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Classic English and Irish Dramas Starring Ralph Richardson and Margaret Lockwood, Volume 2 Audiobook by Theatre Royal, H.G. Wells, Herman Melville
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Classic English and Irish Dramas Starring Ralph Richardson and Margaret Lockwood, Volume 2 Audiobook by Theatre Royal, H.G. Wells, Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Classic English and Irish Dramas Starring Ralph Richardson and Margaret Lockwood, Volume 2 Subtitle: Volume 2 Author: Theatre Royal, H.G. Wells, Herman Melville Narrator: Laurence Olivier Format: Original Recording Length: 56 mins Language: English Release date: 04-22-11 Publisher: Heritage Media Ltd Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas from English and Irish Literature. Here is the legendary Ralph Richardson starring in A Sentimental Journey, adapted from the original tale by Laurence Sterne and the legendary Margaret Lockwood starring in 'Becky Sharpe' adapted from Vanity Fair, the original tale by William Makepeace Thackeray. Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950's by the late Harry Alan Towers. Starring the leading theatre artists of the day it is the only series of radio dramas in which Laurence Olivier ever appeared. He was joined by Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Orson Welles, Robert Morley, John Mills, Michael Redgrave, Trevor Howard, Robert Donut, Alec Guinness and Margaret Lockwood. Over the Years, Theatre Royal has received a glittering array of accolades, including: vivid, tense, and compressed.( Classic radio) Great fun to listen to and, as radio history, they are unsurpassed. (Sunday Telegraph) Voices like these justify the Golden Days tag. We won't hear their like again. (Sunday Times) A must for archive fans. The excitement of vintage radio drama with strong storylines. (Radio Times.) Editorial Reviews: Recorded during the golden age of radio, Classic English and Irish Dramas is a remastered collection of classic radio dramas that boasts the kind of virtuoso audio performance rarely heard on radio since. This particular volume features Ralph Richardson in "A Sentimental Journey", and Margaret Lockwood in "Becky Sharpe", but listeners will also be intrigued by the supporting cast, which includes a performance from Laurence Olivier (his only radio drama appearance), as well as Orson Welles, Michael Redgrave, Alec Guinness, and others. Beautiful radio voices and stellar performances will make listeners nostalgic for the days when radio plays enthralled families on a nightly basis. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Classic Joseph Conrad and Henry James Dramas Starring Ralph Richardson, Volume 2 Audiobook by Theatre Royal, Henry James
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Classic Joseph Conrad and Henry James Dramas Starring Ralph Richardson, Volume 2 Audiobook by Theatre Royal, Henry James

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Classic Joseph Conrad and Henry James Dramas Starring Ralph Richardson, Volume 2 Author: Theatre Royal, Henry James Narrator: Ralph Richardson Format: Original Recording Length: 46 mins Language: English Release date: 04-25-11 Publisher: Heritage Media Ltd Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas of the early Americas. Here is the legendary Ralph Richardson starring in The Liar and 'Four Meetings' adapted from the original story by Henry James. Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950's by the late Harry Alan Towers. Starring the leading theatre artists of the day it is the only series of radio dramas in which Laurence Olivier ever appeared. He was joined by Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Orson Welles, Robert Morley, John Mills, Michael Redgrave, Trevor Howard, Robert Donut, Alec Guinness and Margaret Lockwood Over the Years, Theatre Royal has received a glittering array of accolades, including: vivid, tense, and compressed.( Classic radio) Great fun to listen to and, as radio history, they are unsurpassed. (Sunday Telegraph) Voices like these justify the Golden Days tag. We won't hear their like again. (Sunday Times) A must for archive fans. The excitement of vintage radio drama with strong storylines. (Radio Times) Editorial Reviews: From the golden age of radio drama, these vintage performances feature Theatre Royal's ensemble cast, led by eloquent English actor Ralph Richardson, and a lushly orchestrated soundtrack. Henry James' "The Liar" follows a portrait painter reunited with a former lover, now married to a self-aggrandizing colonel with a penchant for lies. Hoping to reclaim his love, the painter sets out to capture the essence of the sham marriage via a brutally honest portrait of the colonel, thereby forcing his wife to choose between her morals and affections. "Four Meetings" introduces simple New England schoolteacher Caroline Spencer, saving her meager earnings so she might one day travel Europe. Spencer's dreams are tested by a manipulative family member in this tale of hard work and fleeting opportunity. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Classic Joseph Conrad and Henry James Dramas starring Ralph Richardson, Volume 1 Audiobook by Theatre Royal, Joseph Conrad, Henry James
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Classic Joseph Conrad and Henry James Dramas starring Ralph Richardson, Volume 1 Audiobook by Theatre Royal, Joseph Conrad, Henry James

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Classic Joseph Conrad and Henry James Dramas starring Ralph Richardson, Volume 1 Author: Theatre Royal, Joseph Conrad, Henry James Narrator: Ralph Richardson Format: Original Recording Length: 59 mins Language: English Release date: 04-22-11 Publisher: Heritage Media Ltd Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 4 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas of the early Americas. Here is the legendary Ralph Richardson starring in The Tale and 'The Black Mate' adapted from the original story by Joseph Conrad and The Aspern Papers adapted from the original story by Henry James. Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950's by the late Harry Alan Towers. Starring the leading theatre artists of the day it is the only series of radio dramas in which Laurence Olivier ever appeared. He was joined by Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Orson Welles, Robert Morley, John Mills, Michael Redgrave, Trevor Howard, Robert Donut, Alec Guinness and Margaret Lockwood. Over the Years, Theatre Royal has received a glittering array of accolades, including: vivid, tense, and compressed.( Classic radio) Great fun to listen to and, as radio history, they are unsurpassed. (Sunday Telegraph) Voices like these justify the Golden Days tag. We won't hear their like again. (Sunday Times) A must for archive fans. The excitement of vintage radio drama with strong storylines. (Radio Times.) Editorial Reviews: Fans of James singular writing style will enjoy listening to Classic Joseph Conrad and Henry James Dramas Starring Ralph Richardson, Volume 2 from Heritage Media, Ltd. In his stories James depicted life in recognizable ways. His protagonists always labor to discover the truths of fellow characters. This volume is excerpted from the Theatre Royal radio drama series recorded in the 1950s. In this series renowned actors read dramatic works showcasing the culture of early America. Trained actor Ralph Richardson uses his resounding and arch voice to act out adaptations of two works by James. In "The Liar" a woman rejects an honest man and marries a liar. In "Four Meetings" a man meets the same woman four times in his life, and each time learns of her difficult, changing circumstances. Members Reviews: audio quality is out of date What would have made Classic Joseph Conrad and Henry James Dramas starring Ralph Richardson, Volume 1 better? Be prepared to put up with a lot of 1940s-50s radio audio quality, if you can. These playlets do not translate well to what a modern listener expects, in terms of listenability. The actors and actresss were excellent but the technology to record them was not. I'd say this recording is for old-time-radio fans only. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Classic American Dramas Starring Laurence Olivier, Volume 1 Audiobook by Theatre Royal, H. G. Wells, Herman Melville
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Classic American Dramas Starring Laurence Olivier, Volume 1 Audiobook by Theatre Royal, H. G. Wells, Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Classic American Dramas Starring Laurence Olivier, Volume 1 Author: Theatre Royal, H. G. Wells, Herman Melville Narrator: Laurence Olivier Format: Original Recording Length: 38 mins Language: English Release date: 04-22-11 Publisher: Heritage Media Ltd Ratings: 2.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas of the early Americas. Here is the legendary Laurence Olivier starring in The Country of the Blind, adapted from the original tale by H. G. Wells and Bartelby adapted by Herman Melville. Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950s by the late Harry Alan Towers. Starring the leading theatre artists of the day it is the only series of radio dramas in which Laurence Olivier ever appeared. He was joined by Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Orson Welles, Robert Morley, John Mills, Michael Redgrave, Trevor Howard, Robert Donut, Alec Guinness and Margaret Lockwood. Over the Years, Theatre Royal has received a glittering array of accolades, including: vivid, tense, and compressed.( Classic radio) Craft, like character, ages well.(Daily Telegraph) Great fun to listen to and, as radio history, they are unsurpassed. (Sunday Telegraph) Voices like these justify the Golden Days tag. We won't hear their like again. (Sunday Times) A must for archive fans. The excitement of vintage radio drama with strong storylines. (Radio Times.) Editorial Reviews: Laurence Olivier's voice is absolutely engaging - warm and golden, from a golden age of radio drama. In this classic audiobook, he performs classic works of literature including stories by Herman Melville and H. G. Wells. Olivier gives each of his characters distinct and dynamic voices, and moves between them with perfect fluidity. Accompanied with big-band music and old-school sound effects, this audiobook is pure enjoyment, combined with some of the most beautiful and important stories of all time. Members Reviews: GOOD OLD FASHIONED RADIO The AMERICAN WAY If you could sum up Classic American Dramas Starring Laurence Olivier, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be? Typical Hollywood Greats. Who was your favorite character and why? Too good to make favourites. What does Laurence Olivier bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you had only read the book? Olivier was the typical old style classic actor who could have made eating a mornings cerial breakfast seem the most triumphant food of the day. That strong archaic rich full voice brought drama to the most undramatic and he did it in that unique Olivier way, and I have yet to discover what that was. Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? No more emotional than any other. Any additional comments? These are good stories from the past. If you like old fashioned 'American ear splitting drama' these are a great listen now and again. The sound is obviously of the era and nothing like the clarity we have today, which for me, adds to why I like this classic collection. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Mark Twain's The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Reading) Audiobook by Mark Twain
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Mark Twain's The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Reading) Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mark Twain's The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Reading) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Stuart Milligan Format: Original Recording Length: 13 mins Language: English Release date: 07-05-11 Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A classic short story by Mark Twain, originally broadcast in the Afternoon Reading slot on BBC Radio 4 on 9 November 2010, to accompany the 'Autobiography of Mark Twain' (aired on Book of the Week'). Read by Stuart Millligan. This is the first of three of Twains classic short story broadcasts featuring the McWilliamses, with his familiar trademarks of high farce and droll insight. In The McWilliamses and The Burglar Alarm it becomes apparent that their home would be better off with a state of the art security device - if it works, that is...Read by Stuart Milligan and produced by Duncan Minshull. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Mark Twain's Niagara (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Reading) Audiobook by Mark Twain
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Mark Twain's Niagara (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Reading) Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mark Twain's Niagara (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Reading) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Stuart Milligan Format: Original Recording Length: 13 mins Language: English Release date: 07-06-11 Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A classic short story by Mark Twain, originally broadcast in the Afternoon Reading slot on BBC Radio 4 on 9 November 2010, to accompany the 'Autobiography of Mark Twain' (aired on Book of the Week'). Read by Stuart Millligan. This is the last of three of Twains classic short story broadcasts featuring the McWilliamses, with his familiar trademarks of high farce and droll insight. In Niagara, the McWilliamses plan a day trip to those intrepid Falls to tramp exciting trails and meet some friendly Red Indians. But the best laid plans...Read by Stuart Milligan and produced by Duncan Minshull. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Enchanted Barn Audiobook by Grace Livingston Hill
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The Enchanted Barn Audiobook by Grace Livingston Hill

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Enchanted Barn Author: Grace Livingston Hill Narrator: Anne Hancock Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 11-11-15 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 46 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Shirley Hollister is desperate. She, her ailing mother, and her four siblings are being forced out of their cramped city apartment. Where to go on her meager stenographer's salary? On a whim, she takes a trolley ride into the countryside and spies a barn: spacious, full of light, and surrounded by God's wondrous nature. Her new landlord, Sidney Graham, is intrigued by this lovely young woman and her plans to turn his abandoned barn into a home. Famed Christian fiction author Grace Livingston Hill's tale of a plucky girl determined to better her life is full of romance and adventure as Shirley (in escapades reminiscent of Nancy Drew and The Perils of Pauline) confounds spies and embezzlers with her quick thinking and profound faith. Members Reviews: Nice and clean cut I absolutely love the voice of the reader. She does a great job interpreting the emotions and the personalities of the characters. The overall story had some great unexpected twists. However, the ending was a little flat. If you want a clean story with early American culture and charm, this is the book for you! Enchanted describes this read to a "T" Only Grace Livingston Hill can make a story come to life, in a way that has a kind, gentle way. She always has the Lord Jesus Christ woven within the story. The ending has Christ and His love for all involved as the story concluded that can be applied to everyday life. I do enjoy Ms. Hill's books. You will to especially if you know the Lord Jesus Christ! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Age of Reason Audiobook by Thomas Paine
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The Age of Reason Audiobook by Thomas Paine

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Age of Reason Author: Thomas Paine Narrator: Alastair Cameron Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins Language: English Release date: 09-16-16 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 18 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Age of Reason is formed of two parts. The first, written in 1793 in France during the revolution, is a criticism of not just the Christian church, although it is primarily focused on Christian theology, but as a rejection of all forms of organized religion, including Judaism and Islam. However, Paine's position is not one of atheism, and he begins the book with a declaration of faith in one god. However he considers organized religion to be a construct of man, and the books it is based upon; the Bible, Torah, and Quran, to be no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. The second part of The Age of Reason, was written in 1795, and comes as a response to criticism of the first, and is also a more detailed analysis of the Bible, because whilst writing the first part he did not have access the book, where he goes through both the old and new testaments to highlight inconsistencies and explain his doubts as to the provenance of the books. Paine explains that although he does not doubt that Jesus existed and was a righteous man, the account of the Bible is doubtful at best because it is written by others, and cannot be the direct word of God. He does not believe Jesus to be the savior of the world, and implores listeners to seek God through his creation and its exploration through science, rather than through what he terms religious mythologies. Members Reviews: I am speechless My first read of Thomas Paine and what a nice surprise!! Hes amazing, cant wait to read his other titles Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Woman's Bible Audiobook by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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The Woman's Bible Audiobook by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Woman's Bible Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton Narrator: Jean Barrett Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 02-07-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The publication of The Woman's Bible in 1895 and 1898 represented the feminist pioneer's last strike at the roots of the ideology behind her gender's subordinate role in society. In keeping with her characteristic radical individualism, Stanton attacks religious orthodoxy on a political rather than scholarly basis. This clarion call to action consists of a book-by-book examination of the Bible, placing events in their historical context, interpreting passages as both allegory and fact, and comparing them with the myths of other cultures. It endures as an extraordinary document because of the questions it addresses, the topics it covers, and its still-resonant sincerity. Editorial Reviews: Published in a storm of controversy that caused a schism between author Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her feminist contemporaries, The Woman's Bible represented her last strike at the roots of the ideology behind women's roles in society. Narrator Jean Barrett's mature voice brings a natural strength to her performance of this challenge to the traditional position of religious orthodoxy that women should be subordinate to man. Barrett uses emphasis to highlight Stanton's examination of the Bible as the social activist places events in their historical context, interprets passages as both allegory and fact, and compares them with the myths of other cultures. To this day, Stanton's work continues to raise questions about society and gender. Members Reviews: but to the point of detailed information like we are so use to in movies and so ... First of all, there is no violence in this book unless you are thinking about the violence type on today's television. There is no sexual content if you are thinking of today's sexual content on movies and television shows. It will talk about violence and sexual content, but to the point of detailed information like we are so use to in movies and so on. I enjoy reading this book very much. great read This is a great read which strips away a lot of the preconceptions I had about the Bible. Starting with the fact that the Bible was written by and mostly for men, this book tears apart many of the misogynic concepts we have accepted as part of our culture. It is worth reading because it gives deeper insight into our culture and the mindset which continually reinforces sexism. An interesting and historically significant Bible commentary Strongly recommended to anyone interested in the history of the women's movement, or feminist reaction to Christianity. As a compilation of the views of a number of women, it offers many conflicting perspectives, many of which are decidedly opposed to mainstream Christian theology. Knocked off one star for some atrociously poor understanding of the Hebrew language and for being somewhat repetitive. Five Stars Excellent Product! Four Stars good reading Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook by Robert Crayola
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The Fault in Our Stars Audiobook by Robert Crayola

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Fault in Our Stars Subtitle: A Reader's Guide to the John Green Novel Author: Robert Crayola Narrator: Christa Lewis Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 08-13-14 Publisher: Robert Crayola Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Few novels have affected audiences (especially young people) like John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. With this new guide, you will have an even greater understanding of the book. Included in this guide: a biography of author John Green, a look at the book's context, its literary elements, detailed chapter summaries, analysis, and suggestions for essays. This is the definitive guide to The Fault in Our Stars, concise, easy to understand, and guaranteed to add to your enjoyment of this modern classic, now a major motion picture. Members Reviews: Great book This book analyses John Green's the fault in our stars, which is perfect for anyone looking to go deeper or anyone analysing the book for a literature review. Five Stars Excellent read. Every teacher's dream. This will go hand in hand in my classroom. It leads discussions and has an unique approach to the subject. Used for adult book group Personally, I would have preferred more discussion questions. The summary is very good. Makes you stop and think very well written made me cry. My granddaughter recommended to me and I was glad I read it. I really liked it, thank you Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Análisis Literario de La Peste [Literary Analysis of the Plague] Audio Libro por Online Studio Productions
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Análisis Literario de La Peste [Literary Analysis of the Plague] Audio Libro por Online Studio Productions

Escuche este audio libro completo gratis en http://hotaudiobook.com/free Título: Análisis Literario de La Peste [Literary Analysis of the Plague] Autor: Online Studio Productions Narrador: uncredited Formato: Unabridged Duración: 37 mins Idioma: Español Fecha de publicación: 06-14-16 Editor: Online Studio Productions Categorías: Classics, American Literature Resumen del editor: El pavoroso espectro de la desolación y el triunfo de la solidaridad narradas de manera fantástica en esta joya de la literatura. Albert Camus (1913-1960) narra los avatares del doctor Rieux y de toda una ciudad, Orán, contra una peste de dimensiones sobrecogedoras. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. Contáctame para cualquier pregunta: inforeq17@gmail.com

Thoreau and Emerson: Nature and Spirit Audiobook by Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Thoreau and Emerson: Nature and Spirit Audiobook by Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Thoreau and Emerson: Nature and Spirit Author: Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson Narrator: Russ Barnett Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 05-11-10 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 14 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Selections from Henry David Thoreau's Walden and Civil Disobedience, and Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Introduction to Thoreau", "Self-Reliance", "Nature", "The American Scholar", "Education", and "Politics". Thoreau dedicated his life to preserving his freedom as a man and an artist. Walden is a record of his experiment in simple living, describing his basic existence, rich in contemplation of the wonders of nature and the ways of man. Civil Disobedience is a work of protest against government interference with individual liberty. Emerson offers insight into Thoreau and the forces that shaped his life in his Introduction. The other essays in this collection represent Emerson's most influential writings, capturing the essence of American Transcendentalism. Public Domain (P)2010 BBC Audio Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

To Kill a Mockingbird Audiobook by Harper Lee
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To Kill a Mockingbird Audiobook by Harper Lee

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To Kill a Mockingbird Author: Harper Lee Narrator: Sissy Spacek Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 07-08-14 Publisher: HarperAudio Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 21031 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Harper Lees Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father - a crusading local lawyer - risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime. Members Reviews: A gift to be treasured The perfect book and the perfect narrator come together here to create an American treasure. I don't have the vocabulary to speak highly enough of how special this book is on Audible. Sissy Spacek's narration of this story is genius. She goes beyond even the great narrators like Patton, Hill, and Hurt. Her performance is not just technically perfect, it's illuminating. She's so smooth between characters. I can't even detect how she changes her voice and tone between Jim and Scout, but she does, just ever so slightly. It's hard to explain how amazing it is. I can see the dirt road, I can smell the dirty kid next to Scout in her class, I can feel the summer breeze on the back porch where they sleep. Yes, it's Harper Lee that creates that amazing imagery, but Spacek makes it an intimate experience that I felt honored to be a part of. The book and story of course are above being "reviewed." It's a beautifully crafted story where every word is so intentional. The writing is dense with meaning while flowing perfectly. It's a shame that Harper Lee only had one book published. Or maybe Mockingbird is such a gift that maybe it needs to stand alone. Stunning To Kill A Mockingbird isn't in my top 10 list. It isn't in my top 5 list. It's in my top 1 list. Other reviewers have called it the perfect book. It is. One reviewer said that Sissy Spacek knocked it out of the park. She did. For some reason I find it hard to review this book. Superlatives are just words that we've all heard. This is a book that you must immerse yourself in to understand just how stunning this work is. Ok, I know I'm gushing and this is all over the top, but Harper Lee's novel has layer upon layer upon layer. It has many moments that just clutch at your throat. One is at the close of the trial, as another reviewer mentioned. Another that stands out for me is when the innocence of youth dispels the anger of the mob on the jailhouse steps, forcing them to face their humanity. I could go on and on.

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: Jake Gyllenhaal Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins Language: English Release date: 04-09-13 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 9551 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2013 F. Scott Fitzgeralds classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsbys lavish West Egg parties - and of his undying love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. After meeting and losing Daisy during the war, Gatsby has made himself fabulously wealthy. Now, he believes that his only way to true happiness is to find his way back into Daisys life, and he uses Nick to try to reach her. What happens when the characters fantasies are confronted with reality makes for a startling conclusion to this iconic masterpiece. This special audio edition joins the upcoming film - as well as many other movie, radio, theater, and even video-game adaptations - as a fitting tribute to the cultural significance of Fitzgeralds Jazz Age classic, widely regarded as one of the greatest stories ever told. Editorial Reviews: Editors Select, April 2013 - I knew I always liked The Great Gatsby, but having not read it since high school, I couldnt remember exactly why. After listening to Jake Gyllenhaals superb narration, I was reminded of what I found so great about F. Scott Fitzgeralds classic. Gyllenhaal strikes the right chord as, Nick Carraway, who exists within the hyper-privileged world of Long Islands upper crust but manages to avoid becoming jaded and swept up by the materialism of his cousin, Daisy, and the titular Gatsby. Fitzgeralds elegant yet simple prose still holds up, and Gyllenhaal treats it with the utmost respect, allowing the vivid descriptions of mansions, landmarks, and 1920s New York to flow at just the right pace. While ultimately tragic, The Great Gatsby is full of light and beautiful moments that kindle a nostalgia for the Roaring Twenties, and I was glad to have been reintroduced to a favorite book this way. Members Reviews: Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured I am a ravenous reader. I consume books (audio, electronic, and paper) by the pound and byte. I RARELY go back and reread a novel I've read before. It just seems a waste of time, a waste of an opportunity for another book, another story. The Great Gatsby, however, is one of those handful of books, those rare literary jewels, where this rule of thumb is consistently bent and re-broken. For readers of good literature, this novel is like scripture. IT is something you read to enjoy the page, the paragraphs, the sentences, the words. It draws you back. It haunts future books you read. It invades you. For American Literature, The Great Gatsby stands with 'Moby-Dick' and 'Huckleberry Finn' as a monument of not just literature but the uniquely American experience. It captures the excess, the energy, and the decadence of the 'Lost Generation'. Other Fitzgerald books are amazing, but Gatsby is one of those novels that seems to have surprised everyone, even Fitzgerald. Finding the right narrator for any book is an art form (often misunderstood, almost always ignored). Certain books require a certain type of reader.

Fahrenheit 451 Audiobook by Ray Bradbury
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Fahrenheit 451 Audiobook by Ray Bradbury

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Fahrenheit 451 Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Tim Robbins Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 10-21-14 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 8912 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine) Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of 20th-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future, narrated here by Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family". But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didnt live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life. Editorial Reviews: Editors Select, October 2014 - I credit Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 as one of the books that sparked my love of reading, and now that I'm an avid listener, I'm excited to be able to experience the story anew with Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) narrating. Robbins' tone expertly mirrors the story's narrative shifting effortlessly from somber and contemplative to suspenseful and terrifying. Each character, from the rebellious protagonist Guy Montag, to the enigmatic Clarisse McClellan, to the gruff Captain Beatty is distinct and realistic, making this frightening future seem all the more possible. Whether you enjoyed the book in a high school English class or never quite got around to it, every book lover should experience this poignant version of a dystopian classic. Critic Reviews: "Bradbury's iconic novel about the dangers of complacency and the value of curiosity gains a solid new voice with this audio performance. Tim Robbins puts his acting prowess to use here, creating superb dialogue and striding confidently through powerful speeches that celebrate books and warn against the lure of technology. Protagonist Montag burns with all the earnestness of a man eager for change; Faber's aged scholar simmers with cautious hope; Mildred's vacuous presence echoes emptily. Robbins provides the theatrical with the expected confidence, but he also makes good use of quiet in this production. He makes Bradbury's words even more powerful by remembering to pause at opportune moments to let them sink in." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You When I see a new release on audio of a classic book read by a great actor or actress, I'm in. Sometimes it doesn't work. Here, Tim Robbins' rhapsody perfectly pitches this futuro de fuego novel that for most of us was required reading in school.

Uncle Tom's Cabin Audiobook by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Uncle Tom's Cabin Audiobook by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Uncle Tom's Cabin Subtitle: Life Among the Lowly Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe Narrator: Mary Sarah Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins Language: English Release date: 04-03-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1185 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day." A thrilling and important piece of American literature! Members Reviews: Excellent Narration I had tried to get thru the first several chapters of Uncle Tom's Cabin on my own and trying to get the tone and demeanor of the southern vernacular was difficult and distracting for a New England native. This narrator was so convincing in her reading that I felt like I was there as an observer. Thanks so much for Audible. Wooowwwww! I cringed, laughed, rooted for and cried throughout the book. I'm forever changed. Book was difficult to listen to most times but I'm glad I persevered. Classic done wrong by reader I absolutely love this classic work! It is inspiring, well written and true to its time. I was highly disappointed with the reader and her ability to separate voices. At times I was confused with who was speaking. Probably still as fresh as in 1850 I think that Harriet Beecher Stowe exquisitely balanced the sensibilities between North & South. The effect was a book in which almost anybody could see the important issues of slavery from different personal perspectives. And what a wonderful example Tom is of a genuine Christian under oppression. Obviously HBS was a wonderfully devout woman herself. Narration was great! Great story that got lost What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? I am very sorry to say, but I gave up after half of a first chapter. The story seems to be great, as all important though horrifying stories are, but for me it is just "un-listenable". What didnt you like about Mary Sarahs performance? The performance is unacceptable. Ms. Sarah reads way too fast, she "swallows" ends of the words, combines words together and her attempts to change voices and imitate accents makes listening even more confusing. I just have general impression of what happened in the fragment I've listened to, majority of it was just lost on me. What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment? Unfortunately, in my opinion, this interpretation of Uncle Tom's Cabin is not worth even this little money it costs. It's very disappointing. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Moby-Dick Audiobook by Herman Melville
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Moby-Dick Audiobook by Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Moby-Dick Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Frank Muller Format: Unabridged Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 10-27-08 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 3436 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: When Melville's father died in 1832, the young man's financial security went too. For a while he turned to school-mastering and clerking, but failed to make a sustainable income. In 1840 he signed up on the whaler, Acushnet, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was just 21. A whaler's life turned out to be both arduous and dangerous, and in 1842, Melville deserted ship. Out of this experience and a wealth of printed sources, Melville crafted his masterpiece. Members Reviews: I Had No Idea Melville Was So Funny I put off Moby Dick for a long time due to an experience in high school with Billy Budd. I didn't think I wanted to read this one, but was eventually swayed by some friends. Thankfully! Moby Dick's a thrilling adventure story full of depth and gravity and horror. It certainly earns its reputation as an American Classic. What surprised me, though, was how funny Melville is. I didn't realize he had such a sense of humor. Muller's reading is, of course, a benchmark of excellence. He made this story come alive for me in ways I didn't think it could. I'm so glad I finally decided to give this one a chance. An American Classic! The narrator does good job with this epic, though a bit cliche. How else do you characterize the voices of sea dogs other than what you already expect? Otherwise, a gripping and poetic story, full of subdued (and therefore more humorous) jabs at Christian society and the customs of the age. It is sometimes difficult to follow the tangents into deep descriptions of the whale (especially considering how far marine biology has come), but the payoff is in the plethora of one-liners that zing into timelessness. Not having read the book previously, I was amazed at how many references are made to this book in pop culture. Some are obvious, others not so much. Either way, this book has enough to keep you interested to the finish and the narrator keeps the characterizations enlivened so that the result is an entertaining and fecund experience. Muller is e3xceptional I have learned to seek out the books read by now deceased Frank Muller, and found Moby-Dick because I thought it would be challenging enough to bring out his best. Indeed it does. I had read the book myself a couple of times, more or less because I thought an educated man needed to. Now that I have heard Muller's interpretation I can see the greatness of the book. No women in it, of course. Muller does women better than any other male reader.... Don't miss this. Also the books he read by Cormac McCarthy. His loss is a great one to the book world. It's a classic, you just have to accept that. First, the story. It's been described by enough reviews that I can't add to it, so I'll just say that about a quarter of the story is some of the best action sequences and intricate character interactions you will ever read even compared to modern writers, and about three fourths of the story is exposition about whaling and whales and the culture of 19th century whalers that is fascinating, educational, critical to the story, and not always easy to stay awake through. Second, the reader. If you've heard Frank Muller read Stephen King, forget that. He is completely different in this. He is vivid, crisp, and quick, and that is a lifesaver in this work.

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: Dylan Baker Format: Unabridged Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 06-15-11 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 5028 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanizedand sometimes outragedmillions of readers. At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck's, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. From their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of this new America, Steinbeck creates a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, tragic but ultimately stirring in its insistence on human dignity. Members Reviews: Every Character a Gem! What made the experience of listening to The Grapes of Wrath the most enjoyable? I felt as if I lived the pain and the sorrow of The Joad family. In this trek from Oklahoma to California i traveled and suffered with these people. The way Steinbeck weaved hope, despair and the struggle of the human spirit for something better into this story places him in a class by himself What other book might you compare The Grapes of Wrath to and why? Night by Elie Wiesel, The Canterbury Tales, The Painted Bird Which scene was your favorite? I enjoyed the introduction of Tom Joad. When the trucker picked him up and started to talk to him he knew right away he was being sized up. Having just been released from prison, he was edgy, truthful and proud and wasn't going to be looked down upon. The dialogue and characterization in this scene brought his character to life as the hopeful hero. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? From start to finish each one of the characters, because they were so well formed and realistic, evoked empathy but never to the point of pity. Every character bore their share of hardship. You walk away from this experience feeling stronger for having been in their company. These were people to be admired. Wish I could give it 10 stars! I don't give many 5 star ratings. I listen to too many books to be impressed by many of them but I honestly wish I could give both this book and this narrator 10 stars. They were perfectly matched and I did not want this story to end. Like most people of my generation (mid 60's), I read this book in high school and found it boring and didn't like it at all. It is wasted on the young who haven't faced any hardships in life yet and they can't possibly understand the impact of it's lessons. But now when I listen to it I can feel the dust in my throat and the bugs biting my skin and the heat beating down on me. I know the pain of the parents watching their children starve and the humiliation of the men , especially, who could not take care of their families. And, I could see how we as a country are starting to repeat those same mistakes that culminated in the massive poverty of the majority of Americans in those years. This is a must read for all adults. Wonderful Tale Punctuated with Loud Harmonic Licks Would you listen to The Grapes of Wrath again? Why? Yes, the story is wonderful. The narrator is excellent and does a great job with all the character voices.

East of Eden Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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East of Eden Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: East of Eden Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Richard Poe Format: Unabridged Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 06-15-11 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 5555 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Members Reviews: This Drama Prepares You for Life East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, and narrated by Richard Poe. A journey into youths tortured parental burdens. I saw the movie decades ago yet, as I read the story the scenes came back to me in vivid recollections. That movie did justice to the book, because it was brilliantly directed, magnificently filmed, and just the best acting ever seen. Somehow I have only managed to read three of Steinbecks works. The Grapes of Wrath and Travels with Charley in Search of America. The first read was Travels, at about fourteen and I did myself wrong. Travels bored me. Then I read Grapes of Wrath and thought, no author could involve me more in his story than Steinbeck. No story could have more enthralling characters, no story could be so moving, and no author could teach me more about life. That was until I read East of Eden. Wikipedia reports Steinbeck as saying, "It has everything in it I have been able to learn about my craft or profession in all these years." He further claimed: "I think everything else I have written has been, in a sense, practice for this." He understates how its excellence as entertainment and enlightenment. Steinbecks East of Eden is perfect tragedy. A form of drama, a story of human conflicts, based on human suffering that invokes an accompanying catharsis is the reader/listener. There are a plethora of human evils here to examine, and then to consider how it is we cause torture on one another. Why should one commit themselves to such torment? Because life is conflict and resolution, about compelling actions and reactions, and discovery of the nature of man and hope that it will assist us in our confrontations with other human beings. Perhaps even give us an advantage in the next encounter with evil or appreciate the next encounter with love. Steinbeck will teach you to be prepared. American classic, not to be missed. East of Eden has to be one of the finest books every written by an American author. Over the years, I've read it about four times -- this was my first listen. Every time I read it again, I saw new things, new connections, new nuggets of insight I hadn't seen before -- this time, listening to it, that happened again. I lived for many years in Steinbeck country -- Pacific Grove, Monterey County -- so among the things I loved were the achingly beautiful descriptions of the countryside, the people, the farmers. A hundred years have passed, but many things in the Salinas Valley haven't changed -- it's still the "Salad Bowl" of the US, so when Adam Trask tries to ship lettuce to the east coast, that's probably based on a real story. I loved the tales of Salinas' early days, with the whorehouses, the churches, women wearing gloves - or not. (Come to think of it, there probably stilll are whorehouses there too) All in all, it's just a magnificent family saga, in every way. Makes you laugh, makes you cry.

Of Mice and Men Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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Of Mice and Men Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Of Mice and Men Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Gary Sinese Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 04-13-11 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3859 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Steinbecks tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of Americas most widely read and beloved novels. While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbecks work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individuals existence meaningful. Of Mice and Men also represents an experiment in form, which Steinbeck described as a kind of playable novel, written in a novel form but so scened and set that it can be played as it stands. A rarity in American letters, it achieved remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films. Members Reviews: Ignorance is Bliss Loved the book, loved the movie and now I can say I love the audio book version as well! I knew this was a great, touching story already but Sinise as the narrator really impressed me. He does a great job with all of the voices and I can't wait to listen to more books by him. It also helped that he is also one of the stars in the movie itself. Indeed this is such a great story and just so sad at the end. Definitely a classic and I would certainly recommend this title to anyone who has yet to read/listen to it. KETCHUP IF I WAS A RELATIVE OF YOURS I WOULD SHOOT MYSELF Steinbeck is America. He almost always writes about the down trodden and gives them a voice, makes them real to us, makes us care. When my boys were growing up, I made them spend some time reading in the summer and I made them read Steinbeck among others. Today they are in their 30's and they are readers. My one son really liked Red Pony. I read most of his stuff before joining audible, but I am looking forward to relistening. . I THINK CURLY MARRIED A TART Western fiction readers will also enjoy this book, as it is about hands going from ranch to ranch looking for work. GEORGE, TELL AGAIN ABOUT THE RABBITS. Sinese is an excellent narrator. Gary Sinise is Amazing. Excellent! Would you consider the audio edition of Of Mice and Men to be better than the print version? The audio is better. Gary Sinise really makes the characters come alive. You feel like you are in the room with them. What did you like best about this story? Just the whole thing. It's like watching a car heading to a ditch and you just so want to stop it but you know you can't. Have you listened to any of Gary Sinises other performances before? How does this one compare? This is the only book I have heard by Gary Sinise. He WAS George and Lenny. Truly amazing. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? I did listen to the entire book in one sitting. Any additional comments? Must buy. Very good story, very good performance. Great Story Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes, a good quick read of a classic. Who was your favorite character and why? George. He was a compassionate and loyal friend to Lenny. Have you listened to any of Gary Sinises other performances before? How does this one compare? No but I would like to listen to more. He was a terrific reader. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I laughed and cried.

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: Jay O. Sanders Format: Unabridged Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins Language: English Release date: 08-29-17 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 146 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest - and most celebrated - novels of all time. In recent years, it has been named to "best novels" lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer. Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy - it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he's assigned, he'll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: A man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved. Since its publication in 1961, no novel has matched Catch-22's intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. This 50th-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller's masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley; personal essays on the genesis of the novel by the author; a wealth of critical responses and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers from Joseph Heller's personal archive; and a selection of advertisements from the original publishing campaign that helped turn Catch-22 into a cultural phenomenon. Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature. Members Reviews: Best Token I Ever Used Great Value! The narration was incridibly vibrate and emersive into this crazy, amazing, story. 11/10 Anyone who wants to fly combat missions is crazy! One of the joys of specifically seeking out unabridged versions of classic novels is discovering how much is lost when publishers are permitted to take an axe to a great work. I read an abridged version of Catch-22 decades ago and thought it was okay. The true madness and beauty of the work can only be fully appreciated in the multiple overlapping viewpoints of the unabridged version. While you do not have to have a military background to appreciate the insanity of the circumstances, it helps. And while an absolutely masterful satirical work, so many of the scenarios ring home so true. As a young enlisted Marine I became painfully aware of the silly games those with rank play in order to fulfill their obligation to follow orders no matter how ridiculous. Now, dealing on a daily basis with Air Force culture where people do ridiculous stuff not even knowing why they do it and never questioning it because to do so would suggest one is not a "team player," Heller perfectly captures a culture that still exists 60 years after the writing. The upshot is that a measure of insanity is natural and necessary in a business which exists only for the sake of killing with discipline. No one could be truly sane and do what needs to be done in the profession of arms, and Heller captures that truth magnificently. Repetitive I loved this book for about 1/3. By the half way point I couldn't do it anymore. Everyone has the same circular talking style (think: Who's on first), loves the thing they hate, and hates the thing they love.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood Audiobook by Mark Twain
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Elijah Wood Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 11-09-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 5648 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine) Audible is pleased to announce the premiere of an exciting new series, Audible Signature Classics, featuring literatures greatest stories, performed by accomplished stars handpicked for their ability to interpret each work in a new and refreshing way. The first book in the series is Mark Twains Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, performed by Elijah Wood. Ernest Hemingway said, All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn". One hundred years after its authors death, this classic remains remarkably modern and poignantly relevant. In this brand new edition, Elijah Wood reads Huck in a youthful voice that may be the closest interpretation to Twains original intent. His performance captures the excitement and confusion of adolescence and adventure. Best of all, the immediacy of Woods energetic reading sweeps listeners up and makes them feel as though theyre along for the ride, as Huck and Jim push their raft toward freedom. Stay tuned for more one-of-a-kind performances from actors Kenneth Branagh, David Hyde Pierce, Leelee Sobieski, and more, only from Audible Signature Classics. Listen to more An Audible for Dogs Pick: Make your dog's day. Cesar Millan shares how audiobooks can make dogs happier and calmer. . Editorial Reviews: Elijah Woods performance is my nominee for the Narrators Hall of Fame. Woods unself-conscious reading doesnt sound like a reading at all. He creates an entire world filled with people who cross class and color lines. His accents range from British to faux-British to all manner of regional affectations, twangs, and drawls. Woods delivery makes Mark Twains delicious wit and twisty language sound completely natural, especially as Huck invents plausible words to suit the moment. The journey down the Mississippi with Huck and Jim is pure pleasure, as the boy who wont be "sivilized" and the runaway slave encounter scoundrels, slip out of scrapes, and invent outrageous tales. The listening couldnt be better if Huck read the story himself. Critic Reviews: "Elijah Wood's performance of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is my nominee for the Narrators' Hall of Fame. Wood's unself-conscious reading doesn't sound like a reading at all." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Masterful Narration Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is nonpareil, but Elijah Wood's dramatization verges on genius. His style brings nuance to the fore that was simply unavailable to me when I read the book (silently) to myself. It added color to an already colorful peice of work. Congratulations, Mr. Wood. Elijah is truly amazing This is turning out to be one of my favorite audio books. Elijah's done an amazing job bringing this tale to life. Wonderfully Narrated I already owned a different narration of "Huck Finn" when this one came out. After listening to the sample of Elijah Wood reading I had to buy this one. Was it worth it? It certainly was! What a difference an actor makes. His dialects and voices were wonderful and I was on that river with Huck and Jim. Worthy "signature" premiere Mr. Wood's narration starts slowly but builds in both intensity and humor. An hour or so in to the book, he hits his stride and never misses a beat from then on.

The Fountainhead Audiobook by Ayn Rand
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The Fountainhead Audiobook by Ayn Rand

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Fountainhead Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Christopher Hurt Format: Unabridged Length: 32 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 11-07-07 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 7181 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, the genius who is resented because he creates purely for the delight of his own work and on no other terms; Gail Wynand, the newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire whose power was bought by sacrificing his ideals to the lowest common denominator of public taste; and Dominique Francon, the devastating beauty whose desperate search for meaning has been twisted, through despair, into a quest to destroy the single object of her desire: Howard Roarke. Dramatic, poetic, and demanding, The Fountainhead remains one of the towering books on the contemporary intellectual scene. ©1943 The Bobbs-Merrill Company; ©1968 Ayn Rand; Afterword ©1993 Leonard Peikoff; (P)1994 Blackstone Audio Inc. Critic Reviews: "Ayn Rand is a writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly." (New York Times Book Review) Members Reviews: The Fountainhead This was my first brush against anything Ayn Rand ever did, and it was fantastic. Much of the enjoyment came not only from the elements of the story itself, but from the narrator; he is no Christopher Lee, but the particular voicing of so many various characters was brilliant. Whether it was the slyly pompous Ellsworth Toohey, the ever-stoic Howard Roark, the sad Dominique, or the brash Gail Wynand, hearing their dialogue spoken with such talent was the extra treat to the what they represented within the story itself. If you're looking for a story that transcends mere political philosophy with a philosophy of humanity, one that makes one think and enjoy at the same time, then I highly recommend this particular audio book. Go for the unabridged My 19 year old son is a great Ayn Rand fan and has read all her books, and I could tell he was influenced by her thinking and wanted to discuss it. I was never going to get the time to read the books. So I tested the waters with Anthem- a good, quick listen, and knew I wanted more. The Unabridged version of The Fountainhead seemed so daunting, but I took the chance and 32 hours later am glad I did! I echo the other reviewers in the riveting interest in the book and would encourage anyone interested in modern thought to go for the whole thing! Today I download Atlas Shrugged... Unabridged! One of the Best One of the best narration's, if not the best that I've heard. Apparently, Christopher Hurt is very familiar with the book and captures the tone and attitude of the characters perfectly. On top of that, Ayn Rand presents her philosophy incredibly effectively in the story. This makes for much better comprehension when you have the characters to exemplify the spectrum of attitudes towards life that exist around us. I personally saw pieces of myself in most of the characters and it has helped me recognize when I am thinking independently and truthfully, and conversely, when collective thought dominates my mind.

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: Nick Offerman Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins Language: English Release date: 09-19-17 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 830 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Praise for Nick Offerman narrating Mark Twain: Offermans Illinois-raised voice and actors talent suit him ideally to channel Mark Twain. (The New York Times Book Review) Theres something about his wry Midwestern merriment that aspires to Twainishness. (Mens Journal) Its a melding of sardonic voices: Mark Twain, meet Nick Offerman. (The Wall Street Journal) With his trademark mirth and boundless charisma, actor Nick Offerman brought the loveable shenanigans of Twain's adolescent hero to life in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Now, in yet another virtuosic performance, the actor proves that despite being separated by a span of over a century, his connection to the author and his work is undeniable and that theirs is a timeless collaboration that should not be missed. Trading in the idyllic banks of Twain's Mississippi for medieval England, Offerman regales listeners with one of American literature's foremost satires and the author's most inventive and darkly funny pieces of fiction. Hank Morgan is the archetype of modern man in 19th-century New England: adept at his trade as a mechanic, innovative, forward thinking. So when a blow to the head inexplicably sends him back in time 1300 years and places him in Camelot, instead of despair, he feels emboldened by the prospect placed before him and sets out to modernize and improve the lives of his fellow citizens. But, in order to do so, he'll need to contend with brash nobles, superstitious nincompoops, and a conniving, blowhard wizard. While time travel has become a common trope in storytelling today, in Twain's time it was truly a novel idea; all the more imaginative when you consider how it's used for satirical effect. A thinly veiled critique of the political and social institutions that impede progress and a scathing condemnation of the naiveté that allows them to thrive, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court saw Twain's biting wit and sharp tongue honed to a fine point. Told primarily through Hank's first-person perspective, Offerman effortlessly captures the Yankee's straightforward, matter-of-fact gruffness. Like Offerman - whose woodworking skills are the stuff of legend - Hank is a natural builder of things and his can-do, by-the-bootstraps spirit finds its vocal foil in Offerman's crisp delivery. But it's in Offerman's ability to convey the myriad characters and absurdities Hank faces that makes this an incomparable listening experience: the flowery embellishments and insane braggadocio of knights; the lilting, feathery sing-song of Clarence; the garrulous, long-winded pomp of the aristocracy; the old, dithering windbag pronouncements of Merlin. Offerman plays each of these with a humor and humanity that Twain himself would have enjoyed. Members Reviews: Mark Twain and Nick Offerman are a perfect match The narration is perfect for the wit and sarcasm throughout this classic. The book is timeless and still great fun. I hope Nick Offerman reads more of Twain's novels. Nobody is better suited to reading this book Nick Offerman is the perfect voice for this classic story. Wonderfully done. The best audio book Ive listened to. The characters were well-performed, clear and distinct, and it was read in a comfortable and familiar way. Sir Nick Offerman is the Boss It wasnt long into this tale before I began imagining Nick Offerman himself as the main protagonist.

For Whom the Bell Tolls Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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For Whom the Bell Tolls Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: For Whom the Bell Tolls Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Campbell Scott Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins Language: English Release date: 05-01-06 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 3890 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise. "If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell Perkins wrote Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed it." Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time. Critic Reviews: "This is the best book Ernest Hemingway has written, the fullest, the deepest, the truest. It will, I think, be one of the major novels in American literature." (The New York Times Book Review) Members Reviews: The Mountains of Spain I have long been a Hemingway fan but have not been through all his writings. If you have any doubt that Hemingway was a literary giant you need only listen to this title. Between listens I would find myself thinking about the characters. The thread of their lives, and their very souls, were exposed brilliantly. I finished the listen days ago and still find myself thinking about it. I feel like I was there, with them, in the mountains, dedicated to the cause. In a sense, I'm still there, heart pressed to the pine needles on the forest floor along side Robert Jordan. In this book, at least, Hemingway was that good. Give it a try; I think you'll like this one. Should have read this years ago Wow .. what an astoundingly good book. I had no idea the writing would be so accessible, and at the same time so profound. It is truly a rare thing! Im left cursing myself for not having read Hemingway years ago. Spend a few minutes refreshing the basics of the Spanish Civil War before jumping in .. then enjoy the ride. Look forward especially to the lengthy description of the smell of death .its a master class in descriptive prose. Incorrect charges of censorship. Any additional comments? Having read some of the previous reviews about censorship, and the editing out of curse words in this audio version, I felt that I should add a quick note on Hemingway's use of language in this novel. To give a sort of Spanish feel to the language, he writes a good portion of his dialogue a though it were directly translated from Spanish. So, "What passes with you?" can bear some getting used to. Also, he uses "thou" and "thy" at times in place of "you" to represent the moving between formal (usted) and informal (tu) Spanish. But, the big kicker (the one that seems to be making listeners upset) is the way he handles cursing. I believe that lines like, "I obscenity in the milk of thy tiredness," and "Where the un-nameable is this vileness I am to guard" are causing people to think that the audiobook has been censored in some way. It hasn't.

My Antonia Audiobook by Willa Cather
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My Antonia Audiobook by Willa Cather

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: My Antonia Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns (introduction) Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 05-02-07 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1821 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Widely recognized as Willa Cather's finest book and one of the outstanding novels of American literature, My Antonia details of the life of early American pioneers in Nebraska. Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia. Infused with a gracious passion for the land, My Antonia is a deeply moving portrait of an entire community and its way of life. 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 . Critic Reviews: "No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as My Antonia." (H. L. Mencken) Members Reviews: Uplifting In So Many Ways This story would be an absolute pleasure to read in the pages of a book and having the narration that it did only enhanced my infatuation with it. It's the language of Cather's, that masters the landscape and captures the essence of those people closest to Jim, that lets the narrator effortlessly tell this story and the listener feel like he's the one looking back. applause for a classic This is a must read/listen for anyone interested in pioneers of the Great Plains area of Canada and the US. Cather's descriptions are extremely well-written giving a great sense of place without excess wordiness. Her characters as well are developed through their deeds, actions and words without volumes of text to support them.As a result, the characters become 'real' humans, filled with loyalites,contradictions and dilemmas of everyday life. Finally, this book recalls a time when the influence of a natural landscape was most profound. Fans of prairie and pioneer history will truly enjoy this classic. Good book "My Antonia" (emphasis on the "i") has been on my "to-read" list for a very long time. Oddly, I ended up with three versions of this book: Physical book, Kindle edition, and audio. I read all of them simultaneously. (I love doing that!) It is beautifully written by the great Willa Cather, and I understand it is very much autobiographical. Basically, it is the story of the Great Melting Pot, how foreign born families immigrated to the United States, specifically the Great Plains, and did their best to fit in, make a living, and give their children an opportunity that could not be had anywhere else in the world. It was not an easy life. These families left everything they knew, even their native languages, to come to the great unknown, with the promise of a better life. My own great-grandparents left Denmark in the late 1800s, in a similar time frame and reason as the people in this book, and brought their three young sons with them, boys who would never know their native land, or ever see it again. That takes guts, and these were gutsy people.

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: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 06-09-15 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 308 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The definitive American novel. A great success since it was first published. Required reading. One of the most enjoyable novels ever written. Members Reviews: Weird Cadence Couldn't get beyond the first chapter. Narrator's voice was great but the cadence of his reading style was very strange and unnatural. Did not sound like he was telling the story so much as just mechanically reading it. Should have listened to the sample longer before purchasing audio book. pre-cell phone day kids, gasp! This was on a list of books my friend challenged me to read. I have been meaning to read Twain for years so this was the kick in the butt I needed. It's a historical classic. I might have enjoyed it more if I had read it instead of listened to it because I couldn't tell if the narrator made the story slower than it needed to be or if it's actually that slow. Either way it is funny to read about kids' adventures in a non-digital era. awful narrator this book is required for school, and i was looking for an audiobook because i'm a slow reader with a deadline. but this narrator is horrible. i can't stand the frequent pauses that mean absolutely nothing. they don't emphasize anything and they just take up time. he's hard to understand as well. i am going to keep using this one because i don't want to buy another, but i'm very unhappy with it. i'm glad it was only $0.73. Horrible I can't understand this guy he pauses randomly and just doesn't make any sense just a waste Had to buy a new version. Alan Munro's reading is absolutely horrible. He puts emphasis on the wrong words, pauses for no reason, couldn't follow the story. Just a waste of money. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Sun Also Rises Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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The Sun Also Rises Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Sun Also Rises Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: William Hurt Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins Language: English Release date: 10-10-06 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 2809 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. First published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Critic Reviews: "An absorbing, beautifully and tenderly absurd, heart-breaking narrative....It is a truly gripping story, told in lean, hard athletic prose...magnificent." (The New York Times) Members Reviews: Disappointed with narration Wished I had read rather than listened. Very weak narration as compared to other audible books. Hemingway no problem.... Weak acting Great actor, terrible reader, kills classic What didnt you like about William Hurts performance? His foreign accents are abominable. Even his performance of the main character is completely flat. Frankly, I didn't even finish listening because the accents were so distracting! love Hemingway, not Hurt I'm sorry but William Hurt hurts this novel. He does fine with the dialogue passages which makes sense i guess as an actor, but his voice and bored rendition of the narrative passages is just plain poor. At times as he's reading it seemed that he was seeing the text for the first time, his emphasis and inflection is off all over the place. This is a great novel and I wish they would get the reading by Adams that Books on Tape had that I bought the cassettes of years ago. Much better reading. Adams did many of EH's novels and did them well, and though then I may have wished for variety in voices, I'd take those now. Nice idea to have distinctive voices for EH, but you need some more dynamic readers, not ones that sound bored by the project. Donald Sutherland is a great actor, but a terrible reader of Old Man. Get the Charlton Heston versions of Old Man and Snows if you can and Scourby's reading of Macomber is awesome, Heston and Scourby are perfection. WORST preformance of an audio book! Ever! Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or William Hurt? Ernest Hemmingway - yes. William Hurt - never again. Would you be willing to try another one of William Hurts performances? No. No. No. Such a boing performance. I've read this story 2 times and thought I'd try listening to my (once) favorite story. Almost abandoned listening to the story multiple times. No tone change in the character's voice. It was like listening to a teenager tell a story he really doesn't want to tell. Monotone and boooreing! You didnt love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities? The story is fantastic. Any additional comments? If you're a fan of Ernest Hemmingway, stick to the printed version of this book and try For Whom the Bell Tolls in audio version. Utterly painful droning narration. This book wasnt for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more? Insomniacs. People who unreservedly love William Hurt What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sun Also Rises? Giving up and turning the awful droning off. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Hurt? I cant stay awake through the "Hurt" I realize there are all different tastes and people prefer different narrational styles.

A Farewell to Arms Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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A Farewell to Arms Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Farewell to Arms Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: John Slattery Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins Language: English Release date: 05-01-06 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2626 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Hemingway's frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature, while his description of the German attack on Caporetto, of lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized, is one of the greatest moments in literary history. A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was 30 years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway. Members Reviews: This is not unabridged Really a great story from really a great narrator. If it was truly unabridged, I would unhesitatingly go for five stars. However, all of the profanity is omitted. There is a silent gap where Hemingway intended a profane word. Hemingway chose his words carefully and he used profanity to make a point about World War I. Of another of his works, Hemingway said "I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred." The censorship is conspicuous and, in the case of the retreat chapter, it compromises the narrative. It is a lie to call this audiobook "unabridged." Audible needs to either respect Hemingway's work, or re-categorize this audiobook as abridged. Just FYI Amazingly, this is the edited version (curse words removed). As I understand it, that's how it was published originally, yet it's still a bizarre choice for today's audio version. Not my favorite of Hemingway While a very good book, not my favorite of Hemingway novels. Written in classic Hemingway prose, with very mundanely realistic dialogues, it was the story itself that I did not love. This is purely a personal opinion, but I found the narrative dragged at times. Excellent reader, easy to listen to. I would suggest to anyone considering listening to Hemingway on Audible, that you might be better served with THE SUN ALSO RISES or FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS. This Narrator Nails It Of course this is a wonderful, affecting novel, and I am enjoying listening to it. But this narrator! What a wonderful performance! He has the perfect delivery for Frederic Henry, capturing the character with his voice, timing, and inflection. Slattery switches between accents and genders without missing a beat. I can lose myself in the narrative and dialogue, thinking that the characters are real and speaking to me. Wonderful book I am relatively new to Hemingway. I had read all the criticisms of Hemingway particularly by journalists over the years, and since they said he wrote using simple words I did not bother with him. They said Hemingway was too concerned with being macho, well this story tells one sweetest stories I have read, and the macho thing is a silly remark to have been made. The reader was very good and I was taken with his ability to do various Italian accents so clearly, along with his other characterizations. What a wonderful and tender story, and the characters I understood as if they were real. Hemingway's character portrayals are remarkable because they seem like you really knew these people. Ben Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Walden Audiobook by Henry David Thoreau
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Walden Audiobook by Henry David Thoreau

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Walden Subtitle: Life in the Woods Author: Henry David Thoreau Narrator: Alec Sand Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 09-24-09 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 701 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. The bible of the environmental movement, Walden vividly portrays Thoreau's reverence for nature, and his understanding of the idea that nature is made up of crucially interrelated parts. (P)2006 Trout Lake Media Members Reviews: Energetic but choppy presentation I found the reading choppy, read as though the text were arranged in blank verse, such that the reader had to break the flow of the reading every so many syllables, regardless of whatever punctuation marks or grammatical context were provided by the author. There were also a couple of repetitions and a number of mispronunciations. All this did not stop me from enjoying the reading, it is such a great book. Excellent book and narration With only 1 minute of the preview available and with a couple 1 star reviews I was a little hesitant to buy this version. But with the Summer Sale a book like this for under $5 was too tempting to resist. So I bought it and I am very glad I did. Firstly I could not tell you if the narrator embodies Thoreau's nature or persona. Nor could anyone else for that matter. He died in 1862. It is silly to say what they were. Furthermore, I don't hear the choppiness, blank verse type reading mentioned. Neither have I yet noticed any mispronunciations or repeats. That doesn't mean there aren't any, it just means that it is not riddled with them. What I do hear is a very natural way of telling a story. For the first time listening to an audiobook I feel like I am in a room with the author who is telling me the story instead of line being read from a book. It is this conversational interpretation that makes this reading so intimate, so natural, so engaging. And isn't that the feeling one should get by listening to Walden? For me it works. Highly recommended. SHAKES the Ground, Sun & the Wilderness within. I rarely read books twice, but I already feel the need to come sit by the shores of this book again and again. Expansive and infinitely quotable, Walden is one of those books that shakes not just the ground you are standing on, but seems to shake the Sun as well. Certainly there are parts of this book that are unrealistic, a little bit crankish, and even a little too self-aware. However, it is also beautiful, magnificent, and compelling in Thoreau's desire to see man seek the greater, more compelling wilderness within. Substandard Narration The narration is simply terrible to say the very least! The narrator pauses after every 5 or 6 words, when he should be flowing, producing a very choppy read; he mispronounces words; he re-reads in an attempt to correct himself and emphasises content at the wrong times. I cannot comment objectively on the content itself, as the substandard narration is so overwhelming that everything else falls by the wayside. I stopped halfway through as I just could not stand listening to more!!! home remedy for existential angst Home remedy for existential angst -- that pretty much covers it.

On the Road Audiobook by Jack Kerouac
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On the Road Audiobook by Jack Kerouac

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: On the Road Subtitle: 50th Anniversary Edition Author: Jack Kerouac Narrator: Will Patton Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 10-18-07 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 2034 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Based on Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose four cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naïveté and wild abandon, and imbued with Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, On the Road is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up. Members Reviews: My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book I estimate I've listened to over a hundred audio books so far. When I try to convince people that they should check out audio books, I always pick this "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac narrated by Will Patton as the first thing they should hear. There are many books that I am so glad to have heard (the Hyperion series, the Enders Game series, even Atlas Shrugged and of course Armor). But I don't think I could hear in my head any book as well from paper as Will Patton reads this one out loud. He's poetical, exhuberant, exciting, and makes this whismical and joyous appreciation of life become contagious. On the road reminds me that there's so much to appreciate in every little thing, and Will Patton is that extra boost to make this great book the best. Remarkable Characterization This text has obviously stood the test of time, ushering in the groovy mindset of the 60's. Mr. Kerouac certainly sets the tone for a decade. A fine book. However, my main praise is reserved for the narrator, Will Patton. He gives a voice, and a whole 3 dimensional characterization of the unstoppable, wild, yet lovable Dean Moriarity. An unforgettable job. Worth a listen just to admire Will do his job with this "rat". A bible! I have some friends who have decleared this book their bible, and I can see why. It really changes your view of the world. Will Patton as a narrator is perfect for this novel. He reads it incredibly fast though, so strap up. But that is how this novel needs to be read, because the story takes place is such a pace. A must-read and a definite five star book! Not What I Expected For me, Will Patton's performance was the saving grace for this audiobook, this was not what I expected. I'd never read On The Road, but had preconceptions that the book would be filled with Beat-philosophy (whatever that would be), and romanticism of the open road. Maybe that's what I got, but I just didn't like what it all turned out to be? Now, who am I to say what's good and what's bad from a literary point of view? This was my first exposure to Kerouac, and I found his writing style to be an energetic randomness of pointless wandering. For me, there were moments of greatness, but they were few and far between, and the entire story felt like the original "[story] about nothing". I'm glad I "read" it, and Patton's performance was probably the BEST of any audiobook, but I feel like it's something I've checked off a list. Done and done. Classic What made the experience of listening to On the Road the most enjoyable? This book is of course a classic. I read it once a long time ago and then recently went through the audiobook version. In parts where I struggled to stay completely engaged years back, the narrator keep you fully in the story here.

The Pursuit of God Audiobook by A. W. Tozer
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The Pursuit of God Audiobook by A. W. Tozer

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Pursuit of God Author: A. W. Tozer Narrator: Mark Moseley Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins Language: English Release date: 02-07-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1018 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: During a train trip from Chicago to Texas in the late 1940s, A.W. Tozer began to write The Pursuit of God. He wrote all night, and when the train arrived at his destination, the rough draft was done. The depth of this book has made it an enduring favorite. Editorial Reviews: In a sense, Christian pastor Aiden Wilson Tozer wrote The Pursuit of God (1948) to pick up where the Bible left off. In this audiobook Tozer aims to teach faithful listeners the "art of worship". In a performance that evokes the friendly, heartfelt voice of a great pastor, Mark Moseley serves up spiritual guidance for Christians who seek to become more devout and to develop a closer, more personal relationship with God. According to Tozer, "man must pursue God", and Moseley's sincere performance inspires listeners to do so. Perhaps one does not always need to visit a church to find a spiritual mentor. Members Reviews: Great classic book to include in your library! What made the experience of listening to The Pursuit of God the most enjoyable? The narrator did a great job with a great piece of literature!! This really is a timeless book for Christians. Please do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You will not regret it!! Who was your favorite character and why? This was a theological book. The character would be God. What's not to love!! Which scene was your favorite? Quote: "When God breathed on clay, it became man. When God breathes on man, he becomes clay." Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? You could. It's very inspiring!! Profound I dearly love this book and recommend it far above most other books. It is a book of profound wisdom written by a man whose life was dedicated to the humble pursuit of God. There are only a few books that I make a habit of reading/listening to at least once every year, and this is among that selection of books. A Mature Theology Much like Bonhoeffer, Tozer's theology is not one of hockus-pockus, miracles, magical rescues or voices in the night, promises of heavenly rewards or threats of punishments and damnation, not one of picnics, "pastor appreciation" dinners, or easter egg hunts, but rather a deep and abiding yearning for the everlasting goodness that is God--and again, not a longing borne of a seeking after the comforts of heaven or the avoidance of hell (a "cheap grace" as Bonhoeffer would say), but rather the full and complete wedding of oneself to the goodness of God and a willingness to suffer for that goodness and godliness- because one loves goodness and Godness and not for any other reason than that.

Travels with Charley in Search of America Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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Travels with Charley in Search of America Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Travels with Charley in Search of America Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Gary Sinise Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins Language: English Release date: 06-15-11 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1833 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decadeand a moving elegy for more innocent times. In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbecks attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of natureto weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way. Critic Reviews: Pure delight, a pungent potpourri of places and people interspersed with bittersweet essays on everything from the emotional difficulties of growing old to the reasons why giant sequoias arouse such awe. ( The New York Times Book Review) Members Reviews: Enjoyed the Journey Would you consider the audio edition of Travels with Charley in Search of America to be better than the print version? For me, yes. I started the print version a year ago and got about half way through. When I saw there was an audio, I bought it and listened to it each day on my short commute. I took my time with it and felt like I was along for the ride. What was one of the most memorable moments of Travels with Charley in Search of America? There were many memorable moments. Difficult to select only one. When he met the man who lived in a mobile home and how it gave me a different perspective on folks that choose mobile homes over permanent homes. What about Gary Sinises performance did you like? I appreciated how Gary Sinise brought the story and characters to life. It felt very real to me. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? What I did feel with this book is a sense of reflection. I am a writer, an observer, a traveler of the mind, so it prompted me to reflect on my own experiences and the people I run into in my local travels. It was a very human book, relevant now, just as much as when it was written. Any additional comments? Charley added something special to the story. I felt myself smiling a lot, letting out a few laughs, and reflecting a bit. On the Road Adventure A middle aged man and his dog go on an adventure. They leave their comfortable life to meet people and see parts of America unknown. This memoir is sweet and touching, Mr. Steinbeck clearly loves people and his special dog Charley. I had to give an extra star to this book for the authors spot-on (no pun intended ) description of Charley, his standard poodle. I dare say they are all alike, and yet we who own and care for Standards think each of ours is so very unique. A nice read, a kind man and his pup meet people and reflect. I liked this book quite a lot. Needed a Vacation took one with Charlie Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Absolutely. Want to give this audible as my Summer Read to all my friends. Gotta figure out how to do that. What about Gary Sinises performance did you like? really great. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? An old favorite that needed revisited since I was in need of a vacation and can't get out of work. Any additional comments? Travels with Charlie is a dreamstate that brings me home and takes me away all at the same time. Thanks Mr.

The Sound and the Fury Audiobook by William Faulkner
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The Sound and the Fury Audiobook by William Faulkner

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Sound and the Fury Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Grover Gardner Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins Language: English Release date: 07-08-05 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 943 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling", the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers: the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin, and the monstrous Jason. Check out more . (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc. Members Reviews: Perfect! This book was tremendous, and it was very well read. The story of the decline and fall of the Compson family is dramatic, heart-breaking, and written in such a way that when the blows fall and the book finally ends, it seems as though a portion of the listener's world has ended with it. THe reading is done so well that the voice never seems to come between the words and the listener, but rather to become part of the story, enriching it further. If you haven't read this book, or you haven't read it in a long time, go ahead and get this one, because you'll find so many things in it you've either forgotten or never noticed were there. Remarkable Achievement This made me fall in love with Faulkner all over again. I was skeptical that this novel, difficult to understand with its constant shifts in time, could be absorbed through the ear without the clues of the printed page. Although it isn't easy, the joy of hearing Faulkner's magnificent language more than compensates for the effort. If you told me I had to choose between reading and listening, after this experience I would pick the latter. The characters come alive in a new and memorable way. I am just praying they can get Grover Gardner to do Absalom! Absalom! Hang in Grover Gardner is the best reader I have heard, and he is outstanding with this effort (which is a trial). Best to read a synopsis of the book before listening, or as I might have done, you would give up. I hung in after the first two sections and was rewarded. You will be as well. Great book; better to read it. This is a wonderful, skillful book that lives up to all of its praise through the years. It is also a terrible choice to listen to this book if it is your first time reading it. The nuance of the writing is lost due to the fact that the original text offsets sudden changes in time through alternating italics and normal typeset. This tends to make the first section (Benjy's section) especially difficult to follow and makes the first time reader confused even more than the complicated text. If, on the other hand, you are a second time reader this audiobook is a pleasurable experience. Be warned: the audio quality fluctuates (this is an older recording). If you are listening to this book for the first time it is helpful to get a copy of the Cliff's Notes or similar pamphlet for a couple of bucks and browse it as you listen. It makes the narrative less confusing without ruining the drama. Appreciating Faulkner Listening to Grover Gardner's reading of TSATF gave me a greater appreciation for Faulkner's language than ever before. The characters came alive for me in ways they haven't through my reading. Although the initial section narrated by Benjy is difficult to follow, a second listening to it made it quite clear. Faulkner has written a fascinating description of the unraveling of what we today call a dysfuntional family.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Curtis Sisco Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 02-27-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 438 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Twain called this story a "hymn to boyhood". Loved by all ages in countless renditions in all media. A classic piece of American literature. Members Reviews: Great story The narrator did a good job... Spoke clearly and all. I was just spoiled because I listened to Elijah Wood's Huck Finn first and it can't be compared. Fun story but the reading felt a little mechanical What aspect of Curtis Siscos performance would you have changed? As an adult I enjoyed listening to this classic. Sisco is really good with the characters' voices, but in the general narration he reads quickly and somewhat mechanically. This version is at least an hour shorter than the next shortest Tom Sawyer audiobook because of Sisco's fast pace. I'd hoped to have the illusion that Twain himself was reading to me, with a languid sly drawl. But this narration was a little bit stiff. Recommended but not a must Any additional comments? THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, by Mark Twain Unlike Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, I dont consider Tom Sawyer essential adult reading particularly if you have not read your own fundamentals (in my case, the Classics, Vargas Vila, Thomas Hardy, Hugo, Wilde, Dickens, Stendhal, Flaubert, and others). The narrator, Curtis Sisco, was fantastic in keeping pace and recreating the regional accents thereby making the experience more enjoyable. The book is entertaining, funny, and it is not entirely devoid of social message. Recommended (3 stars) but not Highly Recommended or a Must Read (4 stars), let alone a Masterpiece (5 stars). The following is a book summary: dont read unless you are not reading the book. Tom Sawyer is a clever orphan boy who lives in St. Petersburg, a poor village by the Mississippi around 1840 with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother Sid. He is mischievous, smart, unafraid, and willing to do anything for a thrill. We first meet him in the pantry eating jam and hiding from his aunt Polly. The book narrates a series of adventures that famously include not only conniving his fellow friends to white wash (i.e. paint) a fence, a chore he must do as a punishment for a bad deed, but even more ignominiously, making his friends pay for it. He then uses the collection of assets gathered from the deal to exchange for tickets at church in order to get a bible. Obviously, he is not interested in bible study; he wants to use it to impress a girl named Becky Thatcher whom he eventually kisses and falls for him. We soon meet Huckleberry Finn, a badass outcast boy whose latest acquisition is a dead cat which he plans to use to cure warts. Thing is though that It will only work if they witness The Devil take the soul of a wicked man buried at the cemetery at midnight. Sure enough, when they are there, they get to witness a bad guy, -Indian, of course- or at least half-breed, named Injun Joe to kill an accompanying doctor and blame his drunken partner Muff Potter. Fearing for their life Tom and Huck run away, swear and sign with blood never to tell what they just witnessed. Soon after though, knowing that an innocent man will surely be hanged, Tom gets depressed, feels remorse and escapes with his friend Joe Harper to a desolate island on the Mississippi to lead a life of pirates. Of course Huck Finn soon joins them and they hang out together for a few days. In the village meanwhile everybody mourns as they think theyve drowned.

Moby Dick Audiobook by Herman Melville
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Moby Dick Audiobook by Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Moby Dick Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Philippe Duquenoy Format: Unabridged Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins Language: English Release date: 10-24-16 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 160 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Ishmael, a sailor looking for his next adventure, and his friend who happens to be a former prince, sign up to join a whaling ship in Nantucket. The morning before they set sail on their voyage, many ominous signs of what the pair's fate may be are seen and heard through sermon and prophecy as the two friends ignore the warnings and make their way to the docks. Soon into the trip, the one-legged Captain Ahab announces that the whaling adventure is really a hunt for one very specific large, white sperm whale that took the Captain's leg and sunk his ship. Ahab also announces a contest, a gold doubloon for the first man to spot Moby Dick, the giant whale they are seeking. The crew pursues several whales that they believe could be the infamous Moby Dick, but they continue to turn up empty handed. The sailors carry on in search of Moby Dick, among many other ships. Surviving through typhoon seas, they chance upon a boat that has been ravaged by none other than Moby Dick. The captain of the destroyed boat tells Ahab that the whale simply cannot be killed. Nevertheless, Ahab's crew sets off after the whale and finally spot him. After a three-day whale chase, Ahab's quest for vengeance turns into a tragedy for everyone involved. Members Reviews: One of the ALL TIME greats Just about everyone has heard of Moby Dick (and the infamous opening line "Call me Ishmael." ) which is one of the greatest American classics of all time. The story is one that gets you drawn in, and doesn't let you back out until the end. Herman Melville's masterpiece is one that has withstood the test of time and changing generations. The narration in this version is terrific and only compliments Melville's greatest work. Wonderful book to listen to for any age group. 5 Stars in every sense! Excellent Narration If you could sum up Moby Dick in three words, what would they be? Oh captain my captain. What did you like best about this story? The whale, icon of our delicate ecology, wins. Have you listened to any of Philippe Duquenoys other performances before? How does this one compare? This performance worked for me because of the narrator's youthful exuberance, which perfectly captures Ishmael's charming sense of wonder, and made it a delight to plow through this very very long book. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? The Ocean God Any additional comments? I doubt I could make it through the print version so I'm really glad I tried this unabridged audio version. Wow this epic novel builds slowly to a riveting and cataclysmic end. I would read again Wow! What a symphonic shower of amazing delight! I've been reading sea stories and sparked "why not the the Bible of salty yarns ".....Moby Dick of course. I tried reading it as a kid , I saw the Gregory Peck movie but Audible had to be considered and it did not fail to raise me out of my shoes. Herman Mellville, what an other worldly scribe: non pariel. I am rung out....what an aural feast. What next? An American Classic Soaked in metaphors and visual imagery, Moby Dick is a masterpiece of American literature that is immersive, though can be difficult to get through at times.

Native Son Audiobook by Richard Wright
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Native Son Audiobook by Richard Wright

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Native Son Author: Richard Wright Narrator: Peter Francis James Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins Language: English Release date: 04-28-09 Publisher: HarperAudio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 874 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America. Members Reviews: Simply a classic Native Son is an expertly-written thriller about crime and race and misguided ambition, read by one of the best narrators I have ever heard. It is, however, a very difficult book to listen to, as it deals hyper-realistically with the tragic life of a young black man who has all the potential in the world and ends up throwing it away because of the hate, ignorance, and prejudice that society has instilled in him. I have almost never come across such a believable protagonist; Bigger Thomas' story is the story of many, many angry young men out there in the world. The book struggles with issues of individual vs. societal responsibility, racism, interpersonal relations, and the moral nature of humanity, and never gives the reader any easy answers. Pay attention to this book If the people of America had paid true attention to this book when it was published 75 years ago (many read it - a best seller) - I believe we would not have the ongoing human blights of racism, gender discrimination and increasingly gross economic division. It is beautifully narrated and exquisitely written. It is prophetic. Are we ready to listen, read, and pay attention in 2015? excellent! Great Narrator!! Switches voices between characters in a very convincing manner. Heartbreaking and terrifying story. Spellbound. Now I will get the Jeopardy! question I confess that the motivation behind purchasing this audiobook was so that I had another 20th century classic in my arsenal for Jeopardy! I bought this without researching the plot. I only knew that it was about black v. white and that it is frequently considered one of the must-reads in African American Lit. I think it's good to listen to this story without knowing anything about the plot. It makes the twists and turns more surprising. The performance by the narrator was fantastic. There were no fake voices or falsettos. It was just the narrator with a powerful voice and he was a perfect match. I'm not sure I would like this book as much if I read it on the page. The audio made it a performance. I buy audiobooks in order to entice myself to go to the gym more. I rely on the book to be interesting enough for me to want to listen and thus go workout. This story delivered. 75% Art, 25% Protest Native Son, written in 1940, was ahead of its time, and represented an important voice in an age on the brink of change. The first two books of this novel were quite excellent, a personal story that felt honest and impactful, with well-drawn characters and an exciting plot. The book then proceeds into the third book with a long question and answer dialog, and long monologs, reminiscent of Dostoevsky, but seemed too heavy handed to me. The first two books of this novel, through character and story, made the points better than the exposition of the third book. Native Son has been criticized as being protest fiction, limiting its artistic value. This is true, but only true of the final book of the novel. The first two books are artistically executed and powerful. Somehow I think the novel would have been more powerful if this ended without third book. The narration was terrific, clear and subtly powerful.

The Jungle Audiobook by Upton Sinclair
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The Jungle Audiobook by Upton Sinclair

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Jungle Author: Upton Sinclair Narrator: Grover Gardner Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 05-17-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 820 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Here is the dramatic exposé of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the turn of the century that prompted an investigation by Theodore Roosevelt, which culminated in the pure-food legislation of 1906. The Jungle is the story of Jurgis Rudkus, a Slavic immigrant who marries frail Ona Lukoszaite and seeks security and happiness as a workman in the Chicago stockyards. Once there, he is abused by foremen, his meager savings are filched by real-estate sharks, and at every turn he is plagued by the misfortunes arising from poverty, poor working conditions, and disease. Finally, in accordance with Sinclairs own creed, Rudkus turns to socialism as a way out. Critic Reviews: The most famous, influential, and enduring of all muckraking novels." (Merriam Websters Encyclopedia of Literature) Members Reviews: Real. Revolutionary. Powerful. Even though Upton Sinclair wrote this book primarily to improve the poor man's working conditions, it mostly changed the food industry of America, and bills were passed after its publication to regulate cleaner practices of preparing food in mass quantities. Though the characters of this story are fictional, they are based on the lives of real people, and the treacherous Packing Town did commit the horrors Sinclair writes about. This story is a beautiful, tragic story that no one should take lightly, for it has deeply impacted the health of all U.S. citizens. Simply a Great Listen The Jungle is simply a classic that everyone needs to listen to! The story of this family coming to America with a heart full of dreams only to see their dreams taken away from them by the unfairness and cruelty of the world. Although I don't particularly agree with the blatant socialist agenda of the author, I did really enjoy the book. It is well narrated and extremely well written. Its simply one of those books that makes you feel like the author is implanting images directly into your head, giving you a vivid picture of the entire setting. Public Domain Version "The Jungle" is my favorite 20th century novel of all time. I enjoyed this book when I first listen to it and enjoyed it more for the second time. Upton Sinclair was a very wicked man. Maybe he didn't like Russians or maybe he was trying to make a statement that the American Dream wasn't for all. Whatever the reasons for this book, it is the most powerful story that I have ever heard. Many immigrants that comes to America for a better life, but they struggle to make it day by day. They might not be working at the meat packing industry is hard condition like in the book, but we have day labors, trying to feed their family by hanging out at Home Depot in hope to find work for the day. And what about the field workers that picks our crops for pennies by the piece, how are they any different from Jurgis, pan handling or getting odd end jobs?. Many readers focus too much on the meat packing section in the book, but there is a social statement that is being left behind. Much like today, in the Western society, it is very difficult for someone without wealth to make it. Unless they are highly educated or have a wealthy uncle back in their country, they will always be struggling and falling behind. As for multiple copies on Audible with different performers reading this classic, there is no one better than Grover Gardner's version. I've listened to this version twice.

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: John Lee Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins Language: English Release date: 10-26-07 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1523 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang? (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc. Members Reviews: Not just for my Kids or my Youth I absolutely love the prose of Jack London. I wonder exactly how many people have died, pulled North to the Wild by the romantic pen of Jack London. I finished a while back (Dietz's version) and was crying as I listened to it with my kids. I've recently become interested in listening to several classics by different readers. London was one of the first I've done this with, but it worked well so he won't be the last. John Lee gives a very solid reading of this classic. I think this is probably the superior audio of White Fang. While I like Dietz (and haven't done anything but sampled Thomley), Lee's reading is straight forward and easily managed at hyper-audio speeds (2.5x or faster). The only downside of a narration by Lee, is it is sort of like watching a movie with Kevin Bacon. They guy is everywhere and it is weird to hear his voice in so many places. Who's the animal: Man or Wolf? This story is considered a classic for good reasons. Published over a century ago, the story remains timeless. It also offers glimpse into the past, as Jack London's descriptions of northern life, and in particular the life of First Nations people at the time, is fairly accurate from all accounts. It refreshing to see how a masterful author can handle cruelty and violence without resulting to the usual graphic descriptions of today. Make no mistake, this is a story about a wolf cub at a time when society was much less predisposed to kindness. It stands to reason this story doesn't follow a Disney like pattern. What the story does so well, however, is to illustrate the cruelty of certain men. This cruelty stands side by side in comparison to the supposed cruelty of the wolf, which is judged negatively at every turn by "civilized man". It does provide good food for thought. John Lee did an excellent job. Even if you've read the book, it's worth listening to the audio book just for the performance. If you're not familiar with the story, then I can only mention that this really is a "must read" novel. You won't be disappointed. Top-rate story and storytelling Would you consider the audio edition of White Fang to be better than the print version? I would consider it so, yes. the narrator really brings the words to life, in a way I didn't think possible. What other book might you compare White Fang to and why? The Call of the Wild. the stories, and the point of view from which they are told, is unique and fascinating. Which scene was your favorite? The first meeting between White Fang and the "Love Master" - no spoilers here, though Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I did.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Audiobook by L. Frank Baum
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Audiobook by L. Frank Baum

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Author: L. Frank Baum Narrator: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins Language: English Release date: 02-06-17 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 34 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The adventures of Dorothy in the Land of Oz. Thanks in part to the 1939 MGM movie, it is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture. Members Reviews: OZ, Indeed! After having been brought up on the movie, I was quiet curious about the author's real intentions regarding the messages implicit in his work. Happy to say the messages were not neglected by the movie makers. There is, however a wealth of information one can happily visualize that are missing from the movie. So, I thoroughly enjoyed transporting my self to OZ, meeting the characters on my own terms and remembering the important ethics of the day. Better than the movies The story is much better than the original movie and the remake. It gives the background of all characters - not just Dorothy. And in the book Dorothy is not dresming! The narrator does so well that one knows who's speaking. better than the film I had often only caught snippets of the film, so when u had the opportunity to listen to it, in its original form, I had to hear the story...glad I did, much more interesting than the film version Good story but poor narration What did you like best about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? What did you like least? It's fascinating to read the original story after being so familiar with the film versions. The story is imaginative and quick paced and there are some interesting differences with the films How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable? Turn it into a film! This is one of those rare occasions where a good story has been turned into a great film (Fight Club being another notable example), and in some ways the story reads more like a screenplay as it quickly jumps from one scene to the next without much backstory or narrative detail. The story is also darker in some places than the film (I don't remember the Tin Man beheading 40 raging wolves in the film!) Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Munro? There are so many good male voice actors out there - pick any one! The narration was fine in some parts, but in other parts was distractingly stilted, with emphasis in all the wrong places, as though it was being read by a computer. I don't know if this is the fault of poor editing or the narrator, but it ruined the book Do you think The Wonderful Wizard of Oz needs a follow-up book? Why or why not? There was a good follow-up film 'Return to Oz' Any additional comments? This is an interesting story, though more of a fable. But the best thing about the story is that it provided the inspiration for the film Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

As I Lay Dying Audiobook by William Faulkner
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As I Lay Dying Audiobook by William Faulkner

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: As I Lay Dying Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Marc Cashman, Robertson Dean, Lina Patel, Lorna Raver Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins Language: English Release date: 08-23-05 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 833 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member, including Addie, and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life. Check out more . (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc. Critic Reviews: "For range of effect, philosophical weight, originality of style, variety of characterization, humor, and tragic intensity, [Faulkner's works] are without equal in our time and country". (Robert Penn Warren) Members Reviews: Faulkner's As I Lay Dying review As a Faulknerian scholar, I was pleasantly surprised by this audio rendition of one of Faulkner's complex works. I used this recording to assist a blind peer who was studying the novel, and I read my copy along with the recorded reading to help establish and clarify the characters' points of view, especially with regards to the sections involving stream of consciousness. Together, we found the use of multiple readers helped distinguish the different narrators of this work. We thoroughly approved of the readers' Southern accents and (being from the South)found very few flaws in that regard. A few artistic interpretations of the stream of consciousness sections were distracting, as the readers chose to add punctuation rather than flow rapidly from one thought to the next without breaks. This did not take away from the story as a whole, but I did need to clarify this for the academic purposes of my peer. All in all, this was an excellent rendition of Faulkner's novel. I am pleased to have this recording in my permanent library. One of the best Having a lengthy daily commute, I have listened to over a hundred recorded books and this one is absolutely among the best I have heard! Faulkner's writing begs to be read out loud and this recording was beautiful, capturing you in its slow southern spell. Listening to a Play The multiple voices are simply wonderful and, having read this in hard copy many times over the years, I had some trepidations about listening. However the words are as powerful as they are in print and have the added quality of staying as the voices of a "play" in your head. Terrific. Clarity I use this "tour de force" novel in my high school English class, and I've found that the audio helps the students follow the story better. I personally enjoy the narrators who with their use of dialects are able to add life to the characters, even Addie, who is dead for most of the novel. You Have to "Get" Faulkner Faulkner is not an easy read. Expect to go back often and really listen to the story. Expect to look up some notes and commentary to grasp what the hell is going on. Expect to struggle with lines like, "My mother is a fish" Expect to WORK through this book. And expect the best of literature and performance. Expect to learn. Expect to expand your insight into frustration and futility. Expect to feel pain. This is a great piece of literature and it's very well delivered. Worth the effort. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Cannery Row Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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Cannery Row Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Cannery Row Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Jerry Farden Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins Language: English Release date: 04-13-11 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1208 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Here is Steinbecks tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society, dependent on one another for both physical and emotional survival. Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack and his boys, and the other characters in this world, where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and most poignant works. Members Reviews: Five stars with a Caveat Cannery Row is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read and reread it more times than I can recall. I bought this audiobook out of curiosity, I wanted to hear the words for a change. Jerry Farden's narrative perfectly captures not only Steinbeck's love of his Cannery Row characters and sense of community, but his lyrical language as well. Which is the reason I recommend reading Cannery Row before listening to it. No narrator can show you the odd punctuation and mystifying strings of words Steinbeck so lovingly assembled in this book, which I think of as his 'ode to the English language'. It quite simply deserves a leisurely reading. Once read, I do recommend listening to Mr. Farden's joyful interpretation of this wonderful story. Oh, How I Miss The Monterrey Peninsula! I was really excited to listen to Steinbeck's Cannery Row and I was not disappointed; albeit, I am a bit conflicted. Previously I listened to Of Mice and Men and comparing the two (especially with Gary Sinese as narrator of the later) I enjoyed Of Mice and Men so much more. However, Steinbeck's words in both are invigorating and descriptive; I didn't want to stop hearing from the characters and their respective points of view. Cannery Row, as far as a captivating story, isn't really that much to praise. But I enjoyed every bit of it and just like Of Mice and Men, the character's follies and environmental descriptions are where Steinbeck rules. It's really a simple and sweet story, yet is still emotionally impacting for the listener. I was able to listen at 3x speed without any problem. Great Listen to a Classic Steinbeck Steinbeck builds characters that you fall in love with and then struggle to support as they drift into trouble; usually of their own making. The story is about respect and how people on Cannery Row have lives devoid of meaning apart from place and time. They are not people like me, yet they are every part of my life experience. Doc is the main character, a man with a solid education, job and place in the world of marine biology. Yet he is empty in places that Steinbeck is able to reveal and describe. Mack and the Boys are everywhere and add spice to the community on Cannery Row. They want to express gratitude for Doc and make a mess of things. Steinbeck takes us through the slow motion disaster of a party and builds tension as we wait for Doc to return home to the destruction Mack and the Boys created. The narrator does a nice job of giving voice to people who we can only try to imagine from the words on the page as they share their story of respect, loneliness and community. If you like Steinbeck this short book will not disappoint.

Alas, Babylon Audiobook by Pat Frank
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Alas, Babylon Audiobook by Pat Frank

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Alas, Babylon Author: Pat Frank Narrator: Will Patton Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 12-21-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 8592 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - Alas, Babylon. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness. Will Patton's narration paints this classic tale as an ominous picture of the terrible possibilites of the nuclear age. Critic Reviews: "An enthralling and vivid story of the follies and failures of people, their courage and cruelty, their treachery and triumphs. Mr. Frank is a magnificent writer." (Chicago Sunday Tribune) "A warm, continuously interesting story of what can happen to a group of ordinary people in a perilous situation." (New York Herald Tribune) Will Patton is a calm and steady narrator whose quiet intensity wraps around this post-apocalyptic saga...He reflects the tones of deference of women to men, nonwhites to whites, and children to adults. In a conversational tone, he quietly brings the characters and their relationships to life. (AudioFile) Members Reviews: Excellent listen I was little more than 12 years old when the Berlin Wall fell and the statue of Lenin was pulled from its base in Moscow. In the classroom, I remember our teacher telling us, "Pay attention, ladies and gentlemen, you are watching history." Being little more than 12, it took another ten years for me to fully understand how true that statement was, and to fully appreciate the import of the images on the television screen. This story, written during what could be considered the height of the Cold War, breathes fresh life into old paranoias. Few novels have had such an impact on my day to day thinking while I was listening to them; this one has me mentally tallying the foodstuffs and emergency supplies in my house and wondering how I would survive should the unthinkable happen. I have listened to a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction since joining Audible five years ago, and have read a lot more. Will Patton's narration hits the high and low points perfectly, improving what is already a great story. I am so glad I saw and purchased 'Alas, Babylon'; it's going to be a repeat listen for sure. Amazingly contemporary This great work of science fiction was written in a different time and world situation, but it feels as fresh as if it was just created. So much of what happens after the nuclear disaster in the book is just what probably would happen now. I have enjoyed every word. Will Patton is the perfect narrator. Excellent audiobook It's difficult to believe this book was first published in 1959. The storyline is extremely well thought out, the characters are well defined and very believable. The book is full of historically accurate facts that take the reader back to the days of what an earlier generation knew as "Mutually Assured Destruction." This audiobook is well worth the investment of your time and money. Excellent 5-star listen I read this story when it was first released and have replaced my copy several times. It has maintained it's relevancy over the years well. With Will Patton reading, it comes alive.

Go Tell It On the Mountain Audiobook by James Baldwin
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Go Tell It On the Mountain Audiobook by James Baldwin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Go Tell It On the Mountain Author: James Baldwin Narrator: Adam Lazarre-White Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins Language: English Release date: 01-01-13 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 893 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: James Baldwins stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the heart with emotion while it stimulates the mind with its narrative style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism in America. Moving through time from the rural South to the northern ghetto, Baldwin chronicles a 14-year-old boys discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Go Tell it on the Mountain is an unsurpassed portrayal of human beings caught up in a dramatic struggle and of a society confronting inevitable change. Members Reviews: Masterful First Novel What made the experience of listening to Go Tell It On the Mountain the most enjoyable? What made my experience of listening to Go Tell It On the Mountain the most enjoyable was Baldwin's writing. It was deep and eloquent, reflecting Baldwin's experience as a storefront preacher. What was one of the most memorable moments of Go Tell It On the Mountain? The spiritual conversion of the main character was one of the most memorable moments of Go Tell It On the Mountain. It was dreamlike and based upon Biblical visions. Have you listened to any of Adam Lazarre-Whites other performances before? How does this one compare? I have not listened to any of Adam Lazarre-White's other performances before, but he captured the heart of this book, performing it as a preacher, a prophet, and a poet. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? An extreme reaction I had to this book is that it is a dense, multilayered read. I am unaccustomed to reading such complex writing on faith. I will have to listen to this book a second time to catch what I missed the first time. Any additional comments? Be prepared for an eloquent, moving story. A 5 Star Listen! This book is a gem! The characters are rich and deep. It's an intriguing story about the lives of three people caught between temptation and salvation. I also have to say the narrator is excellent. His voice is perfect and adds soul to the story. Knotted Around Some Raw Edge of My Soul This was a slow read. In terms of pages and words it was a small book, but the river was deep and fierce. Baldwin is throwing out big themes on family, religion, race, sex. This isn't a beach read, it is a hard pew read in an unconditioned, hellfire and damnation church. I would read 40 pages and have to take a day to recover emotionally. THIS book is why I read fiction. Look. I am white on white, again and again. Seriously, I took the Twenty-Three&Me DNA spit test and I am pretty deep into the white gene hole. How else, besides brilliant narrative fiction, am I going to understand anything about being black or being a black pentecostal WITHOUT reading Baldwin? Baldwin's use of repetition was amazing. I haven't read recently (other than Moby-Dick) a novel that appears to be made, brick-by-brick, with more King James Bible pieces than Go Tell It on the Mountain. There are some novels where writer ties off every narrative thread. Baldwin wasn't satisfied with that. Each sad string in this novel seemed to end up threaded through some part of my heart and knotted around some raw edge of my soul. GOD IS NOT THERE "Go Tell It on the Mountain" because God is not there.

Little Men Audiobook by Louisa May Alcott
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Little Men Audiobook by Louisa May Alcott

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Little Men Author: Louisa May Alcott Narrator: Justine Eyre Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 02-05-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 152 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Little Men brilliantly extends the March family saga begun in Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women. Jo---now married to the good-natured Professor Bhaer and with sons of her own---has become the unflappable matron of an extended family at Plumfield, a school that the Bhaers have founded with Aunt March's legacy. Jo's rambunctious youngsters grow up in an atmosphere full of high spirits and misadventure---a world enlivened by Alcott's unique powers of observation and sympathy. Members Reviews: It's not "Little Women," but it's still a classic Its not really fair to compare "Little Men" unfavorably to "Little Women," just because they're both by the same author, but I cant help it. "Little Men" is hardly a novel its really just a series of vignettes from the lives of Jo, the professor, and the boys (and a couple of girls) at Plumfield, their school; it really has no plot to speak of. "Little Women" didnt have much of a plot, but it certainly had more than this sequel. Thats not to say I didnt enjoy "Little Men." I really did. Its quaint, and the stories are very nice, if a little twee. I had never read it before, and I'm glad I listened to it. Mostly, though, I found it disappointing that the rowdy tomboy, the adventuresome Jo whom I liked so much in "Little Women" would grow up to be as she is depicted in "Little Men," having sublimated her own ambitions and become so completely domesticated. Essentially, Jo turned into her sister Meg, and I wasnt very happy about that. The narration is good overall, although the youngest childrens voices seemed too babyish. I enjoyed the other characterizations. Little Men Little Men takes place where little women left off. It tells the story of Jo and her professor and the adventures of the children at Plum field. As in little women I love how there's always stories within stories. The characters are also well-developed that you can't help falling in love with them. Great audiobook I love it . it is great. little men is so cool I've sent it to all my friends. Inspiring I found this story to be a great inspiration as a mother and home educator. It is a wonderful living book for those desiring to aspire to a Charlotte Mason approach to education as well. A good book I really enjoyed this book and am ready to get the next one in the series tomorrow! Even though it is a good book, I don't recommend it for anyone under the age of 8. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Self Reliance Audiobook by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Self Reliance Audiobook by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Self Reliance Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson Narrator: Alana Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 05-30-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 430 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson's most famous quotations, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." This essay is considered a watershed moment in which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. An American classic. Members Reviews: Don't buy this Audible should remove this narration. The performance is terrible, as if the narrator doesn't understand the meaning of words. Makes it almost impossible to understand the sentences. The most terrible cadence I've ever heard. RWE is great, but the narration is lacking Is there anything you would change about this book? Emerson is certainly one of the great thinkers of the American experience, however the narration of this text makes it quite challenging to get at the heart of Emerson's point. The narrator seems to lack the feeling and flow that would have really brought Emerson's words alive from the page to the listener's ear. narrator reads like William Shatner. narrator reads like William Shatner. it was so hard to listen to, I couldn't finish. Great essay destroyed It is a pity that this essay is read by someone with such a bad voice. The reading is slow and very very low. I listen a lot in my car, but I need to cut out aal the bass, to listen to this without having popping sounds. Highly recomended Suupeeriinspiiriing foshooo!!! Elevated my soul as well as my intellectual brain synapses :) read it!!!!!!! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Little Women (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Louisa May Alcott
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Little Women (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Louisa May Alcott

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Little Women (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Louisa May Alcott Narrator: Sandra Burr Format: Unabridged Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins Language: English Release date: 09-15-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 7 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: As a New England mother struggles to support her family in the wake of her husband's service in the Civil War, her four daughters struggle, too - caught between childhood dreams and the realities of burgeoning adulthood. For Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, raised in integrity and virtue, negotiating the right path in life means making choices that will either narrow or expand their destinies. Based on the author's life, Little Women transcends genre, gender, and class with its examination of personal quests, societal restrictions, family ties, and the end of innocence. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to listen to a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds. Revised edition: Previously published as Little Women, this edition of Little Women (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: A look Down Memory Lane I have good memories of my time as a teen. It has been over 60 years since I discovered this book. It showed the strengths and weaknesses of a family. I recommend this to a teenage girl. Old language may be difficult but one could understand most of it. I admired the character Jo. She knew herself and was Abe to make hard decisions that benefited her later in life. This is my all time favorite book. I bought this as a Christmas present ... This is my all time favorite book. I bought this as a Christmas present for a special little girl. She said she can't wait to read it. I told her let me know how she liked it. I'm hoping she loves it as much as I do. A timeless classic. I have reread this book several times. I own a hard copy, but got the download so I can carry it with me more easily. It's great for reading on a plane, or just lying in the hammock. I don't have to worry about messing up my precious book. I never tire of the story or the characters. They are continually fresh and charming to me. I read this book first when I was in high school, 40 years ago, and have read it every couple years since. I also enjoy the movies. The more recent one is my favorite. Good Lessons and Representation of various Personalities I really enjoyed this book and the personalities represented. The only thing I didn't completely enjoy was the impression that I got that works are the way to heaven and the careful wording in regards to Biblical concepts, but I understand why an author may do so to keep from turning people off from the good lessons that can be drawn from this book. Best book <3 Best book ever! LITTLE WOMEN is a classic I revisit so often I have parts of the text memorized. I loved the way it was set in the past (Civil War era) but the relationships and problems felt real, and that I could relate to them despite living in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, etc. Jo March is a spunky girl with a good heart who doesn't always do the right thing and I think many women and men can relate to that. The writing is good enough, and never really drags but I do wish some parts had slowed downâdespite thisâa very serious favorite of mine. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

It Can't Happen Here Audiobook by Sinclair Lewis
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It Can't Happen Here Audiobook by Sinclair Lewis

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: It Can't Happen Here Author: Sinclair Lewis Narrator: Grover Gardner Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 06-13-16 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 798 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: First published in 1935, when Americans were still largely oblivious to the rise of Hitler in Europe, this prescient novel tells a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy and offers an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find that many of the people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from sex, crime, welfare cheats, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state. Members Reviews: The Rise of American Authoritarianism Written in 1935, Sinclair Lewis' novel follows newspaper man Doremus Jessup as he documents the rise of "Buzz" Windrip to the U.S. presidency. Windrip campaigns on an openly racist, misogynistic, and nationalistic platform promising to make Great Depression era America great again. Windrip's eventually beats FDR in the election and quickly turns the Presidency a violent dictatorship, creating a Nazi Germany clothed in red, white, and blue. I won't get too political here, but it's not hard to see some similarities to modern times in this novel. Grover Gardner's voice is flawless for this sort of novel and fans of 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and Brave New World will certainly find this story no less fascinating. This is true lost classic and possibly one of the most important novels Americans will ever read. Very highly recommended. Prophetic Horror from 1935 Wonderful reading by Grover Gardner of a book that, terrifyingly, seems as though it were written only months ago. perfect for this election year enthralling foreshadowing of today's politics. what goes around,... also a great lesson in freedom's fragility. Prescient If you haven't read/listened to it, you should. Disturbing how it feels plucked from today's headlines. Chilling so scary this hits so close with the rises going on now. this man was right on the money. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Last of the Mohicans Audiobook by James Fenimore Cooper
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The Last of the Mohicans Audiobook by James Fenimore Cooper

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Last of the Mohicans Author: James Fenimore Cooper Narrator: Larry McKeever Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins Language: English Release date: 07-07-99 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 326 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Last of the Mohicans has all the elements of a classic frontier adventure: massacres and raids, innocent settlers, hardened soldiers, renegade Indians, and a doomed love affair. It is a memorable portrait of fierce individualism and moral courage. But what draws readers and listeners again and again to this panoramic novel is its deep insight into the symbols of American consciousness. The French and Indian War adventures of Hawk-eye, a reclusive white woodsman, and his Indian friend Chingachgook have contributed much to the frontier mythos. The story of two men who are at odds with their own people, but reluctantly agree to guide two sisters through hostile Indian country, has found an enduring place in the literary and cultural history of America. James Fenimore Cooper is widely acknowledged as the pre-eminent American writer of his time. The Last of the Mohicans is one of his most popular and critically acclaimed works. Larry McKeever's animated and skillful narration intensifies the novel's romance and drama and brings its tragic characters fully to life. Critic Reviews: "Want to relish your early American history, to thrill again at the suspense of forest dangers, to wonder whether Hawkeye will ever quite forsake the trail for a tender passage of love and domesticity? Then this book is for you." ( Chicago Sunday Tribune) Members Reviews: Poor sound Great book, but this is an old recording & has background hiss. Pick the $ 1.99 recording instead. Narrated by Larry Rudnicka (sp?) Not quite what I expected This read a lot fresher than I expected from a book which is now almost 200 years old (although, note that the narrator reads the footnotes without any warning--at first, I thought Cooper must have been post-modern!). The most surprising and intringuing aspect was its temporal scope: the events of all 400 pages (14 hours) occur within just a few days. This means the pace of the story-telling is relaxed, even when the action is not, affording loads of detail and creating very effective suspense (reminiscent of Hemingway's _For Whom the Bell Tolls_). For the most part, this immersion keeps the reader fully interested, but sometimes it becomes tedious, e.g., the Homeric burial rites at the end. The most memorable scenes are those relating the shocking horrors perpetrated by American Natives, dubious tellings which obviously should now be taken with several grains of salt. Outstanding tale and rendition This was my first Cooper novel. He spins a wonderful adventure tale which greatly caught me by surprise. The rendition by the narrator is done excellently, as well. Passion of the French and Indian War An engaging immersion in the French and Indian War, among the savagery of the Indians, caught between the powers of France and England. The story of the Mohican and the Delaware tribes, decimated by more than a century of contact with whites. Interesting characterization of Hawkeye and of his Indian brothers. Even the Huron villain is understandable. Better than any of the movie versions of the story, even though somewhat dated in style. Excellent narration. Obviously a classic, but... Really struggled to get into this book. Seemed long winded and hard to follow at times. Didn't get invested in the characters which is never good.

The Pearl Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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The Pearl Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Pearl Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Hector Elizondo Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 06-15-11 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 695 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In this short book illuminated by a deep understanding and love of humanity, John Steinbeck retells an old Mexican folk tale: the story of the great pearl, how it was found, and how it was lost. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to the tragedy. For Steinbeck, Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems. Originally published in 1947, The Pearl shows why Steinbecks style has made him one of the most beloved American writers: it is a simple story of simple people, recounted with the warmth and sincerity and unrivaled craftsmanship Steinbeck brings to his writing. It is tragedy in the great tradition, beautifully conveying not despair but hope for mankind. Editorial Reviews: Of John Steinbeck's many classic novels, only one is beloved by ninth graders everywhere. Finally in a definitive audiobook edition, The Pearl as read by Hector Elizondo is a long overdue treat for listeners of all ages. Whether you skipped this required reading in high school or simply don't remember much about it, now is the time to revisit Steinbeck's excellent little vision of an ancient Mexican folk tale about the perils of obsessive greed. A story of great symbolism and unflinching morality, the lessons here are no less true in our contemporary circumstances than they were hundreds of years ago. Hector Elizondo is a perfect fit for this narration. Winner of an Emmy and an Obie, veteran of both screen and stage, Elizondo is no stranger to the gravitas of parables. Although he has contributed voice work to a dozen audiobook dramas with ensemble casts, this is the first time he has narrated a book completely on his own. What a treat to hear his familiar grizzled voice painting the scene of a tiny, impoverished town in need of a miracle. When a scorpion bites a young family man's infant son, the man becomes desperate for money to pay the doctor that can save the child's life. Upon finding an enormous pearl deep in the water and just in the nick of time, the family begins to dream of their son's bright future. Elizondo puts his grit and gravel to good use conveying the tenacity with which the family clings to the idea of sending their son to school, thus escaping their meager life of poverty. But the enchanting music of the pearl speaks to the whole town, and soon all are clamoring for a piece of the family's good fortune. Hector Elizondo impeccably renders John Steinbeck's haunting admonition against avarice, and this short novel is a must-have for any audio library. Members Reviews: Extremely poignant; incredible listen. Where does The Pearl rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? In my top 5. What other book might you compare The Pearl to and why? Comparable to "Of Mice and Men" in length... but faster, more intense, more gripping. What about Hector Elizondos performance did you like? Perfect voice & narration for this story -- low and under-produced, yet mysterious, quick, and forceful... great complement to The Pearl. Any additional comments? I generally like to get a lot of audio hours for my credit...

The Horror at Red Hook Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft
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The Horror at Red Hook Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Horror at Red Hook Author: H. P. Lovecraft Narrator: Jim Donaldson Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 02-17-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 424 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Lovecrafts gothic horror masterpiece. During an investigation in Red Hook, Detective Thomas F. Malone, and discovers horrors that he never imagined. A horror classic. Members Reviews: Just a Bit of a Warning I had no idea when I bought this that some genius had made the decision to add a background sound every few minutes to the narration. I could just picture some college kid they had paid in burritos in the sound booth, pressing various sound effect buttons and high fiving himself for his totally righteous editing skills. But still! It's cheap and you could do worse. Worth a listen, but not one of Lovecraft's best. Would you consider the audio edition of The Horror at Red Hook to be better than the print version? I feel for any narrator who has to read Lovecraft's wonderful but archaic prose. Jim Donaldson did a great job with it, though! I enjoyed his reading, and appreciated the addition of some musical touches and sound effects of moans and shrieks during dramatic moments. It really made listening to the story a better experience than reading it would have been. I will be looking for other horror works done by Mr. Donaldson. How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable? From what I've read, this was one of Lovecraft's early works, and I think that shows. The story seemed to go on longer than needed. I thought that HPL's xenophobia was showcased more than usual in this tale, which was off-putting. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? There are some good creepy scenes in the story, which I enjoyed. Any additional comments? After the end of the story, there is a short piece giving some background on Lovecraft and his influence on modern-day writers. I thought this was nicely done and appreciate the effort to show the significance of HPL's works. Decent Recording The sound effects added to the story, but were sometimes louder than the narrator. Otherwise, a good story, well read. Not great. I actually listened twice. It just didn't stick. I tried to concentrate on the story. Just wouldn't grab me at any point in time. Therefore I can neither agree it's a horror story nor can I recommend it. very good very interesting enjoy the story very very very good the voice kept me interested the voice was nice and smooth everything went very well and it sounds in the background keep you into the story I really enjoyed the book Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Moby Dick Audiobook by Herman Melville
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Moby Dick Audiobook by Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Moby Dick Author: Herman Melville Narrator: William Hootkins Format: Unabridged Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins Language: English Release date: 11-07-05 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 557 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages. © and (P)2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. Members Reviews: Excellent, EXCELLENT reading! I've been trying to read Moby Dick for years. I would read a few chapters and then drag off and not be able to finish. This reader changed my whole experience with the book. Moby Dick is, of course, a wonderful book, but the reader added a whole new dimension. He brought the characters to life, which gave me a whole new perspective on their personalities (especially Ishmael). This perspective made the plot, subtext and interplay of the book so much more lively and exciting. Even the "boring" parts involving "all you need to know about whaling." Thank you thank you thank you so much, dear reader. You have a great talent! Well Done William Hootkins I love this book but have found most of the unabridged audiobooks of Moby Dick difficult to listen to. This is a long book with parts that are not exactly high drama - so Hootkins' "overacting" is really good at pulling us through those long arcs. It is certainly the best Moby Dick audiobook out there. I would go out on a limb and say it's actually one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard (my Audible library has over 300 books). I wish each every audiobook was this good. Best Book I Have EVER Read Since joining Audible a year ago I have chewed through the classics and contemporaries like a wood chipper. That being said, I say this: Moby Dick is not just a great book, it is the best book I have EVER read. None too familiar with it before tackling the read, I'd always for some reason thought it would be stuffy, dusty, old world reading. Nay, my friend. It was saucy, salty, and American. The subject matter is absolutely riveting to the imagination. The deep inner thoughts of the characters are poetic and stirring. The manic, unresting, hungry intelligence of Ishmael illuminates a world I'd have never known existed, the intimate inner workings of an industry, and the beauty of the experiences had by men who might be dismissed as uneducated and rough. The stories are so spectacular, so grippingly entertaining, I'd often stop what I was doing while listening, hands stilled in their motions, and half smiling and wide eyed, waiting to hear what came next. And sometimes all I could say was, "No, freaking, way." Treat yourself to Moby Dick. The reader is great Great story brought to life by a fantastic reader. His pace is slow enough so that you dont miss anything, and he really brings the characters to life... Classic in every respect Would you consider the audio edition of Moby Dick to be better than the print version? The reading of this book is a performance! I've began looking up book specifically read by William Hootkins. The store is rambling and fragmented at times, you sense Melville has a destination but is in no hurry to get there.

The Catcher in the Rye: A Reader's Guide to the J.D. Salinger Novel Audiobook by Robert Crayola
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The Catcher in the Rye: A Reader's Guide to the J.D. Salinger Novel Audiobook by Robert Crayola

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Catcher in the Rye: A Reader's Guide to the J.D. Salinger Novel Author: Robert Crayola Narrator: Sean Lenhart Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 12-18-14 Publisher: Robert Crayola Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 73 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Few novels have affected readers (especially young people) like J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. With this new guide, you will have an even greater understanding of the book. Included in this guide: a biography of author J.D. Salinger, a look at the book's context, its literary elements, detailed chapter summaries, analysis, and suggestions for essays. This is the definitive guide to The Catcher in the Rye, concise, easy to understand, and guaranteed to add to your enjoyment of this classic story. Members Reviews: Listen to the book elsewhere. Audible should offer the book . I was disappointed by this book. I am 66 years old and I read the book in school. I loved it then and still do. I see Holden as a bright kid with learning differences who also is suffering from the family tragedy of his brother's death. Who wouldn't be depressed and unable to concentrate on subjects that aren't easy? His father is a lawyer and one can imagine that Holden's strength in English is inherited. His observations are those of a sensitive person in a world that isn't prepared for him. He struggles but believes that he should be macho for his audience. The author of this survey doesn't like Holden. He sees him as an unreliable narrator. I find this to be superficial, exactly the attitude that Salinger was railing against. This book will serve as crib notes notes for a "C" student. But if you want an "A" go listen to Salinger tell the story, and learn to love The Catcher in the Rye" whose heart, I believe is in the right place. Good review but disappointed I wanted the actual book not just a review. My mistake I guess I read the title wrong. As far as reviews go it was very interesting and details well.. To those that have read this book I really enjoyed the essay and questions at the end. Chapter 31-33. I recommend that you read the book and then listen to this audiobook. I know the book is set in the old times but.... struggled with the narrative voice monotone and frigid . put me to sleep on more than one occasion good read helped me understand the deeper meanings behind the catcher in the rye. I would listen again. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Little Women Audiobook by Louisa May Alcott
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Little Women Audiobook by Louisa May Alcott

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Little Women Author: Louisa May Alcott Narrator: Victoria Mcgee Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins Language: English Release date: 10-01-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 219 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Little Women follows the lives of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March - and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The book was an immediate commercial and critical success. Little Women has three major themes: domesticity, work, and true love. It has been made into innumerable adaptations for stage and screen and is an American classic. Members Reviews: Journeying into the past.. What did you love best about Little Women? I love this book more than some others as this is the book I used to read A LOT during my early teens, even though I didn't understand some things as clearly as I do now. I remember making warm bread and tea to read this book, and both of these are linked in my mind so much that every time I pick up this book I yearn for a cup of warmth that I felt in the past. The narrator has a motherly voice, and you get a warm feeling listening to the book in her voice. What did you like best about this story? The best is the links it has got with the history of mankind, how good things used to be in the past, and hope that I can bring up my daughters as well as the ones in this book. Which character as performed by Victoria Mcgee was your favorite? Her narration was superb overall. The manly voice doesn't suit her when she reads out their dialogues though. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? None at all. Any additional comments? I can listen to this book again and again! And I will! Lovely classic! Beautiful story! Enjoyed the readers voice. She does a nice job. I have listened to several of her books. Love reading the classics with my two young daughters. Timeless story, terrible narration My children think SIRI is the narrator of this book. Will be trying another audio version. Great Listen This book will always be a classic. Written full of love and kindness, narrator was wonderful as well. Don't know how she accomplished this I have no idea how Victoria McGee accomplished this, but she ruined a book that I adored as a child. I think, perhaps, she tried too hard to dramatize the text rather than letting the words pull the story forward. She did not successfully (in my opinion) distinguish the voices of the characters, but she made them all sound insufferably stuffy. They all lacked vibrancy and character. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

On the Road: The Original Scroll Audiobook by Jack Kerouac
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On the Road: The Original Scroll Audiobook by Jack Kerouac

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: On the Road: The Original Scroll Author: Jack Kerouac Narrator: John Ventimiglia Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins Language: English Release date: 09-08-15 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 68 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The legendary 1951 scroll draft of On the Road, published word for word as Kerouac originally composed it. Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951, in an apartment on West 20th Street in Manhattan, that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history. It represents the first full expression of Kerouac's revolutionary aesthetic, the identifiable point at which his thematic vision and narrative voice came together in a sustained burst of creative energy. It was also part of a wider vital experimentation in the American literary, musical, and visual arts in the post-World War II period. It was not until more than six years later, and after several new drafts, that Viking published, in 1957, the novel known to us today. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of On the Road, Viking will publish the 1951 scroll in a standard book format. The differences between the two versions are principally ones of significant detail and altered emphasis. The scroll is slightly longer and has a heightened linguistic virtuosity and a more sexually frenetic tone. It also uses the real names of Kerouac's friends instead of the fictional names he later invented for them. The transcription of the scroll was done by Howard Cunnell who, along with Joshua Kupetz, George Mouratidis, and Penny Vlagopoulos, provides a critical introduction that explains the fascinating compositional and publication history of On the Road and anchors the text in its historical, political, and social contexts. Members Reviews: A Classic Brought to Life This edition is as authentic as it gets. The text is exactly what Kerouac first wrote on the legendary single spaced typed scroll. The presentation is excellent, making it easy to follow the story and insights of the author. The clean, straight forward narration style served the content well. Great audio book. John V nails it! Would you listen to On the Road: The Original Scroll again? Why? I already have What other book might you compare On the Road: The Original Scroll to and why? I would compare it to the published version of OTR. I found it very interesting to hear the parts which were edited out and the actual names of the characters. Which character as performed by John Ventimiglia was your favorite? He did a great job with every character and captured the excitement and momentum of the story. You can tell he loves Kerouac. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? My tag line would be "Don't try to make a movie out of this book" Any additional comments? You might be familiar with some of John Ventimiglia's other work. Look him up on IMDB. Better version What about John Ventimiglias performance did you like? John Ventimiglia must have listened to the recordings of Kerouac, because he captured Kerouac's voice really well. Kerouac had a funny way of pronouncing words with a double o sound, (doom, gloom) and John nailed it. Any additional comments? It's worth comparing the scroll with the first-published, edited, and censored version.

The Secret Garden (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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The Secret Garden (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Secret Garden (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Narrator: Susan Duerden Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 08-08-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 9 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The orphaned Mary Lennox is sullen, ill tempered, and unloved when she's sent to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven. A man consumed by grief over the death of his wife, Archibald has allowed his sprawling estate on the moors to fall into grim disrepair. It's when Mary begins tending to her late aunt's mysterious garden - locked up and neglected for years - that she discovers its life-changing secrets and a flowering rejuvenation of the human spirit. Out of this dark, closed-off world and a child's innate curiosity about life and death comes one of the most transformative coming-of-age novels ever written. Revised edition: Previously published as The Secret Garden, this edition of The Secret Garden (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: Great Characters An easy read with good pacing. The characters were unique and engaging. Reader was outstanding. Fantastic little story This is a fantastic heartwarming story that is as suitable for adults as it is for children. Lots of lessons for all of us to learn and reflect on. You can tell it is an old book as it is not politically correct in parts,But neither am I so that does not bother me at all. Highly recommended. A Brilliant Classic This is a brilliant classic wonderfully narrated by Susan Duerden, which is definitely worth a credit. this is simply brilliant I absolutely love the book, the story, the performance and the accents were spot on! Growing together A delightful story for young and old, all characters are portrayed with great empathy by the author. A must read at any age. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The House of Mirth Audiobook by Edith Wharton
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The House of Mirth Audiobook by Edith Wharton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The House of Mirth Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Emma Messenger Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins Language: English Release date: 11-18-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 247 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In 1905 New York City, Lily Bart is a young, witty and beautiful socialite. Through a series of unfortunate events, she learns of the bitter consequences for a single woman without wealth, living in an uncaring society. Members Reviews: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton I thought this book was okay, well worth the 95 cents that I paid. I am not sure why so many other reviewers disliked the narrator. This is the second book that I've listened to which she has narrated and I found her perfectly adequate. Excellent, but Quite Dated This is an excellently written novel about a young woman falling from the height of 1900s New York society. It is a well delivered story but it is difficult now days to feel too sorry for the character actually having to learn a skill and get a job (due to her own silliness) instead of living off of inherited wealth or marriage into such wealth. This is an unflattering expose of 1900 New York, which was likely controversial at the time, but now just seems quaint. This, like An American Tragedy, is well written in a naturalistic style with a likable yet tragically flawed protagonist, but I much preferred An American Tragedy as it was less a story about manners and more about motivations. The narration was excellent and added much to my enjoyment of this novel. Although the writing was excellent and the story well written, I cant think of anyone I would highly recommend this book to. The Novel of Manners = Blech! Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? Well-spent? Probably not. I have come to appreciate Edith Wharton but I am not a fan of the Novels of Manners. Would you be willing to try another book from Edith Wharton? Why or why not? Yes. I very much liked Ethan Frome and, despite it being a Novel of Manners, the Age of Innocence. Wharton knows what she's doing and I would not give up on her based on my ho-hum take on House of Mirth. What does Emma Messenger bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? I don't mean this maliciously, but not much. Messenger did a great job with her performance and I liked her portrayals very much. But the narrator, in my opinion, has little ability to improve the book experience but has a lot of power to diminish it. Ms. Messenger delivers a wholly adequate and enjoyable experience. If this book were a movie would you go see it? Yes. Any additional comments? None at this time. amazing storytelling and narration Wharton is a wonderful storyteller. House of Mirth is full of beautifully written characters and a great understanding of human nature and social dynamics. Narrator Emma Messenger is one of the best I've heard. know the book is a classic but I'd change the end. Narrator is wonderful , book is beautiful. I just want a different ending! Worth it though Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Call of the Wild Audiobook by Jack London
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The Call of the Wild Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Call of the Wild Author: Jack London Narrator: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins Language: English Release date: 12-04-14 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 880 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Jack London's masterpiece, tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment. Members Reviews: Great Introductory Literature; Lousy Production I might have read 'Call of the Wild' in high school--I can't remember. If I did, surely I dismissed it as bothersome homework that wasn't as exciting as video games. Two-plus decades later, I now find COTW way more exciting than video games. London's delivery is just great, following the trials of Buck and his indomitable spirit from California ranch dog to Alaskan free-range wolf. From the violent gold-rushers to the disciplined postal routes to the ignorant family and the love of John Thorton, every episode is a slice of the human condition--for better or worse--creatively told from the canine perspective. The production of this title is very poor--the spliced recording has seams and the fidelity of the narrator has too much bass--but the narrator (Munro? Husmann? Artwork and metadata have conflicting information) does have moments of excellence: the scenes of Dave's death and the snowshoe rabbit rise to the top. "There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad on a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight. He was sounding the deeps of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time. He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move." --Jack London, Call of the Wild This book is a simple, terrific introduction to American literature and deserves a better recording. But hey, I found this on Audible for 50 cents--it was pocket change well spent. Speak up! unlistenable...the reader has a pleasant, deep voice but he whispers like he's trying to put a child to sleep. I was unable to fully understand what he was saying. great story, but not the best narration really liked this book. the narration was not the best, but for the price I'd listen to Richard Simmons read it. Enter the Wild Jack London's incredible story of Buck and his adventures in the Alaskan wilderness a classic for very good read. This should be required reading for anyone who loves dogs, or just animals in general as you'll definitely look at nature differently afterwards. I really can't recommend this highly enough. That said, this audio performance leaves a lot to be desired. Alan Munro rarely strays from a dull monotone and has a naturally raspy voice. That, coupled with a poorly edited recording makes parts of this very hard to follow. Do yourself a favor and read this instead listening to it.

On the Road Audiobook by Jack Kerouac
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On the Road Audiobook by Jack Kerouac

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: On the Road Author: Jack Kerouac Narrator: David Carradine Format: Abridged Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 05-15-09 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 127 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: On the Road is the classic story of two such characters: Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, who set off on an odyssey through mid-century underground America, fueled by jazz, sex, drugs, mystical philosophy, and a limitless passion for experience. Members Reviews: David Carradine's voice is Sal Paradise. I have read this book several times. I still cried when Carradine read the last lines. Perfect. Highly Recommended for anyone at a life crossroads or in a midlife crisis!!! "Memories and dreams are intermixed in this mad universe." ---Jack Kerouac "I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion." ---Jack Kerouac Abridged This is an abridged version but I do like the narrator. Remember you can return any book. not the full book for whatever reason this is not full book and thats very misleading as its the first book that comes up when you search for the book Not the full book No where near the full thing. It skips a huge amount of detail, posts made no sense. 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: Tom Mison Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 15 mins Language: English Release date: 09-09-14 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 4811 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Tom Mison, star of the hit Fox series Sleepy Hollow, narrates the classic Washington Irving short story. In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball during the Revolutionary War. Critic Reviews: "Tom Mison's voice is delicious. His precise British diction allows listeners to savor Irving's sumptuous descriptions and sly humor. There are many pleasures to be found in Mison's rendition of the brief classic story, though a few instances of Irving's casual racism grate on modern ears. Listen for yourself and discover why it has so captured our collective imagination. (Mison himself stars in Sleepy Hollow, the current TV incarnation.) Whether you're familiar with the original story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman or not, Mison's reading is a gratifying way to experience it." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: American History The main reason to read this is for the American History. This gives a good look at what life was like for Teachers in early America. The horror itself is not so much, more of a fun prank that scared our main character. Treasures Of Jolly Autumn A free fun Halloween listen from Audible of a famous short story about ghosts and the greedy Ichabod. First published in 1820 the story is brought vibrantly to life by this excellent narration. Tom Mison makes this a complete winner. Really well done! Hollow bones Because I had never read the story before but seen countless sleepy hollow versions I wasn't sure what to expect. Tom mason does an excellent narrative and my stomach was a flutter thinking of the headless horseman. I wish this was a longer book. A New Retelling of an Old Favorite America's first native fairy tale / ghost story is once again retold, and it's a great way to jumpstart the Halloween season as far as I'm concerned. This version is narrated by Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane on TV's Sleepy Hollow. That version has virtually nothing in common with its source material apart from some names. The classic version has a decidedly much better writer, but I'm biased as this has always been one of my favorites growing up. Mison is an excellent narrator for this, capturing the old world feel of the tale perfectly. For those new to the story, the thing to remember is that this is an old ghost story, and all that implies. It's all about setting the mood and leaving you with questions. It's not "complete" by modern standards, but by the standards when it was written, it's just about perfect. Enthralling Narration I was enthralled by the narration by Tom Mison. I felt like I was in a period movie and a gentlemen was gracing me by reading a story. With Halloween approaching it was fun to read the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, although is a lot less scary now that I'm all grown up. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The House of the Seven Gables Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The House of the Seven Gables Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The House of the Seven Gables Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Anthony Heald Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 02-11-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 203 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The greed and haughty pride of the Pyncheon family through the generations is mirrored in the gloomy decay of their seven-gabled mansion, where the family's enfeebled and impoverished relations now live. Mysterious deaths threaten the living. Musty documents nestle behind hidden panels carrying the secret of the family's salvation - or its downfall. A brilliant intertwining of the popular, the symbolic, and the historical, Hawthorne's Gothic romance is a powerful exploration of personal and national guilt, a work that Henry James declared "the closest approach we are likely to have to the Great American Novel". Members Reviews: A Classic Thriller It seems I've learned this lesson many times, and each time I think I've finally "got it," but then find myself learning it again:: Classics don't have to be "hard," and old authors of classics are not (necessarily) dry and long winded and stodgy. I was a little nervous about approaching a book written by the author of "The Scarlett Letter," but I needn't have been, as "The House of Seven Gables" was as unlike its sister novel as I am unlike my siblings. Whatever similarities are merely due to the author's linguistic environment; If written in the 21st centry the main difference in this telling of The House of Seven Gables and today's would be a few coloquialisms. Enough of that: the plot is interesting, the characters fascinating, the telling of the tale witty and believable and sympathetic. The narrator also does a great job conveying the various characters and their motivations. I found I loved this book and would definitely choose it again. A Skillful Narration Anthony Heald is an excellent narrator. His characterizations are distinct and never overdone. I very much enjoyed his consistently good work with this novel of one of my favorite authors. They just dont write 'em like they used ta Great story. Great writing. Great narrator. Finished it, very appropriately on Thanksgiving Day. Thanks Mr. Hawthorne, and thanks also to Mr Heald for an excellent reading. Excellent Classic Intriguing story;a mystery with a touch of horror.But perhaps what makes it timeless is it's study of human character.I had read the book in the past and liked it at the time.What made the story so much more interesting that the hard copy was the excellent narration.The narrator's tone and faultless rendition transported the listener with him to the century , watching and feeling with the characters so completely that the experience was more like viewing an excellent stage production.Recommend this audiobook to those who enjoy the classics and also to those who have found reading classical works dry and tedious and to all who enjoy studies of human psychology. Great narrator, but not such a wonderful book I didn't like Hawthorne in high school, but decided to give him another try, almost 20 years later. Sadly, although the narrator does a fantastic job, he just can't save this book. The individual scenes are beautiful, but they don't add up to much -- just about everything important in the story happens off-stage. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

All the King's Men Audiobook by Robert Penn Warren
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All the King's Men Audiobook by Robert Penn Warren

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: All the King's Men Author: Robert Penn Warren Narrator: Michael Emerson Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins Language: English Release date: 09-11-06 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 1360 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man, Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy. Critic Reviews: "The definitive novel about American politics." (The New York Times) "Mr. Warren has employed vivid characterization and strong language combined with subtle overtones to write a vital, compelling narrative." (Booklist) "Michael Emerson's performance brings the characters to life with verve and personality....Through a mix of understatement and intensity, Emerson clearly conveys the political turmoil underlying the book; his performance perfectly complements the story, which is as timely as it was 60 years ago....Emerson's reading does justice to a great work." (AudioFile) Members Reviews: people & politics a classic exploration of the complexities of personality, power, character, good and evil. the writing is sublime and the narration is wonderful. i found myself stopping the play just to think about the implications of the author's observations on characters and events. it is a novel of it's time and uses the vernacular of its time. that, too, is something to ponder and to assess for ourselves how much we believe that we as individuals or society have changed. very thought provoking. i know i will come back to listen to this again. Beautifully presented This is a wonderfully moving, insightful presentation of the novel, treating the characters with tenderness as they are being torn apart. That said - this is not an audiobook for the casual listener, the novel demands attention. If you are like me, and listen to audiobooks while walking on busy streets, relying on an author to dwell on important plot points long enough for you to hear them eventually (think Tolstoy), you will find yourself rewinding All The King's Men a lot. Outstanding This is an outstanding reading of a great piece of literature. I can't add to 60 years of literary reviews praising this Pulitzer winning classic, but I can compliment Michael Emerson's reading of it. Mr. Emerson's reading is a perfect fit for what is unquestionably a great work of American Literature. His pacing, intonation, and articulation of Warrens beautiful use of our language enhance the experience of this excellent book. Marvelously written and read This is a great novel. You probably already know that. What you may not know is that this audiobook production is top-notch. The narrator is spot on, capturing the poetry of the writing and the tone of the south. Just a fantastic package of writing and narration. Highly recommended. Beautiful Prose Every now and then you happen upon a book that makes you just stop and listen. This is it. The prose is beautiful. It is not an "action" book it is a book to savour. If I could only ever listen to one book this would be it Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Uncle Tom's Cabin (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Uncle Tom's Cabin (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Uncle Tom's Cabin (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe Narrator: Buck Schirner Format: Unabridged Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 09-14-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 17 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: When a Kentucky farmer is forced to sell two slaves to a plantation owner, it becomes a turning point in the lives of both slaves. For Eliza, it's one of escape - a harrowing flight north with her young son. For Uncle Tom, sent down the Mississippi River, it's a more certain fate, as he struggles to survive against the brutal exploitation of his traders. As the single most popular novel of its era, Stowe's volatile work of protest fiction fueled the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. The book personalized the plight of slavery in a way that political speeches and newspapers could not. Stowe's humanistic approach ignited a national argument, one credited by historians as a key contributor to the outbreak of the Civil War. Revised edition: Previously published as Uncle Tom's Cabin, this edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: Such a sad and brutal part of American History This book reminds me of the miniseries Roots. Its heart wrenching to hear the brutality that the black race endured. The story is well written and the characters are all compelling. Every high school student should have to read it to be reminded of this history of our country so it can never be repeated. Great listen... I definitely loved listening to this book of American history. This book be in schools all over the country & Globe. Learned people have been using the term "Uncle Tom" in a horrible fashion. Excellent classic!!! It is a shame the schools took this book or of the circulum. So many life lessons to learn here. One of best ever A finely crafted book combining history and storytelling. One of the best books Ive ever read. Waited far too long to do so. Narrator amazing Alison Currie. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Anthony Heald Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 05-27-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 606 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Although the exact battle is never identified, Crane based this story of a soldier's experiences during the American Civil War on the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville. Many veterans, both Union and Confederate, praised the book's accurate representation of war, and critics consider its stylistic strength the mark of a literary classic. Critic Reviews: "A classic work of American literature." (The New York Times) Members Reviews: A Powerful, Moving Classic I had read The Red Badge of Courage on the page twice before. It's an extraordinarily powerful novel. Crane packs more psychological truth and insight into this short work than most writers do in novels four times its length. I was, however, unprepared for the new power that Anthony Heald's performance brought to the book. It is an incredibly rich performance, nuanced, taught, full of raw emotion where appropriate. It truly felt as if I was reading the book for the first time. The Wounded have a Red Badge of Courage The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, is the tale of a single union soldiers thoughts as he chooses to go to war, his mind upon entering the service, his fears before his first battle, his hubris and then panic before engagement with the enemy, his discombobulation during the first and latter battles, his cowardice, his rehabilitation (to some extent), his maturation thereupon and his achievements in latter and final battles. We go through all these sequential mental states listening to the mind of our young soldier, Henry Fleming, the youth, as told through a third party describing for us the youths mental thinking's. The analysis is nothing less than extraordinary. The book is often set reading in middle school teachings. It provides insightful understanding of the difficulty of marching onto a battlefield. The book may be very true to life. What is peculiar though is that the author is reported to have said the following concerning the fact that he was never in battle and was born six years after the Civil War ended: "Of course, I have never been in a battle, but I believe that I got my sense of the rage of conflict on the football field, or else fighting is a hereditary instinct, and I wrote intuitively; for the Cranes were a family of fighters in the old days". Wikipedia, last visited August 15, 2015, at n. 23 therein. Notwithstanding Cranes situation in life, the study is magnificent, and representative of a very likely mental process shared by many before entering battle. The Red Badge of Courage should not be overlooked as an essential read. Final Corners filled with Teeth and Claws It was not well to drive men into final corners; at those moments they could all develop teeth and claws. Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage 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. Historical fiction and learning entertainment only... Great story to hear the thoughts of people in battle. The good, the bad, and the indifferent. But, for me, a struggle to get through, even though I enjoy historical fiction... Classic I have been trying to read this story since it was assigned to me for a book report over 30 years ago.

Classics of American Literature Audiobook by The Great Courses
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Classics of American Literature Audiobook by The Great Courses

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Classics of American Literature Author: The Great Courses Narrator: Professor Arnold Weinstein Format: Original Recording Length: 43 hrs and 53 mins Language: English Release date: 07-08-13 Publisher: The Great Courses Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 223 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: To truly understand the United States of America, you must explore its literary tradition. Now, in this grand collection of 84 fascinating lectures, you'll get the chance to finally become familiar with America's true literary masterpieces (some you may already be familiar with, others you have yet to discover). Professor Weinstein has crafted these lectures to explain why some works become classics while others do not, why some "immortal" works fade from our attention completely, and even why some contemporary works now being ignored or snubbed by critics may be considered immortal one day. One memorable work at a time, you'll see how each of these masterpieces shares the uncompromising uniqueness that invariably marks the entire American literary canon. From Sleepy Hollow to The Great Gatsby and beyond, you'll journey through more than two centuries of the best writers America has yet produced, bringing out the beauty of their language, the excitement of their stories, and the value in what they say about life, power, love, adventure, and what it means, in every sense, to be American. You'll explore the roles of self-reliance and the "self-made man" in the evolution of American literature; the evolution of the American ghost story, from Poe and Hawthorne to James and Morrison; the epic strain in American literature, from Melville and Whitman to Faulkner and Ellison; the perspectives on nature revealed in poets Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, and Eliot; the tenets of Modernism in the work of Eliot, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner; the contributions of O'Neill, Miller, and Williams to American theater; and much more. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. Members Reviews: Incomparable AudiOverview of American Literature If you love reading or wish you'd taken that American Lit course in college or paid attention when you did, this is a great opportunity to explore and learn in over 43 hours of a conversational look by Ivy League (Brown) professor Arnold Weinstein at American literature going back to Ben Franklin's Autobiography and up to Toni Morrison's "Beloved." The course covers not only narratives (novels novellas and short stories), but also poetry by Whitman, Frost, Eliot and Dickinson (over 11 hours), plays by Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams (about 4 1/2 hours) and essays/memoirs by Emerson and Thoreau (about 4 1/2 hours). In the area of narratives, Professor Weinstein quite thoroughly examines in over 23 hours of courses, in addition to Ben Franklin and Morrison, the works of Washington Irving, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Henry James, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Ellison and a few others. If you haven't read a lot of these materials, don't be dissuaded from taking the plunge into this fabulous exploration of America through literature. I hadn't read many of the works, particularly the shorter ones, yet Professor Weinstein inspired me to read a lot of them. His teaching method doesn't require you to have read them to enjoy and learn from the course. Significantly too, the Professor doesn't stick solely to the works typically associated with a particular author.

Death Comes for the Archbishop Audiobook by Willa Cather
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Death Comes for the Archbishop Audiobook by Willa Cather

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Death Comes for the Archbishop Author: Willa Cather Narrator: David Ackroyd Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 09-13-16 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 160 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert. Critic Reviews: "A truly remarkable book... Soaked through and through with atmosphere... From the riches of her imagination and sympathy Miss Cather has distilled a very rare piece of literature. It stands out, from the very resistance it opposes to classification." ( New York Times) "The most sensuous of writers, Willa Cather builds her imagined world as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us." (Rebecca West) Members Reviews: A beautiful story, perfectly read I downloaded this book on a whim, but wow was it something special. This novel is written simply but very elegantly, and I was moved by the story of the colorful lives of the bishop and his faithful friend. The narration is perfect for the story--sparse, unadorned, perfectly judged. I recommend this to anyone, but especially those looking to be carried away to harder but simpler times. What a powerful counterpoint to our troubled times. Breathtaking! Where does Death Comes for the Archbishop rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? I was blown away by the descriptions of the New Mexico sky and landscape. I wanted to jump in my car and drive to Santa Fe. I downloaded this book after reading a travel piece in the New York Times that quoted from the novel extensively and was blown away by both the descriptions of the landscape but even more so by the description of the life of early missionaries, the Mexicans and the native Americans. Highly recommend! A wonderful book What made the experience of listening to Death Comes for the Archbishop the most enjoyable? I listened to it while on a long journey and the vivid detailed descriptions of scenery and life in New Mexico took me there and made the time pass so quickly. It is a book I look forward to listening to again. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? There were several themes in the book, from the political life of New Mexico, treatment of Native Americans to Georgia O Keefe that inspired me to research more and that can only be a good thing. Finally! I've been watching for this audible version of this book for years! Thank you, whoever made this happen. A story of noble simplicity A great story of an Archbishop and his coworkers of clergy, Mexican, Native American and others who braved the Southwest, and saw the dignity of all the the people who they encountered. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Scarlet Letter Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The Scarlet Letter Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Scarlet Letter Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Kate Petrie Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins Language: English Release date: 11-11-15 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 343 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: One of the most important novels in classic literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter tackles the subject of adultery, with the notorious Hester Prynne at the forefront of the scandal in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In the beginning of the novel, Hester is serving time in prison for having a child out of wedlock and is forced to wear a scarlet A on her clothing at all times, so she cannot run from her sin no matter where she goes. Her husband has been away for around two years, and she refuses to name the father of her daughter, Pearl. The father is actually Reverend Dimmesdale, a timid man who keeps his secret from the community. Hester's husband returns to the colony, where he finds out what has happened and makes it his personal goal to torment the father of Pearl. He discovers that it is Dimmesdale and tries to intimidate him. The pressure becomes too much for Dimmesdale, and after seven years of torture the reverend eventually admits what he has done and dies before a crowd of people. Not long after, Hester's husband also passes away, leaving Hester and her daughter enough money to escape the colony and finally have some peace. At the end, however, Hester decides to come back to the colony, and when she passes away, she is buried next to the reverend, with whom she had been in love. Members Reviews: 'Thou Wast Not Bold! Thou Wast Not True!' This faithful audio version of Hawthorne's timeless classic is by far the best available; Kate Petrie is an excellent narrator and does admirable justice to the novel's gorgeously wrought prose, somber tone and yet hopeful spirit. My only qualms in recommending it as a 5-star performance across the board are minor quibbles with the production (why does the three-minute introduction come at the END of the book?) and the editing (on at least one occasion, Petrie reads the same line twice), although I must admit these to be very minor flaws indeed in a recording so otherwise seamless as to give the impression that the narrator never ceased reading for one moment to draw a deep breath, much less ever stopped for several minutes together to drink a glass of water or stretch her legs. The English teacher in me must give one final word of warning to the educated, word-loving listener: Just know in advance that there will be a few mispronunciations of individual words, so you won't be unduly startled and dismayed when you hear them. Some may be British pronunciations, but most are clearly actual errors, often of the sort where a syllable is added or deleted. These errors include "GREE-vee-us"/grievous; "con-TIDJ-you-us"/contiguous; "INK-witty"/iniquity; "Er-RUDE-it"/erudite; "uh-TRIB-yutes"/attributes (as in, the attributes of the wearer of the scarlet letter); "ig-NOM-uh-nee"/ignominy; "miss-CHEE-vee-us"/mischievous; "scorge"/scourge; "PURR-pert"/purport; and, perhaps most dismaying, "DIM-mizz-dale"/Dimmesdale. But don't let that stop you from using a credit on this gorgeous page-turner.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Author: Mark Twain Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 03-06-12 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 436 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Huckleberry Finn is the original American maverick. He chooses the things that feel the most comfortable for him, regardless of what others may say. But when he is forced to flee his home, and comes into company with Jim, a runaway slave, his sound heart collides with his ill-trained conscience. Together, Huck and Jim journey down the Mississippi River, on an odyssey that has become one of the finest American Classics in the world of literature. This timeless novel is performed by award-winning Classic Tales narrator B.J. Harrison. It is an event you won't want to miss. Members Reviews: This is a hard book to read aloud. Imagine all the dialects and the different characters, and the characters (like Huck & the King & the Duke) who are pretending to be people they're not by using accents or variant dialects. B.J. Harrison does an excellent job of holding things together and making the narrative easy to follow. I have another Audible version of this book, and this one by Harrison is far superior. He is really good. The book itself is worth reading or listening to every few years, IMO. great fun loved this book. loved the performance. bj Harrison was excellent. much better than Alan munro Masterpiece! Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? I think this book is just perfect. It is too bad that it has gotten bad press over the years. If you read this book, you will see message Mark Twain is sending and in a way that is so masterful, it is stunning. I think this is just as relevant today as it was when published. What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? The climax, which is so apparent, you will not miss it. It brought me to tears. Have you listened to any of B. J. Harrisons other performances before? How does this one compare? No Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Same as above, the climax. Any additional comments? Must read! Great listen The narrator does an excellent job with the dialects and the various characters. Good "read." a classic great story and narration. will take you back as if you are with huck while he tells it. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Dick Hill Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 06-13-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 17 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Whether he's sneaking doughnuts, mooning over a pretty girl, or snookering the local boys to do his work for him, Tom Sawyer is the consummate schemer - but his charm and easygoing nature keep him from being in anyone's bad graces for long. However, when Tom teams up with his friend Huck Finn, their sleepy Missouri town had better watch out. Based on Mark Twain's memories of growing up along the Mississippi River, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is both an idyllic picture of boyhood and an affectionate satire of adult conventions. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to listen to a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds. Revised edition: Previously published as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, this edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: Great Bedtime Reader All of the Illustrated Chosen Classics are great bedtime readers. My wife sits in the hall of the children's bedrooms and reads these stories to them at bedtime. The difference between these books and the traditional novels is that these stories move very fast. My son, in particular, will hear one of these abridged classic novels and, if he likes it, will then read the full unabridged version on his own. Kind of gives our kids a taste of the classics without having to start reading a really large and sometimes overwhelming looking book. My son is 10 and my daughter is 15. We have about 30 of these types of books in our library. A Classic Still Like many people of my age (62), I read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a child because at that time it was widely perceived to be a child's or young adult's book. This is unfortunate as it is not nor has it ever been directed at the young. In my rereading I discovered for the first time why it is still called the original great American novel. Huckleberry, like Twain, is opinionated and perceptive. His narration and point of view drive the novel forward. Rather than relegate this work to the children's shelves or castigate it as racist, folks should embrace this novel for what it is, a bildungsroman that shows the growth of a country as well as the growth of its young protagonist. It captivated a classroom full of surly teens I teach English, and the junior year in North Carolina is devoted to American literature. I approached Huck Finn with no small amount of trepidation because of Twain's use of vernacular. I ran into the same problem with "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and solved that by listening to Ruby Dee's audio recording, which students loved. I purchased this recording of Huck Finn, and it was to die for fabulous. Students read along in their books as we listened to the recording, and it helped bring the characters and the story alive for them. They laughed when I hoped they would laugh, and they understood the novel so much better by being able to listen to it. This recording was invaluable. Reading this book as an adult is a whole different ... Reading this book as an adult is a whole different experience. I'm fairly sure the versions I read as a child were watered down. I don't have any memory of murder and mayhem in the versions I read as a child.

The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one) Audiobook by Louisa May Alcott
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The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one) Audiobook by Louisa May Alcott

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one) Author: Louisa May Alcott Narrator: Catherine O'Brien Format: Unabridged Length: 37 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 01-29-14 Publisher: Kimberley Lynn Reese Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 129 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (18321888). The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The first volume, Little Women, was an immediate commercial and critical success, prompting the composition of the book's second volume, entitled Good Wives, which was also successful. Both books were first published as a single volume entitled Little Women in 1880. Alcott followed Little Women with two sequels, also featuring the March sisters: Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Little Women was a fiction novel for girls that veered from the normal writings for children, especially girls, at the time. Little Women has three major themes: domesticity, work, and true love. All of them are interdependent and each is necessary to the achievement of a heroine's individual identity. Little Women itself has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth. Little Women has been read as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well. Alcott combines many conventions of the sentimental novel with crucial ingredients of Romantic children's fiction, creating a new form of which Little Women is a unique model. Elbert argued that within Little Women can be found the first vision of the American Girl and that her multiple aspects are embodied in the differing March sisters. Little Men, or Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, first published in 1871. The novel reprises characters from Little Women and is considered by some the second book of an unofficial Little Women trilogy, which is completed with Alcott's 1886 novel Jo's Boys, and How They Turned Out: A Sequel to "Little Men". Little Men tells the story of Jo Bhaer and the children at Plumfield Estate School. The book was inspired by the death of Alcott's brother-in-law, which reveals itself in one of the last chapters, when a beloved character from Little Women passes away. Members Reviews: poorly edited recording What did you love best about The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)? It was nice to have the whole series together. Each book independent would lose much. Indeed, the end of Little Women would frustrate much more isolated from the rest of the series. What did you like best about this story? This was full of moral and practical instruction for life and parenting. What three words best describe Catherine O'Briens performance? unedited Any additional comments? Editing Problems: - averages 1 repeated sentence per chapter. - Several points where the editing was forgotten as you can here a clicking and restart of a sentence. - a few jumped sentences as a result of the editing It wasn't terrible, but it was not smooth. Also, O'Brien's character voices were difficult to differentiate quite often. Very poor editing.... Unfortunately, there were quite a lot of technical errors and editing misses.

Stoner Audiobook by John Williams
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Stoner Audiobook by John Williams

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Stoner Author: John Williams Narrator: Robin Field Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins Language: English Release date: 06-16-10 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 1728 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a "proper" family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude. John Williams's luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world. Critic Reviews: A perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, it takes your breath away." (Morris Dickstein, New York Times Book Review ) A masterly portrait of a truly virtuous and dedicated man. (New Yorker) An exquisite study, bleak as Hopper, of a hopelessly honest academic at a meretricious Midwestern university. I had not knownthat the kind of unsparing portrait of failed marriage shown in Stoner existed before John Cheever. (Los Angeles Times) Members Reviews: A fascinating book A book which is very fascinating because of its plainness. The story is of an interesting character who lives an ordinary life. Doesn't excel. Doesn't achieve greatness. Isn't a hero. Isn't a villain. Just a normal guy who stoically faces a failed marriage, who loses relationship with his family, who fights for right on the job and is tormented because of his choice. Yet told in a fashion which makes the book more like a verbal Grant Wood's American Gothic tale. Hopeful and sad at the same time. It will live with me for some time. Also, well interpreted by reader Robin Field. A masterpiece I had never heard of this book but was so intrigued by the description (also the description at Amazon) that I decided to give it a try. It is a masterpiece -- one of the great novels of the 20th century. (So why hadn't I ever heard of it?) It's the story of a farmboy who attends the University of MO to study agriculture and falls in love with literature and becomes a professor of English literature at the same school. The book spans World War I & II. The story is almost emotionally devasastating but the author writes with such restraint -- showing not telling -- that the power is heightened all the more. Concealed art at its finest. I couldn';t put it down. Not boring for a moment. The narrator, Robin Field, is spot on perfect for this book. Great, great stuff. A story of sadness and serenity If ever I have read a book that moved me gently but to tears, that would be 'Stoner'. Akin to Stoner's happy days, I regretted the book ending so soon, but it could not come to a close at a better moment and the sadness that you will feel is going to be an acute one, which I surmised coming in waves and not continuously humming at the same pitch in 'Stoner'; the sadness will lap gently against you, you will be carried away.

The Scarlet Letter Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The Scarlet Letter Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Scarlet Letter Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Dick Hill Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins Language: English Release date: 05-02-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 47 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The red letter A on her dress marks young mother Hester Prynne among her Puritan neighbors, who demand to know who fathered her child. Rumors swirl, but the shunned and shamed Hester keeps her secret - and his - for years, until a guilt-ridden confession reveals the truth, with unexpected consequences. Set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts, Hawthorne's masterwork was originally subtitled "a romance," though its themes include the limits of law, the power of religion, and the nature of sin. Equal parts tragic love story and social commentary, The Scarlet Letter brings to life the undying human need to keep secrets. Members Reviews: Overrated I found the book to be boring and a struggle to finish at times. One of the few times i have ever thought the movie was better than the book. Excellent! The narrator makes the slightly dry story come alive! I loved it and the voices they did. Ruined by the narration This shouldnt reflect on the book itself, as it was a very good book that I have read years ago, but the narrator was so monotone and gave such a lack luster performance that it was really hard to follow along. In places where he should have had some emotion or inflection in his voice it was just like an ongoing run on sentence type of reading. I got this version because of the low cost, but Id recommend one that costs a little more and with better narrator. Just my two cents. Captivating A must read, thought worthy classic; Hawthorne has created characters are relatable to our present time. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Innocents Abroad Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Innocents Abroad Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Innocents Abroad Subtitle: Or, The New Pilgrims Progress Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Grover Gardner Format: Unabridged Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins Language: English Release date: 09-09-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 564 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In June 1867, Mark Twain set out for Europe and the Holy Land on the paddle steamer Quaker City. His enduring, no-nonsense guide for the first-time traveler also served as an antidote to the insufferably romantic travel books of the period. Who could read the programme for the excursion without longing to make one of the party? So Mark Twain acclaims his voyage from New York City to Europe and the Holy Land. His adventures produced The Innocents Abroad, a book so funny and provocative it made him an international star for the rest of his life. He was making his first responses to the Old Worldto Paris, Milan, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Constantinople, Sebastopol, Balaklava, Damascus, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. For the first time he was seeing the great paintings and sculptures of the Old Masters. He responded with wonder and amazement but also with exasperation, irritation, and disbelief. Above all he displayed the great energy of his humor, more explosive for us now than for his beguiled contemporaries. Critic Reviews: A classic work[that] marks a critical point in the development of our literature. (Leslie A. Fiedler, literary critic) Members Reviews: Twain's Hidden Gem If you've not read Innocents Abroad, this is a great way to experience it. Many don't read this and it is one of Twain's hidden gems. It is Twain at his best, "Is he dead?" The first time I read it, it made me laugh out loud in public places. If you have travelled at all you will enjoy it. If you travelled to these places you'll get an extra bang out of it. Human nature is timeless and there is no better proof of it than the observations of a master. He gives the straight dope on traveling in Holy Land. For a long time the only version of "Innocents Abroad," was narrated by Flo Gipson. The first time I heard it, I thought it was horrible. But I've listened to it more than once, it makes great bed-time listening. I downloaded this version because it was narrated by a man, but I have to say, I think Flo Gipson captured Twain's irreverent tone better than Grover Gardner. Grover Gardner has a more pleasing sounding voice than Flo, though. So it's a toss-up. Its Twain....just buy it! Twain is one of my favourite fiction writers. All his talents are also there in full strength in this non-fiction work. Telling the story of a journey through the Mediteranean and the "Holy" land by a group of Americans it is laced with all the humour, irreverance and intelligence that I love in his work. As a travel book it gives just enough flavour of the countries and places it visits to be relevant and contains some interesting historic details that were the currency of the day. I came away with a clearer picture of the reach of the Turkish (Ottoman?) empire than I had before and a better notion of some of the scale of the geography. But you're not going to enjoy this for geography or history. You're going to enjoy it if you're interested in people and intelligent and witty comment on their behaviour. That is what Twain did best and this is one of his best. Grover Gardner does an excellent job of the narration. Just the right level of old man growl to fit the words perfectly. One of the must read books of all time. The reason is simple enough. It records one of the earliest purpose-planned group tours in all human history.

Uncle Tom's Cabin Audiobook by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Uncle Tom's Cabin Audiobook by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Uncle Tom's Cabin Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe Narrator: Richard Allen Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins Language: English Release date: 12-29-08 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 713 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: When Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852, it became an international blockbuster, selling more than 300,000 copies in the United States alone in its first year. Progressive for her time, Harriet Beecher Stowe was one of the earliest writers to offer a shockingly realistic depiction of slavery. Her stirring indictment and portrait of human dignity in the most inhumane circumstances enlightened hundreds of thousands of people by revealing the human costs of slavery, which had until then been cloaked and justified by the racist misperceptions of the time. Critic Reviews: "It is a compelling adventure story with richly drawn stories & has earned a place in both literary & American history. " (Barnes & Noble) Members Reviews: Wonderful This is a powerful, moving beautiful book that made a great impact on American history. The narrator does a beautiful job. Highly recommended! A great listening experience As with other classics, I first read this book as a teenager. Recently, I decided to purchase it in audiobook format for a "re-read." The story is still terrific and Richard Allen does an absolutely masterful job in the narration. Wow! Wow! Wow! I was hesitant to listen to this classic due to its duration, but I was sold by the excellent reviews Richard Allen, its narrator, obtained. Wow! This narrator is arguably the best I've heard, and I have listened to many books. The combination of Uncle Tom's plight, the inspiration that led to its writing, and Richard Allen's reading make this an excellent novel. You won't be disappointed. More on Richard Allen This book is classic but I have to give the narrator his due. This guy really brought the story to life. He does women's voices and also sings. I felt like I was being read to by my father. Thought Provoking This book took a little getting into but once in it gripped me and made me think not only of the cruelties of slavery but of man's different personalities and his constant ability to find something to differentiate himself from his neighbour. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Roughing It Audiobook by Mark Twain
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Roughing It Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Roughing It Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Grover Gardner Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins Language: English Release date: 12-23-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 254 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West. Roughing It is a hilarious record of his travels over a six-year period that comes to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting, social satire, and rollicking tall tales. Twain reflects on his scuffling years mining silver in Nevada, working at a Virginia City newspaper, being downandout in San Francisco, reporting for a newspaper from Hawaii, and more. This humorous account is a patchwork of personal anecdotes and tall tales, many of them told in the vigorous new vernacular of the West. Selling 75,000 copies within a year of its publication in 1872, Roughing It was greeted as a work of wild, preposterous invention and sublime exaggeration whose satiric humor made pretension and false dignity ridiculous. Meticulously restored from a variety of original sources, this text adheres to the authors wishes in thousands of details of wording, spelling, and punctuation. Critic Reviews: Describes, in dramatic incidents, the people he met, from desperadoes to Brigham Young. ( The Readers Encyclopedia) Members Reviews: The wild humorist of the West With this volume, Grover Gardner has done all of Twain's best travel writing: Innocents Abroad, A Tramp Abroad, Life on the Mississippi, and now this. Of the four, Roughing It is one of the funniest. It's Twain's account of the six or so years he spent out West, first as an undersecretary to the secretary of the Nevada territory, who happened to be his brother Orion; then as a silver miner and entrepreneur; then a newspaperman, concluding with an extended account of his first travel assignment: a tour of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) for a San Francisco newspaper. Without making the slightest effort to impersonate Twain, Gardner captures the spirit of the work flawlessly. Twain's travel writing is like no one else's on earth. Without batting an eye, he can shift from the most accurate and evocative nature writing to the most outrageous tall tale - and back again. He can be brutally iconoclastic and awestruck by beauty in the same paragraph. (His glowing account of a night-time visit to Lake Tahoe is coupled with the story of how he and his partner managed to burn down several acres of timber on the shore of the lake by accident, destroying their investment in a budding timber concern.) I'm still shuddering at his tale of venturing into the crater of an active volcano in Hawaii, picking a careful path through partially-hardened lava fields by torchlight. If you've read Twain's novels and want more, give his travel writing a try. I waited way too many years to do so myself. Roughing It is one of the last I read, and is one of the best. One of Twain's greatest works Mark Twain had some amazing experiences, and was obviously very sharp and absorbed everything around him. A better book about the migration Westward, and the goldrush, I cannot imagine. Witty, insightful, and very well narrated by Grover Gardner... I did not want it to end. Caution: this book may not be appropriate for Mormons. Gardner Captures Twain Like many of Twain's travelogues, Roughing It shouldn't really be approached as a narrative with a driving plot. It's a collection of stories and anecdotes told by a master storyteller with a deep empathy for all the goofy characters he's met during his wanderings. It doesn't demand to be listened to straight through.

Mastery of Life Audiobook by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Mastery of Life Audiobook by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mastery of Life Subtitle: The Self-Help Classics of Ralph Waldo Emerson Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson Narrator: Mitch Horowitz Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins Language: English Release date: 01-02-14 Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 71 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The great writings of American transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) are not some distant ponderings on life they are works of the highest practicality, intended to supply guidance and daily help. Emersons ideas arose from his simple observations of human existence, with all its pitfalls and possibilities. Reading and listening to Emerson brings the wisdom of the ages down to earth. This collection is drawn from his most practical and best-loved works. Each points you toward better and fuller ways of living. Members Reviews: A nice combination of poetry and philosophy. Make sure your sharp and awake while listening to this. The narrator can combine with the prose and cause drowsiness. Wasn't able to finish it. I'm sure there was plenty I could learn from this book, but I've grown tired of his style of writing. He writes with complicated words to obscure simple ideas without justification. Even if many of those ring true, it does not support trust in his words. I might revisit it, since I might not be susceptible to gain anything from it. Many have praised his writing. Meh Repetitive, long winded, and struggles to get to the point. Overall disappointing. First book I have read by RWE and I think it will be the last. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Islands in the Stream Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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Islands in the Stream Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Islands in the Stream Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Bruce Greenwood Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins Language: English Release date: 07-12-06 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 634 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the 20th century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Hemingway wrote in short, declarative sentences and was known for his tough, terse prose. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that lead to international fame. Hemingway was an aficionado of bullfighting and big-game hunting, and his main protagonists were always men and women of courage and conviction who suffered unseen scars, both physical and emotional. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961. Members Reviews: Hemingway was a Genius This work is really three books in one, dealing with different phases in the main proponents life. Hemingway takes us effortlessly into this world where manliness is the most important characteristic of any of the participants. The writing is outstanding. There are passages which appear to deal with elements of Hemingways own life. I constantly felt that every word that was needed had been used but that not one of them was spare. Every Hemingway title that I listen to leaves me more in awe of the man's abilities and this is one of the strongest so far. If you have any regard for the english language at any level you owe it to yourself to listen to this. The narration is excellent. Clear, crisp with enough characterisation to aid with discriminating the parts without veering into caricature. Best presentation of any audiobook ever. Bruce Greenwood's reading of this classic Hemingway novel is incredible. I have been listening audio-books for nearly twenty years and this is the best audio presentation I've ever heard. Greenwood's acting talent definitely pays off. As for the book, its Hemingway, of course its good. I highly recommend listening to this one. Good Read First time to read Hemingway. most enjoyable. If you get a chance you must visit his home in Key West. Having been there you so much more enjoyable his books. Beautifully Written, Lacking a Solid Plot Bruce Greenwood delivers an amazing performance on an odd book. I struggled to finish this one, but couldn't give up on it. Every time I'd listen, I'd get drawn in by his brilliant descriptions and dialogue, and then get bored after an hour because it never seemed to go anywhere. That being said, I would still recommend it to anyone. There are several moments that invoked a deep emotional response in me, and isn't that what it's all about? Had it all. Completely engrossing. My favorite Hemingway and new favorite narrator. Super combination. Wish it was twice as long. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: David Horovitch Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 04-29-08 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 698 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Countess Ellen Olenska, separated from her European husband, returns to old New York society. She bears with her an independence and an awareness of life which stirs the educated sensitivity of the charming Newland Archer, engaged to be married to her cousin, May Welland. Though he accepts the society's standards and rules he is acutely aware of their limitations. He knows May will assure him a conventional future but Ellen, scandalously separated from her husband, forces Archer to question his values and beliefs. With their love intensifying where does Archer's ultimate loyalty lie? Wharton's audiobook is a love story that accurately portrays upper-class New York society in the late 19th century due to her insider's view of America's privileged classes. Having grown up in upper-class society, Wharton ended up becoming one of its most shrewd critics. Her depiction of the snobbery and hypocrisy of the wealthy elite, combined with her subtle use of dramatic irony, propelled The Age of Innocence to the position of an instant classic, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1921 and making Wharton the first woman to win the prize. Narrator Biography Having studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, David Horovitch has had a television career spanning over 40 years. One of his most notable roles was in 1984 as Detective Inspector Slack in the first BBC Miss Marple adaptation The Body in the Library. Due to the success of his character, he returned for four Christmas specials. He has had roles in other shows such as Just William (1994), Foyle's War (2002) and Wire in the Blood (2005) as well as film appearances in The Young Victoria (2009), 102 Dalmatians (2000) The Infiltrator (2016) and Mike Leigh's Mr Turner (2014). A long time star of the stage, in 2015 he played the role of George Frideric Handel in All the Angels by Nick Drake at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. As well as narrating numerous audiobooks, David Horovitch also appeared in Audible's multicast drama The Oedipus Plays. Members Reviews: Narrated to Perfection Newland Archer, one of Old New York society's crowned princes (so to speak) is overjoyed about his recent engagement to the perfect May Welland. She too has a perfect pedigree, is a pretty young rose just starting to come into bloom, is innocent and beyond reproach in every way, well trained to be the ideal dutiful wife. But when he gets better acquainted with May's spirited and independent-minded cousin Ellen Olenska, just recently returned from Europe and scandalizing all of New York with her revealing dresses and foreign way of expressing herself and behaving, Newland is at first shocked and then completely taken over with passionate love. So much so that he is in fact determined to drop May and marry the countess Olenska instead. What he forgets to take into account is that his desire to embrace a life of freedom and equality will not be tolerated by his peers. A wonderful look at New York's upper crust in the 1870s, whose lives revolve around being seen at the opera and inviting the right people to dinner parties. Wharton exposes a world she knew firsthand from the distance of the 1920s, and what she shows us is just how regulated life was among the elite in a New York which was cosmopolitan, but prided itself on it's rigid and old fashioned conventions.

Tortilla Flat Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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Tortilla Flat Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tortilla Flat Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: John McDonough Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins Language: English Release date: 04-13-11 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 313 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Adopting the structure and themes of the Arthurian legend, Steinbeck created a Camelot on a shabby hillside above the town of Monterey, California, and peopled it with a colorful band of knights. At the center of the tale is Danny, whose house, like Arthurs castle, becomes a gathering place for men looking for adventure, camaraderie, and a sense of belongingmen who fiercely resist the corrupting tide of honest toil and civil rectitude. As Steinbeck chronicles their deedstheir multiple lovers, their wonderful brawls, their Rabelaisian wine-drinkinghe spins a tale as compelling and ultimately as touched by sorrow as the famous legends of the Round Table, which inspired him. Members Reviews: A Good Book If you could sum up Tortilla Flat in three words, what would they be? A continuation of life in Monterey albeit at a later time - post war era - and in a different venue from Cannery Row. A study in assumptions, ethnicity, allegiance, dependency and fate .... not necessarily in that order ... with a little mystery thrown in for good measure. Who was your favorite character and why? I liked the Pirate. I had no difficulty at all imagining his collection of dogs, his style of life that wasn't terribly different from theirs, and his unassuming nature and gratitude for the little he had. Which character as performed by John McDonough was your favorite? I suspect most readers would select either Pilon or Danny but, I enjoyed the humanity reflected in Big Joe Portugee more. Simple and direct in his thought process, sometimes entirely logical and others entirely illogical in his approach to solving many of life's problems, he reminded me of a gentle giant, someone easy to like and yet, not quite. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? I think it might have been when Danny's second house burned to the ground and Pilon and the group decided to move in with Danny in his first house. The sheer audacity of their thought process reminded me of too many times when I've seen kindness taken complete and total advantage of. Any additional comments? I liked the book but not as much as Cannery Row or Sweet Thursday. It just seemed to lack a definitive story line I could look forward to following. Perhaps if I'd listened while sipping on wine .... hmmm ... yes, that would have done it! Different study of Steinbeck If you could sum up Tortilla Flat in three words, what would they be? Interesting - a negative sterio-type of Mexicans in America What could John Steinbeck have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you? Nothing - really - maybe a disclamer to say this isn't really what Mexicans are like. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? When the baby was dying and they didn't even realize it or really seem to care. another great book by steinbeck! Would you listen to Tortilla Flat again? Why? yes! yes! i love the characters. reminds me very much of cannery row What did you like best about this story? the humor.the characters were great. i could picture these people interacting. What about John McDonoughs performance did you like? really wonderful! he did a great job getting into the characters. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? the way everything always boiled down to a gallon of wine.

The Matchlock Gun Audiobook by Walter D. Edmonds
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The Matchlock Gun Audiobook by Walter D. Edmonds

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Matchlock Gun Author: Walter D. Edmonds Narrator: Mark Turetsky Format: Unabridged Length: 41 mins Language: English Release date: 08-31-15 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 32 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In 1756, New York State was still a British colony, and the French and the Indians were constant threats to young Edward and his family. When his father was called away to watch for a raid from the north, only Edward was left to protect Mama and little Trudy. His father had shown him how to use the huge matchlock gun, an old Spanish gun that was twice as long as he was, but would Edward be able to handle it if trouble actually came? Members Reviews: Interesting Pre-revolutionary war adventure story The voices the narrator used really added to the life of the story, but the story itself pulls you in and makes you thirsty for more. To expensive I think the books are over priced please start making them more affordable Sincerely, Audible user boring and violant i didnt enjoy this short and boring book.too much violance.I didn't enjoy this.I will not listen to more books by this auther. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Peter Husmann Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs Language: English Release date: 06-18-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 113 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: Another excellent book by Jack London... Another excellent book by Jack London with an equally worthy reading performance by Peter Husman. I liked the descriptions of the life inside the indian village with Grey Beaver and the Puppy Pack. captivating I read when I was young. just had to listen to it. awesome story. I recommend This book was one of the best books I have ever heard I love this book , white fang is the dog that I have wanted my hole life yet I'm not sure there is a dog with the perfect amount of love hate and more love that white fang. I just LOVE this dog/wolf this book is worth every penny . If you love dogs or/and wolves this is the book for you. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING Great book but... I've read the hard copy version of White Fang and loved it. My one problem with this version is that it sometimes jumps back to another part of the book. Other than that, the narator does a great job with this one. Terrific classic dog story!!! A wonderful classic story which is a worthy while read (or listen)!! This is a well developed story full of emotion, adventure, while leading to a happy end!!! The grand kiddos loved it as well!! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Moby Dick Audiobook by Herman Melville
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Moby Dick Audiobook by Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Moby Dick Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Anthony Heald Format: Unabridged Length: 23 hrs and 51 mins Language: English Release date: 12-02-03 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 842 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost. (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc. Critic Reviews: "The greatest of American novels." ( Atlantic Monthly) "[A]n intense, superbly authentic narrative. Its theme and central figure are reminiscent of Job in his search for justice and of Oedipus in his search for truth."( Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature) Members Reviews: The Narrator Brings the Book Alive I can't believe some found the narrator sub par. This guy did a great job with tough material and did so in a way that kept the story moving. I could never have read this book by myself and finished it. My hat is off to the narrator, excellent job. Bravo. As for the content of the unabridged book, be prepared for lengthy dissertations on what the color white means, how whale is best prepared and whale anatomy. This book is best listen to in small segments but in the end you will be left with a sense of accomplishment for sticking it through. You will also be rewarded with a much better understanding of what it must have been like to be on a whaling vessel in the late 1800's. Gripping despite the minutiae I got it in my head last summer to read Moby Dick again after 30 years. Don't know what I was thinking, as I could not get past the first few chapters, I kept getting distracted and losing interest. On a whim, I downloaded this reading on Audible. I absolutely LOVED it! The narrator's unique voice and his colorful portrayal of the various (memorable!) characters in this long, rambling novel kept me fascinated and involved from the first minute to the last, many many hours later. In fact, when the novel ended, I kept respectful silence in my car for about a week, then listened to the whole thing over again, as there were many details that I seemed to have lost track of as the hours went on. Second time round, I was amazed at the symbolism, echoes, foreshadowing, and meditations on good vs. evil. I also kept trying to find clues as to why this is so often regarded as a great "American" novel--why American as opposed to any other country's? Still not sure about that, though I'm sure there are treatises and Ph.D's devoted to the topic if I wanted to pursue it. At any rate, I have come away from this narrator's reading convinced of Melville's brilliance and uniqueness as a novelist. I have simply never read (well, heard) a book like this one. I really think it's easier to have this novel read to you than to read it on the page. The discursions and treatises on whaling, shipping, the color white, depictions of the whale in art, blubber, ropes, shipboard carpentry and all the rest are fascinating when this particular narrator tells you about them in his distinctive accents and intonations.

To Build a Fire Audiobook by Jack London
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To Build a Fire Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To Build a Fire Author: Jack London Narrator: Peter Husmann Format: Unabridged Length: 41 mins Language: English Release date: 04-11-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 370 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "He travels fastest who travels alone...but not after the frost has dropped below zero 50 degrees or more." (Yukon Code) Jack Londons best short story. Members Reviews: THE ABSENCE OF SUN All about this not so bright individual who for some reason, unexplained, is running around in -50 weather. He is consistently getting wet. Every since I read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, I have a problem taking Jack London very seriously. He was actually a drunk who spend very little time in the wild. As often as this guy got wet, I did not understand why he did not die sooner. never go alone in -50 Written as only Jack London can... A man traveling alone across a winter-scape where temps are colder than -50 below. His legs accidentally go through a soft spot where natural spring waters remain free of ice regardless of temps. Now the emergency! He must start a fire, but his hands are not working, and his legs are starting to freeze. As I write this review, the midwest has been experiencing record cold temps as cold as -50. School is cancelled and weather advisories go into effect. People are warned to stay indoors. In this book, his friend warns him not go out alone, but he doesn't listen... It is not London's best work, but he does manage to capture a certain poignancy. Narration was fine- Husmann has a classic, crisp tone. Great classic. My son and I enjoyed this reading of this classic short story very much. It made our trip to the dentist a great experience. Shocking!!! Great story! The end completely caught me off guard. The performance was very well done. Only Jack Could Write This One of his great short stories focusing his time in the Yukon. Peter does a good read and you can feel the cold and need of fire. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Tarzan of the Apes Audiobook by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Tarzan of the Apes Audiobook by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Tarzan of the Apes Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs Narrator: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins Language: English Release date: 07-25-16 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 112 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A classic of literature and the author's best-known work. Tarzan has been called one of the best known literary characters in the world. Adapted many times for cinema. Now a major motion picture for summer 2016. Members Reviews: Fantastic story that is timeless! Tarzan of the apes is a timeless story that lives through the ages! The fact that this novel was written in 1912 and is still amazing and thrilling 2017 speaks to the greatness of ER Burroughs. The story is great and leaves you wanting more. great classic work Just like I remember in my childhood fantastic literary work of brilliance. a book that most boys should enjoy. adults remembering it from their child it was a really enjoyed this work. Narrator was very very good and I can't wait for the next one. timeless classic I have an original print but still listen from time to time to this timeless classic. Like being a kid again. I am a Edgar Rice Bourghs fan. I totally enjoyed hearing this story rather than reading it or watching a movie. I could get into the feel of story more and really loved it. Great story. Wonderful details. We listened to this as a family. We could not turn it off. It made the long car rides so enjoyable. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Portrait of a Lady Audiobook by Henry James
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The Portrait of a Lady Audiobook by Henry James

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Portrait of a Lady Author: Henry James Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 26 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 08-10-16 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 104 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Portrait of a Lady tells the compelling and ultimately tragic tale of a beautiful young American woman's encounter with European sophistication. Set principally in England and Italy, the story follows Isabel Archer's fortunes as a variety of admirers vie for her hand. Her choice will be crucial, and she is not wanting for advice, whether from the generous-spirited Ralph Touchett or the charming Madame Merle. The Portrait of a Lady was an immediate success upon publication; it remains the most popular of James' longer works and is generally regarded as the masterpiece of his early period. Members Reviews: Couldn't get past the terrible American accents. What did you like best about The Portrait of a Lady? What did you like least? I didn't finish listening to this audiobook because Ms. Stevenson's American accent was terrible. I loved her reading of Middlemarch, but she really dropped the ball on The Portrait of a Lady. The characters sounded stiff and two dimensional and overall, the quality of the reading distracted from the story. Narrator missed main character voice Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? Said that Juliet Stevenson is one of my favorite narrator, she made sound the heroin, Isabel Archer, like an idiot.Forgive me Juilet I truly love you but a young American doesn't have to sound idiotic, she supposed to be very smart. Love Juliet Stevenson, but she has a terrible ear What did you love best about The Portrait of a Lady? not sure I loved it but there are flighs of language that are deeply wonderful What other book might you compare The Portrait of a Lady to and why? I think it is Diceknsian while trying to be Whartonian. James is in his own way all the time--loving his own cleverness. it's like French cooking--take some meat, do omething to it, then do something else to that and then do something alse to it it all Would you listen to another book narrated by Juliet Stevenson? Perhaps, but not one where she impersonated Americans. She and/or the director seem to have a very narrow view of us. Her young bright girls sound like middle aged matrons, vocally, her Isabelle sounded half-witted and breathy, Ms. Stackpole a screeching bourgeoise twice her intended age. her Englishmen did not have much to distinguish among them. Im a third-generation New Yorker, well acquainted with the different ways we can all sound and sadly she never came close. Even the odious Gilbert had less personality than described for him.and Pansy-! surely an Englishwoman can do a better French accentnnn. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Couldn't Any additional comments? Still finishing it. So tragic. Real Deep If you could sum up The Portrait of a Lady in three words, what would they be? personal, deep, real What other book might you compare The Portrait of a Lady to and why? Portrait of a Lady is so singular that I would be hard pressed to find a comparison, but I suppose "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë comes closest because they both feature strong, independent women. Portrait of a Lady is groundbreaking in its realism, pulling away from the romanticism of Jane Eyre. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I enjoyed the dialogue both exterior and interior the most. It sounded fresh and real like people today. I could not believe what I was hearing.

Passing Audiobook by Nella Larsen
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Passing Audiobook by Nella Larsen

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Passing Author: Nella Larsen Narrator: Robin Miles Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 09-22-11 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 158 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: First published in 1929, Passing is a remarkable exploration of the shifting racial and sexual boundaries in America. Larsen, a premier writer of the Harlem Renaissance, captures the rewards and dangers faced by two negro women who pass for white in a deeply segregated world. Editorial Reviews: Larsen's landmark novel was first published in 1929. Its author was one of the celebrated writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Clare Hendry, a black woman who passes for white, marries a white man who doesn't know his wife's true heritage. Irene Redfield, Clare's childhood friend, is also fair enough to pass but has remained true to her community. When the two women accidentally meet as adults, their lives become entwined in the complexity of segregated America in the 1930s. Robin Miles gives an excellent performance. The novel countered racial stereotyping of African-American speech, and Miles has held true to the author's intention. Members Reviews: If not for the Ending America of the 1920s did not allow for much social mobility between races, and so the choices left to African-Americans were filled with compromises. One such compromise is having to pass as a white person, which causes a definite and permanent rift with former associates. Any contact with those former associates would be a clear sign that there is something not above board. With all of that being said, what this novel does is set a fairly interesting story of race relations against the more everyday concerns of a wife. The problem with that, however, is that it takes a character who seems like a rational actor and turns her into a jealous woman who commits murder to protect her marriage. The problem is that this jealousy is based purely on suspicion, which undermines her further as a rational actor. Of course, the fact that the story just ends leaves too many questions and motives unanswered and unexamined. But if you are interested in questions of race and how people are motivated to move past set ideas of their race and character, then you would do well to examine this story. So many ups and downs. Sorrow, and desperation. Each character brought you in to their perspective through the well done narration. enjoyed it. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

An American Tragedy Audiobook by Theodore Dreiser
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An American Tragedy Audiobook by Theodore Dreiser

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: An American Tragedy Author: Theodore Dreiser Narrator: Dan John Miller Format: Unabridged Length: 34 hrs and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 07-19-11 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 420 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: An American Tragedy is the story of Clyde Griffiths, who spends his life in the desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, it is the masterful portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's ambitions and seal his fate; it is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American dream. Extraordinary in scope and power, vivid in its sense of wholesale human waste, unceasing in its rich compassion, An American Tragedy stands as Theodore Dreiser's supreme achievement. First published in 1925 and based on an actual criminal case, An American Tragedy was the inspiration for the 1951 film A Place in the Sun, which won six Academy Awards and starred Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. Members Reviews: a period piece, still resonant Though most of the factory girls who make our clothes are now overseas, Dreiser's themes of social inequality, evangelical Christianity, the death penalty, and access to birth control and abortion are disquietingly familiar today. Dreiser (who partied with anarchist Emma Goldman) is sensitive and unsparing in his exploration of these issues. Protagonist Clyde Griffiths would probably make the list of "fifty boyfriends worse than yours," but narrator Dan John Miller gives him the necessary charm to make his story credible. The book drags a bit near the end, but is memorable overall. Funny in Perspective I found this book funny on almost every page. Not ha-ha funny, but a mild warm sardonic funny. This is not a classic tragedy of fate directing the characters to untimely deaths, instead, through an unbiased narrator, we see nature simply take its course without morality or judgment or even meaning, towards untimely death. The narrator seems not to be God, but some neutral naturalistic viewer of all the characters and situations, and from this perspective everything, including death, may seem funny. If you dont see the very subtle humor in this novel early on, it will likely seem tediously long and slow, as the novel follows the main characters developing motivations, beliefs, and actions as they slowly and inevitability, unfold. This powerful inevitability reminds me of Russia writers, as such inevitability is rare in American novels. As I saw the silliness of the characters choices (which will certainly lead to unpleasant consequences) I felt compassion, yet I had to chuckle. The characters are very well developed, even the very minor characters, yet I related more with the narrator than any of the characters, and the story was, of course, predictable. I was moved by this writing and think I will be affected by the undercurrents of this novel for quite some time to come. The narration was flawless, using subtle tones of voice to reflect the subtle inconsistencies and indecision within the characters. Brilliant Great story, perfectly delivered. Add to your top 100 list of all-time great pieces of literature. I highly recommend this book. Chris Reich Worth every minute This book is exceptionally long. I was daunted by the length, but found it utterly compelling. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The minutiae of the writing reveals much about the historical period. This is very different from the movie adaptation "A Place in the Sun" which softens the story. The author does not tell you how to feel about the characters and the events, leaving you to make up your own mind.

The Violent Bear It Away Audiobook by Flannery O Connor
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The Violent Bear It Away Audiobook by Flannery O Connor

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Violent Bear It Away Author: Flannery O Connor Narrator: Mark Bramhall Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 09-02-10 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 333 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: First published in 1960, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Conner's work. In it, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle - that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensue, as Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet, while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more reasonable modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul. O'Connor observes all this with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos. The result is a novel whose range and depth reveal a brilliant and innovative writer acutely alert to where the sacred lives and where it does not. Critic Reviews: There is very little contemporary fiction which touches the level of Flannery OConnor at her best. ( New York Herald Tribune) I am sure her books will live on and on in American literature. (Elizabeth Bishop, American poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner) Members Reviews: Biblical, American and Absolutely Brutal O'Connor was ruthless in her vision. The struggle of Tarwater and his uncle Rayber against their joint destinies and the pull of fundamentalism and secularism is fully realized in this short novel. The Violent Bear it Away is biblical, American and absolutely brutal in both its imagery of destruction and language of redemption. I can only think of a handful of writers who seem to grab both my brain, my spine and my gut at the same time. O'Connor can't be over-appreciated; she was an absolute genius of passion and power. So brilliant and terrible was this novel, that I still exceedingly fear and quake. Expertly read edition This book is easily one of the best I have ever listened to. It is Flanery O'Connor, so one must be prepared to read this text like someone who understands literature. Remember that O'Connor is deeply rooted in Catholicism, and scholasticism. Remember that she is first and foremost a committed Christian. Her characters will be grotesque, and there will be tremendous violence and disturbing images, but the book will stick with you forever. It will point to deeper transcendent truths that are timeless and eternal. Reading Flannery O'Connor will enrich your life, but please understand that you are not listening to surface level romance novels / John Grisham stuff here. This takes hard work and patience, but it is work that will be deeply enriching should you undertake it. The narration is perfect. The southern accent throughout is very important, and the individual voices of each character are pitch perfect.

Moby Dick Audiobook by Herman Melville
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Moby Dick Audiobook by Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Moby Dick Subtitle: The Whale Author: Herman Melville Narrator: Alan Munro Format: Unabridged Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 11-27-13 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 3 of 5 out of 162 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge. Members Reviews: Heed the advice How could the performance have been better? I didn't understand what the other reviewers were talking about when I listened to the available sample for this reading, so I purchased it... but a few pages in, it struck home that the book is read with a complete lack of attention to the actual content of the text. There's plenty of inflection-- but it's the same inflection, over and over, regardless of punctuation; it turns Herman Melville's long, full, beautiful sentences into endless abrupt, normal-length sentences that are unrelated to each other. The narrator's reading makes it nearly impossible to synthesize what is actually being said. For that reason, this audiobook is absolutely not for someone "reading" the book for the first time. Boring!!!! OMG! Any additional comments? I don't typically write reviews. I don't find myself to be very eloquent, however, I must comment on the narration of this audiobook. The reader, to put it in modern terms...sucks! He is very boring and mispronounces a lot of words, especially naval terms. The reader sounds like a human computer. He puts emphasis on the wrong syllables and pauses in the wrong places. I think Siri could have read the book much better! I could not listen to him for more than a couple of hours, so I cannot comment on whether the story is actually any good or not. I am going to download this book from a different reader like Frank Muller in hopes that it will be a more enjoyable listen. Worst narrator What would have made Moby Dick better? I don't think the narrator understood what he was reading. It was awful. Who was your favorite character and why? Mr dick How did the narrator detract from the book? I don't think the narrator understood what he was reading. It was awful. Awful version. . . What would have made Moby Dick better? Moby Dick is a classic - indisputable - this audio version is awful though. Its painful to listen too, the voice actor sounds like he went to Shatner's School of voice acting. The audio pulled me out of the story every time I tried to listen to it. Any additional comments? Do not get this audio version, try another one. Yes, bad narration How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable? Ha! Well, I'd tighten up the writing some, maybe add a boy wizard... That captain is really a downer. How could the performance have been better? The narrator has a lovely resonant voice, but he seems to be coming upon the words for the first time as he reads them. He mispronounces some fairly common words as if he doesn't quite know where the story is going from one phrase to the next. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

This Side of Paradise (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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This Side of Paradise (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: This Side of Paradise (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Dick Hill Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins Language: English Release date: 10-31-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 4 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Young midwesterner Amory Blaine is certain he is destined for greatness. On his quest, he enrolls in Princeton, finds an ephemeral first love, fulfills his duty in war, and becomes enraptured by debutante Rosalind Connage, who defines all that Amory has desired and everything he could lose. As conventions, romance, and money fail him, Amory's restless pursuit of enlightenment takes him down a dark path, but closer to understanding himself and his place in the world. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote This Side of Paradise in the hopes of attaining celebrity and to win back the spirited Zelda Sayre. He achieved both - becoming an overnight literary success and marrying Zelda barely a week after publication. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to listen to a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds. Members Reviews: Passionate Dick Hill gives a passionate and powerful reading of Fitzgeralds first novel. I came late to Fitzgerald, and I wasnt expecting the range of emotions and genres packed into this small space. Besides the expected prose, there are generous helpings of poetry (and stirringly poetic prose) and even part of a playscript. The narrative is peppered with subheadings, like a textbook - or like the Aeolus episode in Joyces Ulysses, but two years before Ulysses was published. Amory Blaine is a Princeton undergraduate trying to find himself. Gargantuan quantities of alcohol are consumed; late night bull sessions diagnose all the problems of society; the women Amory falls in love with (or at least falls in sex with) are impossibly beautiful and flirtatious. The Great War, after rumbling in the background for four years, finally impinges directly on his life (and takes away forever a number of his college buddies). Im not sure the ending of the novel really clicked for me. Theres not much of a plot; its more of an impressionistic survey of significant moments in a young mans growing up. But theres plenty of emotion and plenty of beauty, and Hills narration sings and soars. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

To Have and Have Not Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway
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To Have and Have Not Audiobook by Ernest Hemingway

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To Have and Have Not Author: Ernest Hemingway Narrator: Will Patton Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins Language: English Release date: 08-01-06 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 494 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Harsh, realistic, yet with one of the most subtle and moving relationships in the Hemingway oeuvre, To Have and Have Not is literary high adventure at its finest. Critic Reviews: "A truly classic author." (Library Journal) Members Reviews: Love Hemingway, Patton not so much while I applaud the notion behind getting "name" actors to honor Hemingway by narrating his works, there is a problem that arises too often: good actors are not automatically good narrators. not only did i tire quickly of Patton's breathy whisper which he applies to almost every facet of this novel, it is so passive that it is completely wrong for the prose style and the action. the temperament of the characters, Morgan especially, all seem to blend together into boredom. there is little emotion in any speech, and the poetry in narrative passages is lost into a big homogenous sameness. there are moments when Patton gets more into it, some passages near the end stand out as his better moments of narration, but on the whole the vigor is missing. I felt very much the same way with Hurt's work on Sun Also Rises; it's as though they feel that to give this important writer proper reading they must add gravity to the prose by speaking slowly and quietly. the crispness and vitality of the prose doesn't need their improvement, it just needs a proper reading. again i find myself thinking back to Adams narrations from Books on Tape, I don't remember ever feeling like he was bored with the project; nice to have variation in theory, but give me his vitality. (Campbell Scott is much the same way as Hurt and Patton, and let's not start on Sutherland) A Good Reading of a Bleak Novel To Have and Have Not is a difficult book to love, despite this well-handled reading of the text. The story is bleak, violent and pessimistic in tone, set as it is during the Great Depression, and leaves little room for hope to redeem its bleakness. The novel also jumps between points of views and characters instead of sticking with one narrator or protagonist. This creates a novel with less unity, though Hemingway's intent seems to be to give readers a look at both the wealthy and the poor and the troubles endured by both. However, this omniscient point of view is less popular with modern readers and many will interpret these passages as digressions. Hemingway himself is said to have regarded it as his least successful novel. Still, it is an eye-opening look into a now half-forgotten era. Rambling Ernest at his best No doubt Ernest Hemingway looked at life in a clear plain way. This story gets you inside the heads of many characters. Not really going anywhere, in no particular order, is the beauty of it. Simplicity and clarity of voice is the trademark, and what makes this another great listen from the man himself. Moving story, great narrator Would you consider the audio edition of To Have and Have Not to be better than the print version? Yes What was one of the most memorable moments of To Have and Have Not? I was moved when Hemingway had multiple people, that were unrelated to the main characters in the story, expose their nightly bedtime thoughts, worries, and general perceptions.

Self-Reliance Audiobook by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mitch Horowitz - Abridged and Introduced by
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Self-Reliance Audiobook by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mitch Horowitz - Abridged and Introduced by

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Self-Reliance Subtitle: The Unparalleled Vision of Personal Power from America's Greatest Transcendental Philosopher Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mitch Horowitz - Abridged and Introduced by Narrator: Mitch Horowitz Format: Abridged Length: 48 mins Language: English Release date: 12-09-17 Publisher: Condensed Classics Ratings: 1 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The extraordinary manifesto of independent living - newly abridged and introduced in this powerful condensation Self-Reliance is a life-changing experience - its message of nonconformity, self-expression, and personal independence can awaken you to a new, and better, way of living. Now, historian and New Thought scholar Mitch Horowitz has deftly and faithfully retained the most powerful ideas of Ralph Waldo Emerson's original classic, and reintroduced this work in this one-of-a-kind condensation. Listenable within the space of an average commute or lunch hour, the experience of Self-Reliance may represent a true turning point in your life. Members Reviews: Start getting your Teenager Movement off on the right Track Must read for American high school students In this day and age.Timeless work of Literature. Emerson and Thoreau our country's Answer to Ancient Greek Philosophers. It is a good book. A little on the poetic side and ... It is a good book. A little on the poetic side and some of the things may take a few listens before you get the meanings. Overall, I don't regret my purchase and the more I listen the more I like it. Classic Classic Emerson essays. Thought provoking and well written. Liked It. Good collection of Emerson's major works and most insightful essays. Four Stars Pretty light but good stuff. Who doesn't like RWE? Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Awakening Audiobook by Kate Chopin
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The Awakening Audiobook by Kate Chopin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Awakening Author: Kate Chopin Narrator: Susie Berneis Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins Language: English Release date: 04-01-15 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 77 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Unsatisfied with the expectations of Creole society and unhappy with her family life, Edna Pontellier begins to fall in love with the dapper Robert Lebrun. Lebrun's flirtations, along with the lifestyle of renowned musician Mademoiselle Reisz, rejuvenates Edna's sense of freedom and independence. However, an affair with the womanizer Alcee Arobin provides Edna with a taste of the danger that comes with living outside of social convention. Trapped between the life she is expected to live and the life she longs to lead, will Edna find happiness? Members Reviews: Every woman who stays should read this... I l9ved this BOOK! It reflects all the dreams and limits of the Women Who Stay when perhaps...they should go... Good story, great reading. Chopin is classic literature. Her messages still ring true, and this book is a fantastic addition to the canon. I read a short story of hers, "Story of an Hour," but this novel does a much more thorough job exploring those themes. It's also an easy read. a scandal at its finest good quality reading. an interesting story. got through it in a day. don't recommend to smaller children. good it was a good book I had to listen to it for English class, the sound quality is fine Recording could be more animated. The voice seemed a little lifeless sometimes. Nothing too bad. Overall, the book and listening was splendid. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Audiobook by Ken Kesey
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Audiobook by Ken Kesey

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Author: Ken Kesey Narrator: Ken Kesey Format: Abridged Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins Language: English Release date: 01-29-07 Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 427 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: On one side is Big Nurse, who rules her ward with iron discipline. On the other is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a lustful, brawling, life-loving new inmate who refuses to knuckle under to Big Nurse's soul-destroying methods. In the end, McMurphy pays the ultimate price for his defiance, but not before the rebellious spirit has shown Chief Bromden the way to reclaim his future. Critic Reviews: "A glittering parable of good and evil." (The New York Times Book Review) "A roar of protest against middlebrow society's Rules and the Rulers who enforce them." (Time) Members Reviews: Even better than I remember1 Like most, I remember this movie from many years ago. At that time, I was quite moved by it. And when I listened to the book, I was doubly impressed. Exquisitely written and pulls no punches. Try this one. Riveting!!! Wow! I???d seen the movie some time ago in the 20th Century, but the book is electric. Told from the half Indian???s point of view and not Jack Nicholson???s McMurphy character, (which makes far more sense considering the story's outcome). There???s just so much more going on when you read/listen than when you watch. The imagination is the key thing and more importantly, the writing. Kesey is a brilliant folk story teller/writer who's prose is tight and riveting. I recommend this one. A Masterpiece! Ken Kesey says that he never watched the movie because he disagreed with Jack Nicholson playing the lead character. The book is definitely better than the movie. It's art. Ken breathes heavily in parts and that is distracting but it is interesting to hear how the author reads his own words. Great Book Interesting and captivating story and the author's interpretation makes it that much more interesting. After hearing the book, I had to see the movie, yeah, the book is far better. The interview with Ken Kesey is a very enjoyable addition to the download. Compared to the movie I found the audiobook slightly less entertaining. I've read the whole book in the past, I guess it should be better to listen to unabridged version. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Sweet Thursday Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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Sweet Thursday Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Sweet Thursday Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Jerry Farden Format: Unabridged Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins Language: English Release date: 06-15-11 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 271 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that is just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tearsfrom Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter. Critic Reviews: An emphatic and clear-cut statement of Steinbecks greatest theme: the common bonds of humanity and love which make goodness and happiness possible. (The New Republic) "A postwar continuation of Cannery Row, [Sweet Thursday is] every bit as juicy and relaxed as the original.... This is comedybawdy, sentimental, and good fun. (The Atlantic) Members Reviews: The total is Greater than the Sum of its Parts Take one of the finest and most warmly whimsical books ever written and couple it with a virtuoso reading and you have "Sweet Thursday", read by Jerry Farden. As with "Cannery Row", Jerry brings each character to life in a way that allows the listener to see them surely as Steinbeck saw them. They spring to life with a flavor and sensory dimension that transcends both the written and spoken genres alone. The listener can see, hear and smell the life at that time during those events at Cannery Row. Surely one of the finest couplings of written works and audio performances to be found here at Audible or indeed anywhere. I cannot recommend this book enough. I have listened to this performance on cassette hundreds of times and worn out the cassettes. Each listen is as fresh as the first. I am delighted to find a digital copy of this timeless performance. You may ask; how can you listen to a BOOK that many times? Well, like an outstanding symphonic performance; each listen allows the ear to catch nuances unheard before and to revisit old favorites yet again. The same can be said here. Give it a listen a few dozen times and see if it is not true with this performance as well. Enjoy!!!! I JUST LOVED IT AND WISH FOR MORE !! I just cant tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It conveys a time , place and feel that seems to come right out my dreams. This is the follow-up book to cannery row, and I would say that if you liked cannery row, you'll like sweet Thursday even more. God how I wish I lived in that beautifully simple time and place. I'm sure I did in a previous life cause I've dreamed about it my whole life. Early thirty`s america- poor, simple and happy Is what and where I was and Ive been trying to find it or the likes of it my whole life. cept the poor part, I couldn't handle poverty at my stage of age This book jumps to the early post ww2 years but nothing has changed in terms of progression to cannery row. New characters appear and the opera continues. I dont think these 2 books are for everyone, there will be some who wont appreciate them but If your like me you'll eat them up and morn there ending. Damn why didnt he keep writing this series oh- well notin but spilt milk.... It seems like. I'm going through a steinbeck frenzy. Ive read grapes of wrath, East of Eden, travels in america, cannery row ,sweet thursday and am now on winter of our discontent. East of eden is my favorite in the one extreme- its remarkably complex,deep and rewarding. while sweet Thursday is the yang- its fun,funny and warm.

The Wings of the Dove Audiobook by Henry James
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The Wings of the Dove Audiobook by Henry James

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Wings of the Dove Author: Henry James Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Format: Unabridged Length: 22 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 03-27-17 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 33 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Milly Theale is a young, beautiful, and fabulously wealthy American. When she arrives in London and meets the equally beautiful but impoverished Kate Croy, they form an intimate friendship. But nothing is as it seems: materialism, romance, self-delusion, and ultimately fatal illness insidiously contaminate the glamorous social whirl. Members Reviews: Not an easy read but SO worth it! Henry James's writing is not for everybody. It is incredibly dense and detailed and he deep dives into the ruminative thoughts of all the major characters at such length that for the first 1/3 of the book, you might find yourself going a little crazy, thinking WHERE IS THE PLOT?! But the book picks up in intensity after the midway mark and I literally could not stop listening. The story is deeply philosophical, about the nature of love, betrayal and just how far one would go to get what one wants - only to then have to live with the consequences. It's absolutely Shakespearian, this story. If you want to be a "well read" person, you should read at least one Henry James novel and that should be this one. Give it a chance, be patient, retrain your focus when you begin to drift, and you will be richly rewarded, in the end. Challenging text, beautifully read This late novel by James is full of nuance, indirectness and innuendo. It requires a highly gifted and intelligent reader to capture the subtle shades of meaning and feeling. Juliet Stevenson is superb at fathoming and expressing the inner and outer worlds of each protagonist in this complex work. Disappointing accent I love Juliette Stevens reading generally, but was distracted throughout Wings of the Dove by the odd accent she used for the two American characters. It sounded forced and was unconvincing. not for me! too wordy by far. cannot finish it. really wish I hadn't chosen this one. disappointed Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Big Sur Audiobook by Jack Kerouac
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Big Sur Audiobook by Jack Kerouac

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Big Sur Author: Jack Kerouac Narrator: Tom Parker Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 10-26-00 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 500 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "Big Sur's a humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac, a superior novelist who had strength to complete his poetic narrative, a task few scribes so afflicted have accomplished...others crack up. Here we meet San Francisco's poets and recognize hero Dean Moriarty 10 years after On the Road. Jack Kerouac was a 'writer,' as his great peer W.S. Burroughs says, and here at the peak of his suffering humorous genius he wrote through his misery to end with 'Sea,' a brilliant poem appended, on the hallucinatory sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur." - Allen Ginsberg ©1962 by Jack Kerouac; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks Members Reviews: Insightful View of the Dark Sides of the Beats This novel is sometimes mistakenly viewed as a drunkalogue by a practicing alcoholic on the verge of insanity. But while Jack Kerouac was a sometime crazy booze hound, he was also a very insightful writer. And yes, when he was living through this particular bad San Francisco trip, he was a sometimes drunk and full-time crackup. However. When he got back home to his mother's house on the East Coast and wrote this book in the solitude that protected his gift, he was clear-eyed. In the hours and days of his lucidity, he detailed his alcoholism, he unflinchingly recorded the flaws in his character that brought on his nervous breakdown. So here we have the Beat Generation not as the Disney characters of nostalgia but as the good, bad and ugly people they were when a very introverted Catholic/Buddhist writer with a ton of talent hung out with them and hung in with them to the point of his own self-destruction. Tom Parker, as always, does a great job bringing these mostly long-dead voices back to life. A great listen Parker is an excellent reader. Big Sur is a monologue, a descent into Kerouac's alcoholic Inferno. Kerouac could only write this having come out of it--for a time--but while I listened to Parker speaking to me in Kerouac's voice, I too felt the need for some stability, some sense of permanence in this all too hectic world. And while Robinson Jeffers is the better Big Sur poet ("Continent's End" et. al.), this novel elicits the state of mind of an unstable man coming into this landscape to be nearly wholly worn down by the rhythms of the sea, the landscape, humanity and his own disease. There is humor here too, but I responded strongly to the tragic elements in Parker's evocative reading of this powerful book. (Parker really gets Cody's voice, just like he got McMurphy's in Kesey's novel--they're similar characters. I can't wait for him to record Visions of Cody.) Arguably one of Kerouacs best novels Jack Kerouacs prose, like that of James Joyce, gets into your head and races over the reticulations and slaloms down the grooves kicking up powder everywhere. Once you have tasted his best work there is no going back to the safety of the restrained and structured prose of Dostoyevsky, Faulkner, and Hemingway. Big Sur is arguably one of Kerouacs best novels. It documents the personal crests and troughs between his initial fame that catapults him into the limelight and a downhill slide to what eventually becomes a self-destructive, terminal binge. It takes a much brighter look at his experience tower sitting on Desolation Peak than does Desolation Angels.

The Last of the Mohicans Audiobook by James Fenimore Cooper
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The Last of the Mohicans Audiobook by James Fenimore Cooper

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Last of the Mohicans Author: James Fenimore Cooper Narrator: David McCallion Format: Unabridged Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins Language: English Release date: 08-22-16 Publisher: A.R.N. Publications Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 45 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Last of the Mohicans is a riveting tale set during colonial times, when the French and Indian War is in full swing in the western part of New York. During an attack by the French on a British outpost, two young sisters, Alice and Cora, are guided through the forest by an Indian guide and a British Army Colonel, to find their father. Several strangers they meet along the way join them on their journey which include two Mohican companions, who are the very last of their kind. On their journey the group discovers that one of them, Magua, is a traitor and a scout for the Huron which are allied with the French army. After the traitor is ousted, he returns with Huron reinforcement and the group is attacked, and four of the members, including the two sisters, are captured. Hawk-Eye and the two Mohicans escape, vowing to return and rescue their friends. While they wait, the girls and two other members of the group are held captive and live amongst the Huron. After a triumphant rescue, the group is reunited and continues their journey on to the English stronghold that has been taken by the French. Alice and Cora find their father only to be recaptured once again. An elaborate plan, full of surprises, is put into action as the Mohicans and their friends try to save the girls once more. Members Reviews: LOVED IT!!! Though James Fenimore Cooper uses verbose and decorated language at times, the read is made quite enjoyable with the charming voice of David McCallion. At times the book tends to get a bit drawn out in comparison to the movie, but the overall story is very interesting and accurately depicts the views of Native Americans within the United States. The story is a very nice one following Alice and Cora as they are guided through the forest by an Indian guide and a British colonel, in search of their father. Through a series of mishaps and adventures, Alice and Cora are eventually able to find their father, but only to be captured. It falls on the Mohicans to band together and save them once more. If you were a fan of the movie, youll probably enjoy the book as well, and this version read by David McCallion won't disappoint you! A classic. I found the language a bit flowery and sometimes hard to follow, understanding it's age. A pleasure to listen to If you're a fan of the movie as I was, then you'll enjoy the story being told in its full entirety. This audio book will leave nothing to be desired: great characters voiced by the narrator and an exciting plot. 2 thumbs up!!! Great story, poor reading. Love this story, but the reader couldn't pronounce any of the French dialogue and mispronounced the names of the main characters. I'd assume that one would hire a person with some phonetic knowledge of other languages to read a story with a multicultural premise. Brilliant book ruined by AWFUL narration What disappointed you about The Last of the Mohicans? The narrator never paused, never even took a breath. His constant mispronunciations (such as "corpse" for "corps") were grating. I couldn't finish listening to the book. I'd like to have my credit back please. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Red Pony Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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The Red Pony Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Red Pony Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: Frank Muller Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins Language: English Release date: 06-15-11 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 141 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The beautiful, spirited red pony is everything Jody ever dreamed of.... Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, the hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan's saddle. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man. Members Reviews: Steinbeck maybe about his youth? Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes. A beautiful story about longing. Growing up. Responsibility life! What other book might you compare The Red Pony to and why? A separate peace Which character as performed by Frank Muller was your favorite? Billy If you could take any character from The Red Pony out to dinner, who would it be and why? Billy. Would like to understand how he came to this ranch and why he wanted to stay! Any additional comments? One can really feel the place and the people here About the narration I just had to write briefly to say that, while the reader has a wonderful speaking voice, his narrating style involves an inflection that lilts and trails off every time he comes across a period. With the exception of dialogue, it seems that every sentence he speaks ends with the same tone, dropping off exactly the same way each time; almost as if the sentence isn't completed and ends with an ellipses. Although the words are always clear and easy to understand, the constant and repeated rhythm quickly became annoying to me. If you are able to space out enough to just absorb the story without paying too much attention to the sound of it, it becomes less obvious, but I found myself irritated within the first four minutes. nice book Easy to follow along. Good plot. It was interesting that the red pony was not the main interest. Narrator habit got on my nerves The narrator speaks normally for the first 3/4 of the sentence, trails off, and then gets this sensitive, gravely half whisper for the last few words. For every single sentence. Every single one. It's grating to listen to. Very compelling More compelling than any of "the best books of 2015" that I have read this year. Very moving! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Mark F. Smith Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins Language: English Release date: 12-11-17 Publisher: Audio Sommelier Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: White Fang, first published in 1906, is considered a classic adventure novel. Set during the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada in the late 19th century, White Fang is written in viewpoint of the eponymous dog. Members Reviews: He loves reading the Great Illustrated Classics so I am sure he will also ... I shipped this book to my grandson for Christmas. It was on his Christmas list. He loves reading the Great Illustrated Classics so I am sure he will also enjoy this one. classic! One for the ages! I wish I was the person to choose which books our children read before they embark into life. This would definitely be on my list of must reads! White Fang -Review White Fang is a great read for anyone who understands the time period and environment the store is taking place in. The violence and cruelty is what makes the story real. Time to catch up on your high school required reading. This book is an old classic. The audible narration is great. I am unsure if a movie has been released, but it certainly cant be half as good as the book. But what move is? White Fang An epic book of fear, learning, and being inside a wild animals head in his battle between hatred, fear and respect of humans. He finally comes to a peace within but not without enormous struggles of self and soul. A wonderful read! 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: William Dufris Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins Language: English Release date: 06-28-10 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 848 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is both a whimsical fantasy and a social satire chock-full of brilliant Twainisms. Hank Morgan, a 19th-century American - a Connecticut Yankee - by a stroke of fate is sent back into time to sixth-century England and ends up in Camelot and King Arthur's Court. Although of average intelligence, he finds himself with knowledge beyond any of those in the sixth century, and he uses it to become the king's right-hand man and to challenge Merlin as the court magician. Astounded at the way of life in Camelot, Hank does the only thing he can think of to do: change them. In his attempt to civilize medieval Camelot, he experiences many challenges and misadventures. Members Reviews: A Classic Yarn When you pick up a Twain you know you'll get a good yarn. This is no exception. This is another book I read in my youth. I remember it more fondly that it appears to me now. I guess this goes to prove that tastes change and, in that sense, they mature. It's still a good yarn. Not as funny as I remember it to be and more tragic, too. The satire is classic Twain. The wit sharp and, at times, quite brutal. The attack on the Dixie South slavery and serfdom is caustic, for example. The attack on the monarchy (more visceral than mocking) and hereditary privilege is relentless and, I felt, overdone. Perhaps that is because I don't need to be convinced. Another example is Hank Morgan's (aka Twain's) disdain of the Catholic Church. Ironically, Twain's criticism is almost religious. Similarly, his zeal for universeral sufferage is fanatical. Through it all, there is no mistaking Twain's message. It might be written through the conceit of a Yankee who is struck on the head in the 1890s and wakes up in the 7th Century, but the opinions are still controversial in the 21st Century. Stangely, I found the message less palatable in 2012 than I did in the 1980s, although I agee with most of Twain's views. Generally, I found it a bit forced for my modern sensibility. From a performance point of view, William Dufris delivers his customary skilled performance. I particularly liked his Twain and his Sandy. However, there are not enough characters to allow him to shine. Overall, I'm not sure I should have re-read this book. My memory of it was better, but that's no reflection on the production values or the performance. As a first time read, I think it would have scored better. Mark Twain comes alive! If you could sum up A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in three words, what would they be? Hillarious, interesting, classic What about William Dufriss performance did you like? The narrator gave an excellence performance. The different voices he used made it seem like a theatrical presentations. I've tried to read this book in the past and couldn't get into it but this version was mesmerizing. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Since I listen to books to help fall asleep at night, no. But insomnia aside, yes. Very entertaining First twain book on audible. it was funny, insightful, and generally an entertaining story. Great narrator and a great author.

The Shadow over Innsmouth Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft
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The Shadow over Innsmouth Audiobook by H. P. Lovecraft

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Shadow over Innsmouth Author: H. P. Lovecraft Narrator: Phil Reynolds Format: Unabridged Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins Language: English Release date: 04-22-10 Publisher: Fantom Films Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 508 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Considered to the be one of most influential American authors, Howard Philip Lovecraft is synonymous with some of the best fantasy and horror fiction of the 20th century, second only to Edgar Allan Poe. Innsmouth is a dilapidated seaside town with secrets as a hybrid race of half-human and half-amphibian creatures worship the gods of Cthulhu and Dagon. Written in 1931, and published by the Visionary Publishing Company some five years later. Its a genre blessed with many great stylists, H. P.Lovecrafts baroque imagination and outrageous use of language still manages to stand head and shoulders above the rest. A timeless master of the macabre and the true connoisseur of dread. (Michael Marshall-Smith) Members Reviews: Great Rendition of Lovecraft's Story Phil Reynolds did a very nice job on this story. Lovecraft can be hard to read at times, but Reynolds did very well with it. I had already read the story a few years ago, but wanted to experience it again. I'm picky about my narrators, but enjoyed this edition. It's a great story, and definitely shows Lovecraft at the top of his form. If you have the time, I'd recommend starting with his earlier works and working through them. He is somewhat of an acquired taste. Probably Lovecraft's best book Would you listen to The Shadow over Innsmouth again? Why? I have listened to 'Shadow' three times now since downloading it just a few months back- yes, its that good! This is easily Lovecraft's best book, and the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing it to life. Anyone who has ever spent time in a remote community where they have felt uneasy and unwelcome will certainly recognise the mood of the story. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow over Innsmouth? The best moment in the book is the twist in the tale and I don't want to be a spoiler! What does Phil Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? The narrator delivers the prose with such skill and poise you are just carried along with him. His accent skills when needed are top-knotch. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? It made multiple shivers run down my spine. Not the best narrator I love H.P. Lovecraft and The Shadow Over Innsmouth is one of his best stories. Unfortunately, this recording's narrator does not convey much if any feeling whatsoever in his recitation of the narrative, making it very dry, matter-of-fact-and dull. I'a Dagon! A fantastic reading of a bone-chilling classic. If you're at all curious about what lies in the deep, I'd highly recommend this. One of Lovecrafts best... If you want a grisly tail filled with atmosphere and subtly, look no further than a shadow over innsmouth. This books reputation as one of H.P. Lovecrafts most memorable tails is not unearned, and the performance of Phil Reynolds does this piece especial justice with his portrayal of the tale's fatally curious protagonist. if you've heard of Lovecraft through his Cthulu mythos and would like to test his works for yourself, there is no better a starting point than Innsmouth, and this reading is of especial quality for the uninitiated. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience Audiobook by Henry David Thoreau
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Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience Audiobook by Henry David Thoreau

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience Author: Henry David Thoreau Narrator: Rupert Degas Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 09-13-10 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 496 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature, and a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that Thoreau saw as the main impulses of mid-19th-century America. Here also is Civil Disobedience, Thoreaus essay on just resistance to government, which not only challenged the establishment of his day but has been used as a flag for later campaigners from Mahatma Ghandi to Dr Martin Luther King. Members Reviews: Brilliant Thoreau wrote with passion and sometimes anger. The performance reflects Thoreau's bitterness with the government and people of Concord and the United States. Thoreau looks deep into himself and society. The writing is amazing and Degas played to the character almost as if he was an old friend of Thoreau. One-note How did the narrator detract from the book? The reader conveyed a persistent tone of anger, resentment and scorn. Never just thoughtful. I kept wondering what voice I would have heard reading the actual book and how reading it myself would have changed my experience of the book. Kudoes for Rupert Degas Henry David could not read Walden's timeless words any better than Degas. I've listened to it many times, and I hear new wisdom with each listen. I first read Walden 50 years ago, and Thoreau's message is just as timey today as it was then. Degas does justice to this everlasting classic. Thoreau by Degas is a treasure for all nature lovers. amazing book, ok narration The book is amazing but most of the literate world already knows this. The reading is ok. At first sounding poetic but as the tone of each sentence goes through the same cyle of inflection, it starts to become repetitious and boring. The narrator begins each sentence strong and clear and slowly meanders to a quiet finish, almost whispering the last words. This would be fine ocaasionally but as it continues to recur you get exhausted listening to him. By no way should this trump the importance of this book in every collection and if your prefered method of digestion is auditory, I maintain a high recommendation for the purchase of this work. Didn't care for the narration This is a great book, but I couldn't get into listening to it. I found myself drifting off to sleep or day dreaming. I think this was partly because the narrator's voice is rather depressing to listen to--flat, sad and dejected--although this very well may be the tone of the writer's voice and not the narrator's fault. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Twelve Years a Slave Audiobook by Solomon Northup
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Twelve Years a Slave Audiobook by Solomon Northup

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Twelve Years a Slave Author: Solomon Northup Narrator: Sean Crisden Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 04-03-12 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 69 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Twelve Years a Slave is the autobiographical account of Solomon Northup, an African American who was born free in New York in the early 1800s. In 1841, Solomon Northup was captured and forced into slavery for a period of twelve years. Northup's account is detailed in its account of life on a cotton and sugar plantation and the daily routine of slave life during the first part of the 19th century. The book describes the daily life of slaves in Bayou Beof, their diet, the relationship between master and slave, the means that slave catchers used to recapture them, and the ugly realities that slaves suffered. Comparable to the accounts of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Ann Jacobs, and William Wells Brown, Twelve Years a Slave is a captivating narrative of the life of freedom and slavery experienced by one African American man prior to the American Civil War. Critic Reviews: "A moving, vital testament." ( Saturday Review) Members Reviews: very great! the book was amazing. gave a great detail into slavery in the 1850's and from a slaves point of view so the reader can connect with feelings of mr Solomon Northup. at times there was boring information but the book was great history and was overall a great book. i would recommend this book to anyone curious about how life was in the 1850's and a black man in the south. great piece of history. Riveting story keeping you engaged Great telling of the story that keeps you engaged the entire time. Language and telling keeps really paints a picture. WOW! This book was great! First off, the narration was good, but the story its self was amazing. I would recommended it to anyone who wishes to no the horrid history of America! Heart wrenching truths Middle of the story became a bit slower in writing. However necessary for the story. Remarkable story. Listen with an open heart I have long maintained that I know enough about Slavery and colonial exploitation of Africans but this reinforces my belief in putting an end to racism and all the discrimination that goes around us. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Awakening Audiobook by Kate Chopin
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The Awakening Audiobook by Kate Chopin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Awakening Author: Kate Chopin Narrator: Kitty Hendrix Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins Language: English Release date: 01-04-18 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Awakening, a novel by Kate Chopin, was first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf Coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism with themes that are still relevant today. Members Reviews: An actual good classic I am a 31 year old man, and while I don't think anyone would consider me a "manly man", I'm also far from the type of person people would think would enjoy this book. It's the metamorphosis of a reserved typical (for the time) caterpillar of a woman who grows or "awakens" into a free spirited, ambitious, outspoken, independent woman. The writing is awesome. In the beginning I really didn't care for the plot much but wanted to give it a try because it's considered a classic and was very controversial for the time. For about the first 30% I really wasn't excited to pick it up and read it, but every time I did, I really enjoyed reading it just because of how well it was written. Then the metamorphosis begins, and I really think there's no better word to describe the change that Kate Chopin masterfully (and I've never once used that word) portrayed. And I love reading that old-time English, but a lot of books it's so old that it's barely understandable to me. This was a perfect mix to me. It had me trying to speak like that since I've finished. All that said, I can easily see why someone would be turned off by the plot (though not angry at it as so many seem to be) since it's very plain and simple. But if you give it a chance, the writing and the beautiful way she makes the character grow and change is well worth whatever problems you have with it. No Wonder Men Were Horrified by This Book! Pssstâ.Want to read a book that was so scandalous when it was published that critics vilified it as "morbid, vulgar and disagreeable"? But that's not the worst of it. Those same critics were most horrified by its amoral portrayal of adultery. Published in 1899, this classic feminist work by Kate Chopin is now considered one of the great American novels, focusing on a woman's sudden blossoming of sexual passion as it conflicts with all the things proper society expects of her. Edna, age 28, is married with two children and living an upper class life in New Orleans with summers spent on Grand Isle. Over the course of six months, she discovers not only the power of lust and love, but also the power within herself to be an independent woman. No wonder men were horrified by this book. Brilliant. An author before her time What can I say about Kate Chopin that hasn't already been said more eloquently? Her writing leaps from the pages. Her characters are no mere sketches, but real people with hearts and minds and life. I was sadly unfamiliar with Kate Chopin before reading this excellent collection, but I have found a new hero in this 19th century woman who can so touch my heart and mind, today. Amazing & still current As an Acadian/Creole Louisiana & New Orleans is a cultural home. A place I look to fur identity even tho I wasn't raised there. I chose this book as part of that.

The Portrait of a Lady Audiobook by Henry James
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The Portrait of a Lady Audiobook by Henry James

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Portrait of a Lady Author: Henry James Narrator: John Wood Format: Unabridged Length: 23 hrs and 56 mins Language: English Release date: 04-02-10 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 400 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors, declaring that she will never be wed. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword. She becomes a victim of her own provincialism and the scheming of her friends, learning only too late that there is a price to be paid for independence. A tragic tale of love and betrayal, it still resonates with audiences today. With its subtle delineation of American characters in a European setting, The Portrait of a Lady is considered the masterpiece of the first phase of James's career and arguably his most popular story. Within it we find a reflection of James's interest in the differences between the New World and the Old, often to the detriment of the former. A film adaptation was made in 1996 by New Zealand director Jane Campion, starring Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, and Barbara Hershey. Narrator Biography Having begun his career on stage, John Wood spent seven years in television before eventually playing lead roles in Tom Stoppard's teleplays in 1967. After two Tony nominations for his performances in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and Sherlock Holmes, he won the award for Best Actor for his role in Stoppard's surrealistic farce, Travesties, in 1976. He also had a long career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and continued his theatre work in both America and the UK, eventually receiving a Laurence Olivier Award nomination in 1997 for his role in Stoppard's Invention of Love. In 1996, Wood performed in BBC Radio 3's audio production of Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw and in 2010 he narrated audiobook The Portrait of a Lady with Audible Studios. His appearances in feature films have included Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) and, later, television appearances have included Foyles's War (2004) and Lewis (2007). In 2007 he was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). Members Reviews: Highly recommended John Wood's narration is just about perfect. The "American" accents are not "realistic," but that is a minor quibble, especially as it is offset so well by the perfect rendition of the narrative voice. Wood clearly understands the arc of the novel as a whole, so each chapter, paragraph, sentence has the right tone and nuance; the little refracted ironies strewn about everywhere are nicely expressed. Best of all -- I say this without having heard other readings -- is that Wood reads slowly. He savors the words, and we have time to understand them. The production values and audio quality are fabulous. I echo Linda's comment: Please, Mr. Wood, record more James! Brilliant reading John Wood's compelling reading demonstrates a true and deep understanding of this, one of Henry James's greatest novels. His characterizations were perfect, particularly the difficult and at times enigmatic character of Isabel Archer. I hope Mr.

Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Volume 1 Audiobook by Calliope Author Readings, James Baldwin
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Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Volume 1 Audiobook by Calliope Author Readings, James Baldwin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Volume 1 Subtitle: James Baldwin Reading from Giovanni's Room Author: Calliope Author Readings, James Baldwin Narrator: James Baldwin Format: Unabridged Length: 15 mins Language: English Release date: 04-04-14 Publisher: Calliope Author Readings Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: James Baldwin gives an electrifying reading about a young gay American in Paris recalling a dramatic and transforming incident from his boyhood, as he struggles to accept his sexual identity. Critic Reviews: Baldwins powerful reading is part of the newly re-released series (Boston Globe) The unmistakable stamp of personal passion, (Chicago Daily News ) "A great reading Saturday Review, (John Ciardi) Members Reviews: Heart-achingly beautiful This text alone and this reading show so clearly the inhumanity, the destructiveness of our general, casual homophobia. I am moved to the core of my being and I wish I heard more. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Through the Looking Glass Audiobook by Lewis Carroll
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Through the Looking Glass Audiobook by Lewis Carroll

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Through the Looking Glass Author: Lewis Carroll Narrator: B.J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 10-22-14 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 334 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Alice sees the other side of the Looking Glass, and enters another world of whimsical enchantment. She encounters argumentative chessmen, Jabberwocky monsters, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and some very insolent flowers. Carroll continues the development of his Wonderland in this second, and many feel richer, adventure of Alice. Members Reviews: Through the Looking Glass I enjoyed the theatrical reading of this story. As well as the footnotes explaining certain phrases or words we no longer use in today or American English. My only complaint is that there was a part missing from Chapter 8; "It's My Own Invention". The audiobook cut off right before the Knights recitation of his song, and jumped tot he beginning of Chapter 9; "Queen Alice". Not sure if it's my physical text or what caused the miscommunication, but just a heads up. Not like Alice as a child? Listen again,glad I did Bj Harrison is excellent narrator and I have listened to books I never would have had they not been listed on his page. He brings Alice to life. I found a new appreciation for Alice through audible books. I think she was meant to be read aloud, or more listened to while someone reads to you. Alice in wonderland has become one of my favorites. This world is so serious at times, everyone needs a little nonsense. Lewis Carroll brings it perfectly, and in educated doses. Cute and crazy I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Her adventure in wonderland I could have done without and figured this would be just as obnoxious and dull... Instead it was more fun and entertaining (as far as from an adults point of view this review is) than I thought I'd be willing to give it credit. It's hard to live up to the original I listened to this back to back with Scarlett Johansson's reading of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This put Through the Looking Glass at a huge disadvantage. For one, there's a reason the first book is so popular -- almost everything about it is better. And two: Johansson did such a remarkable job that it's almost unfair to compare anyone else to her. B.J. Harrison did a fine job though. Not fantastic, but fine. I wouldn't mind hearing him again but I doubt I'll seek him out. A favorite classic I have been a life long Lewis Carroll fan. This story is fun and creative. The performance of this book is fantastic, the only reason I gave the over all a 3 star is because at the end of chapter 8 there is about a page missing. It makes for a jarring moment when listening to the story. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

To the Lighthouse Audiobook by Virginia Woolf
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To the Lighthouse Audiobook by Virginia Woolf

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To the Lighthouse Author: Virginia Woolf Narrator: Phyllida Law Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins Language: English Release date: 12-08-17 Publisher: Blackstone Audio Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 1 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: To the Lighthouse is at once a vivid impressionist depiction of a family holiday, and a meditation on a marriage, on parenthood and childhood, on grief, tyranny, and bitterness. Its use of stream of consciousness, reminiscence, and shifting perspectives gives the novel an intimate, poetic essence, and at the time of publication in 1927 it represented an utter rejection of Victorian and Edwardian literary values. One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923 - 2005. Members Reviews: A strange classic It is a mysterious combination of thoughts, life and philosophy, but gripping if one persists. Phillida Law reads the complex text beautifully. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Walking Audiobook by Henry David Thoreau
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Walking Audiobook by Henry David Thoreau

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Walking Author: Henry David Thoreau Narrator: Deaver Brown Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 28 mins Language: English Release date: 03-21-12 Publisher: Simply Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 110 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Walking is not as well known as Thoreau's other works Walden, The Maine Woods, and Civil Disobedience. But it is a good place to start exploring his writing because it was his last book, in 1862, published by the Atlantic Monthly shortly after his death. It is less well known because it is general, as opposed to singular, in focus. It is his summing up of his thoughts on life: One should saunter through life and take notice; one need not go far (as Thoreau rarely left the 25 square miles of Concord and its population of 1,784, according to the 1840 census.) This is not a political or ecological book as many advocates have stated; it does support nature, but in a small subtle way. He was a man of his age who possessed a variety of talents and abilities, similar to Jefferson and Franklin. He sought to encourage people to notice and saunter, but did not rail against anyone who chose not to. This was a favorite work of Justice William Douglas, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. As the liberal jurist Douglas said, This book displays how Thoreau could have been transplanted to any American century and prospered. Jefferson, Franklin, Douglas, King, and Gandhi would be five men who could join him in his appreciation for sauntering and noticing. Members Reviews: Brief transcendental ditty; amateurish narration Would you try another book from Henry David Thoreau and/or Deaver Brown? This is a great little work by Thoreau, and Id recommend it to anyone who is interested in his catalog, be they a fan of his more popular books (Walden, Civil Disobedience, etc.) or new to the authors unique and influential prose. The lecture is full of quotable and transcendental nuggets, and Thoreau manages to pull together many diverse topics into a very concise and flowing text; he moves seamlessly from observations about 19th century New England life to transcendental analysis of ancient Romes attitudes of nature to commentary on the human anatomy. A brief, insightful listen! What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting? The lecture is full of quotable and transcendental nuggets, and Thoreau manages to pull together many diverse topics into a very concise and flowing text; he moves seamlessly from observations about 19th century New England life to transcendental analysis of ancient Romes attitudes of nature to commentary on the human anatomy. A brief, insightful listen! Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown? Content aside, my biggest complaint is with the awful and amateurish quality of the narration. The sound file was never professionally recorded or edited; it is full of constant static, noise interruptions, and clicking sounds every time the narrator pauses or restarts his tape deck. The sound is not balanced, and it is obvious that the narrator did not use professional grade microphones or soundproofing; every time he moves close to or further away from the microphone, the noise level jumps. Was Walking worth the listening time? Worst of all, the narrator is just plain bad at reading. He speaks with a thick accent and struggles over simple words and sentence structure; what was, Im sure, originally a flowing and smoothly-given lecture by Thoreau has been turned into a choppy, befuddled listen. Any additional comments? How this ever got approved to sell on this website, I will never know.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Audiobook by Jules Verne
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Audiobook by Jules Verne

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Author: Jules Verne Narrator: Jim Killavey Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins Language: English Release date: 03-05-09 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 44 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The story concerns the now famous fictional character Captain Nemo and his submarine, Nautilus, as seen by one of his passengers, Professor Pierre Aronnax. Over the years there have been many film, TV, and theatrical adaptations and variations of the book. Members Reviews: Not satisfied There is a very annoying echo on this recording. If things like that aggravate you I would say don't buy this It sounds like a scientific report The writing is written exclusively in passive tense with an unusual amount of unnecessary detail as if we were going to fact check everything being said. Too descriptive It describes everything too much. Throughout the book there were parts that were very boring but the end was very interesting. classic story but the narrator sounds like a robot This guy sounds like an automated phone robot. He is horrible. I honestly can't give him a good review. The story is timeless. Poor narration, poor quality of a great book This is a great classic book of adventure under the sea. Jules Verne had a great imagination and a wonderful foresight of the future. However this was ruined here by this awful narration along with poor audible quality. Also this not, I say not, an unabridged version of the book Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Scott Brick Format: Unabridged Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins Language: English Release date: 08-12-05 Publisher: Random House Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 48 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Joe Christmas does not know whether he is black or white. Faulkner makes of Joe's tragedy a powerful indictment of racism; at the same time, Joe's life is a study of the divided self and becomes a symbol of 20th century man. Critic Reviews: "For all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man. Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for the greatness of our classics." (Ralph Ellison) Members Reviews: Simply great. Scott Brick makes for a great narrator for this Faulkner classic. Well recorded reading. Like most of Faulkner's novels this is a gritty, and hard edged look into the human experience of the plight of the common southerner "after the fall". The plight of Joe Christmas and Lena Grove is unforgettable and well adapted for audible. Faulkner on humanity Faulkner is a writer who portrays the truths of human nature, with ease and grace. The story is a slow and plodding tale of humanity, rife with reality of the racism and sexism, machoism and religiosity of that era. An era not so very much different from the era in which we live, with the exception that people today don't strictly say out loud what they think of others. Faulkner doesn't neglect the charm of southern life, or does he neglect the bigotry, prejudices, and hardships. The clarity of his voice rings and he speaks against the worst aspects of society then and now. Faulkner is excellent! This is my first book by William Faulkner. I really enjoyed it. The adventure and intrigue kept me on the edge of my seat. Great book , loved it . It had a great narrator , a strong story , and was an overall great read . Would recommend this book to all , Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Jim Killavey Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 07-15-08 Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 54 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Ethan Frome is a 1911 novel by Edith Wharton, set in turn-of-the-century New England, in the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. It is the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden, his wife Zeena, and their pretty and vivacious cousin, Mattie Silver. This is a short but powerful and engrossing drama, and although it is the least characteristic of the author's novels, it has become her most celebrated book. (P)1988 Jimcin Recordings Members Reviews: Sad but Wonderful I gave it five stars because Wharton is a fabulous writer, but the story is about as grim as one could be. If you are interested in this book it's probably for a class or a book club. I picked this edition of the many available because of the price but I was not disappointed. Killavey reads in a careful almost plodding manner on the narrative parts but really makes the dialogue come alive. I thought his style of reading fit the narrative quite well, but it might seem too slow for some listeners. I would never choose this book unless, as it happened, it was a book club selection, but I found it very engaging. I enjoyed it even though the author reveals in the beginning that the ending won't be a happy one. It seems an accurate picture of the hard life on a New England farm back in day, told through the eyes of an engineer from the modern world visiting the area to work on a project about twenty years after the main part of the story. Great writing...so sad This is such an well written book. Characters were so helpless.... and realistic for the times. In spite of the sad circumstances I had to finish listening. Not sure why this is considered Wharton's best... Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? The story, as is true of many of Wharton's novels and short stories, is well written. EF represents a departure from the author's typical focus on the weathy of New York during the late 1800s. I like the way Wharton captures the feel of New England; I could easily picture the harsh climate, Starkfield, as well as the charcters. The story however, is a bit predictable and lacks the complexiety compared to other works such as House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence. What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!) Not surprised. Which character as performed by Jim Killavey was your favorite? Frome's wife, Zeena If this book were a movie would you go see it? No. It lacks sufficient complexity. Not totally a waste of time but I'd skip it! Not entirely as dismal as it had been sold to me, the story never captured my imagination and the ending was somewhat of a disappointment especially because the final repercussions are for the most part self inflicted. The characters are flat and the plot line is rather dull and predictable. Besides, the chronological line of the story is somewhat hard to follow. "I had the story, bit by bit, from various people..." the narrator warns us at the beginning, and quite frankly, am not sure that I fully grasped how and when who learned what. Sadly, the work was so uninteresting that even though the book is very short, I did not care to go back and find out. The narrator doesn't help much either.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Summary & Analysis Audiobook by David Harrison
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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Summary & Analysis Audiobook by David Harrison

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Summary & Analysis Author: David Harrison Narrator: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr Format: Unabridged Length: 29 mins Language: English Release date: 10-25-17 Publisher: David Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 6 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescents for its themes of teenage angst and alienation. It has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. Around one million copies are sold each year with total sales of more than 65 million books. The novel's protagonist Holden Caulfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion. The novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection. The novel was included on Time's 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923 and it was named by Modern Library and its audience as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, it was listed at number 15 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. Members Reviews: waste I wasted my credit with this summary. I was in a rush and assumed that it was the novel. Disappointing
I'm very disappointed. i thought i was buying the book!!!!! I dont need to listen to someone elses analysis. whar a waste of my money. Maycancel my subscription Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Oil! Audiobook by Upton Sinclair
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Oil! Audiobook by Upton Sinclair

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Oil! Author: Upton Sinclair Narrator: Grover Gardner Format: Unabridged Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins Language: English Release date: 03-27-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 531 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Enraged by the oil scandals of the Harding administration in the 1920s, Sinclair tells a gripping tale of avarice, corruption, and class warfare, featuring a cavalcade of characters, including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist. Sinclair's glorious 1927 epic endures as one of our most powerful American novels of social injustice. Critic Reviews: "Sinclair's 1927 novel did for California's oil industry what The Jungle did for Chicago's meat-packing factories." (Library Journal) Members Reviews: an outstanding book this book, long out-of-print, has suddenly appeared back in print due to the critical popularity of the movie "there will be blood" -- that this book "needed" a loosely adapted screenplay to re-enter the american consciousness is an irony of Sinclarian proportions... this is a majestic book, filled with the type of realism that makes Sinclair's best works so effective; what in a lesser author's hands would have resulted in didactic diatribe, Sinclair never loses -- and never lets the reader lose -- sympathy with his characters, both positive and negative, due to the realism with which their inner and outer lives are portrayed... the narration is excellent, bringing unobtrusively to the fore, Sinclair's sense of humor, irony, and insightful social criticism... "Oil!" is that rarity amongst books -- a book that is itself a highly satisfying work, but one which -- like Samuel Butler's "Edward Pontifex, or The Way of All Flesh" -- leaves the reader wishing that the book were longer, so well drawn are the book's characters and situations... as a life-long devoted reader of Upton Sinclair, who had not previously had the opportunity to read "Oil!", i would unhesitatingly rank it as amongst Sinclair's very best works, which like so many of Sinclair's novels, leave the reader hungry for more... Now I get it! I saw the movie "There Will Be Blood" with much excitement....and then wondered if I was completely stupid when I was left with the feeling ..."I don't get it". After listening to Oil!, I get it now. The movie left out the whole story. It's a shame too, because this book was as riveting, if not more so, than The Jungle; and if a movie was to really be based off this book it would have to be on the scale of The Godfather, very, very, long. Too bad we lack the cultural attention span for that. Anyway, I read it had been out of print, so I'm glad it's back and I had a chance to "read" it. Absolutely Engrossing and topical A fabulous listen from start to finish. Although the excellent film, "There Will Be Blood" was based on this book it only used a tiny portion of the plot which seems to have a special resonance with the current economic climate. I always liked reading Upton Sinclair but listening was even better. Possibly not a good read for anyone with far right politics though. Will Things Ever Change? Upton Sinclair's fictionalization of the Teapot Dome scandal is timely and engrossing. Here are the sleezy beginnings of big oil interests which have only become more powerful with the decades.

Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America Audiobook by The Great Courses
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Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America Audiobook by The Great Courses

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America Author: The Great Courses Narrator: Professor Peter Conn Format: Original Recording Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins Language: English Release date: 07-08-13 Publisher: The Great Courses Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 199 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Best-selling books have played a critical role in influencing the tastes and purchasing habits of American readers for more than 100 years. But there is more to America's great best-selling books than the sales figures they rake in. American bestsellers also offer us ways to appreciate and understand particular periods of American culture. In this series of 24 lectures you'll enjoy a pointed look at key best-selling works and their places within the greater fabric of American cultural history. Guided by an award-winning teacher, you'll explore representative bestsellers at various stages of American history, from the first book published in the English-speaking New World to the blockbuster authors who dominate the 21st-century publishing industry. The result is an expert look at the evolution of American culture - its tastes, its hopes, its dreams - through the unique lens of the books that have captivated its readers at various points in American history. Each of the 22 works discussed - from literary masterpieces (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) to enduring self-help books (How to Win Friends and Influence People) - has had a crucial and unique impact on American society. Studying these representative works will give you a deeper understanding of how American literature can both mirror the events of its time and, in many instances, have a pronounced impact on them. These lectures are your opportunity to see our nation's best-selling books as more than just popular forms of entertainment that have managed to make their authors lots of money, but as stunning microcosms of American cultural history. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. Members Reviews: Looking for the great in great I thoroughly enjoy the Great Courses series, but found myself a bit disappointed in this one. I was looking for a deeper analysis of what made these books great. Most of the information was information I already knew. There were no great revelations. The professor also spent much time summarising the books, which gave away the book for anyone who would want to read the book if he or she had not done so already. Great creates great expectations, (excuse the pun) and I didn't come away with that great feeling. Informative and entertaining I enjoyed these lectures immensely. He tells you a bit about the author, the social conditions when the book came out, and the plot. The books I knew, I learned more about, the ones that I didn't made me want to read them. I wish that this professor had more courses out there. His style was easy and not hard to follow. I do hate the teaching companies compulsion for canned music and clapping, it's more than a little silly. Rather undignified for this genre. Engaging, focused on context of the book. I really enjoyed this, particularly as the lectures focused on the context in which a book was published, which informed why it may have been a bestseller. He also discussed the plots of the books enough that if you had not read it (one went back to the days of the Puritans) you could still understand how it fit in its period of history. It's final lecture on 'mega-authors' (I don't think that's the word he actually used, but it's how I think of them) was a little depressing.

Self-Reliance and Other Essays (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Self-Reliance and Other Essays (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Self-Reliance and Other Essays (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson Narrator: Mikael Naramore Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins Language: English Release date: 12-29-17 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In this definitive collection of essays, including the poignant title essay "Self-Reliance," Ralph Waldo Emerson expounds on the importance of trusting your soul, as well as divine providence, to carve out a life. A firm believer in nonconformity, Emerson celebrates the individual and stresses the value of listening to the inner voice unique to each of us - even when it defies society's expectations. Self-Reliance and Other Essays is the perfect companion for those who have marched to the beat of a different drummer and wish to better understand the transcendentalist leader's groundbreaking philosophy to find personal fulfillment. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from iconic authors. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or revisit an old favorite, these new editions open the door to the stories and ideas that have shaped our world. Revised edition: Previously published as Self-Reliance and Other Essays, this edition of Self-Reliance and Other Essays (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: The Classic Emerson collection. This is the classic collection of Emerson's essays that was used as a text in my college classes. It is a great resource, and I'm glad its finally found its way into an electronic format where a new generation of young thinkers can read and enjoy it. Five Stars The essay "Self Reliance" has been in my heart for decades. You cannot go wrong with RWE. Inspirational and moving For a free product, this is great. I love Emerson and this collection of his essays is excellent. Recommended for poetry enthusiasts or anybody who really enjoys reading and classic literature American Master A great American essayist. My personal favorite is still Compensation. Wide range of subjects Many great jewels of literary phrases but they are mixed in with a multitude of lessor thoughts. This is more of a volume I would use to look for an opinion on a certain subject rather than read through cover to cover. However, I may give it second read at a later time. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck Audiobook by Upton Sinclair
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The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck Audiobook by Upton Sinclair

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck Author: Upton Sinclair Narrator: Casey Affleck Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 01-24-11 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 499 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is a visceral and tragic story of immigrants trying to scratch out a living in the meatpacking plants of Chicago. The resulting public outcry led directly to the US government enacting changes in food and workplace safety practices still in place today. With food production, business ethics, and immigration back in the news, Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) taps into the emotion behind these issues to breathe life back into the struggling inhabitants of Packingtown. Affleck, a committed vegan and animal rights spokesman, delivers a moving performance that connects with the books enduring legacy. The Jungle revolves around the life and family of Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant whose dreams of a better life are crushed by punishing work in gruesome stockyards and an unforgiving city. Brilliantly written and vividly described, it provides a poignant and incredibly detailed snapshot of a striking point in American history. Editorial Reviews: Originally best known as Ben Affleck's little brother, Casey Affleck has firmly established himself as a talented actor in his own right. Roles in the Ocean's Eleven trilogy and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), have made their critical mark in Hollywood. In his Signature Performance of Upton Sinclair's classic The Jungle, Affleck's diverse family ancestry (English, Irish, French, Swedish, German, and Scottish) is on display in his command of the multifarious languages of immigrants in early-1900s Chicago. In his distinctive boyish timbre, he even pronounces Lithuanian like a native. Members Reviews: One of great social protest novels of 20th Century One of the great social protest novels of the 20th Century. 'The Jungle' is at once an indictment on the treatment of immigrants, poverty, American wage slavery, and the working conditions at Chicago's stockyards and meatpacking plants -- and simultaneously an exposé on the unsanitary conditions of the meat produced in the plants and led to Federal real food reform. Did I like it? Well, it pissed me off, so I thought it was a great piece of writing. It reminded me of the time when I was 19 and lived next to the Swift stockyards and meat packing plants. The smells that seemed more terrestrial than dirt seemed to flood back into my brain. 'The Jungle' shows how persuasive fiction can actually lead to real world reform. The FDA was created largely due to the public outcry after the publication of this book. Jack London said in his review at the time, that the Jungle was the Uncle Tom's Cabin of wage slavery. The interesting fact, however, is Sinclair was more concerned about the people, the exploitation of immigrants and children, but the power of this novel ended up being tied to the condition of the food, and not the people. Sinclair was quoted as saying "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach." Regardless, Upton Sinclair throws a helluva punch. Casey Affleck gives a strong performance in the Jungle. He is able to nuance through Lithuanian and Polish names and various emotions and tempos with ease and aplomb.

The House of Mirth Audiobook by Edith Wharton
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The House of Mirth Audiobook by Edith Wharton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The House of Mirth Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins Language: English Release date: 12-01-08 Publisher: Tantor Audio Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 170 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Though her desire for a comfortable life means that she cannot marry for love without money, her resistance to the rules of the social elite endangers her many marriage proposals. As Lily spirals down into debt and dishonor, her story takes on the resonance of classic tragedy. The House of Mirth is a lucid, disturbing analysis of the stifling limitations imposed upon women of author Edith Wharton's generation. Herself born into Old New York Society, Wharton watched as an entirely new set of people living by new codes of conduct entered the metropolitan scene. In telling the story of Lily Bart, Wharton recasts the age-old themes of family, marriage, and money in ways that transform the traditional novel of manners into an arrestingly modern tale of one woman's struggle to succeed. Members Reviews: Good book, one suggestion... Very good book. One suggestion for future listeners: If I had it to do over, I might have gone with another narrator. The one for this version has a very girlish quality that I really liked, however her voice was also very gravelly and after awhile, that started to bother me. Just a small issue, but something to consider! Beautiful People with Ugly Interiors What constraints women lived under in 1905! Edith Wharton didn't take the easy way out in this chronicle of Lily Barth's rise and fall in society, and the horrible way her 'friends' and the men in her life treated her. It puts all those beautiful mansions in Newport and along the Hudson in perspective. bittersweet story how many women today can relate to this story of loves lost to indecision and regret. Failure to Connect Would you try another book from Edith Wharton and/or Wanda McCaddon? Maybe. I give most readers at least one "I didn't like it" story. After all, even my favorite authors have written at least one book I didn't love. Has The House of Mirth turned you off from other books in this genre? No. A single story cannot be held up as an example of an entire genre. Which scene was your favorite? I can't think of one. What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment? The books conclusion created the only reaction I had to this book. I do not wish to offer a spoiler, but I can say that the conclusion was not predictable. That scene made me feel sad. Any additional comments? This book has been on my "to read" list for 5-6 months. It is the story of Lily, a young woman in the United States in the late 19th century. She is poor, her parents passed away, and is a financial burden on her family. Her goal is to marry a man with some wealth to relieve her financial situation. There are several men that find their way into her story. There is Lawrence, he loves her, but is to poor to be an acceptable choice. Then there is Simon, a social climber that wants to trade his fortune for Lily's social status. In addition to the choice between love and money in this pair there is also Gus. Gus is a married man who finds himself in lust with Lily and has manipulated her into taking money from him so that he could later claim an obligation. Finally there is George, who appears to be a friend. With the main characters laid before you I can say that none of these characters appealed to me. I could forge no connection with any of the characters.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Summary, Review & Study Guide - Nelle Harper Lee Audiobook by Save Time Summaries
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Summary, Review & Study Guide - Nelle Harper Lee Audiobook by Save Time Summaries

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: To Kill a Mockingbird: Summary, Review & Study Guide - Nelle Harper Lee Author: Save Time Summaries Narrator: Amy Landon Format: Unabridged Length: 55 mins Language: English Release date: 10-25-13 Publisher: Save Time Summaries Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 44 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: WARNING: This is not the actual audiobook of To Kill a Mockingbird by Nelle Harper Lee. Do not buy this Study Guide, Summary & Analysis (geared towards busy literature students) if you are looking for a full copy of this classic book or audiobook. Instead, our expert literary critic has already read To Kill a Mockingbird and pulled out the key characters, events, and action points to give you a comprehensive chapter-by-chapter summary and review guide in a clear, concise, easy-to-understand format. Members Reviews: Helped me get through the story faster Great voice I love thenextras put in to help you understand overall I would highly reccomend this Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Curse of Lono Audiobook by Hunter S. Thompson
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The Curse of Lono Audiobook by Hunter S. Thompson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Curse of Lono Author: Hunter S. Thompson Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 03-28-14 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 121 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This enormously eccentric book takes listeners on a crazy journey with renowned gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The Curse of Lono is to Hawaii what Fear and Loathing was to Las Vegas: the crazy tales of a journalist's "coverage" of a news event that ends up being a wild ride to the dark side of Americana. Originally published in 1983, The Curse of Lono features all of the zany, hallucinogenic wordplay for which Hunter S.Thompson became known and loved. This curious book, considered an oddity among Hunter's oeuvre, is a widely sought-after treasure. Members Reviews: "okay" HST A typically HST winding story, absurdist behavior, sometimes macho or misogynist, yet terribly enjoyable. the lengths Thompson goes to tell an immediately gratifying and harsh story. too immersive to think about where any of it is going. the reading is very good. Hunter S Thompson is my hero! Another gem from one of my top 3 favorite authors. Fluid, funny, and pure HST! For those unfamiliar with his non- political writings this us an excellent choice. It's got every bit of his 'journey is everything; destination not so much' madness I love about his writing. This one isn't as drug saturated as say Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas but they are still there. Lotsa booze too but HST wouldn't be HST without them. God, I miss him! Amazing What did you love best about The Curse of Lono? great book about hunter and ralph on another wild adventure What other book might you compare The Curse of Lono to and why? fear and loathing in las vegas Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartners other performances before? How does this one compare? no, but i will now Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? yep Hunter at his best this was a wonderful reading. I am in awe. Hunter has a way with his words that can only be described as gonzo. Ah, Must be getting od Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? My 20 year old son would like this because of his mind set Would you ever listen to anything by Hunter S. Thompson again? Not really Would you be willing to try another one of Malcolm Hillgartners performances? Yes Could you see The Curse of Lono being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be? no Any additional comments? Love it when i was 30 years old...now i'm 50 and was bored Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The House of Mirth Audiobook by Edith Wharton
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The House of Mirth Audiobook by Edith Wharton

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The House of Mirth Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Eleanor Bron Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins Language: English Release date: 08-05-08 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 339 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Exclusively from Audible Beautiful, sophisticated and endlessly ambitious Lily Bart endeavours to climb the social ladder of New York's elite by securing a good match and living beyond her means. Now nearing 30 years of age and having rejected several proposals, forever in the hope of finding someone better, her future prospects are threatened. A damning commentary of 20th-century social order, Edith Wharton's tale established her as one of the greatest British novelists of the 1900s. Taking us on a journey through lavish drawing rooms in grand country houses to cold and menacing boarding houses, Wharton addresses the consequences awaiting those who openly dared to challenge the status quo. First published in serial form, The House of Mirth contributed significantly to Edith Wharton's already substantial riches. Accustomed to living a life of privilege, Wharton was able to foster her creative talents from a young age. Working as a published author from the age of 18, Wharton's story is as intriguing and daring as her heroine's. Wedding and then divorcing Edward Wharton, her experience of marriage and consequent heartbreak is usually chronicled in her works. Never the victim however, Wharton went on to receive multiple awards for her writing, as well as the bravery that she demonstrated during the First World War when she organised hostels for refugees, fund-raised for those in need and reported from battlefield frontlines. Usually seen in the company of other great authors including Jack London, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jean Cocteau, Wharton became a literary master whose skill and wit is perfectly captured in this enthralling audiobook. Narrator Biography Celebrated author and stage, film and television actress, Eleanor Bron, lends her iconic voice to the narration of The House of Mirth. Best known for her roles in films such as A Little Princess, Bedazzled, Women in Love, Black Beauty and Alfie, Eleanor's career is as varied as it has been successful. Also not a stranger to the theatre, Bron thrived in classical and modern productions of plays including The Prime of Miss Jean Brody, The Merchant of Venice, Private Lives, All About My Mother and Hedda Gabler. A celebrated writer, Eleanor has published various titles, including Life and Other Punctures, Double Take and The Pillow Book of Eleanor Bron. Further audiobook contributions include A Little Princess by Frances Burnett, The Aeneid by Virgil, The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier and Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. Members Reviews: Wonderful I've listened to this book twice and will listen again after a while. I'd be happy to hear Eleanor Bron read the dictionary aloud: to hear her read Edith Wharton is pure bliss. Like Henry James but more accessible The novel portrays the New York upper middle class society in the late 19th century. Wharton writes elegantly, and is an acute psychologist and observer of manners. She's also very witty at times--with what you might call a stiletto wit. The reading is excellent, with subtle difference of voice and accent nicely calibrated to the character speaking. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book. But it made me wonder why writers like Wharton and Henry James devote themselves to writing about people who don't do anything--a class of idlers, in fact, who are terrified that they might have to work for a living.

Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son Being the Letters Written by John Graham Audiobook by George Horace Lorimer
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Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son Being the Letters Written by John Graham Audiobook by George Horace Lorimer

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son Being the Letters Written by John Graham Subtitle: Head of the House of Graham & Company, Pork-Packers in Chicago Author: George Horace Lorimer Narrator: Alan Taylor Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 05-30-17 Publisher: Erik Holland Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 27 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: George Horace Lorimer is best known as the editor of The Saturday Evening Post, where he was credited with promoting and discovering authors like Jack London. Lorimer compiled his life advice into the fictional letters from John "Old Gorgon" Graham to his son Pierrepont. John Graham is a Chicago-based pork and finance baron. In the letters Pierrepont receives advice for his different stages of life. Old Gorgon's advice is packed throughout the book, easy to understand, and still rings true today. Members Reviews: Superb book This classic book is finally available in audio format. The narrator is doing an incredible job. Worth every cent (or credit). stellar stellar read- so many life lessons wrapped up in this one-highly recommend this great book Satisfied I loved the story and the way his fathers learned life values and viewpoints were revealed. What a great father and a great book. Moments of blunt humor. Timely in a timeless way Really good performance, the reader well suited to the topic. Good voice, will listen to Alan Taylor again with pleasure The book is a gem, a reminder of the simple, fair, polite ways one should behave in order to succeed. And how important it is to be yourself, not somebody else's expectation of you. A good read! Dated and derogatory towards minorities Good advice can be parsed out of offensive comments. Common white European language of the time. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Grover Gardner Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins Language: English Release date: 07-17-08 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 725 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Just what did boys do in a small Midwestern town during the mid-1800s, a time when there were no televisions, no arcades, and no videos? They whitewashed fences, floated down rivers, traded marbles, formed secret societies, smoked pipes, and, on occasion, managed to attend their own funerals. Yes, they may have been a bit mischievous, but as Aunt Polly said of Tom when she believed him to be dead, "He was the best-hearted boy that ever was." Aunt Polly's sentiments reveal one of the cardinal tenets of Twain's philosophy: In this deceitful and infirm world, innocence can be found only in the heart of a boy. Members Reviews: A classic worth listening to! What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? A couple of my kids were reading Tom Sawyer for a book group, and they were having trouble with some of the slang and antiquated language. I purchased the audiobook for them, and it's much easier to understand this way than to read written words like "yaller" (yellow) and "off'n" (off of). Audible has quite a few different versions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I picked this one because Grover Gardner was the narrator. I knew he wasn't bad, and there's nothing worse than a bad narrator. I actually liked his reading of Tom Sawyer better than I like his reading of the Vorkosigan Saga! His voice and inflection are a great fit for the story. If you're not sure which audio version of Tom Sawyer to purchase, I recommend this one. Any additional comments? Sometimes classic books feel stiff or slow due to the changes in writing style. Tom Sawyer doesn't. It feels like someone could have written it yesterday. There's plenty of humor in it and a plot that keeps moving... with a few interesting detours. I never read Tom Sawyer in school, and I'm glad I did so now. Loved it... My kids and I listened to Tom Sawyer together. Every time we had "dead air" we would all shout "Tom Sawyer" and grab the iPhone and listen. They loved it, I loved it (again--it was a favorite growing up) and we continue to talk about Tom and his shenanigans. The performance was excellent--loved the accents and the personalities that were expressed by the reader. Grover Gardner is brilliant What made the experience of listening to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the most enjoyable? Grover Gardner. He is brilliant and brings all the characters alive Have you listened to any of Grover Gardners other performances before? How does this one compare? Yes, I am listening to 'Rise and Fall of Third Reich' where he is equally brilliant. It's Good to be a Kid Again Twain said that part of his mission in writing Tom Sawyer was to remind adults what they once were themselves. Score one for Samuel Clemens! The book's now an American classic, and I first encountered it as a kid. Revisiting it years later was a blast. It made me want to call the old gang up so we could become pirates and outlaws and treasure hunters all over again! Listening to a performance like Grover Gardner's certainly doesn't hurt - he's got a classic voice that's great for reading and broadcasting. Very easy on the ears. The adventures of Tom Sawyer Best book ever!!!!!!!!!I really encourage all those young souls who are full or adventure, to read this book.

Billy Budd, Sailor Audiobook by Herman Melville
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Billy Budd, Sailor Audiobook by Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Billy Budd, Sailor Author: Herman Melville Narrator: William Roberts Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins Language: English Release date: 07-22-05 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 3.5 of 5 out of 313 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Written some 40 years after Moby Dick, Melville's Billy Budd is a moving tale of good versus evil. Set aboard a British navy ship at the end of the eighteenth century, a young, innocent sailor's charm and good nature put the men around him at ease. Ship life agreed with Billy. He made friends quickly and was well liked, which infuriated John Claggart, the ship's cold-blooded superior officer. Mutiny was a continual threat greatly feared by naval officers. Even minor offences were dealt with harshly to keep crews in their place, regardless of whether the accused was guilty or innocent. The envious Master-at-Arms becomes obsessed with the destruction of the 'Handsome Sailor' and torments the young man until his false accusations lead to an eventual charge of treason against Billy. Members Reviews: A good reading of a classic story I had to read "Billy Budd" for a senior seminar class in college, and this audiobook version worked great for me. The narration of this version is a little dry, but then there are other versions where the quality is simply dreadful to say the least. As many may already know, there are various copies of Billy Budd (BB: Foretopman, BB: Sailor, etc.) because Melville never published the novella in his lifetime. However, I listened to this audiobook while reading along with the Norton Critical Edition of Billy Budd, and the changes were hardly distinct (except for the name of the ship Indomitable vs. Belipotent and an added paragraph towards the end of the novella). Anyway, I've listened to this audiobook 4 times since I bought it, and it's a great version in my opinion. Captivating Such beautiful language. New respect for Melville, master of the complexities of the human heart. Need chapter markers not violins Some passages required me to refer back to the written version. This audiobook is presented with only three chapters, not the chapter markers that the author intended. Instead of chapter markers there was nice string music interspersed in odd spots. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Billy Budd, Sailor, written by: Herman Melville, Narrated by: William Roberts. This is a magnificent story of a good wholesome and loved by many Billy Budd, and how his nature fuses with the drastic life on a sea ship at the end of the 18th millennium. Billy is an impressed sailor who faces off with a ships first officer, antagonistic to Billy because of Billys goodness and appreciation by others. This book tells the story of the debased ravaging the pure; because of incarnate evil, lodged herein, in the first officer, John Claggart. The presence of the devil is a strong force in this novella. Billy is eventually put under false charges, and reacts violently. Thus, Billy becomes unfairly charged, but being properly prosecuted for his violent reaction when unfairly charged. Needless to say, the crew is in Billys favor, but the book next weights the need of the admiralty law to prevail and keep order and the crews demand for true and proper justice. A short novel, with multitudes of character interactions, deep seated conflicts in right and wrong, justice and equity and the disregard of those in control for the common man. All that counts is keeping those in power in authority. Great little story. Awesome I like the way Billy Budd was presented. I also like the way the story was fluent and not confusing.

A Girl of the Limberlost Audiobook by Gene Stratton-Porter
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A Girl of the Limberlost Audiobook by Gene Stratton-Porter

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Girl of the Limberlost Author: Gene Stratton-Porter Narrator: Christina Moore Format: Unabridged Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins Language: English Release date: 01-16-13 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 59 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Elnora Comstock lives with her widowed mother at the edge of Limberlost Swamp. Her mother is harsh and critical of her daughter, but Elnora is a loving girl who befriends all creatures. She is especially drawn to the beautiful moths that flutter through the trees in Limberlost. Although Elnora longs to go to high school, she has no money to pay for tuition and books. When her cruel mother refuses to help, all seems lost, until Elnora learns she can sell the rare insects she collects. Still, her journey through high school and college will be full of challenges - and surprises. First published in 1909, Gene Stratton-Porters classic tale is a marvelous lesson in the powers of compassion and determination. Whether you remember this book from your childhood, or are meeting it for the first time, Elnoras shining personality will capture your heart. Her gentle spirit is conveyed in each sentence by narrator Christina Moore. Members Reviews: A story of forgiveness, restoration and redemption Any additional comments? This is one of my favourite Gene Stratton-Porter books from way back and I enjoyed listening to this audio version of it, alongside my then 13 & 11 yr old children as a summer time audio book. It pays to note the mother is awful at the beginning of this book (nasty, embittered, and abusive!! ) and then a series of events happen that change her life, her attitude, and the way she treats her daughter, Elnora. The Girl of the Limberlost, in my opinion, is one of those timeless stories of forgiveness, restoration, and redemption. If you appreciate the character development, and story line, in such books as: A Little Princess ~ Burnett, Understood Betsy ~ Canfield, Old Fashioned Girl ~ Alcott, then you'll appreciate this book... well, after you get past the awful mother portion! There is romance in the book, the wholesome kind that is not sensuality based. Christina Moore does a sterling job of bringing this book to "read aloud" life. great story a wonderful book for young and older girls. tells of a young girl who is confident and finds happiness is what life has given her. Living the book Everyone should be able to read this book and I really want to know what happens next because it was so interesting. Where have I been that I didn't know about this superb book!!! Superb narration. Character development was fantastic. Loved it! I can check this classic off my list now as read and thoroughly understand why it's a classic. A story from my teen years. Read this book in my young teen years. It was always a favorite! Enjoyed the the way it was written so long ago...Christina Moore was a fabulous narrator! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Western Literary Canon in Context Audiobook by The Great Courses
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The Western Literary Canon in Context Audiobook by The Great Courses

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Western Literary Canon in Context Author: The Great Courses Narrator: Professor John M. Bowers Format: Original Recording Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins Language: English Release date: 07-08-13 Publisher: The Great Courses Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 63 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: What exactly is the Western literary canon? Why does it contain certain works and not others? And what do particular works in the Western canon tell us about the development of literature and civilization? Explore these and other thought-provoking lectures with a thorough investigation of more than 30 key works of the Western canon and the critical roles they played - and continue to play - in the development of Western literature. Over the course of 36 lectures, you'll discover the exciting stories behind these classic works and their often surprising connections with one another. You'll gain invaluable insights into the stories behind these masterpieces and some of the important elements involved in canon formation, including the influence of editors on the New Testament, the influence of culture on Homer's and Virgil's epics, and the influence of education on J.R.R. Tolkien. You'll also examine the unique connections between each work and its predecessors, allowing you to participate in a riveting literary discussion and examine how history's greatest writers have "talked" with one another, from the way Virgil's Aeneid echoes the Homeric epics the Iliad and the Odyssey to the way John Milton's Paradise Lost is a catalog of the canonic works that precede it, from Plato's "The Apology of Socrates" to William Shakespeare's Hamlet. A panoramic look at literature, this course is your opportunity to witness a rich literary dialogue and take an amazing journey through thousands of years of literary beauty, grace, and humanity. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. Members Reviews: Nice set of lectures This course is well-named. It presents the works in context, especially in context with each other. I enjoyed it, especially the segments on Jane Austen and Tolkien. The professor is clear, engaging and focused. Great content marred by post-modern self-hatred Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? I shouldn't be surprised by now, given how infected the Academy is with the radical chic posturings of post-modernism. Here is a man, of prodigious knowledge, charged with the transmission of our Western cultural memory. And yet he drops, without any hint of critique or self-awareness, the petrie dish of terms which serve to undermine it: "DWEMs, as in Dead White European Males," Greek "sexism", "Eurocentrism," "xenophobia," and "Orientalism." He is so submerged in this decadent mindset that he appears to find these viciously ideological and precisely anti-Western terms as obvious and unproblematic as sunshine. And apparently most of his audience fails even to notice. Well, I did. And I'll pass. Would you recommend The Western Literary Canon in Context to your friends? Why or why not? No. See above. It's a shame, because the man knows his stuff. But his PoMo toss offs poisoned it. What about Professor John M. Bowerss performance did you like? His performance was fine, if you edit out the ideology. Did The Western Literary Canon in Context inspire you to do anything? Yes, never rent anything from The Great Courses again.

The Last of the Mohicans [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by James Fenimore Cooper
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The Last of the Mohicans [Classic Tales Edition] Audiobook by James Fenimore Cooper

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Last of the Mohicans [Classic Tales Edition] Author: James Fenimore Cooper Narrator: B. J. Harrison Format: Unabridged Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins Language: English Release date: 03-23-16 Publisher: B.J. Harrison Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 22 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: It's 1757. The fate of North America is in the hands of the French, the British, and the Native Americans. Each party weaves its warlike path in this tapestry of adventure. Meet Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingatchgook - each a stealthy iron-browed warrior of the mystifying forest. Discover the unscrupulous and sinister Magua, banished and determined to become the leader of his people. Originally published in 1826, The Last of the Mohicans is the second historical novel in the Leatherstocking Tales pentalogy and is best known to contemporary audiences. Since its publication, it has remained one of the most popular novels in English and is widely read in American literature courses today. Members Reviews: Classic The classic story of Chingachgook and Uncas, Last of the Mohicans brings the story alive, with great narrative, character development and insights - though culturally and time limited - into the relationships between First Nations and the British and French at the time of the French and Indian War. A classic. My 9 year old couldn't stop reading. We did ... My 9 year old couldn't stop reading. We did a lot of research trying to get a copy that was going to be worthwhile and this exceeded our expectations. Nice edition for young readers. Very fine edition for young readers. Very well illustrated in hardbound. No dust jacket but a kid would probably just tear it anyway. All in all a very good way to introduce young readers to this classic. Classic read Cooper's tale of 1757 is not only a classic it is also a great description of that period of American history which defined the course of the nation. I loved it then I last read "Last of the Mohicans" when I was six years old. I loved it then, and I got to love it again. It is window into a segment of US history that helped define our nation, minus the spin. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Letters of a Woman Homesteader Audiobook by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
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Letters of a Woman Homesteader Audiobook by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Letters of a Woman Homesteader Author: Elinore Pruitt Stewart Narrator: Gwen Hughes Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins Language: English Release date: 01-25-12 Publisher: Audible Studios Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 86 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Letters of a Woman Homesteader is a frontier classic by Elinore Pruitt Stewart, a widowed young mother who accepted an offer to assist with a ranch in Wyoming. In Stewart's delightful collection of letters, she describes her homesteading experiences to her former employer, Mrs. Coney. Stewart's charming descriptions of work, travels, neighbors, animals, land and sky have an authentic feel. The West comes alive, and everyday life becomes captivating. Stewart's writing is clear, witty, and entertaining. Clear as a bell, concise yet comprehensive, replete with localisms and skillfully rendered frontier humor, it makes one want to toss the PC and reference library into the trash and move to some unspoiled wilderness. The 26 letters are brief and tell about her life on the ranch in the early 1900s. The author frequently and unnecessarily apologizes for being too wordy; she begs forgiveness for many "faults," like being forgetful, ungrateful, inconsistent and indifferent, all without apparent cause. On occasion, language reflects the racial prejudice of the time. Many times in Letters of a Woman Homesteader Stewart attempts to portray the culturally diverse characters she meets by writing their various dialects as they sound. Elinore Pruitt Stewart was a remarkable woman. After enjoying this book, readers will be equipped with a whole new view of not only life in the early 20th century but of the impact woman had on it. Readers of Letters of a Woman Homesteader may also enjoy the film made from it, "Heartland." Elinore also wrote "Letters on an Elk Hunt", as well as many short pieces for periodicals of the day. Editorial Reviews: In the early 1900s, widowed young mother Elinore Pruitt Stewart accepted an offer to assist with a ranch in Wyoming, leaving behind everything familiar to embrace the new. Stewart's letters to her previous employer describe her experiences in homesteading with charm and sincerity, and narrator Gwen Hughes captures their positive, lively tone with her warm, mature voice. Stewart wrote humorously and candidly about her daily life and her encounters with animals and people alike. Hughes recreates the dialects of the diverse characters Stewart describes, and listeners will find themselves with a better appreciation of frontier life and the women who were part of it. Members Reviews: Every woman in the US should read this book. As well as every man. This wonderful set of letters written by a woman homesteader back to her friend in St Louis is nothing short of amazing. And the reader does an excellent job of capturing Eleanor's spirit. Audible is terrific but at least read the book. It will open your eyes to the settlement of the West and the role played by women. Optimistic Pioneer Woman Writes Letters to Friend Would you listen to Letters of a Woman Homesteader again? Why? I would, because the narrative is delightful and the writer of the letters was so upbeat, even in the face of tragedy. She found the best of every situation and was very entertaining in the process. Her letters to her friend were full of interesting details of the time period and allow the listener to understand the "pioneer spirit" we so often hear about. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? No, I wanted to spread it out so I could enjoy it more before the end. Any additional comments? Ms. Hughes did a great job as the reader.

The Moon Is Down Audiobook by John Steinbeck
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The Moon Is Down Audiobook by John Steinbeck

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Moon Is Down Author: John Steinbeck Narrator: George Guidall Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins Language: English Release date: 06-15-11 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 157 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "Free men cannot start a war, but once it is started, they can fight on in defeat." This compelling, dignified and moving novel was inspired by and based upon the Nazi invasion of neutral Norway. Set in an imaginary European mining town, it shows what happens when a ruthless totalitarian power is up against an occupied democracy with an overwhelming desire to be free. Members Reviews: my new all-time favorite riveting from the opening paragraph to the closing line with no let downs between. perfect book, both in story and in writing style, read perfectly by Guidall. I can't believe this is the same author who wrote Grapes of Wrath, which I put down after a few chapters out of boredom... this book is nothing like Grapes. A Village Resists the Nazis Classic tale of WW2 partisan resistance to a Nazi invader. Well written and performed flawlessly A beautiful piece of propaganda! This year I determined to read the classics -- and that gave me the gift of reading John Steinbeck! Now I am on a mission to read everything he has written. I will tell you right up front -- I love Steinbeck. This is my 8th book of his that I have read in less than two months. I like the attention he gives to every detail when describing his characters and settings. I love the simplicity with which he writes. I love that he can describe the worst of life but make it a beautiful exploration of social norms and values. And I think I also really like him -- not the author, the person. I like how much he desired to know people. I like his views on how we treat one another. I like him. So, my review may be biased. :) This book was written for a purpose: to encourage people to stand up to evil and oppression. And it actually served that purpose. During WWII it was a best seller in many places, including France. And it was banned by the Germans. And now, 70 years later it stands up to the test of time. It should still remind us all not to allow a tyrant in; that when the tyrant takes control we should not stay silent; that we should always use our voices and our talents to object to the things we see that are evil or wrong. In the early 1980s, during the cold war, I served in the USAF. I was taught a lot about the evils of propaganda. I was taught about the hatred it spews. I was taught about its inherent vices. But I never saw an example of a positive and beautiful piece of propaganda. Until now. Having shared all my raves you may wonder why I didn't give the book 5 stars. I think there are two reasons. First, I am comparing it to The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and Travels with Charley and it isn't quite as good. Second, I hated the ending. It felt like I was missing at least one chapter. It felt like a non-ending. Some may like this aspect, but I hated it and it resulted in the loss of one star. John Steinbeck book review fantastic book will read it many time love all John Steinbeck's work thank you very much I review of this book A great one but not the best liked it and enjoyed it but lower than my expectations. The finish could be better Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Mutiny on the Bounty Audiobook by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall
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Mutiny on the Bounty Audiobook by Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Mutiny on the Bounty Author: Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall Narrator: Charlton Griffin Format: Unabridged Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins Language: English Release date: 07-18-14 Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 117 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In 1789 HMS Bounty under the command of Lieutenant William Bligh sailed off on a voyage to Tahiti in the South Pacific to obtain breadfruit trees for transplanting in the Caribbean. After a long, difficult voyage, in which a passage of Cape Horn had to be abandoned, the ship finally reached its destination. Within a few months, the Bounty was loaded with breadfruit plants and fresh provisions. But the return voyage never materialized. In this most successful retelling of the famous saga of the Bounty mutiny, Nordhoff and Hall recreate the excitement, peril, fear, and tension that envelope the crew members. Made into films in 1935, 1962, and 1994, it is a story that continues to enthrall new generations. In a realist style, the novel brings the listener into the private world of William Bligh, Fletcher Christian, Roger Byum, and all the other crew members. It is a story you will want to hear more than once. Critic Reviews: "This vigorous, artistic narrative remains incontestably the finest account of the Bounty story, and since many others have tried to write of this famous ship and its misadventures, the accomplishment of Nordhoff and Hall was not trivial. A grand book." (James A. Michener) Members Reviews: Excellent narration of a classic sea adventure! This is an excellent audio version of Mutiny on the Bounty! I read the book several years ago, and loved it. I needed to reread it so it was fresh in my mind for a book discussion group, and decided to make more efficient use of my time by listening to part of it. That is why I purchased this audible version. Well, I am so glad that I did! I ended up listening to most of the book. The narrator was wonderful, and he made the story come alive. great book great book. i love books about 1700's & 1800's naval exploration. it's incredible how far these guys sailed with only a compass and a sextant. MUST READ True Adventure I read Nordhoff & Hall's "Bounty Trilogy" when I was 20 years old. Forty years later, the books are still among my favorites of all time. In my opinion, the music, and British accented narration, bring the story more life than a hard-copy reading. I would recommend this book to men, women, and readers in their teens. I certainly hope that this first book in the trilogy will be followed by "Men Against the Sea" and "Pitcairn Island" in the near future. Well read, true narrative, classic seafaring tale! Having always loved this story, I eagerly looked forward to listening to it and was not disappointed. The reader captures the essence of the Islanders language which is key to this story. Excellent Presentation Where does Mutiny on the Bounty rank among all the audiobooks youve listened to so far? One of the best historical novels What about Charlton Griffins performance did you like? Appropriately British, but not overboard. Good differentiation of character voices. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? One more time Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Typee Audiobook by Herman Melville
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Typee Audiobook by Herman Melville

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Typee Subtitle: A Peep at Polynesian Life Author: Herman Melville Narrator: George Guidall Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins Language: English Release date: 07-13-11 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 37 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Herman Melville is one of the greatest figures in literary history. His classic Moby Dick is generally considered the finest novel ever written by an American. Yet in Melvilles day, Typee was a far more popular book. Largely autobiographical, this classic adventure story is set in the South Seas, where a runaway sailor is captured by the Typees. Described as a fierce and unrelenting tribe of savages," the islanders have no intention of letting their captive go. Editorial Reviews: You probably heard of this novel when studying Melville in high school or college. You learned that it's a minor work and haven't thought of it since. But this was Melville's most popular book during his lifetime. It's a great adventure story, told by a master storyteller, and gives the feeling of having been lived firsthand. (For the most part, it was.) George Guidall provides a spirited narration of the plot-driven passages and enlivens expositional chapters (for example, Melville's extensive anthropological observations). Guidall's gift for wry humor and the arch comment serves him (and listeners) well throughout. Members Reviews: Peeping Typee is Tapu; Reading Typee is Noa! Herman Melville's first book Typee is a blend of creative memoir, cultural commentary, and good story telling. Melville recounts and elaborates on his experiences among the Typee cannibals on the French Polynesian island of Nuku Hiva (Marquesas Islands) in 1842. Typee ended up being Meville's best-selling book during his lifetime, no doubt due to both his skill as a writer mated with his romantic story of life among Polynesian savages. The book flows nicely and balances between the chasms of cultural superiority & nobel savage worship that can easily dominate these types of books. Reading this made me think of similar types of long-form journalism that catch fire in our day (Junger to Theroux to Conover to Vollmann). While approachable, it isn't Melville's best work, but shows early signs of motifs that would show up later in Moby-Dick, Billy Budd, etc. Great treatment The narrator does a wonderful job with this minor classic. Part novel, mostly travelogue, and full of charming descriptions and turns of phrase. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Call of the Wild Audiobook by Jack London
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The Call of the Wild Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Call of the Wild Author: Jack London Narrator: Mary Sarah Agliotta Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs Language: English Release date: 01-13-15 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 61 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Jack London's masterpiece, tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment. Members Reviews: Better than expected I was surprised given how cheap this is that this seems to be the best recording of this story. In fact, the narrator does quite a good job, a couple of random unusually pronounced words notwithstanding. I finally read this because it's on all those lists of the top 100 novels. It certainly wouldn't be on my list, but I ultimately came to see why it's so loved, even if I thought the first half was pretty dull. Amazing reading and writing. Beautifully read, thoughtfully descriptive story of a domesticated dog that goes on to become powerful husky pack leader. His extremely different lifestyles, from one owner to the next. Dog lovers....this is IT !!! As a tame but powerful dog...Buck....adapts to the harsh life of the Alaska gold rush, he learns survival lessons that eclipse the civilized life he led before being dog-napped and sold into dog slavery. He learns that life is a Darwinian struggle in the frozen north, and that it takes both strength and cunning to survive. If you love dogs, you will love this excellent tale of a dog who adapts, survives, and wins the struggle of life in the harsh, frozen, and heartless frozen North....a dog who eventually wins the love of and the love for a man. The law of club and fang
My girlfriend lives on Third St. in SF close to where Jack London was born. And recently I've taken a big Bay area interest. This audio book was my introduction to Heinold's Saloon's honored apparition. And if if Buck could choose only one narrator to read his story, my money is on this performance. great rendering the narrator did a master full job this rendering of a great book. with her narration, she brought to life the words off the page. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Great Poets: Emily Dickinson Audiobook by Emily Dickinson
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The Great Poets: Emily Dickinson Audiobook by Emily Dickinson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Great Poets: Emily Dickinson Author: Emily Dickinson Narrator: Teresa Gallagher Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 16 mins Language: English Release date: 02-25-08 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 50 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Here are some of the finest poems by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), a unique voice in American poetry. She is known for her short poems, full of acute observations, and deft use of language. This careful but imaginative selection shows the remarkable variety she produced, despite the miniature nature of her medium. Editorial Reviews: Teresa Gallagher has an agile voice and the delicate articulation necessary for interpreting the finely crafted poems of Emily Dickinson. Gallagher performs the poems with a simplicity and clarity that allow their beauty to flourish. However, Dickinson did not title her poems, so Gallagher does not have that convention as a way to mark the beginning of each work. The 99 poems selected from Dickinson's canon of over one thousand are a choice presentation highlighted by Gallagher's skillful performance. This production is a pleasurable retreat into Dickinson's imaginary world. Members Reviews: Beautiful and fragile poetry Personally, that was a perfect narration of E. Dickinsons delicate poems. T. Gallagher did a brilliant job. The poems that appear on the audio were meant to be read in alphabetical order.

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

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Robin Field Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 1 min Language: English Release date: 12-17-09 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 96 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Mark Twain's writing has been wildly popular ever since he put pen to paper, and now its popularity has continued into the new century. Mark Twain was well known as a great American short-story writer as well as a novelist and humorist. This collection of eighteen of his best short stories, the well known and the lesser known, displays his best-known side, as a master of Western humor and frontier realism, with little of the pessimism that surfaced in his later works. Beginning the collection is "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog," which was Twain's first successful story, published in 1865 in the New York Saturday Press. This comic version of an old folk tale became the title story of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches, published in 1867, which was what established him as a leading American humorist. Twain's most distinctive work sums up the tradition of Western humor and frontier realism. Beginning as a journalist, he assumed the method and point of view of popular literature in the U.S., maintaining the personal anecdotal style that he also used in his comic lectures. These stories display Twain's place in American letters as a master writer in the authentic native idiom. He was exuberant and irreverent, but underlying the humor was a vigorous desire for social justice and a pervasive equalitarian attitude. Critic Reviews: Mark Twain was a master of "pungent tall talk and picaresque adventure." ( The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature) Members Reviews: Great but incomplete Robin Field gives a great reading of some of Mark Twain's best stories. His narration is a little flat in the beginning, but when he gets into the voices of the many characters, he takes off. The audiobook appears to be based on the Modern Library edition of the same title: it has the same stories in the same order, including the date of publication; and my only complaint is that the last four stories from that collection, all from Twain's darker period, are omitted. (This may have been an issue of length, but I suspect it's more a question of copyright.) The omitted stories include "Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven" and the haunting and unfinished story "The Great Dark." Luckily most of the omitted material is available in other Mark Twain recordings on Audible.com. (For example, "The Great Dark" is available as part of the "Letters From the Earth" audiobook, which I also recommend.) So the collection isn't as complete as it could be, but as far as it goes, it's first-rate. It includes the usual suspects (the Jumping Frog and Hadleyburg) and one of my own personal favorites, "The Stolen White Elephant," one of the most laugh-out-loud-funny parodies of detective fiction ever written.

Understood Betsy Audiobook by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
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Understood Betsy Audiobook by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Understood Betsy Author: Dorothy Canfield Fisher Narrator: Anne Hancock Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins Language: English Release date: 12-07-15 Publisher: Spoken Realms Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 29 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Elizabeth Ann is being carefully brought up by her Aunt Frances. Aunt Frances shares in all Elizabeth Ann's fears and slights, walks her to and from school each day, and conscientiously follows the most modern theories on child-rearing. She is the original helicopter parent. Not surprisingly, at nine years old Elizabeth Ann is timid and shy, friendless, and completely dependent on her doting aunt. Then an emergency occurs, and the fearful little girl is temporarily sent to other relatives who live on a farm in Vermont. When her uncle Henry nonchalantly hands her the buggy reins for the ride from the train station, the newly named Betsy realizes that that this new family expects her to think for herself. Dorothy Canfield Fisher was an early advocate of Maria Montessori's educational theory of learning by doing, and her heroine flourishes as she becomes aware of and interested in the world around her and discovers how truly capable she is. Members Reviews: Understood Betsy Loved this sweet nostalgic story! The narrator did a fantastic job with voice changes and inflections. Truly delightful! Understood Betsy This was fascinating to listen to.Set in the early 1900's,Anne Hancock does a fine narration.betsy is an orphan taken in by Aunts.They live in the city.When her aunt becomes ill Betsy ends up on a farm with another family.She experiences new things everyday.I was provided this book free by the author,narrator or publisher. Like a picnic on a warm spring day I really enjoyed this book. The descriptions of the countryside and the people who decorated it were warm and fuzzy - in a good way. Yes, it might have been a little predictable and pollyannish but those aren't always bad things. I watch my comfort movies over and over and know they aren't going to change and that's what I like about them. Sometimes I need a little sunshine and 'sometimes things do turn out alright' in my life and this fit the bill. I would say it 'was a simpler time' but I don't know that and suspect every time has its challenges and beauty. It was without cell phones, computers and sports cars and it appealed to my inner tween. I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Beautiful Story about Discovery and Love Who was your favorite character and why? I adored Betsy and her cousins Which scene was your favorite? Loved the poetry reading, the story about the fair and so many others Any additional comments? This was a delightful story. It's a must read for Laura Ingall fans. The author creates such a wonderful setting. Ms. Hancock captures the essence of the setting and characters perfectly. It truly was an enjoyable listening experience. I received a copy via audiobook boom in exchange for an unbiased review. Understood Betsy This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom. Understood Betsy : Dorothy Canfield Fisher This book originally published in 1916 (that was five years before my mother was born.) A wonderful book about an overly protected young girl, that was sent to live with relatives that expected her to be self sufficient. Quite a story for kids to adults, as each age group will find their own meaning. The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man Audiobook by James Weldon Johnson
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The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man Audiobook by James Weldon Johnson

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man Author: James Weldon Johnson Narrator: Richard Allen Format: Unabridged Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 12-11-12 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 30 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Originally published anonymously in 1912, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man revealed as never before the color line dividing America, and the price it exacted on those souls who could traverse the two worlds. The book presents the fictional account of "an ex-colored man" - an African-American who could pass for white - as he attempts to choose which side of the line will better suit his life, and his psyche. Later republished, properly, as the work of James Weldon Johnson, The Autobiography has gone on to become a classic novel of the early twentieth century, and Dreamscape is proud to present this new recording to coincide with the 100th anniversary of this great book. Members Reviews: New favorite This book was exceptional and I enjoyed it wholeheartedly. I would recommend it for anyone. heady I can't imagine being in his situation. The end of the book was a little lack luster. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

Arrowsmith Audiobook by Sinclair Lewis
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Arrowsmith Audiobook by Sinclair Lewis

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Arrowsmith Author: Sinclair Lewis Narrator: John McDonough Format: Unabridged Length: 20 hrs and 41 mins Language: English Release date: 01-23-12 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 143 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The son of a country doctor, Sinclair Lewis turned to writing instead of medicine. He won the Nobel Prize in 1930. Arrowsmith was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. This is the story of a brilliant young man who dedicates his life to science, yet finds that corruption, not disease, is his greatest foe. Martin Arrowsmith is fascinated by science and medicine. As a boy, he immerses himself in Grays Anatomy. In medical school, he soaks up knowledge from his mentor, a renowned bacteriologist. But soon he is urged to focus on politics and promotions rather than his research. Even as Martin progresses from doctor to public health official and noted pathologist, he still yearns to devote his time to pure science. Published in 1924, this novel had a profound effect on the reading public. As an expose of professional greed and fraud, it was a call to scrutinize flawed medical practices. Now, through John McDonoughs vibrant narration, it is a truly notable audiobook. Editorial Reviews: This 1924 classic traces the less than satisfying career of a doctor from his college training through his small-town practice, participation in a city health agency, and work in a West Indian clinic, where he hopes to engage in pure science and escape the money-grubbing that has so frustrated him earlier. Sinclair Lewis won the Pulitzer Prize for Arrowsmith but refused it, out of pique, some critics suggest, because he felt he should have won it for his earlier novels. The novel still makes good listening today, in large measure because of the competence of narrator John McDonough. Though he could use a little more drama and more consistent differentiation among the many characters, his style eventually becomes as compelling as the novel itself. Members Reviews: Arrowsmith - The Classic Book, Not the Band Book: In general, I do not comment on classics. However, I found the story interesting since it draws from the history in the US from 100 years ago: Pre-WWI, midwest, industrialization of the economy, the movement of most of the population from the farm to the city, etc - all the changes - economic, political, social, etc. I liked it but if you were looking for fast moving book, this is not it. However, if want to see changes in personalities and slices of social groups, it is interesting with great wording and character development. I sure it won the Noble Prize for Literature for its social-political aspect, in part, but it is a very good piece of literature. Performance: The reader was very good. In time, I forgot there was reader and toward the end of the book the reader acted some of the characters well out. Precursor to Rand's The Fountainhead It's no coincidence that Ayn Rand read many of Sinclair Lewis's novels, especially Arrowsmith. The theme of Arrowsmith is staying true to oneself, to one's very soul. Unlike Howard Roark in The Fountainhead, Martin Arrowsmith has not achieved the certainty of Roark, yet he fights throughout the book to not be a second-hander (to use Rand's term). He succeeds, but it takes the length of the book to find out for sure. Wonderful book! Boring but readable So this kid from the hinterlands decides to become a doctor. He goes through the trials and tribs of youth, early love, rejection. He hitches his academic wagon to the wrong stars on occasion. He finds the right woman who supports him and his quest for a medical degree and a position to work in science.

1900, Or: The Last President Audiobook by Ingersoll Lockwood
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1900, Or: The Last President Audiobook by Ingersoll Lockwood

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: 1900, Or: The Last President Author: Ingersoll Lockwood Narrator: John Pruden Format: Unabridged Length: 1 hr and 14 mins Language: English Release date: 09-05-17 Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 3 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: This near-future political satire about the election of a new president argues that socialism and populism will eventually give rise to chaos and disaster. Authored by Ingersoll Lockwood - around whom conspiracy theories concerning the sci-fi/fantasy character Baron Trump now abound - 1900, Or: The Last President is notable for both its clairvoyance and its reflection on the social movements and political climate of its time. Members Reviews: Interesting I will have to listen to it again as I didn't catch all of what was happening. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Awakening Audiobook by Kate Chopin
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The Awakening Audiobook by Kate Chopin

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Awakening Author: Kate Chopin Narrator: Jane Leclercq Format: Unabridged Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins Language: English Release date: 05-09-12 Publisher: Trout Lake Media Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 140 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers around Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South. The Awakening is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism. The novel's blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity makes The Awakening a precursor of American modernism; it prefigures the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and echoes the works of contemporaries such as Edith Wharton and Henry James. It can also be considered among the first Southern works in a tradition that would culminate with the modern masterpieces of Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, and Tennessee Williams. Members Reviews: A bargain, but at a cost Frightfully posh accent, which is fine though not really in sync with material, but the reader seems not to understand what she's reading, beyond enjoying the elegant sounds she herself is making; this manifests itself in actually getting the words wrong (e.g. "susceptibility" becomes a magical new word, "suspectibility," which makes no sense either in itself nor in context.) The end result is that it is impossible for the listener to become engaged in the story. Leclercq does Chopin proud Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? A great feminist perspective on the search for identity. What did you like best about this story? Edna's realization that she would be willing to give her life for her children, but not her identity or her existence. Which character as performed by Jane Leclercq was your favorite? Edna of course! Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? The novel makes you think, about how your own life is aligned and if you have your own identity independent of your relationships. Any additional comments? Unable to engage I was unable to engage in this book. The reader speaks far too quickly and without distinction or interpretation of the characters. The story is lost because of this. Shattering Even though I was assigned and forced to read the book, I found myself captivated with its story and ideals, great book for thinkers Not a Classic The narrator does a good job, I just disliked the book. I don't understand why it's considered a classic. The other doesn't allow the reader to interpret anything, she tells the audience exactly what is going on and exactly what her characters feel. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

A Death in the Family Audiobook by James Agee
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A Death in the Family Audiobook by James Agee

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: A Death in the Family Author: James Agee Narrator: Lloyd James Format: Unabridged Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins Language: English Release date: 11-23-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 101 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Audie Award Nominee, Classic, 2013 Decades after its original publication, James Agees last novel seems, more than ever, an American classic. For in his lyrical, sorrowful account of a mans death and its impact on his family, Agee painstakingly created a small world of domestic happiness and then showed how quickly and casually it could be destroyed. On a sultry summer night in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his house in Knoxville, Tennessee, to tend to his father, whom he believes is dying. The summons turns out to be a false alarm, but on his way back to his family, Jay has a car accident and is killed instantly. Dancing back and forth in time and braiding the viewpoints of Jays wife, brother, and young son, Rufus, Agee creates an overwhelmingly powerful novel of innocence, tenderness, and loss that should be read aloud for the sheer music of its prose. Critic Reviews: "People I know who read A Death in the Family forty years ago still talk about it. So do I. It is a great book." (Andre Dubus, author of Dancing after Hours) Members Reviews: Outstanding! I had never heard of this author or this book- so glad I stumbled upon it! Moving, thoughtful- a great story told by a fantastic narrator Wonderfully read! Incredible story. Wonderfully read. James Agee is amazing. Get it, listen, enjoy!!!! Thank you Audible. Outstanding audiobook. Excellent story, excellent performance. Narrator nailed the East Tennessean accent without condescension. Very highly recommended. Wonderful! I've read this book twice, but got such wonderful added dimension from Lloyd James' reading. Kudos! Is it really worth the costs of reading/listening? In the 2d half of my 40s, I've been on a kick to read as many prized literary novels as I can. I've been particularly interested in reading such novels set in the South. This novel, set in Tennessee, won the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Literature. It has caused me to question whether I should do a cost-benefit analysis before reading certain prized novels. In my literary endeavor, many times I've enjoyed what I've read and some novels have required hard work and a second reading to appreciate (e.g., The Sound and the Fury). And, then there have been a couple like A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, that made me wonder why I should force myself to experience a story of an event and aftermath so painful to endure in reality, a story that nearly all of us suffer through at least a few times in our life if we are lucky enough to make it to middle age. This novel, as you can tell from the title, is a story of a rural family dealing with the death of the father and husband and brother and son to the respective surviving family members. I have had a hard enough time surviving the painful ordeal of the death of an immediate family member. While I can appreciate the literary quality of this novel, I've come to the conclusion that life is just too short and my reading time too limited to spend hours and hours of my time vicariously living through such intimate agony and sadness at and as the story's very center. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Wayward Bus Audiobook by John Steinbeck, Gary Schamhorst - introduction
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The Wayward Bus Audiobook by John Steinbeck, Gary Schamhorst - introduction

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Wayward Bus Author: John Steinbeck, Gary Schamhorst - introduction Narrator: Richard Poe Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins Language: English Release date: 07-14-15 Publisher: Penguin Audio Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 156 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In his first novel to follow the publication of his enormous success The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck's vision comes wonderfully to life in this imaginative and unsentimental chronicle of a bus traveling California's back roads, transporting the lost and the lonely, the good and the greedy, the stupid and the scheming, the beautiful and the vicious away from their shattered dreams and, possibly, toward the promise of the future. This edition features an introduction by Gary Scharnhorst. Members Reviews: Steinbeck always touches the heart, makes you feel I am at a complete loss trying to explain John Steinbeck to people; trying to explain why exactly I LOVE him so much! His books are astoundingly beautiful pieces of work written with a quiet simplicity that confuses me. I do know one reason -- and maybe that is the whole of it -- that I love his books. He writes about people who are real, and he writes about them with so much detail and reverence. He gives you the hardest aspects of life, settings that are quiet, storylines that are slow and rich, and people who you know. He tells their stories, which are OUR stories. He loves people and allows them to be angry, to grieve, to love. He allows them to be flawed, and to delve into the things that make them unlikable at times. John Steinbeck takes the worst in people and makes you love them for it. So what is it that he does better than almost anyone else? He makes you feel all the feels. I saw another reviewer say that he had a "heart-seeking missile" and that phrase blew me away because I feel exactly the same. This book a bit different than some of his better known works, and yet it is also the same. It doesn't really have much of a beginning or an ending. It is a story of the journey, and not the journey on the bus, but the journey of life. One other thought I have: Often the books that best tell the tale of the journey of life with all its messiness are sweeping, epic tales, which follow the characters throughout life and sometimes follow generations of characters throughout their lives. But Steinbeck accomplishes the same in stories that often occur in tiny moments of time. This book occurs in a day. Beautifully written A past era brought to life, narrated excellently... Loved it and I will recommend it. A Steinbeck masterpiece below the radar We are always encouraged to read more popular Steinbeck works. The Wayward Bus is an absolute masterpiece. John Steinbeck was brilliant in his telling of the intertwining human struggles. I felt like I was in the cafe and on the bus. Richard Poe is a narrator with very few peers. Incredibly enjoyable! A tale of our pains and what's done about it This is the first I've read Steinbeck. It's a masterfully intricate tale of people, what they feel, and how little they are connected to why they feel it. The characters here represent us well- going about their lives, justifying their actions, and mostly distracting themselves. They wander, starving for genuine belonging, connectedness. But it's they who starve themselves for all their self-defenses, and are unwilling to go through the pain in order to come out on the other side: being healed and whole. They'd rather masquerade that everything is working out just fine than be known, even by themselves. Just ok I was disappointed. the characters were not likeable story was lacking.

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: Frank Muller Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins Language: English Release date: 12-16-99 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 110 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Young Henry Fleming used to play soldier and dream of being a hero, but when he faces his first battle - the Battle of Chancellorsville - he finds that heroism is not at all what he had expected. Shells burst in front of him like strange flowers, gunfire ripped toward him in great crackling sheets of flame, and all around him, blue-coated figures lie still on the blood-drenched grass. Remarkably, Stephen Crane wrote this realistic tale of the terror of war without ever witnessing a battle. Editorial Reviews: In this re-release of a well-known classic, Frank Muller creates a world made for audio. His performance lifts the words from the page and turns them into flesh-and-blood characters with aches and torments. Each accent fits the character, and each character sounds authentic. Union soldier Henry Fleming faces his first battle and runs away. Muller turns Henrys shame at his act of cowardice into something as tangible as the red badge he longs for. Mullers pacing is exceptional in battle sequences, and his quiet moments can be tender. Henrys plight combined with Mullers vocal artistry makes this utterly engrossing listening. Critic Reviews: "Muller's reading is superb." ( Grand Rapids Press) "[Stephen Crane] knows nothing of war, yet he is drenched in blood. Most beginners who deal with this subject spatter themselves with ink." (Ambrose Bierce, author and Civil War veteran) Members Reviews: Very well Narrated .. Would you listen to The Red Badge of Courage again? Why? I would listen to this book again, because of the Narrator Frank Muller made you feel like you was watching a movie in your ears.. Outstanding performance by the Narrator. Who was your favorite character and why? I like the main character in the Book, the young Henry Fleming because of what he had to go through as the story continued. What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldnt experience if you just read the book? Frank Muller Narrating brings the art of entertainment to your ears. almost make you feel like you was watching a movie. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? The whole story was great. A Classic It is so sad that Stephen Crane died at such a young age and in such an ignominious way. What a waste of such a great talent. I am grateful he left us The Red Badge of Courage and a few other things before his life was over. Crane's style is quite unlike any other author I have ever read. His characters were always referred to by a description rather than by name, although Crane did give many of them names. The protagonist, Henry Fleming, was consistently referred to throughout the book as "the Youth." In addition to Crane's inspired prose, his characterizations are great. The metamorphosis that Henry (the Youth) goes through is very well done. Crane's description of battles of war are amazing, especially when one learns that Crane had never been involved in a war. Well done, Stephen. Wish you had stuck around to give us more great literature. There is a seemingly never-ending line-up of narrators of this book. None will be better than Frank Muller. Make it easy on yourself, and choose Frank. He is amazing!! Caution! Cannot burn CD. I have downloaded this particular item from two different audio book services (Audiobooks.com and Audible.com) on 2 different dates. In both cases, I could not burn CDs from the downloaded file.

Walden Audiobook by Henry David Thoreau
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Walden Audiobook by Henry David Thoreau

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: Walden Author: Henry David Thoreau Narrator: William Hope Format: Abridged Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins Language: English Release date: 04-15-05 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4 of 5 out of 63 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the town for the country. Beside the lake of Walden, he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect, while surviving on $8 a year. From this experience emerged one of the great classics of American literature, a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that he saw as the main impulses of mid-19th century America. Editorial Reviews: Walden is organized like a conversation. Thoreau moves from topic to topic in an easy flow, touching on politics, economics, and spirituality. William Hope's performance of the work brings out this quality wonderfully. Narrating slowly, with regular pauses, as if engaged in a conversation with a close friend, Hope allows readers to hear the rhythms of Thoreau's prose. But however it rambles, the essay always returns to the loving descriptions of nature and insightful reflections on personal identity that Thoreau developed in his cabin by Walden Pond. This is an accessible adaptation of an American classic. Members Reviews: A little dry I'm on a classics kick so I picked this one too. I have to give this one a big YAWN. But the book does have redeeming qualities from philosophical standpoint. The author's desire to "live life on purpose" and to question the precepts of modern society is relevant 160 years later. Love the book Hated the perfomance Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? Book yes. This reading no. It sounded as though it was being read by Archie Bunker. I wish I could have a refund. What was one of the most memorable moments of Walden? Walden is a wonderful visual piece. How could the performance have been better? Having it narrated by Rupert Degas! Was Walden worth the listening time? Not this version narrated by Mr Hope! Any additional comments? There should be a means to obtain a refund or a credit when something is this awful! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Jungle Audiobook by Upton Sinclair
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The Jungle Audiobook by Upton Sinclair

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Jungle Author: Upton Sinclair Narrator: George Guidall Format: Unabridged Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins Language: English Release date: 07-13-11 Publisher: Recorded Books Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 435 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Few books have so affected radical social changes as The Jungle, first published serially in 1906. Exposing unsanitary conditions in the meat-packing industry in Chicago, Sinclair's novel gripped Americans by the stomach, contributing to the passage of the first Food and Drug Act. If you've never read this classic novel, don't be put off by its gruesome reputation. Upton Sinclair was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who could turn even an exposé into a tender and moving novel. Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant, comes to America in search of a fortune for his family. He accepts the harsh realities of a working man's lot, laboring with naive vigor - until, his health and family sacrificed, he understands how the heavy wheels of the industrial machine can crush the strongest spirit. Editorial Reviews: Before there was Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, or Morgan Spurlock, there was Upton Sinclair. Sinclair's classic novel - an exposé of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the at the turn of the twentieth century - achieves new life as an audiobook. Narrator George Guidall's passionate rendering of the text makes it possible to visualize the vicious and grotesque conditions inside the slaughterhouses, and the impoverished immigrants who worked there, in a way that reading the text alone might not convey. Members Reviews: THIS is an American Tragedy I know it's not actually titled "An American Tragedy" (that's another classic), but this book really details a tragic life in tragic circumstances. In fact, I found it so painfully dismal, I had to stop half way through to listen to another book before coming back to it because it was so intense. Don't let that stop you, though, because it's a book well worth listening too. It's best known as a muckraking book about the appalling conditions of the Chicago meatpacking plants at the turn of the 20th century, and almost all of the descriptions in the book were found to be true - and two important pieces of food safety legislation were enacted because of it. In fact, Upton Sinclair spent almost 2 months "undercover" working in the meatpacking plants before writing this book - which was originally published in installments. What struck me more, though, was the horrific situation of the workers, not just in the meatpacking plants themselves, but also their housing and social situations. How new immigrants had been targeted in Europe and encouraged to come to work in the Chicago plants, lured with promises of a land of plenty -- only to find a different reality when they arrived unskilled, unable to speak English, and unprepared for the scam artists of an unregulated marketplace. Wickedly dangerous workplace conditions (resulting in gangrenous wounds, chemical burns, and respiratory failure), ridiculously crowded living conditions (sharing a mattress to sleep in shifts at the boarding house), and high district unemployment that resulted in men begging for work each morning and low wages. Upton Sinclair, with his clearly socialist leanings in this book, says he aimed for the heart of his reader (with these depictions of unfairly harsh circumstances), but hit the readers' stomachs instead (with depiction of the meatpacking situations).

The Call of the Wild Audiobook by Jack London
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The Call of the Wild Audiobook by Jack London

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Call of the Wild Author: Jack London Narrator: Kevin Theis Format: Unabridged Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 01-17-18 Publisher: Bassett Publishing Ratings: 5 of 5 out of 9 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: Jack London's The Call of the Wild is a griping tale of beast and man. In this beloved classic, Buck struggles to escape his captivity as he is transported from his home life in California to his new home amidst the Gold Rush. Battling frigid cold and utter confusion, Buck becomes aggressive and angry. Eventually, he becomes part of the pack led by John Thornton, and he begins to heal. Buck finally gives into his natural tendencies and learns to hunt and fend for himself, though always a friend to John Thornton. The Call of the Wild is a beautiful examination of nature versus nurture and the will to live despite all odds. Members Reviews: I loved it I loved listening to this book. It is one of the great classics. Kevin Theis narrated this book wonderfully. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Turn of the Screw (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Henry James
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The Turn of the Screw (AmazonClassics Edition) Audiobook by Henry James

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Turn of the Screw (AmazonClassics Edition) Author: Henry James Narrator: Karen Cass Format: Unabridged Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins Language: English Release date: 01-10-18 Publisher: Brilliance Audio Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: A young governess arrives at Bly, a country home in Essex, England, to care for Miles and Flora, two precocious and pure children. But as ghostly visions take shape, the obsessively protective governess soon fears for the safety of her wards - only to wonder if these hauntings are a conjuring of her own imagination. In challenging what we see - and what we believe we see - in the dark of the night, The Turn of the Screw stands as one of the boldest and most chilling ghost stories ever told. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds. Revised edition: Previously published as The Turn of the Screw, this edition of The Turn of the Screw (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions. Members Reviews: Boring nonsense This was hard to get through. The language was archaic and difficult to follow. The plot was ridiculous. Iâve enjoyed other books by James and so wanted to give this one a chance. It just never delivered. It had a silly ambiguous ending so it really was not worth my while to finish it. A huge disappointment. Great story....old fashioned writing. I missed reading this story in my college English Lit. class. Great story....very old fashioned writing. The W. Wyler film "The Heiress" is the masterpiece. Ghosts or a troubled mind? The Turn of the Screw is a well-known Victorian ghost story written by Henry James, whose predominant characteristic is ambiguity. Some modern readers will be disappointed, because the thrilling scenes are very subtly recorded and the ghosts seem to be pretty harmless. Taking in consideration that we get only the governess's account of the story - within the manuscript - we cannot always take her seriously. This novella can be interpreted in two different ways: A) the ghosts truly exist and communicate with the two children, while the governess tries to protect them. B) only the governess sees the ghosts - these supernatural beings are hallucinations caused by the woman's unsatisfied love/sexual life. I find this psychoanalytic approach more appealing, because there are some fading allusions that she was in love with the master (the uncle of the children). For example, on the first evening she saw Quint seated up on the tower, she was daydreaming of encountering someone. Also, she sees Miss Jessel - the late governess - on the other side of the lake. (S. Freud considers water a symbol of the female gender.) the present governess might fantasise of her own desires through the two ghosts: Mrs Grose tells her that Quint and Miss Jessel had an affair and that he (probably) abused Miles.

The Scarlet Letter Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The Scarlet Letter Audiobook by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Scarlet Letter Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Narrator: Jae Huff Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins Language: English Release date: 11-28-17 Publisher: Dreamtown Publishing Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 5 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: The Scarlet Letter is an 1850 novel in a historical setting, written by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is considered to be his "masterwork". Set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the work, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt. Members Reviews: Grace vs Justice Hawthorne builds the frame of the story on the travail of a woman accused of adulterous relations. His is a fascinating illustration of values in conflict, and how those conflicts shape us even more than the values themselves. The end of the story was truthful and poignant in describing the feelings and consequences of the battle, its scars and the wisdom gained by those open to the pain of struggle. To those who revel in struggle alone, in revenge and hate, their lives - as illustrated in this story - are grim and wasted. Regarding the reading I suggest listening to a sample before purchasing. It didnt detract from the story for me but for some the readers sing-song pacing of the sentences and an occasional misplaced accent or pronunciation might prove distracting. This is not an uncommon fault and may be present in other readings as well in greater degree, so its necessary to keep this observation in perspective, in my judgment. I have returned books before on this count, and didnt sense this rendition of the story required that. I received this book at no cost on condition that I provide my unbiased review. Really good! Fantastic narration for this literary classic! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter : Nathaniel Hawthorne It was time to revisit this classic. There is so many emotions touched as the tale progresses. The narration was well done after I switched to my Kïndle Fire and sped up the reading speed to 1.5, otherwise it felt like it dragged. Jae Huff has a pleasant voice. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

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: Laurel Lefkow Format: Unabridged Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins Language: English Release date: 08-05-16 Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 29 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: "The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!" Awarded the 1921 Pulitzer Prize (the first to be presented to a woman), Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence is a powerful depiction of love and desire in New York's glamorous Gilded Age. When Newland Archer, happily engaged to May Welland, meets his fiancée's cousin Ellen, his entire future is cast into doubt: strong-willed, witty, and entirely unpretentious, Ellen is unlike any woman he has ever met. He is torn between his infatuation for her and his duty to marry May. In subtle and elegant language, Wharton delivers a critical look at the social mores of the time. Laurel Lefkow gives a tender and sympathetic interpretation. Members Reviews: Dreamy Laurel Lefkow has the most beautiful voice ever - an entertaining and engrossing read with some lovely passages. Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com

The Prince and the Pauper Audiobook by Mark Twain
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The Prince and the Pauper Audiobook by Mark Twain

Listen to audiobook in full for free on http://hotaudiobook.com/free Title: The Prince and the Pauper Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Steve West Format: Unabridged Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins Language: English Release date: 08-23-11 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 28 votes Genres: Classics, American Literature Publisher's Summary: They look alike, but they live in very different worlds. Tom Canty, impoverished and abused by his father, is fascinated with royalty. Edward Tudor, heir to the throne of England, is kind and generous but wants to run free and play in the river - just once. How insubstantial their differences truly are becomes clear when a chance encounter leads to an exchange of clothing - and roles. The pauper finds himself caught up in the pomp and folly of the royal court, a role that is further complicated when the king dies soon after the switch; and the prince wanders horror-stricken through the lower strata of English society. Out of the theme of switched identities, Mark Twain fashioned both a fiery assault upon social hypocrisy and injustice and a riotous comedy filled with high-spirited play. Mark Twain (1835-1910) was born Samuel L. Clemens in the town of Florida, Missouri. One of the most popular and influential authors America 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. Critic Reviews: Twain wasenough of a genius to build his morality into his books, with humor and wit and - in the case of The Prince and the Pauper - wonderful plotting. (E. L. Doctorow, award-winning American novelist) Members Reviews: Wonderful author, terrific narrator, splendid book 4.5 stars Ever since I read the super-abridged version of this book when I was little, Ive felt such a kinship to this book. As a twin, books on identity swapping fascinated me when little. They still do, truth be told. I approached it with trepidation, hoping that the tale would hold strong in the expanded retelling, and it certainly did! Though Ive never been a fan of Huckleberry Finn (Im a terrible person, I knowperhaps Ill revisit it again later in life and love appreciate it like my English teachers hoped I would in school), it wasnt a surprise that the masterful Mark Twain just killed it with this book. Such great commentary on society, class structures, family, circumstance, and politics. So glad I revisited! Contact me for any questions: inforeq17@gmail.com