much more life in her performance to make the characters come to life. Outdated rip off Though some of these storiesay be classics they certainly aren't America's best humor. Infact some of the stories like "titbottoms Spectacles" are down right sad. Though the title promised humor.

Pudd'nhead Wilson Audiobook by Mark Twain
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Pudd'nhead Wilson Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Pudd'nhead Wilson Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Bobbie Frohman Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins Language: English Release date: 09-03-10 Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 55 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Another of Mark Twain's best-selling yarns of skullduggery and mischief. Set in the deep South, Pudd'nhead Wilson is the central character as an attorney who solves a murder mystery and lays bare the wicked deeds of a larger than life ensemble of personalities in his own wry and peculiar way. David Wilson is called Puddnhead by the townspeople, who fail to understand his combination of wisdom and eccentricity. He redeems himself by simultaneously solving a murder mystery and a case of transposed identities. Two children, a white boy and a mulatto, are born on the same day. Roxy, mother of the mulatto, is given charge of the children; in fear that her son will be sold, she exchanges the babies. The mulatto, though he grows up as a white boy, turns out to be a scoundrel. He sells his mother and murders and robs his uncle. He accuses Luigi, one of a pair of twins, of the murder. Puddnhead, a lawyer, undertakes Luigis defense. On the basis of fingerprint evidence, he exposes the real murderer, and the white boy takes his rightful place. The book implicitly condemns a society that allows slavery. It concludes with a series of witty aphorisms from Puddnheads calendar. Table of Contents: A Whisper to the Reader Chapter 01 Pudd'nhead Wins His Name Chapter 02 Driscoll Spares His Slaves Chapter 03 Roxy Plays a Shrewd Trick Chapter 04 The Ways of the Changelings Chapter 05 The Twins Thrill Dawson's Landing Chapter 06 Swimming in Glory Chapter 07 The Unknown Nymph Chapter 08 Marse Tom Tramples His Chance Chapter 09 Tom Practices Sycophancy Chapter 10 The Nymph Revealed Chapter 11 Pudd'nhead's Thrilling Discovery Chapter 12 The Shame of Judge Driscoll Chapter 13 Tom Stares at Ruin Chapter 14 Roxana Insists Upon Reform Chapter 15 The Robber Robbed Chapter 16 Sold Down the River Chapter 17 The Judge Utters Dire Prophesy Chapter 18 Roxana Commands Chapter 19 The Prophesy Realized Chapter 20 The Murderer Chuckles Chapter 21 Doom Conclusion Author's Note to Those Extraordinary Twins Members Reviews: Terrible overacting by the narrators I love Twain, but I could not get through a full chapter of this. The narrators were very hard to follow as they thought they were channeling Scout Finch, except for the overacting. I was not allowed to visualize the story in my mind, as it took all my effort just to understand what was being read. The book may be terrific, but I won't know now. completely overread Would you be willing to try another one of Bobbie Frohmans performances? no Any additional comments? the southern accents were so drippy and wet that it was very difficult to understand what was being said. The "dramatazation" of this book is terrible Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? Maybe but read it don't listen t to it. What other book might you compare Pudd'nhead Wilson to and why? Mark Twain & Huck Finn What didnt you like about Bobbie Frohmans performance? The main narrator with a fake accent was bad enough but the dialogue was "dramatized" with fake accents that came and went in the middle of sentences. Was Pudd'nhead Wilson worth the listening time? It is a good story but read it or maybe try a different narrator. good, interesting story, readers overacted I enjoyed the story, enough to sit through and make myself get over the actors portrayals. serious over acting. Systematic Racism Chilling yet humorous.

The Virginian Audiobook by Owen Wister
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The Virginian Audiobook by Owen Wister

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Virginian Author: Owen Wister Narrator: Jack Garrett Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 11-16-11 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 144 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Originally published in 1902, Owen Wisters The Virginian pre-dates the classic novels of Zane Grey and Max Brand and is considered by many to be the original Western. Dedicated to Wisters friend and fellow outdoorsman Theodore Roosevelt, this timeless tale almost single-handedly established the cowboy archetype in literature. A quiet, noble foreman of a Wyoming cattle ranch in the 1870s, the Virginian falls for pretty schoolteacher Molly Wood. But when a rival suitor challenges his honor, the Virginian struggles to make his beloved Molly understand the harsh justice of the West. Editorial Reviews: Stoic cowboys, villainous gamblers, and kindhearted damsels are some of the Wild West archetypes that originated in Owen Wisters 1902 novel, The Virginian, which has been adapted into TV and film by several directors, including Cecil B. DeMille. The Virginian is a lanky cowboy working at a ranch in Medicine Bow, Wyoming. Throughout the story he clashes with the crooked Trampas and romances a lovely schoolteacher, Molly Stark Wood. Wisters story depicts the harshness of the western frontier in elegant, slightly formal language. Jack Garrett does justice to the books Wild West setting with his gravelly drawl and a range of character voices. Members Reviews: What a Stunning Surprise this novel is! A dear friend recommended that I listen to this book. She said that a professor of American literature, when asked what one book, written by a North American author, would he recommend reading above all others, said, "The Virginian." I was amazed. I would have bet on Mark Twain or Poe or Faulkner. My recollection of The Virginian was of a TV series in the 1960s. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a pleasure and delight all the way through. Why is Owen Wister not more well known than Mark Twain? Twain's "Roughing It" is one of my favorite novels of the west but "The Virginian" so outshines Twain in sheer storytelling that it makes the old master look like a copycat. This is not your dime-store, two-dimensional shoot-em-up western. Beautifully written, characters that lift off the page, a well told engrossing story, AND great literature to boot.

The Red Badge of Courage Audiobook by Stephen Crane
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The Red Badge of Courage Audiobook by Stephen Crane

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Red Badge of Courage Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: John Michaels Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 08-24-10 Publisher: SpringBrook Audio Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 119 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: There comes a time in the course of battle when a participant casts his fate to the gods of war, and carries on without question, the task at hand. Living, dying, right or wrong, can be contemplated later. The spirit of the bayonet takes over and carries the youth through the crucible of battle to emerge a short time later several ages older. Stephen Crane's classic novel gives us a glimpse into the mind of a young soldier as he passes through the experience he will never be able to forget, and possibly awaken him from his slumber in a sweat and panic for years to come. Members Reviews: From the Farm to the Inferno I???ve never been in a war, but listening to Stephen Crane???s The Red Badge of Courage made me feel thrust into one. Crane???s horrific descriptions of the sights and sounds of a Civil War battle, as well as his unromantic depictions of the behavior of soldiers in such a fray (from raw recruits to erratic officers), and through it all his brutally honest account of the changing mental state of the naive northern farm-boy, Henry Fleming, all feel so authentic that I???m amazed that Crane had never experienced war when he wrote his short novel. With his deep, gravelly voice, the reader, John Michaels, does a fine job of expressing Crane???s matter-of-fact, portentous, ironic, excited, and empathetic tone (though a few times he blurs some words so that I had to rewind to understand them). Crane writes an appalling poetry of war. Bullets whistling and nipping among the trees, until ???Twigs and leaves came sailing down???. as if a thousand axes, wee and invisible, were being wielded.??? Artillery firing ???an interminable roar???. the whirring and thumping of gigantic machinery, complications among the smaller stars.??? Corpses, ???ghastly forms??? lying ???twisted in fantastic contortions??? as if ???dumped out upon the ground from the sky.??? The poetic descriptions contrast with the soldiers??? vernacular: "Oh, say, this is too much of a good thing!" Their morale is fragile: ???The slaves toiling in the temple of this god began to feel rebellion at his harsh tasks.??? Many war-is-hell stories revel in exciting battle scenes, and possibly one or two in Crane???s novel could be taken out of context to ignite the martial passions. But he really depicts war as a filthy, chaotic, brutal, and horrific ???devilment,??? which, if it does impel some men to become ???heroes,??? does so at a cost to their humanity and is fought for ultimately mysterious reasons for which nature cares nothing. Because we still haven???t been able to stop toiling in the temple of the god of war, this audiobook should be heard. NOT quite =to Conrad, Tolstoy or Remarque Probably 3.5 stars. Bonus points for the fact that Crane elevated war novels to a more modern level, but doesn't quite measure up quite to Conrad, Tolstoy or Remarque. Maybe 4 stars as a novel and 3 stars as a war novel. Excellent Narration of a Classic Novel John Michael's resonant baritone rolls like the sound of a distant canon bringing this Steven Crane Classic to life. An american classic Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? Yes, this was time well spent as I had never read this American Classic. What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting? The description of the colors and confusion of the soldiers was very interesting.

The King in Yellow Audiobook by Robert W. Chambers
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The King in Yellow Audiobook by Robert W. Chambers

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The King in Yellow Author: Robert W. Chambers Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins Language: English Release date: 03-21-14 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 234 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Originally published in 1895, Robert W. Chambers' The King in Yellow is a marvel of supernatural fiction that has influenced a number of writers in the genre, most notably H. P. Lovecraft. Its powerful combination of horror and lyrical prose has made it a classic, a masterpiece of weird fiction that endures to this day. There is a book that is shrouded in mystery. Some even say it's a myth. Within its pages is a play - one that brings madness and despair to all who read it. It is the play of the King in Yellow, and it will haunt you for the rest of your days. The King in Yellow is a collection of stories interwoven loosely by the elements of the play, including the central figure himself. Members Reviews: Great Introduction to Robert Chambers Robert W. Chambers is primarily famous for his supernatural horror stories, collectively known as the Carcossa mythos or Yellow mythos. These incredibly creepy stories were favorites of later horror authors like H. P. Lovecraft, who actually incorporated them directly into his own Cthulhu mythos. Also, Chamber's most famous horror creation, the titular King in Yellow, has recently been resurrected in True Detective. First of all, this is a recording of the original 1895 edition of the King in Yellow. That edition didn't contain the complete Carcossa mythos since Chambers hadn't written it yet. And as many have already noted, only around the first half of this edition contains Chambers' horror stories. Around the last three hours, the stories shift from supernatural horror to love stories set in Paris. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but just know what you're buying. Also, while I really enjoyed Stefan Rudnicki's very deep, baritone voice it may turn some off. Best listen to the sample first. With all that said, I'd ultimately recommend this as worth a credit. Enjoy! So bizarre Would you listen to The King in Yellow again? Why? I've listened twice and probably will again. Each story is so bizarre and sometimes confusing that I love trying to figure it out each time. What other book might you compare The King in Yellow to and why? I have no idea. What does Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Stefan Rudnicki's voice is absolutely wonderful to listen to. In an almost punny way, his voice brings a great depth to the stories. Who was the most memorable character of The King in Yellow and why? I think I most enjoyed the character, who's name I unfortunately have forgotten, who gets lost in the moor and is saved by the young girl with the bird. Amazing. This book was so well written it puts many curriculum books to shame. The use of foreshadowing and allusion were outstanding. I fell asleep listening to this and had extremely vivid dreams. I highly recommend listening to this work of art. A tale of two books What disappointed you about The King in Yellow? The complete shift of story type in the second half. The first half of the book is a series of macabre short stories in the vein of Poe, but then the second half turns into a series of pointless romantic blathering about American artists in Paris' Latin Quarter at the close of the 19th century.

O. Henry Short Stories, Vol. 2 Audiobook by O Henry, William Sydney Porter
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O. Henry Short Stories, Vol. 2 Audiobook by O Henry, William Sydney Porter

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: O. Henry Short Stories, Vol. 2 Author: O Henry, William Sydney Porter Narrator: Bob Thomley Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 05-02-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 15 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: O. Henry's short stories are well known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist endings. Includes: "By Courier", "Jimmie Hayes and Muriel", "School and Schools", "Roads of Destiny", "A Blackjack Bargainer"," A Cosmopolite in a Café", "Christmas by Injunction", "Mammon and the Archer", "A Bird of Bagdad", "After 20 Years", "From The Cabbys Seat", "Lost on Dress Parade", "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog", "Tobins Palm", "Transients in Arcadia", "The Trimmed Lamp", "The Skylight Room", "Ulysses and the Dogman", "The Pendelum", "The Enchanted Profile", "The Green Door", "The Third Ingredient", "The Princess and the Puma", and "Best-Seller". Members Reviews: O Henry is for the intelligent listener If you could sum up O. Henry Short Stories, Vol. 2 in three words, what would they be? Entertaining, educational, witty. Who was your favorite character and why? The author because he challenges his listener with classic phrasing and descriptions of humanity that elevate and entertain. Which scene was your favorite? When the waitress who couldn't tolerate men's eating habits finally realized what hunger was. The metaphor was marvelous. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? O Henry routinely makes me laugh. His tongue is so far inside his cheek you'd have to be deaf to miss it. Any additional comments? The narrator is marvelous. I have sought Bob Thomley in other works just to hear his soothing voice. Perfect choice for O. Henry. Classic You don't need me to tell you O. Henry is great read. My only complaint is with the editing. The narrator is great with his pacing; however, when each story ends, there is no pause and it goes straight into the next story before you even realize the last story has ended. You will definitely need to stop the play because each of these storied needs more time to contemplate. Some people will definitely find these stories dated, some stories more so than others. Another great short story collection; great price It is hard to beat the price for this excellent collection of short stories. O Henry is one of the innovators of the genre and most of his stories hold up. These stories are great for people who want a short story that clearly follows the classic narrative structure of begining, middle, and end. I have read numerous short story collection reviews that complain about how the stories JUST END (I kind of disagree with this argument but that is splitting heirs). But if you want short fiction that has a clear structure (but still is innovative and exciting) with humour, heart (and captures his era) I reccomend O. Henry. The narration is also good. One of the best buys on Audible. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Letters from the Earth Audiobook by Mark Twain
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Letters from the Earth Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Letters from the Earth Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Carl Reiner Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins Language: English Release date: 02-03-09 Publisher: Phoenix Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 119 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Here we see Twain on a somewhat personal level. Penniless and having just lost his wife and one of his children, Twain turns to writing about God, Christianity, and the many curious natures of man. This collection was so controversial that his daughter prohibited its publication until 52 years after his death. Critic Reviews: The pages in this volume range from furious to funny, from deadly earnestness to frothy word-play." (Library Journal) Members Reviews: A must read for thinking people Sam Clements didn't want people to read what he actually thought regarding some of the dearest ideas most of mankind hold close. At least he didn't want them read any time near to when he passed. It is hard to believe that this many years have gone by since he wrote this kind of material and still people think he had a "negative attitude". If one writes the obvious, and the obvious questions belief, where is the harm? We have been programmed to accept what we have been told, and few are those that dare, or should I dare say, feel compelled to speak the obvious. Thank God we had Mark Twain to speak for us...... Brilliant insights I loved the religion-themed stories at the beginning. Truth! Risky blasphemy! The final story was too science-fictionesque for my taste. It was well-written, but not my thing. Overall, this book is evidence that Twain was at least one hundred years ahead of his time. An absolute genius. Truly great stuff. Brilliant and hilarious perspectives on humanity. I loved every bit, with the exception of the last story about the voyage in a drop of water. (That one kind of lost me.) But the rest of the content is an absolute must-read for everyone. Want To Read It, Too A bit hard to follow when listening due to the nature of the work Otherwise, wonderful! More included than the title work, but no TOC What made the experience of listening to Letters from the Earth the most enjoyable? There is no table of contents so the reader does not know what is being read after "Letters from the Earth. Bad editing. What was one of the most memorable moments of Letters from the Earth? When I no longer knew what was being read Have you listened to any of Carl Reiners other performances before? How does this one compare? He's an excellent reader. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Pit and the Pendulum Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Pit and the Pendulum Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Pit and the Pendulum Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 42 mins Language: English Release date: 03-31-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 73 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: I was sick, sick unto death with that long agony, begins one of the most famous tales from the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Through the tortures of the Spanish Inquisition, we follow the straying mind of the unnamed prisoner in his quest for hope in a world of darkness and despair. This episode skyrocketed The Classic Tales Podcast to number 3 on iTunes Top 100 Podcasts chart. Members Reviews: Classic A classic from Poe, not my favorite as there was no connection to the character beyond his ability to think rationally and the tone of his fear. The Who, What and Why were not covered enough for me to care, however, still creepy. Great performance. Scary story. Such a vivid story. Very scary. Wonderfully performed. At first, I tried to read the story but found it difficult to follow and concentrate because it is such a dark subject. I decided to try to listen instead and I am very pleased I did so. It was much easier for me to follow because the imagery is very strong. The performance was the perfect tempo and gave the story such depth. Classic Tales You can't go wrong with one of BJ Harrison's Classic Tales, especially when it's bite-sized. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Butchers Crossing Audiobook by John Williams
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Butchers Crossing Audiobook by John Williams

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Butchers Crossing Author: John Williams Narrator: Anthony Heald Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 07-23-10 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 170 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: It is the 1870s, and Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek ''an original relation to nature,'' drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town on the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher's Crossing is full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. Before long Andrews strikes up a friendship with one of them, a man who regales Andrews with tales of immense herds of buffalo, ready for the taking, hidden away in a beautiful valley deep in the Colorado Rockies. He convinces Andrews to join in an expedition to track the animals down. The journey out is grueling, but at the end is a place of paradisiacal richness. Once there, however, the three men abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter, so caught up in killing buffalo that they lose all sense of time. Winter soon overtakes them: they are snowed in. Next spring, half-insane with cabin fever, cold, and hunger, they stagger back to Butcher's Crossing to find a world as irremediably changed as they have been. Critic Reviews: Harsh and relentless yet muted in tone, Butchers Crossing paved the way for Cormac McCarthy. It was perhaps the first and best revisionist western. ( The New York Times Book Review) [This story] becomes a young man's search for the integrity of his own being....The characters are defined, the events lively, the place, the smells, the sounds right. And the prose is superb." ( Chicago Tribune) Members Reviews: A Tiring Listen I say this was a tiring read (not a tiresome one) for the sheer scale of the endeavour that the little group of four huntsmen endure. There is great thirst, distance, freezing snows, exhausting work in deplorable conditions to be read. It made me tired listening and at times I felt myself involuntarily dozing off from exhaustion, felt vicariously for these pioneers. I guess that endeavour is what built the countries that we now enjoy and there is some reason to take pride in it. There is also reason to reflect upon the waste (all those buffalo slaughtered) and the misfortune that courted every step. Williams captures all of that and, for that reason alone, his account is a worthy read. I can't say that I enjoyed the listen, but that was no fault of the writing, the reading or the underlying importance of the pioneer spirit. Heald captures the latter well, for example. For me, it was too real (if that is possible) and I am tiring just thing about it. Perfect. Perfect writing. Perfect narration. Devastatingly perfect story. There may be no better American west novel. A Holocaust of Hides "He could hardly recall, now, the passion that had drawn him to this room and this flesh, as if by a subtle magnetism; nor could he recall the force of that other passion which had impelled him halfway across a continent into a wilderness where he had dreamed he could find, as in a vision, his unalterable self. Almost without regret, he could admit now the vanity from which those passions had sprung." - John Williams, Butcher's Crossing Stop what you are doing. Nursing a baby? Put it down. Dousing out a wildfire? Walk away. Those things can wait. This book is here. You need to listen to it NOW. Serious. Focus. Life is short and dreams die. You need to freaking prioritize and this should be at the top of your list. This book might have just pushed right into my top ten books of all time.

Across the River and Into the Trees Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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Across the River and Into the Trees Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Across the River and Into the Trees Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Boyd Gaines Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 09-11-06 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 96 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: It is a love so overpowering and spontaneous that it revitalizes the man's spirit and encourages him to dream of a future, even though he knows that there can be no hope for long. Spanning a matter of hours, Across the River and into the Trees is tender and moving, yet tragic in the inexorable shadow of what must come. Members Reviews: Extremely listenable One of the things that I am most grateful to Audible for is introducing me to Hemingway. Like everything else of his this is sparsely written but magnificent and evocative. The economy of construction lends well to narration and the narrator is clear and interesing to listen to. Disappointing! I started this book years ago and never finished it. I spotted it on Audible and thought this time I will get to hear what happens. Unfortunately I didnt. I am a huge fan of Hemingway but this book is awful. I have tried to listen to it 3 times and even though it is read really well and with passion, I have abandoned it once again. Get any of the other Hemingway books as they are brilliant, stay well clear of this one. Better than expected Contemporary critics did not care for Hemingway's "Across the River and Into the Trees." I enjoy Hemingway quite a bit and finally made my way to this novel. I found it to be a very touching story. The brief descriptions of leadership in war are both informative and heartbreaking. Highly recommended. across the river and into the trees I have enjoyed all of Hemmingway" books to date,(I have read several),but I'm beginning to worry that I can relate to all of his primary characters; and that does not feel all that "great". I would hope that I can cultivate a more encouraging outlook/perspective to my second 50 years. narrator lifts the novel What about Boyd Gainess performance did you like? Boyd Gaines gives an exquisite reading of one of Hemingway's more modest novels. In fact, it is read so well that in the audio version, the book exceeds its written impact. Boyd understands this novel so well, he gives me a newer insight into an old novel once only read. This is the magic of audiobooks. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Grapes of Wrath Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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The Grapes of Wrath Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Grapes of Wrath Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: John Chancer Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins Language: English Release date: 10-07-10 Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 198 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land. Their story is one of false hopes, thwarted desires, and broken dreams, yet out of their suffering Steinbeck created a drama that is intensely human, yet majestic in its scale and moral vision; an eloquent tribute to the endurance and dignity of the human spirit. Members Reviews: Revisit humanity v self interest 1930's style Where does The Grapes of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? Top ten as it made me rethink the future of our capital system What did you like best about this story? The fact that the 1930's are being revisited and the same issues prevail religious ignorance, the xenophobic fear of immigrants, irrational fears about social groups, muddle headed self interested economic decisions, abuse by those in power and the struggling humanity and love shown by the down-trodden who die to survive the above. Have you listened to any of John Chancers other performances before? How does this one compare? No Who was the most memorable character of The Grapes of Wrath and why? Ma's character builds through the book to become the one who holds the family unit together and must deal with all the demons and family differences. Fear travelled on the shoulder of every character. The story of a family forced from their life as tenant farmers into the uncertainty of life chasing work in far off California is heartbreaking - no wonder it was banned - it showed the "lucky country" as one of destitution for the many and luxury for the few. Another look at Route 66 It was worth hauling out the old Hudson one more time to take the trip with the Joads from Oklahoma to California. It must be 20 years since I read this great novel and, twenty years more experience makes this all the better to read. The underlying sexual tension which totally escaped me as a 19 year old is now so confronting that it's hard to imagine the manuscript getting past the censors in America at the time of its release (1939). Of course most readers will know the story of the drought, the land buy-up by the banks and developers and the dpression fuelled exodus that propelled the Joads in search of a new place of their own, a new America, if you like. Many will recall the many set-backs that befall the family; death, desertion and humilation, to mention some. And many will think, this is just too depressing to read again. Please re-think! When I heard John Chancer begin on the narrative, I knew it would be a new journey down an old road. Route 66 (called Highway 66 in the text) came alive for me. I listened to the Booby Troup lyrics again as the narrative played out. The words of the book could almost have been borrowed for the popular, much covered song. I was listening to the Nat King Cole version (1946), but the Stones version (and others) would do just as well. The hope of that song is somewhere in the dispair of the family.

Desiree's Baby (Dramatized) Audiobook by Kate Chopin
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Desiree's Baby (Dramatized) Audiobook by Kate Chopin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Desiree's Baby (Dramatized) Author: Kate Chopin Narrator: Walter Zimmerman Format: Unabridged Length: 11 mins Language: English Release date: 03-05-08 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 13 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Kate Chopin was an American author of short stories and novels, mostly with a Louisiana Creole background. Today she is considered a forerunner of the feminist authors of the 20th century. This powerful little story concerns a Southern gentleman who disowns his wife because he fears she has "negro" blood. The truth makes for a dramatic ending. Editorial Reviews: It's either a testament to the prescience of author Kate Chopin or a point of frustration for our society - regardless Chopin's Desiree's Baby, though over 100 years old, is as relevant now as the day it was written. Jimcin Recordings handles the performance of this tragedy with the necessary sincerity, ensuring the tension and despair are felt in full, all the way through to the final fatal twist. Desiree's Baby is the heartbreaking story of miscegenation in a time when people couldn't reconcile their differences. Members Reviews: Beautiful yet tragic So this short story was one I had to read for my American Lit. Class and I was blown away. Often times it can be difficult to read older literature so I cheated and downloaded the free audio version from LibriVox.org. I personally find it much easier to comprehend if I hear it out loud rather than stumbling through the written words but I have included both the ebook and audio links to the story at the end of this post. Desiree was found alone as a child asleep next to a stone pillar. She was taken in by the Madame Valmonde and loved as if she was her own flesh. Desiree grows up and marries Armand Aubigny who claims he is madly in love with her and states that he doesnât care about her lack of knowledge of her own lineage. When she has his baby something âbadâ is noticed in her child and she finds herself being pushed away from Armand. Without giving any spoilers I have to say that this story was sad and ironic. There is a sad twist in the end and it makes you sit quite for a few minutes trying to understand what really happened. Did he set her up? Did he find out after it all went down? Oh so many unanswered questions but such a great read. I can see why it taught. I highly recommend you check out this short story because not only is it a great tale but it is a classic that everyone should read. This ironic tale is superb! In this poignant story the main character, Armand Aubigny, assumes that it is his wife's (Desiree) fault that their young son has Negroid features. He assumes this because when he first met and fell in love with her, she had no real knowledge about who her parents were and where she came from. Feeling shame and disillusion about his marriage, Armand forces his wife and son away from his home and life forever. But by the end of the story, he stumbles upon a family secret which makes him, not Desiree, directly responsible for the Negroid features of his son. He discovers that his own mother, " . . . belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery." This bit of irony in the end is cleverly done and establishes Kate Chopin's final point - that the only difference that exist between white and black, is in the imagination of a society that exclusively decides its own racial purity! Memorable I read this book seventeen years ago when I was at school in England, being taught 'Literature' by a Texan.

Daisy Miller Audiobook by Henry James
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Daisy Miller Audiobook by Henry James

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Daisy Miller Author: Henry James Narrator: Bobbie Frohman Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 07-24-07 Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 44 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Henry James' signature theme, the American abroad, centers on a beautiful but flawed daughter of a wealthy Schenectady industrialist. Daisy Miller travels through Europe with her doting, vapid mother and rambunctious young brother. Daisy falls for the sophisticated Mr. Winterbourne, another expatriate, but their romance is threatened by Daisy's behavior. The mores and traditional social customs were something Daisy managed to ignore and caused more than a few eyebrows to be raised throwing her reputation into question. The story has a tragic and unexpected ending. Henry James (18431916) was an American novelist, a 19th century master of literary realism, a movement to portray ordinary lives and situations devoid of romanticism or stylization. Born in Manhattan to a prominent family, Henry James traveled extensively, and eventually settled in England. The cultural differences between Americans and Europeans were a favorite subject of his. Critic Reviews: "Mr. Henry James...has given us more, and more finely, yet strongly, differenced heroines than any novelist of his time, but at the mention of his name a single creation of his will come so prominently to mind that Daisy Miller will for the moment make us forget all her sisters." (William Dean Howells, Heroines of Fiction) Members Reviews: Very good for its time. Where does Daisy Miller rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? This particular version of the audio book stops in several -seemingly random- places and plays music for a few seconds. It's quite weird, but not too disruptive. What did you like best about this story? The language was pretty modern for the time it was written. It was very easy to read. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Gift of the Magi Audiobook by O. Henry
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The Gift of the Magi Audiobook by O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Gift of the Magi Author: O. Henry Narrator: Cindy Hardin Killavey Format: Unabridged Length: 13 mins Language: English Release date: 06-15-07 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 44 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: O. Henry wrote many stories, but this, the story of two "ultimate gifts", is his most famous. © and (P)1977 Jimcin Recordings Editorial Reviews: O. Henry, the pen name for William Sydney Porter, became famous for sentimental stories that conclude with ironic twists. The Gift of the Magi, first published in 1905, is the most famous one of them all. The story concerns Jim and Della, a couple of modest means who are searching for Christmas gifts for each other. Without revealing too much of this carefully wrought story, the lengths this couple goes to buy the perfect gift ultimately proves how true love equals sacrifice. In a bell-clear voice, Cindy Hardin Killavey gives a plaintive, empathetic performance of this heart-warming classic. Members Reviews: Well Excellent rendition of this classic Christmas story. AMAZING STORY!! I loved how the comparison was made and it was just perfect such an excellent hearing. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Deerslayer Audiobook by James Fenimore Cooper
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The Deerslayer Audiobook by James Fenimore Cooper

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Deerslayer Author: James Fenimore Cooper Narrator: Raymond Todd Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 05-14-04 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 170 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Deerslayer is the first of the Leatherstocking Tales of James Fenimore Cooper. Here we meet Natty Bumppo as a young man living in upstate New York in the early 1740s. The action begins as Bumppo, called "Deerslayer", and his friend Hurry Harry approach Lake Glimmerglass, or Oswego, where the trapper Thomas Hutter lives with his daughters, the beautiful Judith and the feeble-minded Hetty. Hutter's floating log fort is attacked by Iroquois Indians, and the two frontiersmen join in the fight. (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks Members Reviews: things were slower them The pacing on this will make you anxious if you are used to fast paced run and shoot stories. The recording is not bad, and the reader does a good job on his characterizations. However, things were slower back then, a lot slower, a lot slower. Nattie's ruminations on his na'ter and his preachification on just about everything gets you to the point where you may skip a few tracks. But all in all, it is a pretty rousing story, very good scenic imagery and background. I hit a deer while listening to this book in my car so...... Great classic If you could sum up The Deerslayer in three words, what would they be? Very historical and important classic on the history of this country and why it is what was before the liberals took over What other book might you compare The Deerslayer to and why? Last of the Mohicans Have you listened to any of Raymond Todds other performances before? How does this one compare? Have and he was good Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? no Any additional comments? Just great Good said the Serpant. These titles all take a measure of dedication to get through but the effort is worth it. I have a regret not reading this years ago in my youth while I was a student at SUNY Delhi and Oneonta in Delaware and Otsego counties respectively. Having said that this audio version may have been easier as the syntax and dialect of the day would have been difficult even for this child of the 1970's. It may take you an hour or two to tune your ear to the cadence of the text but the narrator does an excellent job in presenting different voices and tones of emotion to help the listener differentiate time and place. Though LotM gets all the press this fine tale should not be overlooked for both historic and academic reasons. If you miss something don't be afraid of employing your back button which will help to maximize your experience. excellent story; reading acceptable but not great The first of the Leatherstocking tales, it captures the attention and imagination. Although the reader has a god voice, he seemed not to understand what he was reading many times and so puts the emphasis on the wrong words. This makes understanding and following the story difficult sometimes. The language is often archaic and even anachronistic; sometimes it seemed like bigger words were used when shorter ones would have done at least as well. But in all, I thought it well worthwhile and it had many exciting episodes. Made me want to venture into the woods. I now recognize this book as a classic. DeerSlayer is an archetype of his own. The story seemed to stay in the same place and situation of waiting throughout the novel, but it was relaxing rather than annoying. LOTM was a better novel for me because of its increase peace. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Great Gatsby Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Great Gatsby Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Great Gatsby Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Humphrey Bower Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins Language: English Release date: 10-01-12 Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 59 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Considered one of the all-time great American works of fiction, Fitzgeralds glorious yet ultimately tragic social satire on the Jazz Age encapsulates the exuberance, energy and decadence of an era. After the Great War, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. He buys a mansion across from her house and throws lavish parties to entice her. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion. Told through the eyes of his detached and omnipresent neighbour and friend, Nick Carraway, Fitzgeralds succinct and powerful prose hints at the destruction and tragedy that awaits. Members Reviews: Love this Version The Great reading of The Great Gatsby! Loved the pace and expression. A love that lives on... Good narrator, underwhelming plot Narrator was pretty good, but honestly I didn't really find the plot all that intriguing. The best version of The Great Gatsby I was going to buy a different audiobook of The Great Gatsby from a friend's recommendation but this one came out much more recently and I wanted to give it a try. Well worth it - in my opinion this version of Nick is much more true to his character and there are very few mistakes, if any! pretty good well put together. I enjoyed the voice over and the American accent it gave it authenticity flawless Flawlessly narratted - A passionate and moving story that has withstood the test of time - a tragedy - I listened to it in a single session - spellbound from beginning to end. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Sanctuary Audiobook by William Faulkner
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Sanctuary Audiobook by William Faulkner

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sanctuary Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Stephen Hoye Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 02-05-08 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 105 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A powerful novel examining the nature of evil, informed by the works of T. S. Eliot and Freud, mythology, local lore, and hard-boiled detective fiction, Sanctuary is the dark, at times brutal, story of the kidnapping of Mississippi debutante Temple Drake. She introduces her own form of venality into the Memphis underworld where she is being held. ©1958 William Faulkner; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Members Reviews: Loved the reader! Where does Sanctuary rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? A memorable listening experience. I found myself rewinding and listening repeatedly to passages. The prose is so rich that with each re-listen, more details emerge. What other book might you compare Sanctuary to and why? I have also listened to and loved Absalom, Absalom!, The Sound and the Fury, and Light in August. I preferred Sanctuary to Light in August, but do not consider Sanctuary as brilliant as Absalom or Sound. What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? I must disagree with fellow readers who did not like Hoye's interpretations of the book's many Southern dialects. Hoye's voice sounds very similar to Faulkner's own inflections as heard in his Nobel speech. I also thought Hoye brought realism and authenticity to the range of voices in the novel which span the social classes--from the Memphis Madam, Miss Reba, to Horace Benbow's gentrified drawl, to the hillbilly twang of the bootleggers disappointment This is another good book really poorly narrated. The half-enervated singsong of the narrator's voice seems intended to reflect the music of Faulkner's prose, but the effect is like singing Emily Dickinson's poems to the tune of The Yellow Rose of Texas - it just doesn't match the emotional tenor of the content. How do you square singsong with a text filled with words like "vicious" in the first half-hour? The effect is stilted and so distant from the actual content of the text that listening is a process of battling to filter out the narrator's voice. I gave up. This is the second $14.95 I've wasted on unlistenable narration in the last few months. Temple Drake and Faulkner's seediest novel A tale revolving around Faulkner's second favorite female character, Temple Drake (after, of course, Caddy Compson), an Ole Miss co-ed cutie thrown into the devil's pit by circumstances. This book is not for the weak of will. It's the only Faulkner novel, I think, that describes in Faulknerese masturB, and centers on rape and murder. Faulkner claims it was a "potboiler" written solely for profit. There is evidence otherwise, though it's not nearly on par with his 3 most famous, "The Sound and the Fury," "Absalom, Absalom!" and As I Lay Dying." It's a better place to start on Faulkner than the 3 above. I started with The Sound and the Fury 25 years ago, tried twice and quit. If you haven't read it, and you don't have to read it as part of a lit class, you will need a companion book. Believe me. In my own personal Southern Renaissance, I came back with a fury in the past couple of years and have nearly finished them all. In any case, you might start with this or "Light in August" (which is more accessible and, in my opinion, as outstanding as all but The Sound and the Fury) and go from there.

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Audiobook by Mark Twain
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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Grover Gardner Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs Language: English Release date: 05-19-14 Publisher: Audio Book Contractors Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 56 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Joan of Arc's life and her accomplishments, as seen through the eyes of her childhood friend, are described with irony and brilliant insight into human nature. This was Twain's last book and he considered it to be his best. Members Reviews: A enjoyable recount of an inspiring figure A recounting of the life of Joan of Arc by master story teller Mark Twain, who adds more personality and attachment than a professor recounting history could. The narrative is presented in a clear, entertaining and personal way, we follow Joan throughout her journey through the eyes of a friend. From her simple upbringing in a village, she was clever, rational, caring and devout. Given a mission from God this simple girl would lead the French army to many victories only to be betrayed and unjustly persecuted. It does a good job showing how a girl of 17 manage to convince a king and officers to let her lead troops. Then shows how her actions and deeds inspired her troops and eventually a country. Yet never forgetting to remind us that she is just young girl given an extraordinary responsibility. While necessary, the military campaign covered is long and is the weakest part as I wanted to just get through it. Personally I found the trials at the end the gem of the book and her life. We see how this uneducated girl, without any counsel, put through physical and mental extremes is able to survive and outwit numerous attacks on her character and action. Despite multiple trails with the opposition using tricks, deceit and extreme prejudice actions that is mind boggling to believe. With history as foresight we get to see what was really going on. If your curious about Joan of Arc, like European history, trials, period pieces or personal journey of an inspiring figure, give it a read. Really excellent! I was very surprised to learn this book was written by Mark Twain given the subject matter.. But I found it absolutely entrancing. I guess i never paid attention in history class, because I knew next to nothing about Joan of Arc before I listened to this book. What a story! This was a wonderful book of a true historical character, written with much detail. Reads more like a novel than a history book. Just lovely. I am a huge Twain fan, but this is certainly my favorite and I see why many consider it his best. I am one of those. Grover Gardner does an excellent job as narrator. I remember complaining a bit about his voice in the first book I listened to him narrate. But I have changed my mind on him and become a fan of his, too. Great job Grover! Two great historical figures What made the experience of listening to Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc the most enjoyable? Mark Twain's writing. He is such a well known writer I had never realized how GOOD he actually was. What was one of the most memorable moments of Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc? Only one?? I would guess the final trial when she broke in fear of the stake and burning. What about Grover Gardners performance did you like? One of the reasons i like audio books is the ability to hear foreign words and phrases. The narrator did a great job with the French adding to the richness of an already rich story. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? No, I never wanted it to end. Any additional comments? Twain is a humorist and he was able to bring some humor into this great tradgedy of perhaps the first feminist . Joan was indeed a saint.

Classic American Short Stories, Volume 1 Audiobook by William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Edith Wharton, more
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Classic American Short Stories, Volume 1 Audiobook by William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Edith Wharton, more

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Classic American Short Stories, Volume 1 Author: William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Edith Wharton, more Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 03-31-05 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 146 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Selections in Volume 1: "A Journey" by Edith Wharton - A woman tries to conceal the death of her husband on a train trip. "Impulse" by Conrad Aiken After a lifetime of pushing his luck, a man pushes it a little too far. "Only the Dead Know Brooklyn" by Thomas Wolfe A lonely man with a map tries to understand a little piece of the earth. "A Christian Education" by Robert Penn Warren A troubled farmer recalls the life and death of a retarded boy. "Barn Burning" by William Faulkner In prose as fully mature and beautiful as anything he ever wrote, this is one of the most searing indictments of revenge ever put on paper. "Paul's Case" by Willa Cather A youth decides to put his life of fantasy and that of the real world on a collision course. "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Stephen Vincent Benét This beautiful, riproaring tall-tale embraces all that is good in American life. Critic Reviews: "Charlton Griffin is dazzlingly good, with regional accents, with the change in timbre from a boy's voice to a woman's and a man's, and most of all with his nuanced understanding of how to deliver the narrative from writer to reader without getting himself in the way." (AudioFile) "With its flawless technical recording values and masterful presentation, this first volume in the Audio Connoisseur Classic American Short Stories series will leave the listener eagerly awaiting a second volume!" (Midwest Book Review) Members Reviews: Beautifully performed! The stories in this collection represent probably the best writing that has been accomplished in American literature. This is the good stuff, much of which you may have already come across in high school or college. In the hands of Charlton Griffin, these stories have been transformed into audible works of art. I didn't find these magnificent pieces depressing at all, and I must say that hearing them performed so well was a revelation. America has made a great contribution to world literature and hearing this collection will make you realize this. An educated person needs to hear this one. brilliant reading I can't imagine a better reader--with the possible exception of Richard Brown, who narrated many of the O'Brian novels (Master and Commander, etc). The sound effects (trains, subways, old-time fiddle music) transform the reading--brilliant in itself; Griffin does an immense range of voice and accents--into something even greater. One reviewer complained that the stories are dark. Well, sure, most of them are dark. What else is new? Classic stories; amazing performance The stories, which you may have read grudgingly in high school, come alive thanks to theatrical sound effects and music. Carlton Griffen has the most extraordinary range of voices -- full of dialectical subtly-- that I've ever heard. Don't want to read about death? Read Mickey Mouse Any additional comments? Some reviewers apparently want to read classic American literature, but not encounter death. Suggestion, stay away from that Shakespeare guy; the stage is strewn with dead bodies at the end of many of his plays. But he's English, and that doesn't count.

From Here to Eternity Audiobook by James Jones
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From Here to Eternity Audiobook by James Jones

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: From Here to Eternity Author: James Jones Narrator: Elijah Alexander Format: Unabridged Length: 36 hrs and 53 mins Language: English Release date: 07-13-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 253 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets "the treatment" that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he's risking his career to have an affair with the commanding officer's wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: the Army is their heart and blood...and, possibly, their death. In this magnificent but brutal classic of a soldier's life, James Jones portrays the courage, violence and passions of men and women who live by unspoken codes and with unutterable despair. The most important American novel to come out of World War II, this is a masterpiece that captures as no other the honor and savagery of men. Members Reviews: Genius on Every Level The reviews currently on Audible seem to be all over the place, in regards to this book, so I hope to make things clear. For what this book is, it is GENIUS. It tells the stories of some of the "lowest men on the totem pole" in the US Army, prior to the US entering the war. You're not going to get the big battles, the big personalities (like MacArthur or Patton), or the big action. What you will get is TONS of tension and human conflict! Jones' ability to make these characters real is remarkable. The situations they find themselves in, while not the most exciting, are filled with drama. The stakes are high in almost every scene, and the character are so fleshed out that we actually care what happens to them. The writing is some of the best I've ever read, in terms of transporting the reader into the gritty, terrible world that these men occupied on a daily basis. It wasn't pretty, but it was real. The narrator was a mixed bag for me. Some of the time he seemed to be whispering, which was a bit odd and unnecessary. However, his different voices help the characters stand out, which is greatly needed when there are this many to keep track of. Overall, if you enjoy WWII historical fiction, and want something that delves deeper into the human psychodrama of soldiers, instead of just the battles, this is the book for you. What it is to be a man The first thing that struck me, having grown so used to the movie version over the years, is how young all the characters are. Most of them are barely into their early 20s, and some of them are still in their teens. And like so many young men of that age, they are trying to understand life. It was just a smidge surprising to hear the same old college dorm room bull sessions coming out of the mouths of young enlisted men. But college kids have no reason to think they have a monopoly on that kind of philosophical speculation. Prewitt is at the heart of this conversation on what it is to be a man. His internal conflict between his own sense of self and what the Army demands of him is what drives the whole book. Set in 1941, and written 10 years later, this book preserves an honest depiction of how a certain class of people lived and thought, while unavoidably coloring it with how Americans were changed by the war and its aftermath. Allowing for a certain amount of authorial tampering, this is a more uncensored look at normal Americans than you will get from the movies, and a whole lot more informative than you will get from history books.

Ethan Frome Audiobook by Edith Wharton
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Ethan Frome Audiobook by Edith Wharton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Ethan Frome Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Scott Brick Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 05-08-03 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 272 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Perhaps reflective of Wharton's own loveless marriage, this sophisticated, star-crossed love story vividly depicts her abhorrence of society's relentless standards of loyalty. Ethan Frome is one of Wharton's most popular and best-known works. Editorial Reviews: Published in 1911, Wharton's novel is set in the desolate New England town of Starkfield. Ethan Frome, a painfully loyal farmer and his demanding wife, Zeena, are trapped in a cheerless marriage. When her cousin Mattie comes to work for them, Ethan and Mattie struggle against forbidden feelings, but inevitably, they fall in love. Scott Brick's able narration conveys the pervasive dreariness of lives only briefly relieved by the advent of possibility. However, as with many of Wharton's novels, irony dominates. Brick's performance offers a familiarity with Downeast colloquialisms and thoroughly believable New England accents. He brings Wharton's characters to oppressive life in this unrelentingly grim story. This production opens with a brief summary of the author's life, offering insights. Members Reviews: A time capsule not to be missed I tried this book because of the narrator, and loved the story! It is a fascinating glimpse into another time and mindset, and has some unexpected turns and ironies. The characters develop through the story in such a way that the listener is thoroughly engaged. Scott Brick gives a brilliant portrayal of the regional accent and cadence of speech. A recommended listen! Slow is smooth and smooth is Fast until it isn't This is one of those novels/novellas that is so cold, barren and bleak that the full beauty of it isn't completely evident until you put the book down, drink a warm beverage, and warm your brain, body and soul back up. Wharton's prose is amazing and her plot is perfection. 'Ethan Frome' is another novella that proves that bigger isn't always better. This book joins a short but very amazing list of short novels that seem to almost acheive literary perfection in under 150 pages: 'Heart of Darkness', 'Of Mice and Men', 'Animal Farm', 'Old Man and the Sea' and 'the Metamorphosis'. Anyway, I've read/listened to books well over 600+ pages that have 1/2 as much to say. amazing irony If it were a little condensed, this story would remind me of a twilight zone episode. That's not a negative comment; those were great stories, and so is Ethan Frome. It's a tragedy certainly, but I have to believe it would not have the same powerful effect with a happy ending. buy it. Classic story read beautifully! Would you listen to Ethan Frome again? Why? Yes, I would. This story is short enough to invest in the time to re hear it. What other book might you compare Ethan Frome to and why? It's such a sad tale, I guess I would say Wuthering Heights, but this one is much shorter. They both tell the story of star crossed lovers and they both have that sad ending. What about Scott Bricks performance did you like? He is a master narrator and did a masterful performance. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yes and I did today! Any additional comments? I have read this book and seen the movie, but this was such an engrossing way to live the story. Still crying over this one... Love Him or Hate Him? For a short story, this book packs a lot thought provoking questions.

White Fang Audiobook by Jack London
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White Fang Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: White Fang Author: Jack London Narrator: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 01-06-15 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 153 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him. White Fang is a companion novel and thematic mirror to London's best-known work, The Call of the Wild. Members Reviews: Excellent follow-up to Call of the Wild Would you listen to White Fang again? Why? Yes - classic adventures like this get better with age; additionally, we forget details and enjoy re-reading good old stories. What was one of the most memorable moments of White Fang? When he was last rescued from the fighting ring, and puppies in California. What does Alan Munro bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Very good enunciation of different characters, and proper levels of emotion and excitement at the right times in the story. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? No, only about 100 of them. Any additional comments? Highly Recommended audible version of a classic story. One of the books everyone should read Its an American classic to be sure. I love becoming a wolf and seeing life in this way. There was a minor errer in the telling somewhere between chapters 10-15. The author was discussing Gray Beaver and White Fang, and accidentally called White Fang Gray Fang. Enjoy! Great Conclusion The spiritual successor to "Call of the Wild" is great from start to finish. I love the contrast, and almost "reverse fate" of White Fang compared to Buck. As always; London does a fantastic job exploring Nature vs Nurture in this epic story! 1 Book Everyone Should Read and Study Great story about nature, man, and the struggle of living in both worlds. This is a classic I ready every year. Could not appreciate the story the performance of the reader was so poor I didn't finish the book. I have listened to Jack London's Call of the Wild on Audible and loved every second of it but it was with a different reader. The volume kept changing so at times I had to go back several times only to hear the reader. it was also really hard to distinguish between the characters or to stay focus so monotonous was the reading. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald Subtitle: 45 Short Stories and Novels Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Jay Wohlert Format: Unabridged Length: 45 hrs and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 03-15-13 Publisher: BookDar Publishing Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 43 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Fitzgerald's short stories have themes that not only relate to the problems and culture of the Jazz Age, but also to the promises and despair encountered by the youth, as well as the aging. Love and relationships between two mismatched or unlikely characters are common, such as people who are unlikely to develop a spark of romantic interest between each other. The plots are usually set in the culture of the upper middle class and the elite, with characters either from this social group or aspiring to become part of it. Being inspired by the events that occurred during The Great Depression and the stock market crash, the stories also involve characters who lose wealth, but who are still trying to maintain their opulent lifestyle. However, Fitzgerald's stories will remain relevant no matter which era listeners are born into, as finding true love and happiness, despite the situation, will always be a common part of the human experience. Included in this book: Novels: This Side of Paradise The Beautiful and Damned Short Stories: The Mystery of the Raymond Mortgage Reade, Substitute Right Half A Debt of Honor The Room with the Green Blinds A Luckless Santa Claus Pain and the Scientist The Trail of the Duke Shadow Laurels The Ordeal Little Minnie McCloskey: A Story for Girls The Old Frontiersman: A Story of the Frontier The Diary of a Sophomore The Prince of Pests: A Story of the War Cedric the Stoker The Spire and the Gargoyle Tarquin of Cheapside Babes in the Woods Sentiment - And the Use of Rouge The Pierian Springs and the Last Straw Porcelain and Pink Head and Shoulders Benediction Dalyrimple Goes Wrong Myra Meets His Family Mister Icky The Camel's Back Bernice Bobs Her Hair The Ice Palace The Offshore Pirate The Cut-Glass Bowl The Four Fists The Smilers May Day The Jelly-Bean The Lees of Happiness Jemina O Russet Witch! Tarquin of Cheapside The Popular Girl Two for a Cent The Curious Case of Benjamin Button The Diamond as Big as the Ritz Winter Dreams Members Reviews: Do not listen to this while driving! Any additional comments? Driving while listening to this book can be hazardous. However, if insomnia is a problem that you suffer from, this narrator may be the perfect remedy. If Fitzgerald only knew... Would you listen to The Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald again? Why? I would listen to some segments again because a well turned phrase is worth keeping. Who was your favorite character and why? Not applicable in this review Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Wohlert? In what language? I cannot assuage the "narrator's" ego as he simply does not have command of his own apparent only spoken tongue. The English language should seek succor as Wohlert's massacre of non Anglo-Saxon words and phrases reminds one of the "De Güello" at the Alamo.

Benjamin Button and Tales of the Jazz Age Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Benjamin Button and Tales of the Jazz Age Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Benjamin Button and Tales of the Jazz Age Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins Language: English Release date: 06-20-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 27 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This audiobook collection contains some of Fitzgeralds best stories from the Roaring '20s. Included on the audio are the classics "The Jelly-Bean", "The Camel's Back", "May Day", "Porcelain and Pink", "The Diamond as Big as The Ritz", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "Tarquin of Cheapside", "O Russet Witch!", "The Lees of Happiness", "Mr. Icky", and "Jemina". Members Reviews: Great stories, unbearable narration. It's a pretty...good book if you...can get through...the narrator's ridiculous...pauses. I certainly couldn't. Absolutely atrocious. Giving the overall 3 stars because I couldn't make it through the first story, Jelly Bean. If you have a great deal of patience, go for it. Otherwise, steer clear- the narrative ruins it completely. I like FSF stories and the era so I give that 5 stars. Narrator gets less than zero. Sorry, but this is the worst narrated audiobook! What disappointed you about Benjamin Button and Tales of the Jazz Age? I want my money back after listening to the first two short stories, because this is read as if the narrator is reading it cold, with no prep. There are awkward cadences, as if he's reading to the end of a page, without knowing the next word on the next page. I enjoyed the other Fitzgerald books I have heard on audio, with other readers,and was looking forward to this. I can't believe I paid good money for this! How did the narrator detract from the book? It reminded me of the old Benny Hill skit with the bad actor reading his line, " What IS that up-- a HEAD?" It'd be funny if it was an amateur reading, but I expect quality narration from Audible. Any additional comments? Please re-record this collection with a professional reader, and send it to me for free, to make up for this experience. You get what you pay for. Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? I'm not a big fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short fiction so I originally purchased this to help me get through reading a print copy. I did manage to finish both the Penguin Classics paperback edition (which includes both of Fitzgerald's 1st and 2nd short story collections "Flappers and Philosophers" and "Tales of the Jazz Age") and this audiobook edition which includes only the 2nd book. Has Benjamin Button and Tales of the Jazz Age turned you off from other books in this genre? I'm still interested to read and/or listen to the rest of F. Scott Fitzgerald for my general reading knowledge, but not with any particular enthusiasm. What didnt you like about Alan Munros performance? The performance was quite stiff with very little attempt to give a voice performance. The stories "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "O Russet Witch!" were some of the few exceptions with their minimal efforts at elderly voices. None of the other stories had a very dramatized reading. I noticed that a reference to Oscar Wilde's "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" was pronounced as "The Ballad of Reading Goal" i.e.

Holiday Classics by O. Henry Audiobook by O. Henry
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Holiday Classics by O. Henry Audiobook by O. Henry

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Holiday Classics by O. Henry Author: O. Henry Narrator: Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis Format: Unabridged Length: 49 mins Language: English Release date: 12-09-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 245 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: When it comes to the holidays, no story captures the true spirit of giving like O. Henrys classic "The Gift of the Magi". And in celebration of the season, Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis bring to life this timeless Christmas tale, plus two more of O. Henrys holiday gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf". Members Reviews: Three well-narrated classic tales This title includes three stories by O.Henry: The Gift of the Magi, The Cop and the Anthem, and The Last Leaf. The Gift of the Magi is familiar, of course. The other two stories are less well known, but are still well written one is amusing, the other heartwarming and I very much enjoyed them. The narration by all three readers was excellent. Definitely a Worthwhile Listen Three touching and memorable stories comprise this volume of holiday classics, narrated superbly by some of Audible's best narrators. Though short, it was a very entertaining listen, as each story kept me interested and really transcended its historical time frame. Definitely a worthwhile listen. Holiday classic short stories by O Henry I enjoyed these stories but two of them jumped around a bit and were somewhat disconnected. Not just for the holidays!! This was a holiday freebie from Audible that I am just getting around to in March! There is still plenty of snow on the ground where I live so it wasn't hard to get in the spirit of the stories! I had never read any of these before and I enjoyed them all. The third one about Mr. Berman's masterpiece was my favorite by far! Thanks for the gift Audible!!! O'Henry at His Best The narrators were easy to listen to. Classic O'Henry short stories with themes of unselfishness, generosity, love, hope and a lot of humor! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

To Sir, with Love Audiobook by E. R. Braithwaite
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To Sir, with Love Audiobook by E. R. Braithwaite

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To Sir, with Love Author: E. R. Braithwaite Narrator: Ben Onwukwe Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins Language: English Release date: 12-05-17 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: With opportunities for black men limited in post-World War II London, Rick Braithwaite, a former Royal Air Force pilot and Cambridge-educated engineer, accepts a teaching position that puts him in charge of a class of angry, unmotivated, bigoted white teenagers whom the system has mostly abandoned. When his efforts to reach these troubled students are met with threats, suspicion, and derision, Braithwaite takes a radical new approach. He will treat his students as people poised to enter the adult world. He will teach them to respect themselves and to call him Sir. He will open up vistas before them that they never knew existed. And, over the course of a remarkable year, he will touch the lives of his students in extraordinary ways - even as they, in turn, unexpectedly and profoundly touch his. Based on actual events in the author's life, To Sir, with Love is a powerfully moving story that celebrates courage, commitment, and vision and that inspired the classic film starring Sidney Poitier. Members Reviews: To Sir, With Love - A Book of Change To Sir, With Love is a book that members of mixed race communities should be required to read. Here's a story close to 80 years old that is still as poignant today as it was then. We pride ourselves for feeling and thinking we're liberal and we all want to change the world. But when push comes to shove, we all revert back to what is comfortable. "Sir", Rick Braithwaite, is a young black teacher in 1940s East End London school. Mr. Braithwaite had spend time in the Air Force which lent to his worldliness. Eventually the students warm to Mr. Braithwaite to the point where he is given his proper due, he is called "Sir". Sir is a sign of respect, in Rick's case, hard earned, but earned nonetheless. As a sidebar, Rick begins dating Gillian, a white teacher at the school. Gillian and Rick feel the race thing to be a non-issue. However, 1940s London says otherwise and because of it Gillian begins to suffer. Most people of age have at least seen the movie with Sidney Portier in the lead. By all right, Mr. Portier did a wonderful job conveying the problem. This is a book not only to be read for enjoyment but for learning. We still have a long, LONG way to go. CJ Still a Classic I loved the movie with Sidney Poitier and I was curious how the book would read. I needn't have worried--the movie followed the book faithfully. Rick Braithwaite, a young black man, comes to England after the war with high hopes of using his military training to procure a good job. No one will hire him because of his color. A stranger suggests he try teaching, so he does. The way he turns a group of rowdy lower class students into well-behaved young men and women is as heartwarming as it can be, and I really enjoyed reading it. A Beautiful Teacher's Tale This is a well written and thorough account of a black former RAF serviceman's experience with teaching at one of the roughest schools in London at the time. You fall in love with the children as well as the author and the other persons in the story. A truly beautiful story of what respect between people can bring about! Fabulous and tender writing; delightful beyond words This book was made into a movie when I was too young to see it. The book has given me a new appreciation for it theme and the skill and artful manner of the way in which the story is told.

The Dunwich Horror and Other Tales Audiobook by H.P. Lovecraft
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The Dunwich Horror and Other Tales Audiobook by H.P. Lovecraft

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Dunwich Horror and Other Tales Author: H.P. Lovecraft Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins Language: English Release date: 02-24-15 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 21 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." (H.P. Lovecraft, "Supernatural Horror in Literature") Wilbur Whately has got to be one of the most horrifying characters in literature. Why is he eight feet tall at age 15 and can grow a full beard? Is it because of his controversial parentage? Or is his arrival merely a precedent for the arrival of an ancient evil? In The Dunwich Horror, Lovecraft lays further ground in the Cthulu mythos. Alongside The Dunwich Horror are the stories "Dagon", "The Call of Cthulhu", "The Lurking Fear", "Imprisoned with the Pharoahs", "The Music of Erich Zann", "Randolph Carter", "In the Walls of Eryx", and "The Transition of Juan Romero". Members Reviews: Weird Over-Pronounciation How did the narrator detract from the book? Has a fine voice, cadence and timing, etc. all good, but for some odd reason, he over-pronounces the letter T to the point that it annoys. Why??! Kinda ruined the audiobook for me... Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Pair of Silk Stockings Audiobook by Kate Chopin
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A Pair of Silk Stockings Audiobook by Kate Chopin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Pair of Silk Stockings Author: Kate Chopin Narrator: Arielle DeLisle Format: Unabridged Length: 11 mins Language: English Release date: 12-04-13 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 4 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Kate Chopin is a widely considered a forerunner to the feminist authors of the twentieth century. Focusing on themes of race andgender, her short stories largely center on life in rural Louisiana. In "A Pair of Silk Stockings," a young woman unexpected finds herself with fifteen dollars.Inspired by her newfound wealth, she ignores her natural impulses and indulgesin a day of luxurious abandon. A wistful rumination on loss and the illusion ofcontrol, "A Pair of Silk Stockings" is Chopin at her absolute best. Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy organization. Members Reviews: Very highly recommended. One of the most incredible books I've ever read, and I've read a few! It must have been a massive undertaking. I highly recommend this book. Absolutely riveting. Three Stars Pretty short, interesting array of tales. Five Stars Loved the powerful messages in this book. I couldn't put it down. A 60 page pamphlet of well written short stories Very quick, insightful, and enjoyable reading. Five Stars I gave this book as a party favor at a story telling event. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

From Bauhaus to Our House Audiobook by Tom Wolfe
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From Bauhaus to Our House Audiobook by Tom Wolfe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: From Bauhaus to Our House Author: Tom Wolfe Narrator: Dennis McKee Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins Language: English Release date: 10-26-00 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 99 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In Tom Wolfe's hands, the strange saga of American architecture in the 20th century makes for both high comedy and intellectual excitement. This is his sequel to The Painted Word, the book that caused such a furor in the art world five years before. Once again Wolfe shows how social and intellectual fashions have determined aesthetic form in our time and how willingly the creators have abandoned personal vision and originality in order to work a la mode. Listen to a conversation with . ©1981 by Tom Wolfe (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks Members Reviews: So snarky I kept having to back up and repeat This book is so deliciously biting and sarcastic I kept having to back up and listen to almost every sentence again to be sure I got all the snark. Every word is perfectly crafted with (in most cases) a lot of well-deserved sneers. I do not share quite his level of derision in every case but I love it when someone is bold enough to skewer some sacred cows no one else dares to skewer. If you like this one, another similar book is "The Painted Word" (also by Wolfe) and "Art's Prospect" by Roger Kimball. I have a friend who loves and respects Frank Lloyd Wright and I had to stop reading and email him about Bauhaus to Our House because of how it praises Wright and links Wright to other indigenous American art forms and movements that lost their place in the sun too soon. That said, I don't absolutely hate minimalism. But it sure is fun to hear some sacred cows get a grilling. Nice Architectural History Synopsis Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? This was a nice review of certain early to mid-century architectural style(s) and theory. If you need to freshen your memory of things learned in Art History 101, this is the ticket in the architectural field. What could Tom Wolfe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you? Mr. Wolfe did what he proposed. That being an articulation of just how the minimalist idea in the architectural canon evolved. Did Dennis McKee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How? Well, no characters here, but Mr. McKee did a nice job reading the text. Could you see From Bauhaus to Our House being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be? (Ah HA!! I see that Audible needs to apply some editing their questions when reviewing nonfiction! This is an essay, pretty much, not a fictionalized account of architectural stylizers.) But OK... I'm game! If Mr. Wolfe wanted to have a movie made of the evolution of intellectualization of the human habitat from dirt floors and burlap curtains to the glass box of the 20th century, he could introduce into a work of fiction an immortal who lives on one square acre of ground for about 12,000 years and has to undergo a thousand renovations of his habitat. Anyone who has ever been inflicted with of a renovation of the tiniest kitchen or a measly bathroom knows that this leads to madness. So, instead of a vampire or wolf-human that lives forever, we could have, as our protagonist, a common man driven insane not only by the intellectuals who dictate fashion at the expense of comfort but also a man driven to suicide by the endless torture of construction never finished.

Max Brand Library Audiobook by Max Brand, Raging Bull Publishing
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Max Brand Library Audiobook by Max Brand, Raging Bull Publishing

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Max Brand Library Author: Max Brand, Raging Bull Publishing Narrator: mike ortego Format: Unabridged Length: 29 hrs and 19 mins Language: English Release date: 05-17-17 Publisher: Raging Bull Publishing Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 8 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This Raging Bull Publishing box set contains four classic Western books by Max Brand: Black Jack (1922) After the death of the outlaw Black Jack, his orphaned son is raised by a spinster who is determined to make an honest man of him. The spinster's brother, fearing his sister will disinherit him in favor of her adopted son, arranges for the boy, Terry, to discover his father's identity and to meet the man who killed his father. Terry challenges his father's killer and shoots the man in a fair duel. Terry then flees his home in disgrace. He tries to live an honest life, but no one will trust the son of Black Jack. Harrigan (1918) Two men who are so much alike that they hate each other fight bitterly as they compete for the attention of a woman, but if they want to survive life at sea, desert islands, street mobs, and savage mutineers, they're going to have to work together. Riders of the Silence (1919) The Great West prior to the century's turn abounded in legend. Stories were told of fabled gunmen whose bullets always magically found their marks, of mighty stallions whose tireless gallops rivaled the speed of the wind, of glorious women whose beauty stunned mind and heart. But nowhere in the vast spread of the mountain-desert country was there a greater legend told than the story of Red Pierre and the phantom gunfighter McGurk. The Untamed (1919) A tale of the West, a story of the wild, of four strange comrades: Whistling Dan of the untamed soul, within whose mild eyes there lurks the baleful yellow glare of beast anger; the mighty black stallion Satan, king of the ranges; the wolf devil dog to whom their master's word is the only law; and the girl. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Tropic of Capricorn Audiobook by Henry Miller
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Tropic of Capricorn Audiobook by Henry Miller

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tropic of Capricorn Author: Henry Miller Narrator: Campbell Scott Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 05-05-09 Publisher: HarperAudio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 147 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Banned in America for almost 30 years because of its explicit sexual content, this companion volume to Miller's Tropic of Cancer chronicles his life in 1920s New York City. Famous for its frank portrayal of life in Brooklyn's ethnic neighborhoods and Miller's outrageous sexual expolits, Tropic of Capricorn is now considered a cornerstone of modern literature. ©1961 Grove Press, Inc.; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers Members Reviews: There's only one Henry Miller. This book ties into the same energy I've felt listening to Bob Dylan. It touches that frustration with life that everybody must surely have felt at one time or another if their honest with themselves. Shades of Cancer - not as much fun Would you listen to Tropic of Capricorn again? Why? Yes, as I enjoy Miller's work and Campbell Scott's narration What was one of the most memorable moments of Tropic of Capricorn? The descriptions of working for the cable company - hilarious. Discovering that he and a friend accidentally killed another kid when they were young was mindblowing! Which character as performed by Campbell Scott was your favorite? Henry Miller If you could rename Tropic of Capricorn, what would you call it? Pretending to be normal, failing miserably, objective achieved. Any additional comments? I enjoyed Tropic of Cancer much more, but I still enjoyed the rants. His obsession with astrology is curious. Couldn't get through it This book wasnt for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more? Someone who likes wordy, overly discriptive prose which goes off on tangents. What do you think your next listen will be? War of the Worlds If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tropic of Capricorn? I would take away the rambling, tangents he went of on Any additional comments? I thought the basic story had some interest however Miller rambles off on prose that I found redundant and boring. I found my mind wandering frequently through out these ramble and I would loss the flow of the story. Miller loves adjectives and adverbs way too much for me. I prefer a more direct story. Disjointed, rambling and painful. In its time, the book was sexually shocking and provoked attention. But its time is well past. I found it very difficult to retain any appetite for more of the same ... and there is plenty of "more of the same." His glimpses of reality are filled with his personal unhappiness and his proclivity for surviving on the handouts of others. His arrogance and attitudes appear downright depressing and unhealthy. I'm sorry I wasted the time; I found no redeeming qualities. Meh Listened to it at 2x speed and it was a bit more enjoyable than Tropic of Cancer. Not really my kind of thing but there were a few parts that were kinda funny. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Open Boat Audiobook by Stephen Crane
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The Open Boat Audiobook by Stephen Crane

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Open Boat Subtitle: A Stephen Crane Story Author: Stephen Crane Narrator: Deaver Brown Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 13 mins Language: English Release date: 02-23-11 Publisher: Simply Media Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 12 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "The Open Boat" is considered Stephen Crane's finest work and one of the great short stories of all time. The story begins with four men in an open boat, subject to the vagaries of the sea after their ship went down. The Captain, though injured, retains control over the boat and its occupants by force of habit and uncanny skills. In this trial, he proves his worth, putting his men first, guiding them at every step of the way. When they finally have to swim for it because they can't land the boat on shore, the Captain subordinates his own interests in being saved to go after another. Each man is called only by his title, the Correspondent, the Oiler, and the Cook. The oiler rises up to prominence and called by name, the only one that is honored so. He is clearly set up to fail and die as he does (and did in the real life event the story is based on as well). Nature is indifferent to these men bobbing on the surface of the sea. Yes, the sea threatens, but in no unusual way, and they make it to land ultimately. A shark circles the boat, almost playing with it, but then moves on. This is the home of the sea and the shark, and Crane treats them this way. The interesting part is nature is not in conflict with the men; nature is indifferent to them. The people on shore don't help much, but they help enough to help save three of the four men. Crane tells his story as a painter would, with the most marvelous descriptions of color, the scene, and the internal movements. The story comes through better in the listening than the writing for these reasons - you can sit back and listen to the word pictures Crane paints. Many later authors used this story for their own learning and purposes. Perhaps the most interesting is fellow poet James Dickey, who also wrote about an event over water with four men, with three surviving. In both cases, the others declare the best of them died. A landmark American story. Members Reviews: Pretty bad... Would you try another book from Stephen Crane and/or Deaver Brown? yes Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen Crane? Why or why not? I dont think the book was bad, just the narrator. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown? Yes Any additional comments? I read the reviews where others gave the book a low rating, but I figured, 1 hour and less than 3 bucks...how bad could it be. Well....I could barely understand what Mr. Brown was saying and the narration didn't flow. The bad narrating really took away from the book. I really don't recommend this version. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Earl Hammond Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 1 min Language: English Release date: 12-17-13 Publisher: Dover Publications Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 365 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A collection featuring three classic horror stories, read by actor Earl Hammond: "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Black Cat". Members Reviews: Excellent Narrator Brought The Story To Life Would you consider the audio edition of Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories to be better than the print version? Who doesn't like Edgar Allen Poe? I listened to it during Halloween just for fun. I'd read this in high school. It was better listening to the tale being read to me. Very short and very dark STORY (classic) - This short audiobook (1 hr, 1 min) contains three of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. The first is The Telltale Heart, which we've all read in high school, and it was my runaway favorite. The second one was -- meh. The third was very good, especially the ironic ending, but it contains some animal cruelty which I didn't enjoy. Thankfully, the description of the cruelty was short and to the point instead of graphically described. The stories all revolve around mentally disturbed main characters who commit some form of murder. Poe also seems to have a propensity for his characters to have an evil eye or an eye missing, and his murderers all hide their victims' bodies behind a wall or in the floor. Makes me wonder about Poe as a person and about his childhood... PERFORMANCE - The reader did a great job, especially performing the madness at the end of The Telltale Heart. There was, however, something going on with the recording quality in the third story. It was as if the tape in a cassette recording was getting hung up as it was playing. Distracting but tolerable. OVERALL - Recommended for high school students or older, male and female alike. It's worth the hour I spent listening and the 95 cents or whatever I paid for this Daily Deal, but that's about it. There is no cursing, but be prepared for sinister psychological stories and some brief animal cruelty. The recording is bad For most of this audio production, I enjoyed what I think of as a visit with an old friend. I've long loved the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, including those contained within this audio production. At first, I was not sold on the narration, as the narrator seemed to smack his lips and run short of breath. However, as the intensity of the story increased, so did the quality of his performance. My issue, however is with the production quality. In the final story, there seems to be a problem with the recording, It reminded me of a warped cassette tape and was quite frustrating. Worthy of Five Stars, but... Anyone familiar or just taking an interest in Poe's work is going to love the performance, and the selected works. Classics all. I didn't want to downgrade the performance, but they don't have an "Audio Quality" rating. The performance was masterful, but there's a hissing in the background. Sounds like this reading was converted from tape. I'm sure most people won't be bothered, but as a purist, it bothered me quite a bit. A wonderful addition to my library. awesome listen to this consistently, almost on a nightly basis. can't get enough of the narrator and his dramatic reading. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

We Were the Mulvaneys Audiobook by Joyce Carol Oates
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We Were the Mulvaneys Audiobook by Joyce Carol Oates

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: We Were the Mulvaneys Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: J. Todd Adams Format: Abridged Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins Language: English Release date: 06-12-01 Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 152 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: As the years pass the secrets they keep from each other threaten to destroy them, but ultimately they bridge the chasms between them and reunite in the spirit of love and healing. Rarely has such an acclaimed writer made such a startling and inspiring statement about the value of hope and compassion. Critic Reviews: "[It gets] under our skin and demand that we pay attention." (New York Newsday) "[she has a gift] of making the page a window, with something on the other side that we'd swear was life itself." (The New York Times Book Review) Members Reviews: Doesn't ring true Perhaps because its abridged, the characters don't ring true and the tradgedy becomes trivial -- something that these folks should just get over with and move on. Also the narrator, while pleasent to listen to, doesn't always emphasize sentences correctly and mispronounces some words. Not the best I've heard This book challenged my logical mind. How could an entire family's implosion for decades to follow be blamed on a date rape? The whole family banishing the victim was too much to believe. Too much music between chapters...boring An uneventful book featuring a selfish father & spineless mother ripping their family apart for no good reason. Possibly my least favorite download. The story was interesting, but just not good - it was like listening to a mediocre made-for-TV movie. Also, the narration was frustrating - men doing the voice of multiple female characters is hard (as is the reverse), but something about J. Todd Adams as Marianne and her mother Corinne was really difficult to listen to. Not good I couldn't at all relate to any of the characters or understand their emotional and physical abandonment of Mary Ann. It seemed outrageous that a tight-knit, happy family and individuals could completely fall apart instead of coming together over a horrendous act that was done to one of them. I'm more than sure it's because this version is abridged. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Ballad of the Sad Café Audiobook by Carson McCullers
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The Ballad of the Sad Café Audiobook by Carson McCullers

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Ballad of the Sad Café Author: Carson McCullers Narrator: David Ledoux, Joe Barrett, Therese Plummer, Kevin Pariseau, Suzanne Toren, Edoardo Ballerini, Barbara Rosenblat Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 01-10-13 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 64 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Audie Award Finalist, Short Stories/Collections, 2014 A classic work that has charmed generations of readers, this collection assembles Carson McCullers' best stories, including her beloved novella The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl, the novella introduces readers to Miss Amelia, a formidable southern woman whose cafe serves as the town's gathering place. Among other fine works, the collection also includes "Wunderkind", McCullers' first published story, written when she was only 17, about a musical prodigy who suddenly realizes she will not go on to become a great pianist. Critic Reviews: "The readings are uniformly fine, with appropriate regional accents that are more hinted at than broad. These subtle stories would be easy to overplay, but they get the delicate touch they require. Don't expect complete resolutions and happy endings, but do expect to hear from one of our finest storytellers through the voices of these top narrators." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Charming an interesting group of short stories with color and character. they are not all perfect but enjoyable Literate short stories A beautifully narrated collection of literary short stories. Listen to them for the precise, evocative prose. These are character studies, not plot driven narratives. All of the readers are superior ! Unrest, a thinker. A group of stories. Some catch you unaware with abrupt endings. Enjoyed but, left me thinking about what was being presented, Was there a message here? It held me to the end., but left me in the air, feeling unfinished. Disappointed The characters were complex and unknowable. The stories were of unrequited or disappointing love and separation. This was overall a collection of very melancholy stories. A moment of greatness and then . . . Blah! I'm torn on my feelings about this one. I loved the first story, but the rest did very little for me. The first story, while tragic, was relatable, entertaining. and flowed well; the others were simply bleak and quite flat. The first had a wonderful sense of lyricism, while the other stories simply over used the word "fugue". If there was a musical metaphor to be dragged throughout the stories it was lost on me. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Call of Cthulhu Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft
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The Call of Cthulhu Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Call of Cthulhu Author: H. P. Lovecraft Narrator: Neil Hellegers Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 27 mins Language: English Release date: 04-05-16 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 51 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Madness and incantations in the nightmares of poets. Vicious ancient cults in the mountains and swamps. A corpse city rising in the sea. After Professor Angell meets a sudden and mysterious end, Francis Thurston, while sorting through his uncle's papers, makes a fateful discovery that ties these malignant manifestations together. Taken together, what they awaken from the deep will, as Francis warns us, "Open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age." Of the dozens of tales that comprise the mythos of H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu, first published in Weird Tales in 1928, is the cosmic core of his universe. Please enjoy this foreboding novella, and beware what dreams may come thereafter. This production of The Call of Cthulhu is an official selection of the 2016 HEAR Now Festival. Members Reviews: Classic Lovecraft I love this story, like many, I'm sure this is the one that people start out with when exploring the world of Lovecraft. great fun being old, it is in a little strange to listen to. But the performance.. the storytelling is just a lot of fun. Couldn't follow. This book was not really what I was expexting and hard to follow and understand. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Lottery and Seven Other Stories Audiobook by Shirley Jackson
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The Lottery and Seven Other Stories Audiobook by Shirley Jackson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Lottery and Seven Other Stories Author: Shirley Jackson Narrator: Carol Jordan Stewart Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 05-25-10 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 65 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: It's just townspeople picking numbers for the annual lottery...why, then, is there an ominous feeling to "The Lottery"? Find out just what this lottery is for, and listen to seven other unique stories. The collection reveals Jackson's remarkable range, from hilarious to horrifying, dealing with modern issues of alienation, empowerment, racism, and economic class. The stories are "The Lottery", "Flower Garden", "Come Dance with Me in Ireland", "Men with Their Big Shoes", "Trial by Combat", "Pillar of Salt", "Like Mother Used to Make", and "Colloquy". Members Reviews: Mesmerizing characters Of course, the Lottery is a classic. I am glad I got this chance to listen to these other short stories. I will remember some of the characters for quite some time. One negative - there is no break or pause between the short stories. The narrator goes directly into the next story and you are left wanting some time to reflect and absorb the previous short story before you are slammed into the next one. Literary history, mishandled. Listening to this dated recording of these classic-yet-aging stories, one can barely imagine the furor that the original publication of the title short story endured. Readers of The New Yorker canceled subscriptions over it, and threatening hate mail arrived for months. The story was banned overseas. Now, the reader of these short stories plows through them witlessly. Her voice reminds me a bit of Cherry Jones, but her clear delivery is competent without finesse. The editing of these tapes-to-aa file is tragic, as the final, chilling line of "The Lottery" plows right in to the title of the next story without so much as a breath in between, and this happens at the end of every subsequent story as well. Without a hard copy of the book, it's extremely difficult to know when one story ends and the next begins. On a sadly comical note, several times in the file a male voice breaks in and announce "Side Three" or whatever the next flip side of the tapes (or LPs?) would be. The recording is clean for such a badly edited copy. Anyone who isn't a connoisseur of 1940-60s short stories is bound to be very bored by these delicate tales, and without an appreciation of Jackson's larger works is apt to be confused as to how they were published in the first place. I happen to have loved her books since the 1960s, and knowing a great deal of her tragic personal life fleshes out these frail tales into a bold, heartbreaking bas relief. I don't get it Would you try another book from Shirley Jackson and/or Carol Jordan Stewart? I don't think so Would you be willing to try another book from Shirley Jackson? Why or why not? Is this not the same question as the last? What three words best describe Carol Jordan Stewarts voice? Nothing very special Was The Lottery and Seven Other Stories worth the listening time? I'm glad it was short Any additional comments? I'm sure my assessment of this collection will put me at odds with a number of fans of this respected author. But it was not by bag. Pointless little slice of life stories that read like edited bits of larger works. Ever watch the deleted scenes on a DVD? This was that. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Humorous Short Stories of Mark Twain Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Humorous Short Stories of Mark Twain Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Humorous Short Stories of Mark Twain Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Bobbie Frohman Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 04-21-08 Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 99 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This delightful collection of gems by Mark Twain begins with the story of a town called Hadleyburg, which prides itself on the honesty of its citizens. One day a citizen of Hadleyburg offends a stranger passing through, who vows to take his revenge by revealing just how corruptible the sanctimonious town really is. Twain is at his best here, poking fun at common hypocrisy as the self-satisfied pillars of the community are done in by their own greed. Other stories in the collection include: 1. The Man Who Corrupted Hadleyburg 2. The Double Barrelled Detective Story 3. The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County 4. The Million Dollar Bank Note 5. Benton and Mills 6. A Tale 7. Cannibalism in the Cars 8. The Stolen White Elephant 9. The Man Who Put Up at Gadsby's 10. The Good Little Boy 11. The Bad Little Boy 12. Baker's Blue Jay Yarn Mark Twain (18351910) was born Samuel L. Clemens in the town of Florida, Missouri. One of the most popular and influential authors our nation has ever produced, his keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. He has been called not only the greatest humorist of his age but the father of American literature. Members Reviews: Poorly Edited What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? The performances were generally good... However somewhere along the way I realized that a sentence would be repeated, and then I noticed it more and more. It became very annoying by the end. This book was poorly edited... I believe the voice actor was asked to repeat a sentence, and somebody forgot to edit the repeats out. OOPS! Poorly edited is right! There are some really good stories in this collection. However, numerous passages are repeated. The first time, I thought, "Oh, that was strange." But after numerous times, it is annoying. John Poor editing While I enjoyed the stories, I was disappointed in the editing (some passages repeated themselves) which detracted from the experience more than I would have thought. I had read a review before I bought the audio book that mentioned the repeating but bought it anyway. I wish I hadn't. Neither the best stories nor best performances Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? Mark Twain's genius is lost a bit in the hackneyed performances that try too hard to "perform" the characters rather than present the story. Also, the selection of his stories seems to lack some of his most colorful. Congratulations on making Twain utterly boring! The performers on this audiobook have succeeded where few others could. They actually made Mark Twain tiresome. The bad acting, repetitious use of music, and overall bad performance absolutely ruined these works by one of my all-time favorite authors. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Audiobook by Mark Twain
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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Charles Minx Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs Language: English Release date: 10-14-10 Publisher: Hudson Audio Publishing Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 37 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court tells the story of Hank Morgan, a 19th-century American - a Connecticut Yankee - who, after a blow to the head, awakens to find himself inexplicably transported back in time to early medieval England at the time of the legendary King Arthur. The story begins in Warwick Castle, where a man details his recollection of a tale told to by a "curious stranger" who is personified as a knight through his simple language and familiarity with ancient armor. After a brief tale of Sir Lancelot of Camelot and his role in slaying two giants from the third-person narrative, the man named Hank Morgan enters and, after being given whiskey by the narrator, he is persuaded to reveal more of his story. Members Reviews: terrible awful. sad that it was so lacking. strggled to get through it. awful narration. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Mike Vendetti Format: Unabridged Length: 14 mins Language: English Release date: 04-02-13 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In Gold Rush-era California, Jim Smiley, a minor who loves to gamble and will bet on anything, obtains a frog. Sniley spends three months training this talented amphibian athlete to become a champion jumper. Smiley finds his mark in the form of a stranger who comes to town and shows an interest in the frog, and would love to bet but if he could find his own frog. "No problem, you hold my frog and I'll go find a frog for you." When hustler meets hustler, the results can be interesting. You might say Smiley didn't know his frog was loaded. Members Reviews: MARK TWAIN AT A MINIMUM VIEW OF HIS OTHER BOOKS IT'S OKAY; HAVING SAID THAT; I FELT THAT IT WAS BELOW THE LEVEL OF MARK TWAIN 'S OTHER BOOKS I'VE READ WHICH INCLUDES INNOCENTS ABROAD, OLD TIMES ON THE MISSISSIPPI, THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, AND THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN A gambling man and a jumping frog make an interesting short story. This is a charming and very short story about a man who gets trapped into listening to an old man's rambling tale about a gambling man he once knew who had a frog that could jump better than other frogs. It doesn't take long to read and has an amusing ending. It's written much in the style of Twain's other stories and books, so if you like them, you will probably like this. I have loved The Celebrated Jumping of Calaveras County ever since I ... I have loved The Celebrated Jumping of Calaveras County ever since I first read it in junior high school. It's one of Mark Twain's true masterpieces, full of humor, American wit and wisdom, and Twain's unique view of life. What more could you ask for? The annotated Kindle edition has a very nice surprise at the end -- a selection of sayings attributed to Twain. For $0.99, it's a definite bargain! Four Stars Mark Twain is great. 19th Century Duck Dynasty Mark Twain wrote in the 19th century, but his tales fit people and situations even today. Take a look at Duck Dynasty. They could just redramitize Mark Twain tales and it would thrill fans of the show. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Short Stories, Volume III Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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The Short Stories, Volume III Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Short Stories, Volume III Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Stacy Keach Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins Language: English Release date: 03-05-08 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 59 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Before he gained wide fame as a novelist, Ernest Hemingway established his literary reputation with his short stories. Set in the varied landscapes of Spain, Africa, and the American Midwest, this definitive audio collection traces the development and maturation of Hemingway's distinct and revolutionary storytelling style - from the plain bold language of this first story to his mastery of seamless prose that contained a spare, eloquent pathos, as well as a sense of expansive solitude. These stories showcase the singular talent of a master, the most important American writer of the 20th century. The Short Stories, Volume III features Stacy Keach reading such favorites as: "An Alpine Idyll", "A Pursuit Race", "Today is Friday", "Banal Story", "Now I Lay Me", "After the Storm", "A Clean, Well-lighted Place", "The Light of the World", "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen", "The Sea Change", "A Way You'll Never Be", "The Mother of the Queen", "One Reader Writes", "Homage to Switzerland", "A Day's Wait", "A Natural History of the Dead", "Wine of Wyoming", "The Gambler", "The Nun and the Radio", and "Fathers and Sons". (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. Members Reviews: Best of the three but still not perfect So as before I decided to continue to listen to Ernest Hemingways short stories (which as a writer have taught me a lot). The fact that Stacey Keach does an amazing job reading them made my decision easy. As per usual this is an audio from from Audible. As before I will take the time to talk about each story. I probably wont do this every short-story collection I read but since these are short, Ill do it once more. An Alpine Idyll Really enjoyed it. This is a story about some American friends, one of them being the recurring character Nick Adams, who have come down form the mountains after a month long skiing trip. Even though its depressing I have to say this was well written. Soon we get into a discussion about death, funerals and the beastly things people are capable of doing. Ernest say some terrible things in his life, so I have no doubt someone using a corpse to hold up a lantern could certainly be true. A pursuit race I like this story but didnt like the ending. Its a very simple one, basically a drunk/high man talking to the owner of the hotel. There are some funny moments but ultimately its depressing. I would have liked it more if there had been some kind of resolution but as Hemingway often does, the story just ends. As Hemingway was a long time drinker himself, he can write a drunk man well. Today is Friday Loved this story. It has some dark humor and a lot of dark moments but I like it when a writer does something controversial. Im sure at the time this came out, 1926, it must have ruffled a few feathers. It is a story of Roman soldiers, who had crucified Jesus earlier in the day, are drinking to let off some steam. I was surprised to find Hemingway did an anti-religious, I would call it, story and one set so far in the past. It was a welcome change from the ones Ive read so far. Sure it has the usual no resolution ending but I forgive it here. Banal Story I liked this one too. Its always good to hear Hemingways thoughts on life, death and romance.

The Best of Edgar Allan Poe Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Best of Edgar Allan Poe Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Best of Edgar Allan Poe Subtitle: 32 of the Most Popular Short Stories Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 07-29-13 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 20 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Twenty hours of the very best of Edgar Allan Poes short stories: Members Reviews: edgar allan poe i can never get tired of listening to the stories the narrator's voice was amazingi felt quite relaxed hear her read Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 3 Audiobook by Katherine Mansfield, Louisa M. Alcott, Edith Wharton
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Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 3 Audiobook by Katherine Mansfield, Louisa M. Alcott, Edith Wharton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 3 Author: Katherine Mansfield, Louisa M. Alcott, Edith Wharton Narrator: Rosalind Ayres, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Juliet Stevenson, Harriet Walter Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 12-03-07 Publisher: CSA Word Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 14 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Here are nine unabridged works by legendary female and male writers with themes relevant to women. Some are funny, some moving, all are beautifully read by four of today's best actresses. Stories include "Miss Mina and the Groom" by Wilkie Collins, "Genefer" by Sabine Baring-Gould, "The Singing Lesson" and "A Dill Pickle" by Katherine Mansfield, and "Laura" by Saki. © and (P)2007 CSA Telltapes Ltd. Critic Reviews: "CSA Word's collections of stories 'by or about women' are consistently fascinating." (The Observer) Members Reviews: Don't bother unless skipping to Juliet Stevenson's What did you like best about Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 3? What did you like least? Best: Juliet Stevenson's turning even the most mundane story into something I want to hear the end of. Least: The poor spacing/lack of a beat between stories (inconsistent), the sharp/piercing voices of one of the other narrators, the inconsistency of sound, and the stories themselves are forgettable. Have you listened to any of the narratorss other performances before? How does this one compare? Juliet Stevenson is the one who is a standout among the rest - positively perfect. Could you see Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume 3 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be? NO. Any additional comments? Skip it. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

O Pioneers! Audiobook by Willa Cather
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O Pioneers! Audiobook by Willa Cather

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: O Pioneers! Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Kate Reading, Ken Burns (introduction) Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins Language: English Release date: 09-09-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 182 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman," writes Willa Cather in O Pioneers! The country is America; the woman is Alexandra Bergson, a fiercely independent young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father's farm in Nebraska. A model of emotional strength, courage, and resolve, Alexandra fights long and hard to transform her father's patch of raw, wind-blasted prairie into a highly profitable business. A gripping saga of love, murder, greed, failure, and triumph, O Pioneers! vividly portrays the hardships of prairie life. Above all, it champions the belief that hard work is the surest road to personal fulfillment. Described upon publication in the New York Times as "American in the best sense of the word," O Pioneers! celebrates the men and women who struggled to build a nation that is both compelling and contradictory. Bonus: In partnership with Audible and Playtone, the television and film producer behind the award-winning series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, this audiobook includes an original introduction, written and read by acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns. For more from Audible and Playtone, click . Members Reviews: not the right performance for Cather Would you listen to O Pioneers! again? Why? Not this performance--Cather wrote strong women, and this narrator conveys them poorly. Alexandra's voice sounded like Luna Lovegood, and Marie is portrayed as ditsy rather than feisty. The inflections of the women's voices generally drove me nuts. And the men were portrayed with voices that made me think of fake mustaches in a junior high drama production. Just a mess. Who was your favorite character and why? This is a silly question to ask--why would people want to know a reviewer's favorite character? Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading and Ken Burns (introduction) s performances? I would not. My Antonia was one of my all-time favorite books (read in print), and I hoped I would get similar pleasure from listening to O Pioneers on a cross-country car trip, but of the many audiobooks I listened to on the trip (The Great Gatsby, A Farewell to Arms, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, . 1776, Alice in Wonderland, To Kill a Mockingbird) this was the only disappointment. If you could rename O Pioneers!, what would you call it? Another silly question. Any additional comments? Audible posts reviews at its discretion? The unavailability of reliable reviews is one of the reasons I have cancelled my Audible subscription. Cather writes like Wyeth paints. If you could sum up O Pioneers! in three words, what would they be? Spare, but there. Any additional comments? The American heartland today was kick started by the people described in this book. An important segment of history comes alive under Willa Cather's pen. Don't like the narrator, I'm switching to print What made the experience of listening to O Pioneers! the most enjoyable? I'm really not enjoying this audiobook at all. I think it's the narrator, because I know this is a classic. I'm switching to the printed version to finish the book. Who was your favorite character and why? I haven't been able to get into any character. The narrator is really not good at different voices and accents.

A Sport and a Pastime Audiobook by James Salter
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A Sport and a Pastime Audiobook by James Salter

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Sport and a Pastime Author: James Salter Narrator: Jeff Woodman Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins Language: English Release date: 12-20-13 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 81 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "As nearly perfect as any American fiction I know," is how Reynolds Price (The New York Times) described this classic that has been a favorite of readers, both here and in Europe, for almost forty years. Set in provincial France in the 1960s, it is the intensely carnal story - part shocking reality, part feverish dream - of a love affair between a footloose Yale dropout and a young French girl. There is the seen and the unseen - and pages that burn with a rare intensity. Members Reviews: Disappointing Chris Crowley, author of "Younger Next Year," was a friend of James Salter and wrote a moving tribute to him. Having never heard of Salter--despite his many critical accolades--I decided to get a few of his books. "A Sport and a Pastime" was supposedly Salter's personal favorite and his view of a perfect novel. The book was disappointing to me. Salter can describe a scene and craft a sentence as well as anyone. He can certainly set a mood. But there is no real story here: Spoiled son of a critic meets attractive young French woman. He has no work or no productive life. He borrows a fancy car and and money from his family and he and the girl go off to French towns on weekends and they have a lot of sex. There's really nothing more to it. There is no hero. There is no moral. From what I can tell, there is no point. The story is told in the third person by a friend of the male protagonist who somehow is able to relate the protagonist's sex life with the young woman. We are not sure (as we are told) if it is real or fantasy. The narrator--apparently on some vague sort of photography assignment--adds a positively creepy element that serves no apparent purpose. I'm sure the sex in the book was sensational when it was written, but today it comes across as a crutch because of the lack of a story: Well, they've gone to dinner again, so they have to have more sex. If this was Salter's idea of the "Great American Novel," it may explain why he never gained much of a popular following. I'm sorry to be harsh, but if I could get the time back, I simply would not bother with this one. Not well suited to listening I disliked this book from the start. It is not the fault of the narrator that he cannot speak French. Either you can or you can't. It is the fault of the producer for selecting a narrator who was ill-suited to the book. I learned about the book in the authors obituary, but I will not be buying others. Beautiful writing, plot failed to engage An argument can be made that Salter was one of the greatest stylist in the English language. The words flow vividly and eloquently. But no matter how beautiful the words, if the plot and people aren't intriguing -- heck, forget intriguing, if they aren't interesting -- the listening experience is, well, not a good one. Ideally, one loses oneself in the narrative and the next thing you know, the story's over. Well, with this book, I had to force myself to listen to the end. Poor choice of narrator Narrator sounds like he is translating French, not an American from New Jersey who is a career fighter pilot. Too soft Grace, lust and melancholy South of France, late 50sImagine Dean, a young man a young man dropout of a prestigious university (I immediately thought of James Dean), meeting Marie, a young woman (think of Jean Seberg ) who works as a clerk in a small company.

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Caleveras County Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Caleveras County Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Caleveras County Author: Mark Twain Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 15 mins Language: English Release date: 07-11-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 48 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Leonidas W. Smiley would bet on anything. Horse races, dog fights, cat fights, chicken fights - all were fair game to the gambling nature of Smiley. But he meets his match when a stranger comes into town, and puts his champion jumping frog to the test. Members Reviews: Mark twain at his best The narration was great, of a classic Mark Twain tale. I remember learning about this story in junior high. Enjoy. Misleading title. The book is about Jim Smiley, and his gambling way of life. And the story ain't good either. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Paul's Case Audiobook by Willa Cather
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Paul's Case Audiobook by Willa Cather

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Paul's Case Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Deaver Brown Format: Unabridged Length: 56 mins Language: English Release date: 03-20-12 Publisher: Simply Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 6 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "Paul's Case" was first published in 1905 in Cather's first collection of short stories, titled The Troll Garden. When republished by McClure's in 1920, it established Cather's career and her fame spread across America. "Paul's Case", similar to "The Enchanted Forest" featured in her Nine Stories published by Simply, is one of the great writer's stories accessible to most young people in high school and college. It relates to what they feel, think, and want to be. Perhaps just as importantly, it depicts young people upset by their current circumstances, their families, and the drabness they perceive in their own lives. One of her best. Members Reviews: Misleading and Atrocious Cover Design! Anyone who wants a hard cover version of specialized literature, and particularly a short story, know they are getting something very special to their heart. Thus, my recent decision to chose the hard cover versus the paperback edition of Willa Cather's "Paul's Case," probably my favorite short story of all time. When I opened the package, I saw the most vile book cover ever made with this strange blank white box floating on top of a blue background with the title typed in some generic font like Times New Roman. At the bottom, is the author's name and the publisher's rose logo. It was something that couldn't have been made worse by a grade school child using Microsoft Word. The glaring white box was not centered and took up most of the space. Then there on the back cover included shameless self-promotion by the publisher touting their library of rare books. BUT, here's the kicker, everything was pixelated with some blurring in some areas, including their own rose logo, which needs a major revamp. This awful and blurry back cover wrapped around to the spine, left blank white. I mean, they didn't even bother with a spine to label the title of the book and you could see a sliver of the white from the front cover, further adding to the ugliness. The beginning pages included more shameless promotion and a different company logo, a black and white logo with an open book and a sun over it. What in the world is going on with quality management at this publisher? Now here is where I lost it...on the first two pages of the story (pages 199-201, since this short story was pulled from a collection), there were hand written notes that were scanned into the reprinting (some "x"s at the beginning and ending of certain sentences and underlining under the words "physical aversion," which pretty much summed up my experience receiving this copy. I did a little research and the publisher supposedly tries to preserve the integrity of original books by keeping notes intact. But first of all, the notes I saw looked like the publisher had only 1 copy of the original printing and who ever had owned it prior, wrote in it. Then they digitally scanned this random note and defect to preserve for eternity to reprint. So everyone's reading of the story is marred by these notes. The only reason I see for including these defects is if the author, Cather herself, wrote them. Which is not noted in this copy and let's just say I highly doubt the notes have any literary merit or context to the author. When I selected this item, I expected the boring yellow cover design with the darker yellow/goldish feather on top.

The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories Audiobook by Charles Bukowski, Gail Chiarrello - editor
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The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories Audiobook by Charles Bukowski, Gail Chiarrello - editor

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories Author: Charles Bukowski, Gail Chiarrello - editor Narrator: Will Patton Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 10-31-17 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 4 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "He loads his head full of coal and diamonds shoot out of his finger tips. What a trick. The mole genius has left us with another digest. It's a full house - read 'em and weep." - Tom Waits Bukowski's mad immortal origins, surfaced from the literary underground, have addicted legions of audiences who've recognized Bukowski as one of America's greatest realist writers and poets. OBIE winner Will Patton (Remember the Titans, The Good Wife, Armageddon) recreates Bukowski in his visceral prime, along with every eye-popping character in his life, each adversary, lover, and stranger in a lost city. Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived for 50 years. He published his first story in 1944, when he was 24, and began writing poetry at the age of 35. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of 73, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp. Critic Reviews: "Collections such as The Most Beautiful Woman in Town (1983)...showcase Bukowski's impressive narrative and creative abilities in stories that most often take place in bars and dingy apartments but are not simply about sex and alcohol. They're about staying alive in a world where the only choice for the majority of us is to face a firing squad in an office every day - the post office, in Bukowski's case - or maintain a commitment to creativity as we struggle to pay for food and a meager place to live." (Santa Fe Reporter) Members Reviews: A fantastic collection of short stories A fantastic collection of short stories. The title and first story, "the most beautiful woman in town," is one you can read again and again. It's so delicately written and hauntingly beautiful. The other stories jump around from subject to subject, all in Bukowski's traditional style. I don't think there is a bad one in there! Rarely do I come across a crappy Bukowski. Bukowski. Rarely do I come across a crappy Bukowski. Raw, Raunchy, Buk. Chuck Buk, what more to say. Raw, Raunchy, Buk. Never got over himself. Never got over writing it all down. Never got over being drunk, I guess. This is the 1st part, "Tales of Ordinary Madness" is the 2nd part, BUY BOTH. Use them for BATHROOM READING if nothing else, I do, and for reading on transit on the way to work, and at lunchtime at work eating and reading at my desk. My co-workers do not know... Classic Chinaski This is a fantastic collection of short stories. A must for Bukowski fans. The story "6 Inches" is particularly brilliant. I have lent this book out twice and my friends have refused to give it back, so I've bought it couple of times now. I'd buy it again. Bukowski's bleak, brutal, yet sympathetic and sensitive voice shines. Not a pleasent read Certainly not a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The stories are about the under belly of society and it ain't pretty! I read the two stories I was interested in, started over at the beginning and quit about a third of the way through. If I want to send myself into permanent depression, I might pick it up again. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Winter Dreams Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Winter Dreams Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Winter Dreams Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: B. Jay Kaplan Format: Unabridged Length: 49 mins Language: English Release date: 09-18-12 Publisher: palmera publishing Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 23 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Winter Dreams is a story of friendship, love and betrayal by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Members Reviews: Good book Good book, interesting and short. The Narration took some getting used to. It sounded patched together at first, but as the story went on was easier to follow. Terrible voice reader! Impossible to listen to! If there were zero stars, I would give this zero stars. Winter Dreams is probably one of the best short stories ever written. I could not even listen to the first page of this narrators voice. I think it's computerized. It's so horrible that I want to return it, even though I only spent $.99. What an incredible disappointment. Do not waste your money! If you want a real treat get Jake Gyllenhaal's reading of The Great Gatsby, it's pure delight! Gyllenhaal is a fabulous reader! I hope somebody pays him to do a version of winter dreams, it would be so worth it. As it is done by this version it's a disaster. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Tall Tales and Short Stories: An Amusing Compilation of Mark Twain's Short Stories Audiobook by Mark Twain
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Tall Tales and Short Stories: An Amusing Compilation of Mark Twain's Short Stories Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tall Tales and Short Stories: An Amusing Compilation of Mark Twain's Short Stories Subtitle: Classic Novels, Volume 1 Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Douglas S. Pullar Format: Unabridged Length: 55 mins Language: English Release date: 10-20-15 Publisher: Leon Cutajar Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 11 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "May you always keep your youth." - Mark Twain Tall Tales and Short Stories is a hilarious collection of Mark Twain's lesser known works that will have you chuckling long after you've finished the book. Rediscover one of America's greatest humorists and get your funny on! The stories found in this book include: This compilation will open up Mark Twain's work to a whole new generation of listeners! Members Reviews: Several Mark Twain Short Works, Well Delivered Would you listen to Tall Tales and Short Stories: An Amusing Compilation of Mark Twain's Short Stories again? Why? In an hour of audio, all we could expect is a few selections of the incredibly prolific Mark Twain. And indeed this is only Volume 1 in a series of unabridged performances of Twain's short works. We can only hope they will all be of this quality. The readings are quite different in character, and not necessarily connected in any way. But each is memorable in its own way and worth a second listen. The first selection is perhaps the most interesting, 'The War Prayer,' a moving short story / prose poem which was left unpublished at Mark Twain's death in 1910 because of its controversial anti-war content. Several modern film adaptations of the work have appeared. Two short stories are farsical, to the point of silliness, both coming from the 1875 Twain collection, Sketches New and Old: 'My Watch' and 'Political Economy.' The final two are an apt pair, the first published in 1865 in The Californian, an early criticism of simple-minded Sunday school morality, 'The Story of the Bad Little Boy Who Didn't Come To Grief,' as well as his 1870 work first published in the Piccadilly Annual, 'The Story of the Good Little Boy Who Did Not Prosper,' another exploration of the misleading, implausible plotting and consequences in Sunday school books. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? This was an easy audio book to listen to in one sitting - an engaging performance. Any additional comments? I'm looking forward to Volume 2. Is there a way to put the short story titles with the Audible section headings? That would be useful. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Nathaniel Hawthorne Audio Collection Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The Nathaniel Hawthorne Audio Collection Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Nathaniel Hawthorne Audio Collection Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: James Naughton Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins Language: English Release date: 03-09-04 Publisher: HarperAudio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 14 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Each day starts early and will be given over to swimming and skipping stones, berry picking and subduing armies of thistles. At one point Mr. Herman Melville comes over to enjoy a late night discussion of eternity over cigars. With an introduction by Paul Auster, this delightful true-life story by a great American writer emerges from obscurity to shine a delightful light upon family life, then and now. The collection also includes Hawthorne's short stories "Young Goodman Brown," "The Minister's Black Veil," and "Rappaccini's Daughter." Critic Reviews: "...a delightful, often funny diary kept by Nathaniel Hawthorne..." (AudioFile) "One of the least known works by a well-known writer in all of literature." (Paul Auster in his introduction to Twenty Days with Julian & Little Bunny, By Papa) Members Reviews: Nathaniel Hawthorne is an amazing author and his works are filled with still relevant ... It's a series of classics. Nathaniel Hawthorne is an amazing author and his works are filled with still relevant commentary on today's society. This particular edition is edited well and easy to jump to different works or different chapters. $.99 is a steal. Worth revisiting I absolutely love this edition. Great addition to my library. for good or bad and made us hope we would have ... We have read these in school. But did you really pay attention. For the day these were written in the subject matter was something no one talked about in polite company. But in a book the subject was something that showed the true natures of man and woman alike, for good or bad and made us hope we would have done better if we were in those situations today. More interesting than I expected I didn't realize what a fraught drama The Scarlet Letter is. Fanshawe really held my attention. Worthy of Your Listening Time Solitude was his natural element, says Paul Auster (author) in the one hour introduction,Hawthorne at Home, that gives tribute to Hawthorne's writing life as well as a glimpse into his family and friendship with Herman Melville. The emphasis though is not on the writer of The Scarlet Letter or The House of the Seven Gables but on the more personal side witnessed within his journals. This Hawthorne collection features journal writings titled Twenty Days with Julian and Little Bunny, by Papa and three short stories: Young Goodman Brown, The Minister's Black Veil and Rappaccini's Daughter. Auster's voice is relaxed, honest and comfortable to listen to as he continues with Twenty Days, reading Hawthorne's "account of a man taking care of his child by himself." Hawthorne wrote about his interactions and observations of his five year old son Julian during a three week period in 1851 while his wife and daughter were away visiting. Auster says the notebook was for Hawthorne's wife Sophia so she could read about what they did while she was away. Hawthorne's reflections are almost reminiscent of Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom. They are light, loving and believable. In-depth descriptions of their activities, meetings, power struggles, walks and meals have a familiar and endearing quality to them. Children in the mid 1800's are surprisingly similar with children of today. Amusing. His journal is full of scenic descriptions, character studies and lessons to Julian.

The 42nd Parallel Audiobook by John Dos Passos
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The 42nd Parallel Audiobook by John Dos Passos

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The 42nd Parallel Author: John Dos Passos Narrator: David Drummond Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 08-31-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 164 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This first entry in John Dos Passos's celebrated U.S.A. trilogy paints a grand picture of the United States at the dawn of the twentieth century. Members Reviews: A Diego Rivera painting in written form Where does The 42nd Parallel rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? Completely unique. The techniques utilized to fine effect by Dos Passos create a surprisingly modern and cinematic feel, especially considering these books were written 80 years ago! In particular, Dos Passos encapsulates visual and audible elements into his prose. The audible parts of the writing, especially newspaper headlines, radio messages, and popular songs, make this a wonderful choice for a book to be listened to as opposed to being read. It is a gift that narrator David Drummond rises brilliantly to the occasion (God this would be a terrifying book to consider reading - and singing - aloud). All this and the 42nd Parallel happens to be one of the most famous books of the 20th Century.... I have read of Ernest Hemingway's respect for Dos Passos. Since that was an exceedingly small camp, as Hemingway seemed to actively hate most writers, I had looked forward to listening to my first Dos Passos novel. I was not disappointed. Throughout the 42nd Parallel, I heard echos of Hemingway dialog and situations. Other writers and artists also. Joyce in particular. And painters. One might do worse than characterizing this novel as a Diego Rivera painting written in prose. Powerful document of an all-too-familiar past Though John dos Passos hasnt retained the fame of Hemingway or Fitzgerald, his America trilogy still feels like a landmark work of the Jazz Age, a sprawling, panoramic documentary of the US of the early 20th century. Like his contemporaries, Dos Passos writes in a common, everyday vernacular, with an eye and ear for realism, but also mixes in more experimental, modernist passages, such as streams of newspaper headlines and song lyrics, short biopics of various public figures, and the impressionistic, Joyce-ian camera eye sequences, which seem to recall scenes from the authors own mind. Though this flipping-through-the-radio technique has been much-copied, it still feels innovative, especially in audio format. Reader David Drummond, I would add, does a commendable job with a wide range of voices and deliveries -- including the singing. The main narrative follows several different characters as they make their way through their lives between the turn of the century and World War One. As fiction goes, its wandering, nearly plotless stuff, but I found the window into another time fascinating. Along the way, we get an immersion course in cultural attitudes, historical events, peoples daily concerns, and the not-unfamiliar tensions between different layers of society. Then there are all the sights, sounds, smells, sensations, impressions, and emotions of the time -- the raw, intimate, illuminating human stuff that a present-day writer looking back couldnt hope to replicate. Yes, some of the themes are dated -- for example, there are no significant non-white characters, and the idea of people having sex (*gasp*) *before* marriage was no doubt more edgy in the 30s. Dos Passos seems intent on a soul-baring of his generation through his characters, who are caught between grand ambitions and selfish desires, seemingly unable to make any decisions of lasting consequence.

Operation Shylock Audiobook by Philip Roth
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Operation Shylock Audiobook by Philip Roth

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Operation Shylock Subtitle: A Confession Author: Philip Roth Narrator: Fritz Weaver Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Phoenix Books Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 98 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: What if a look-alike stranger stole your name, usurped your biography, and went about the world pretending to be you? In Operation Shylock, master novelist Philip Roth confronts his double, an impostor whose self-appointed task is to lead the Jews back to Europe from Israel. The "fake" Philip Roth becomes a monstrous nemesis to the "real" Philip Roth, who must take a frightening and mysterious journey through the volatile Middle East. Suspenseful, hilarious, and impassioned, Operation Shylock is at once a spy story, a political thriller, and a confession, pulsing with intelligence and intense narrative energy. Copyright ©1993 Philip Roth; Copyright (P)1993 Dove Audio, Inc. Critic Reviews: "One of Roth's grand inventions.... [He is] a comic genius...a living master." (Harold Bloom, The New York Review of Books) "The uncontested master of comic irony." (Time) "A brilliant novel of ideas...Roth has gone farther into his own genius than he ever has before." (The Nation) Members Reviews: A Jew, a doppelgänger, Israel and the Diaspora This is where the late great Roth run began. Operation Shylock started what might just be the greatest series of amazing books by one author I can think of: Operation Shylock: A Confession (1993) Sabbath's Theater (1995) American Pastoral (1997) I Married a Communist (1998) The Human Stain (2000) So, like I tend to do with great writers, I back into their early greats. I read backwards, crosswise, and reverse into the first. So, 2014 (21 years after it was first published), I find myself reading and loving Operation Shylock. I am amazed by Roth's ability to bend an idea back and forth without having it break. He is able to flex and bend (sinister?) an idea until every detail has been bled out. The ink of the effort is all on the page. He is able to construct a book filled with doppelgängers, liars, Jews and Palestinian rock throwers and professors and wreck havoc on any simplicity of plot. Every mirror in Roth's novel reverses the part in your hair and eventually shows you that your belief about who you are and what you believe is constructed out of fiction. There is no fact only deception and transgression. This novel isn't built from one narrative. It is built out of several narratives. The narrative of Roth writing about a Roth (a fictionalized version of Roth) being stalked by a Roth (Moshe Pipkin). Everyone is gaming everyone. Interjected into the narrative are several true narratives (Aharon Apelfeld, Leon Klinghoffer, John Demjanjuk (who may be also be Ivan the Terrible Demjanjuk). These "true" narratives serve to also deepen the idea of a fluid identity, our mutual responsibility, our ultimate nature to lie, to deceive, to hustle. Then there is the other true narrative. The narrative of the Jew, the Goy, Israel, and the Diaspora. Roth is somehow able to weave this all together in a way that fits and works. Roth is able to reflect on his place within the Jewish community and as a writer in a way that he couldn't without being confronted with a transgressive doppelgänger. Anyway, I'm still trying to get my brain and my stomach comfortably around the whole of it.

The Gold Bug Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Gold Bug Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Gold Bug Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Walter Covell Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 30 mins Language: English Release date: 06-15-07 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 18 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Edgar Allan Poe, American poet and master of the horror tale, is also credited by many with inventing the American mystery story. "The Gold Bug" is one of his most famous stories. It was first published in the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper in June 1843, after Poe had won a competition held by the paper and received a prize of $100. (P)1984 Jimcin Recordings Editorial Reviews: First published in the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper in June 1843, "The Gold Bug" won its author, Edgar Allan Poe, a sum of 100 dollars and was during his lifetime the authors most popular work. Performed in a stentorian and agile voice by Walter Covell, "The Gold Bug" features a treasure-seeker who is rendered possibly insane by the bite of a golden bug, his black servant (spoken in a dialect that may offend sensitive ears), the swampy locale of an island in South Carolina, buried treasure, and one of the most famous cryptograms in all of literature. A perennial delight, "The Gold Bug" was also the inspiration for that other tale of buried treasure, Robert Louis Stevensons Treasure Island. Members Reviews: Outstanding in every way! I came to this novella in a circuitous way. I liked Apocalypse Now and saw that it was based on Heart of Darkness. I have listened to Heart of Darkness and read it over the years, this is one of the best audible editions. I discover something new in Heart of Darkness every time. Outstanding! Nothing special Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? Yes, but mostly as a reminder of how formal Poe's writing style is. Has The Gold Bug put you off other books in this genre? No, it has the nostalgic atmosphere of certain old movies. What do you think the narrator could have done better? His impersonation of a black man was as borderline racist as the old story seems to demand; I was close to laughing many times though not necessarily for the right reasons. If this book were a film would you go see it? No, it is an inconsequential little story mostly concerned with one character's desire to show how clever he is at the decryption of cyphers, though it is interesting in that regard. Any additional comments? One lengthy passage is concerned with the details of an encoded message. It would have been a detail glanced at on paper but the narrator reads out every character. It is astonishing how long this takes. At least two minutes of reading out gibberish. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Last of the Plainsmen Audiobook by Zane Grey
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The Last of the Plainsmen Audiobook by Zane Grey

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Last of the Plainsmen Author: Zane Grey Narrator: Jack de Golia Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 11-29-17 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Zane Grey's first western story, written in 1909, is based on a real character, Buffalo Jones. Grey's descriptive art was just beginning in this story. But he brings color and life to the area between the Grand Canyon and Utah. The story follows Grey, Jones, and a company of colorful characters on a "hunt" bent on capture rather than shooting. The attitudes are definitely late 19th and early 20th century. Anyone with modern ideas about wildlife will find some of the material jarring. But throughout you'll see in this story the birth of the western, a genre that brought us characters, cowboys, dust, and drama. Members Reviews: A real western story....Zane Grey is one of the best of the chroniclers of the real cowboy, in my opinion Keep in mind the author wrote this book at the turn of the 20th century just as the age of the cowboy was ending. The first-hand detail he relates is fascinating. I must say, though, that this particular edition has more typos than usual...but it doesn't detract from the story...the typos are fairly easy to figure out. Excellent. You feel like you are taking part in ... Excellent. You feel like you are taking part in the adventure. Five Stars A great read. Insightful for the time period. Buffalo Jones Was the Last of the Plainsmen When Zane Grey met Buffalo Jones in New York City in 1908 Zane Grey instinctively knew he had met someone special. And the two men remained friends until Jones' death many years later. This book recounts only a small portion of the plainsman's life, but what is provided relates to us the life of an adventurer, an empire builder, and a conservationist. Included are stories of the man's trying to rope lions in the Grand Canyon and to his attempt to preserve the last of the buffalo from extinction, after once having slaughtered them to provide meat for the railroad workers. When this book was first published it did not receive very good reviews, but has since been praised for Zane Grey's prose and narrative skills. Furthermore, the people Zane Grey met on this trip with Jones led directly to his creation of such great novels as Heritage of the Desert and Riders of the Purple Sage and set the stage for his entire career. Without this trip and the writing of this book there might not have been a Zane Grey as we know him today. It all began here. About courage and killing! Grey - once a dentist (like Doc Holliday) did more to create and shape of view of the west than any other writer, and his remains - even till today - as one of the most popular. As the world moves to tweets and twats, Facebooks and drive-bys, one can only see the calling of the great outdoors, of the west, of adventure and real life. One of Zane's most loved novels, (there were so many!), about courage and killing - and the ways of the west! One of the best and most compelling western novelists, Grey could spin a yarn, and tell a darn good story. If you long for those days, no matter your age, or if you are a city dweller or a country person, you will find excitement, peace, contentment and adventure with this book. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Shipping News Audiobook by Annie Proulx
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The Shipping News Audiobook by Annie Proulx

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Shipping News Author: Annie Proulx Narrator: Robert Joy Format: Abridged Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 04-14-00 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 215 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary American family, The Shipping News shows why E. Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today. When Quoyle, a 36-year-old, third rate newspaperman, learns that his two-timing wife has abandoned him and their two daughters, he returns to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, where amongst locals and three generations of his family, he begins to rebuild his life. Newfoundland is a dreary rock in the north Atlantic beset by lousy weather. Proulx recreates this barren location in her vivid, distinctive prose and populates it with a cast of amusing, richly human characters. The transformation each of the characters undergoes following the move is profound. And Proulx creates a simple and compelling tale of Quoyle's psychological and spiritual growth as he confronts his private demons. Along the way, we catch a glimpse of the maritime beauty of what is probably a fading existence. ©1995 E. Annie Proulx, All Rights Reserved (P)1995 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved Members Reviews: Find the unabridged version! Skip the abridged version of this book! I wasn't crazy about it, then decided to give the unabrdged version a chance and I'm SO glad I did. It's a superb book when read in full. I'd rate it 5 stars. The Shipping News This book is such a great read I couldn't put it down. It stayed in my thoughts when I couldn't read it, and I used any excuse to get back to it. A quirky, humorous and sad story, it is written as vividly as though the author was experiencing everything as she wrote. The characters are almost alive and kind of odd, having lived in a small community for so long. But the great thing is that everyone accepts the quirks of others, at least until the end. A Colossal Bore All of the Pulitzer Prizes in the world (yes, this book won in 1994) cant save The Shipping News from terminal boredom. Proulx belongs to a segment of the modern school which deemphasizes plot, which might work if the characters and their inner thoughts were fascinating. But this essentially plotless novel is populated by some very dull individuals. Its one thing to write well, which Proulx does, but its another thing to have something to write about. If your want to read a book which celebrates ordinariness, this slight tale might be for you, but dont be surprised if you, too, end up as bored as I was. Well Done My 1st Annie Proulx novel, but certainly not my last. I chose the abridged version because I liked Robert Joy's voice. He seemed more Quoyle-like to me. Read the book, listened to the audio version and watched the movie. Time well spent. Good words, disappointing reader Is there anything you would change about this book? The book is excellent What did you like best about this story? It is a compelling story of growth and human character What didnt you like about Robert Joys performance? His voice is off putting, and detracted from the story. Could you see The Shipping News being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be? No Any additional comments? no Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Rush Home Road Audiobook by Lori Lansens
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Rush Home Road Audiobook by Lori Lansens

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Rush Home Road Author: Lori Lansens Narrator: Ruby Dee Format: Abridged Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 07-12-02 Publisher: Hachette Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 222 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: When five-year-old Sharla Cody is abandoned on Addy's trailer-park doorstep, the old woman doesn't know if she is up to the task of mothering the willful, curious child. But she takes the little girl into her home, and Sharla opens a door to Addy's past - to memories of the strawberry fields, the church graveyard, and the tender crust of her Mama Laisa's apple pies. The past returns to Addy Shadd, and as she sits in her trailer she can close her eyes and "see the county farms and city streets and recall each season of death and rebirth." Somehow, Sharla Cody helps Addy make sense of her long and hard life so she can find forgiveness - and finally make the journey home again. Critic Reviews: "Lansens is a brilliant talent, with a profound, big-hearted comprehension of human flaws and humane possibilities." (The Globe and Mail) Members Reviews: Rush Home Road I selected this book because Ruby Dee is the narrator and I had listened to "Their Eyes Were Watching God" with utter amazement. This book is equally amazing, rich characterization and beautifully narrated. I found myself connecting with the main character every step of her journey. Excellent performance, OK book Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? From the beginning this book was very intriguing and the reader's voice was totally enthralling. I listen as I drive and often space out and miss things. I have to rewind a lot, but not with this book. The reader is easy and pleasant to listen to. The book started really strongly and was pretty good throughout, but the ending was sort of abrupt. On the other hand, as an audio book it was shorter than most, which is sometimes nice. Many of them go on and on forever. Have you listened to any of Ruby Dees other performances before? How does this one compare? I don't know if Ruby Dee also read in The Help, but if not, she sounds a lot like the women who did. Rush Home Road An excellent story. I was facinated with how envolved the listener becomes with the main 2 characters and enjoyed looking into the window of their lives. filthy language and violent content This book wasnt for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more? I would really like to see a rating system on books like they have on games and movies that will tell you about the content before you buy it. The first chapter contained filthy language and violence (a scene where a child is raped). This book was a waste of my money as I do not want to listen any further. Big bummer! You didnt love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities? I loved the readers voice! She brought life to the story. Any additional comments? I wish I could get my money back :( A fascinating story, brilliantly narrated. What made the experience of listening to Rush Home Road the most enjoyable? The story was compelling and the narration was so vivid I could see every character in vivd detail. They stayed in my thoughts long after I finished reading. What was one of the most memorable moments of Rush Home Road? Kindness and generosity juxtaposed to indifference and cruelty were themes that played throughout the story.

The Reivers Audiobook by William Faulkner
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The Reivers Audiobook by William Faulkner

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Reivers Author: William Faulkner Narrator: John H. Mayer Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins Language: English Release date: 03-06-08 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 139 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: One of Faulkner's comic masterpieces, The Reivers is a picaresque story that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucas Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family's retainers, to steal his grandfather's car and make a trip to Memphis. The priests' black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are off on a heroic odyssey, for which they are ill-equipped, that ends at Miss Reba's bordello in Memphis. From there, a series of wild misadventures ensues - involving horse smuggling, trainmen, sheriff's deputies, and jail. ©1962 William Faulkner; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Members Reviews: Nice Listen Good Faulkner. 4 days in the life of an eleven year old Like Hemingway with one day in the life of an old man at sea, your intrest in the four days spent in this novel is held from begining to end. Life lessons learned.Enjoyable. Wordy, confusing and boring Wordy, confusing and boring. Those are the three adjectives I would use to describe this book. Simplistic too. My biggest complaint is the wordiness. What? Was Faulkner taking part in a contest to see who could come up with the most synonyms for each word? Someone should count how many times "or" is found in this book. Faulkner begins with an oblique statement, and then it is repeated umpteen times with other words so that the meaning is hammered into the reader. This bored me and started putting me to sleep. The plot is straightforward and simple. Faulkner uses none of his complicated literary techniques typical of his other novels. Nevertheless, I think he likes to confuse. Why does he never say something once, simply? There is a plot twist at the end that threw me. So what is the theme of the book? It is a coming of age story, set in 1905 in Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee. An adventure story spread over four days. Lucius Priest, a pampered white eleven-year-old, the storys main character, learns the difference between the real world and the ideal world taught to him by his elders. What we are told and the way it really is. That is it in a nutshell. The four days start with the stealing of a car, followed by the crossing of a muddy creek, betting, horse races, a bordello and of course prostitutes. (Reivers means the stealers!). Yet the story is so innocent, the message so cute. Too cute. Honestly, I think the book is more appropriate for kids. It says nothing to an adult. It draws for me a rather tame picture of the South in 1905. The audiobook narration by John H. Mayer was easy to follow, yet I detested his intonation of Ned McCaslin's "hee-hee-hee". Ned is black. He plays a central role. The intonation made him sound stupid, and he wasn't stupid at all! old south thinking but cute story and well read. What made the experience of listening to The Reivers the most enjoyable? the reader Who was your favorite character and why? the major character, a 12 year old boy. Which scene was your favorite? I can't think of one. Worst scene was child abuse at the end. If you could rename The Reivers, what would you call it? how to not treat a child or women or anyone Boring Don't waste your time and money. If I could give this less than 1 star, I would. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Kate Chopin Selected Short Stories, Volume I Audiobook by Kate Chopin
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Kate Chopin Selected Short Stories, Volume I Audiobook by Kate Chopin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Kate Chopin Selected Short Stories, Volume I Author: Kate Chopin Narrator: Kitty Hendrix Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 39 mins Language: English Release date: 01-17-18 Publisher: Spoken Realms Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Kate Chopin, one of the great literary writers of 19th-century American fiction, was a woman ahead of her time. From the early 1890s, Chopin was writing short stories, articles, and translations which appeared in periodicals and magazines regionally based in St. Louis - she was perceived as a "local color" writer, but her literary qualities were discounted. Much of her writing was autobiographical. She took into account her ancestry of Irish and French descent, and her years with Creole and Cajun influences in Louisiana. When her novel, The Awakening, was published in 1899, with themes of sexual and social independence for women, it was met with negative criticism and banned in several states. Chopin, discouraged by the criticism and realizing that she had not been accepted as the legitimate author she knew she was, turned to short story writing almost exclusively for the rest of her life. Volume 1 includes the following short stories: "Beyond The Bayou"; "Ma'Ame Pelagie"; "Desiree's Baby"; "A Respectable Woman"; "The Kiss"; "A Pair of Silk Stockings"; "The Locket"; and "A Reflection". Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Story of an Hour Audiobook by Kate Chopin
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The Story of an Hour Audiobook by Kate Chopin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Story of an Hour Author: Kate Chopin Narrator: Walter Covell Format: Unabridged Length: 7 mins Language: English Release date: 03-05-08 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 25 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Kate Chopin was an American author of short stories and novels, mostly with a Louisiana Creole background. Today she is now considered a forerunner of the feminist authors of the 20th century. This powerful story concerns a wife who learns that her overbearing husband has been killed. The short period of mourning turns to the hope of her new freedom - but then comes the very unexpected climax. © and (P)1981 Jimcin Recordings Editorial Reviews: Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour has always been much loved and much debated. Its plot involves a women recently widowed from her overbearing husband, and what happens to her in her newfound freedom. Did she love him? Did she hate him? Listeners will surely have their own convictions regarding these open questions. Walter Covell narrates this early feminist work in an eloquent baritone, with noticeable lovely enunciation. Members Reviews: Short story by Kate Chopin I was not familiar with Kate Chopin's work before but found this story very dark and almost pointless. Everything was wrong about this book- the short length of under one hour and taking an hour to tell a story that could be told as a joke in less than 60 seconds. A perfect short story The story of an Hour is a great introduction to Kate Chopin's work. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Wild Palms Audiobook by William Faulkner
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The Wild Palms Audiobook by William Faulkner

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Wild Palms Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Marc Vietor Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins Language: English Release date: 08-23-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 33 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In New Orleans in 1937, a man and woman embark on a headlong flight into the wilderness of illicit passion. In Mississippi ten years earlier, a convict risks his one chance at freedom to rescue a pregnant woman. From these separate stories Faulkner composes a symphony of deliverance and damnation. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of William Faulkner's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview where James Atlas interviews James Lee Burke about the life and work of William Faulkner begins as soon as the audiobook ends. This production is part of our line, a collection of important works from groundbreaking authors. Members Reviews: Wild Qualms I've read that other writers often made fun of the dialogue in some of Faulkner's novels. I'm no Faulkner scholar; after having read or re-read nearly all of his novels now though, I'd say this book is THE primary suspect. The dialogue between the 2 lovers at the beginning of their affair and onward through the botched abortion is embarrassing and distracting. I've never read any interaction so awkward in all of literature. I rate this the worst of all Faulkner novels. I can handle almost any dismal tragedy in literature, like most of the rest of us; yet, this novel's beyond (or below) any hopeless gloom I've ever read, particularly when considering the subject matter of one of the 2 running stories. A reminder that even the best have bad books. Deserves attention Would you listen to The Wild Palms again? Why? Yes. As well as having a compelling story that builds gradually to an intriguing conclusion, The Wild Palms is structured in a way that made me go back to earlier chapters to see how subsequent events are foreshadowed. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wild Palms? The climax of the "Wild Palms" portion of the novel is unforgettable. Having said that, the account of the flood in the other portion, "The Old Man", is also remarkable. The quote, "From grief and nothing, I choose grief", resonates and has an interesting relationship to the French film Breathless, in which this line is quoted. What about Marc Vietors performance did you like? Marc Vietor gives an excellent performance, well-sustained and with a dignity that serves Faulkner's prose well. The Southern aspect is evident in a good way, without ever seeming overplayed or affected. Faulkner's work is read impressively by various narrators at Audible.com, and this book is no exception. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I took a while to get into this, mainly because of the unorthodox structure. It is difficult to understand the relationship between the two alternating stories. The relationship is not direct but involves themes that echo between the two: loss, endurance, sacrifice, the transience of human relationships, attempts to comprehend intense experiences and to resolve threads of existence. It's a sad book that includes an element of the absurd. Any additional comments? I was surprised to see that this audiobook hasn't been reviewed yet. I downloaded it a while ago and had assumed that other listeners would have reviewed it by now.

The Color Out of Space Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft
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The Color Out of Space Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Color Out of Space Author: H. P. Lovecraft Narrator: Christopher Strong Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 03-20-13 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 87 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This is one of Lovecraft's most beautifully written and frightening stories. It is written from the perspective of a surveyor, who, while surveying a rural area that is to be flooded near the town of Arkham, comes across a mysterious, abandoned farmstead, which is completely devoid of all life. At the center of the farmstead is an old well. The site fills him with an unnatural sense of dread, and, as it turns out, there is good reason for that feeling. Members Reviews: Great story and very good reader What did you love best about The Color Out of Space? Very dark and spooky. What other book might you compare The Color Out of Space to and why? Anything by Poe What about Christopher Strongs performance did you like? Deep voice - perfect for this story of thing. Didn't notice any kind of "breath" thing like another reviewer did. To each his own, I guess. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? Horror from Space Any additional comments? Looking for more from this reader but haven't seen much of my type of books. Hope he does more Lovecraft soon. WARNING! Bad narrator..... I couldn't get through ten minutes of what is probably a great book. The narrator takes loud, almost wheezing deep breaths every couple of sentences. It made ME feel suffocated. Click the 'Sample' button before you buy just to make sure you can handle the narrator.... Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Birthmark Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The Birthmark Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Birthmark Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Walter Covell Format: Unabridged Length: 43 mins Language: English Release date: 05-22-07 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 41 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Hawthorne approached the Romantic notion of the ability of science to destroy art (or beauty) in the form of fictive "horror stories" of biological research out of control. This story is the best of that group. A devoted scientist marries a beautiful woman with a single physical flaw: a birthmark on her face. Aylmer becomes obsessed with the imperfection and his attempts to remove it via his scientific skills, thus rendering his bride perfect. © and (P)1984 Jimcin Recordings Editorial Reviews: Nathaniel Hawthorne, best known for The Scarlet Letter, tells another obsessive tale of female purity and perfection in "The Birthmark". In this short story, a scientist named Aylmer marries a beautiful woman, Georgiana. Once they settle into their life together, Aylmer becomes fixated on the small red blemish on Georgianas cheek. His obsession haunts his dreams and leads him to find a way to remove the birthmark in his laboratory. Walter Covells rich voice and subtle characterizations are pitch-perfect for Hawthornes account of one mans perilous quest for beauty. Members Reviews: Bland uninspired The language, the subject and the presentation all combined to create a flusher! none of the characters were the slight bit endearing or even entertaining. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The World's Best Classic Short Stories Audiobook by O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Saki, Kate Chopin, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling
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The World's Best Classic Short Stories Audiobook by O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Saki, Kate Chopin, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The World's Best Classic Short Stories Author: O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Saki, Kate Chopin, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 09-13-13 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 20 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A glittering collection of some of the world's finest short stories, including: Members Reviews: Wonderful group of short stories A wonderful group of intriguing short stories, written by world class authors and performed with great enthusiasm which one can enjoy anytime. Annoying Annoying and melancholic narration. The accent drives me nuts. Worst purchase ever. Very monotone. Would like my money back. I just can't listen to this narrator I love these stories but just I could not bear this narrator. I tried - I really tried. Narration is annoying The sing-song voice of the British narrator was fine for the first story or so but was highly annoying in its sameness over time. Great Collection of Unexpected/Horror A great collection of classic tales with a twist or horror theme to them. (Although I'm sure you worked that out from EA Poe.) Well read, and a pleasure to listen to. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Kidnapped Santa Claus Audiobook by L. Frank Baum
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A Kidnapped Santa Claus Audiobook by L. Frank Baum

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Kidnapped Santa Claus Author: L. Frank Baum Narrator: Johnny Heller Format: Unabridged Length: 25 mins Language: English Release date: 12-05-17 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "A Kidnapped Santa Claus" is a short story by L. Frank Baum, author of the Oz stories. In it, The Daemons of the caves, resentful of Santa Claus, who rebuffs their attempts to subvert him by temptation, capture him in his sleigh on Christmas Eve and imprison him in their caves. Santa's helpers: a fairy, pixie, knook, and ryl, finish his deliveries with a few comical mishaps. Assembling a magical army of good beings, the queen of the fairies leads an attempt to rescue Santa Claus from the clutches of the evil Daemons. Published in 1904, the story has a somewhat darker tone than its predecessor, The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause. Members Reviews: Strange tail of santa-claus I found the narration kind of dry and boring. this is a strange story of Santa Claus and some demons in a cave and Santa's Little Helpers the elves. I found the narrator tedious to listen to and I'm glad that this is a short book. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Gold Bug Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe
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The Gold Bug Audiobook by Edgar Allan Poe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Gold Bug Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Cathy Dobson Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 26 mins Language: English Release date: 06-06-13 Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 9 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Poe's gripping tale of a treasure hunt. When the reclusive adventurer and naturalist LeGrande finds an unusual beetle, he believes he has discovered a rare new species. But he little suspects that the discovery will set him on the trail of pirates, buried treasure and the restoration of his family fortunes. Members Reviews: great story i found it very well written and spell binding. I first found this story when I was in the eighth grade. It has stuck with me all my life and now I find it again. Thank you for sharing it with me. Yours truly Puzzle101e Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Cabot Wright Begins Audiobook by James Purdy
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Cabot Wright Begins Audiobook by James Purdy

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Cabot Wright Begins Subtitle: A Novel Author: James Purdy Narrator: James Patrick Cronin Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 11-05-13 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 8 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Cabot Wright Begins, first published in 1964, may be one of the most neglected masterpieces in post-World War II American literature. Cabot Wright is a handsome, Yale-educated stockbroker and scion of a good family. He also happens to be the convicted rapist of nearly three hundred women. Bernie Gladhart is a naive used-car salesman from Chicago, who - spurred on by his ambitious wife - decides to travel to Brooklyn and write the Great American Novel about the recently paroled Cabot Wright. As Bernie tries to track down Wright in Brooklyn, he encounters a series of bizarre and Dickensian characters and sets in motion an extraordinary chain of events. In this merciless and outrageous satire of American culture, cult writer James Purdy is unsparing and prophetic in his portrayal of television, publishing, Wall Street, race, urban poverty, sex, and the false values of American culture in a work compared to Candide by Susan Sontag. Considered too scabrous for the stifling culture mores of the early 1960s, Purdy's comic fiction evokes "an American psychic landscape of deluded innocence, sexual obsession, violence and isolation" (New York Times) Members Reviews: Send in the Clowns Cabot Wright is a promising young man. He is a newly married scion of Wall Street, who would have nothing but bright prospects, were it not for his past conviction for more than 300 rapes. And he is easily the most positive person in a novel crowded with characters whose unique and fascinating lives are almost invariably headed toward a gloomy end. As in other of his novels such as Malcolm and The Nephewneither apparently available in audioJames Purdy displays the quietly dazzling craftsmanship of a writer who deserved to be far better known than he was. The oddballs are legion. Bernie Gladhart, for one, a former used car salesman and failed author of unpublished books about himself, is writing one about Wright at the insistence of his wife, an obese, sex-crazed, thrice-divorced painter of miniatures who dreams only of being married to a successful writer. In Purdys works, everyone is an eccentric, and no two are remotely alike. The book is a merciless mockery of American culture at the midpoint of the 20th century that spares nothingtelevision, advertising, publishing, politics, religion, race, sex, business. It is hilarious, but darkly so. Among many other trademark techniques, Purdy is a master of wildly mismatched descriptors, such as that of a man who wears an expression between hunger and amnesia, or someone who speaks in a way that is prayerfully menacing. Almost every sentence is a complex work of literary genius, and listening his work in audio form is something to savor. Great Listen What did you love best about Cabot Wright Begins? Great novel simply read. What other book might you compare Cabot Wright Begins to and why? American Psycho - Bonfire of the Vanities - but in 1964 Any additional comments? Great Listen! So well written, but real depressing The book is inthralling but if you happen to be having difficulties in your life, you might want to wait on this one. The characters are so rich and so awful. Each one is so self absorbed and really only concerned with his/her own agenda. None of the characters have any love for another. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Fable Audiobook by William Faulkner
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A Fable Audiobook by William Faulkner

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Fable Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Kevin Pariseau Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 10-07-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 25 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: An allegorical story of World War I set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of William Faulkner's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview where James Atlas interviews James Lee Burke about the life and work of William Faulkner begins as soon as the audiobook ends. Members Reviews: Potentiality Admittedly, I am a huge Faulkner fan; though, Southern Literature is not my area of study, I have read most of Faulkner's novels. This was one of the gaps in his canon for me. What you have here is Faulkner at his best and his worst. You have moments when the plot and style come together to form a cohesive narrative. But you have plotting that takes turns where none are needed, becoming a book that is mainly potential. To bring the Great War into novel form was the life-long pursuit of Faulkner, which could be noted in his false claims to participation in the war. But the addition of a Chirst-like character onto the narrative leaves the novel moving in different and competing directions. Bad Production and Direction What did you love best about A Fable? This is generally considered one of Faulkner's lesser works, although he took ten years writing it and said more than once it was his best. Overall, I thought the story was good. There is a very long digression that adds very little and feels like separate story embedded in this novel. Any additional comments? The director of this work chose to have the actor read everything in the same voice, no accents for British or French characters, no dialect or inflection for regional differences. Also, there are dozens of words mispronounced. Finally, there are some places early on where the editor//producer failed to properly edit out second takes and we hear the same line repeated.These added together nearly drove me to abandon this book early on. I persisted only because I wanted to follow the plot. If there is another version of this book in Audible I would recommend trying that first. Definitely Not Impressed w/ the Audiobook Would you try another book from William Faulkner and/or Kevin Pariseau? I would read another book of William Faulkner, but I probably won't listen to another book read by Kevin Pariseau Would you be willing to try another book from William Faulkner? Why or why not? Yes. I have read a couple of books by Faulkner and am open to reading more books by him. How did the narrator detract from the book? Although the narrator spoke clearly, I found his reading excruciating slow and boring and not helpful to the understanding of the novel. There were long pauses in places where pauses should not be. It was quite distracting. So much so that I stopped the recording and read the book. Do you think A Fable needs a follow-up book? Why or why not? No. Even though I'm not a fan of Faulkner, I think he completed the story even if it was verbose Difficult Novel Not Helped by Reader Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? A Fable, which might be for many an important novel --about soldier resistance to WWI fighting--- is to my mind one of Faulkner's most difficult novels. He spent ten years writing it and got the Pulitzer for it, but he sure doesn't give the reader much help.

Bend Sinister Audiobook by Vladimir Nabokov
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Bend Sinister Audiobook by Vladimir Nabokov

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Bend Sinister Author: Vladimir Nabokov Narrator: Robert Blumenfeld Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins Language: English Release date: 11-29-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 68 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The first novel Nabokov wrote while living in America, and the most overtly political novel he ever wrote, Bend Sinister is a modern classic. While it is filled with veiled puns and characteristically delightful wordplay, it is, first and foremost, a haunting and compelling narrative about a civilized man caught in the tyranny of a police state. Professor Adam Krug, the country's foremost philosopher, offers the only hope of resistance to Paduk, dictator and leader of the Party of the Average Man. In a folly of bureaucratic bungling and ineptitude, the government attempts to co-opt Krug's support in order to validate the new regime. Critic Reviews: "Moving and powerful... Nabokov writes with urbanity, humor and high drama." (The New York Times) Members Reviews: A fantastic fairytale of fascism My bookshelf is growing bigger every day with new fantastic fairytales of fascism, dynamic doggerels of dystopia. Of course there is Orwell's seminal 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World. There are also (move aside high-school dystopias) Koestler's Darkness at Noon, Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and almost all of Kafka's well-kooked, absurd oeuvre (The Trial, The Castle, etc). Keep looking, yes right there, you almost missed another fantastic novel by Nabokov - Invitation to a Beheading. I love them all. They all hurt. They all confuse. They are belligerent in their sadness and show exactly how absurd bureaucracy and government and modernity are. Oh, and they all owe a helluva lot of DNA (at least from the angle I'm sitting and the mirror I'm looking at) to their slanted father Dostoevsky. There is madness in all the punished and stupidity in all the enforcers. Bureaucracy's worst enemy is itself, but we are all its casualties. All of these books are works of genius and all capture a part of the dark river. Taken together, however, they seem to contain much of the anger, fear and reality of the modern state. So, it isn't just Orwell that nailed our dystopian reality, our reality seems to weep out of all these works into pools that really do reflect the closed, confused and soul-tearing aspect of modern government. I can't stop thinking of Krug walking back and forth on a bridge, trapped between the guards on both sides of the bridge. One side can't read, and refuses to sign his travel documents. The other side won't accept his documents without signatures. There exists a banality of evil, like Hannah Arendt pointed out years ago in Eichmann in Jerusalem , but there is more often just an incompetence of evil, a stupidity of power that seems to baffle me every day as I read the news about police in NM doing anal probes because a man appeared to clench his butt or a man being arrested in OH for having a secret compartment in his car (nothing illegal in it, just something that could contain something bad. A blank page that could have Slander written on it, or could be set on fire). Left unchecked, there is nothing stupidity+power can't F-up. Good morning AmeriKa Great surrealist tale of conformity I listened to the marvelous Audible production narrated by Robert Blumenfeld. This is the third Nabokov book I've "read" and further elevates my appreciation of his intellect, imagination, and wry wit. He is the best surrealist I know of. His writing puts me in a great mood even while describing tragedies.

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street Audiobook by Herman Melville
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Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street Audiobook by Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 10-14-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 38 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Herman Melvilles tale of corporate discontent, Bartleby, the Scrivener, tells the story of a quiet, hardworking legal copyist who works in an office in the Wall Street area of New York City. The business where he works handles the official financial paperwork of wealthy men. One day, Bartlebys employer requests he proofread one of the documents he has copied. Bartleby declines the assignment with the inscrutable I would prefer not, the first of what will become many refusals. The utterance of this remark sets off a confounding set of actions and behavior, making the unsettling character of Bartleby one of Melvilles most enigmatic and unforgettable creations. Critic Reviews: Herman Melville is one of American literatures greatest figures. (The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English) Members Reviews: Very strange, very haunting Stefan Rudnicki has an almost impossibly deep voice, but he plays it like an instrument in this strange and haunting story about a lost soul. Bartleby is probably one of the most passive central characters in literature: his standard response to a request to do something is, "I would prefer not to." I can't honestly say I understand the story, but the feelings of sadness and compassion (with occasional dashes of frustration) come through in this excellent reading. Tragic, Funny, and Thought Provoking Bartleby the Scrivener is short story, which explores the society and humanity on Wall Street in the late 19th century. I completely enjoyed the narrator character and the other office workers. Melvilles prose are excellent and he was able to write a parable that is at once thought provoking, tragic, and quite funny. The narration is spot on, delivering the funny lines as dead pan as they were intended to be. My Review "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" is... On second thought, I would prefer not to say. Short and peculiar Any additional comments? It's a quick and easy listen. I like the story more as time passes. I often find myself thinking about this story in real life situations when people fail to fulfill their obligations (as societal conventions dictate). What a strange man Is there anything you would change about this book? I wish there was more background on Bartleby. Perhaps a followup that would include how he became such a strange person. What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!) Sad, sorry, sorrowful, reflective on my own life's experiences. What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Stefan was an excellent choice of reader, he provided voice characterizations that were of period and were interesting. Could you see Bartleby, the Scrivener being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be? No, too much would be lost in the story. It would not be nearly as intellectual and entertaining. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Eyes Audiobook by Edith Wharton
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The Eyes Audiobook by Edith Wharton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Eyes Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 51 mins Language: English Release date: 07-11-11 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 30 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A story of how individual destiny can be shaped and formed by mentors and friends. Culwin is a modern villain, whose crimes arise from holding his tongue at crucial moments, so that events further entangle themselves. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

To Build a Fire and Other Stories Audiobook by Jack London
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2018-03-02 23:10:55 UTC 05:42:00
To Build a Fire and Other Stories Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To Build a Fire and Other Stories Author: Jack London Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 05-23-11 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 12 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "To Build a Fire," the best-known of Jack London's many short stories, tells the tale of a solitary traveler on the Yukon Trail accompanied only by his dog as they endure the extreme cold. A classic narrative of a battle for survival against the forces of nature, "To Build a Fire" is London at his best. Also included here are "The Red One," "All Gold Canyon," "A Piece of Steak," "The Love of Life," "Flush of Gold," "The Story of Keesh," and "The Wisdom of the Trail." A vital collection of works by one of the greatest short-story writers in American literature, this edition is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Members Reviews: Classic stories, poorly read These classic Jack London stories are engaging, if a little tedious in detail...at times. The problem here is the narration. Little to no inflection. In fact, it is difficult to tell when a story ends, as the reader moves on to the title of the next story without a pause, and with no change in voice or inflection while reading the title and starting the next story. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com