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  • The Berlin Stories

  • Written by: Christopher Isherwood
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Christopher Isherwood's dramatized memoirs are prophetic images of a country preparing itself to embrace Hitler and the Third Reich. The Berlin Stories includes two works published together: The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin. These modern classics reveal in poignant detail the tragedy of mid-20th-century Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended for fans of the Fosse film

  • By OperaQueen on 2019-05-13

Highly recommended for fans of the Fosse film

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-13

The Berlin Stories are really a series of character sketches and vignettes of life in Berlin at the rise of the Nazis. Michael York's performance brought Isherwood's characters to life in a way they have never captivated me on the page. Incidentally, York played the Isherwood character in Bob Fosse's film adaptation. I highly recommend this performance for fans of the film.

  • Sophie's World

  • A Novel About the History of Philosophy
  • Written by: Jostein Gaarder
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

One day, 14-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find two notes in her mailbox, with one question on each: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" From that irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while receiving letters addressed to another girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I ever read.

  • By Christian Hamel on 2018-03-02

Clever introduction to philosophy

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-01

I first read this book as a teenager when it was assigned as a textbook of sorts in my highschool philosophy class. At that time, I found it an accessible and engaging way to learn about the history of philosophy. Revisiting it as a scholar who publishes on philosophy (specifically aesthetics), this book still gave me much to think about. This time, I was impressed by the way the book is able to demonstrate many of the philosophical ideas Sophie is learning about with Alberto in the form and content of its narrative. Sophie's World has much to offer readers of all ages interested in philosophy. Even though it is chiefly tailored to young people, it contains ample philosophical and artistic depth for adult readers, even those who are not entirely new to philosophy.

I have read this book in hard copy twice. This was my first time listening to an audio version. I thought the book worked well as an audio book. Given the female protagonists, a male reader initially struck me as an unusual choice. Nevertheless, Simon Vance did a good job of narrating the book. My only complaint is that the chapters on the Audible app did not correspond to the book's chapter numbering. I did not notice any gaps in the recording, as mentioned by another reviewer.

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • Written by: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

In this Audible Exclusive production, Academy Award® nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) narrates one of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Sense and Sensibility. In this timeless tale of misguided romance and heartbreak, two teenage heroines must overcome the pitfalls of Georgian England’s high society in order to achieve the love and happiness they seek. The admiration that Pike has for Austen’s work is shown clearly through this passionate delivery of Austen’s first published novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rosamund Pike is a wonder

  • By Alec Milne on 2019-01-18

Rosamund Pike & Austen: A Perfect Match

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-05

I've experienced Sense & Sensibility many times, both in print and in other audiobook versions. Rosamund Pike's narration is by far my favourite. The difficulty of Austen's prose for the modern reader is considerably lessened by listening to a skilled actor declaim it, and Pike is that. Her voices for the different characters are distinct enough for them to be clearly differentiated without edging too far towards caricature. I heartily recommend this version of Sense & Sensibility both to the Austen fan and to new listeners. My husband has also enjoyed listening to this recording, his first experience of an Austen novel.

  • The Odyssey

  • Written by: Homer, Emily Wilson - translator
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version - the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman - this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An epic will always be an epic!

  • By JohnS on 2019-06-02

A compelling, modern translation

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-13

This is Homer like you've never experienced before. I had previously read portions of The Odyssey in an introductory classics course on Greek mythology. These translations were stuffy, lofty, and often difficult to understand. This translation, by contrast, was accessible and exciting. I have no knowledge of Greek so I can't speak to its accuracy, but I can certainly speak to its effectiveness as English verse for the modern-day reader. When I was contemplating purchasing this title, I was worried that the translation would be too modern or diverge too significantly from the intent or style of the original, but Emily Wilson safely navigated the Scylla and Charybdis (as she put it in her Translator's Notes) between slang and the arcane.

This edition includes about 3 hours of prefatory material, which as an academic (though not in classics), I really enjoyed and felt enhanced my experience of the narrative. Currently, I'm relistening to that material again now that I've finished the story. These essays are written in an accessible style, like the translation itself, and helped me understand The Odyssey in its historical context and have a much richer experience than if I had listened to the story on its own.

Claire Danes, or really any woman, might seem an unusual choice for such a story, given that Homer was almost certainly a man or several men, and the narrative is mostly told from the perspectives of the men in the story. Wilson's Translator's Note will make it clear why Audible Studios made this choice. This is one of the only (if not they only) translation of The Odyssey by a woman. Wilson's prefatory materials focus on the experience of women and its representation of women is one of the biggest differences between this translation and previous ones, aside from the lack of archaic language. Claire Danes was an ideal choice as narrator of Wilson's translation.

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  • A Room with a View

  • Written by: E. M. Forster
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Hall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

In this rich new audio production, acclaimed British American actress Rebecca Hall brings one of E. M. Forster's most admired works to life in this classic tale of human struggle. A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, is wooed by both free-spirited George Emerson and wealthy Cecil Vyse while vacationing in Italy. Though attracted to George, Lucy becomes engaged to Cecil despite twice turning down his proposals. On hearing of the news, George confesses his love, leaving Lucy torn between marrying the more socially acceptable Cecil or George, the man she knows would bring her true happiness. Should Lucy choose social acceptance or true love?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance of a classic Forster novel

  • By OperaQueen on 2019-02-24

Great performance of a classic Forster novel

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-24

This is a classic Forster comedy of manners, satirizing the stuffiness of the upper middle classes in Edwardian Britain. Rebecca Hall vividly evoked each character and brought Forster's witty dialogue to life. I first read this novel when I was in Florence, by the Arno, in a room without a view. This performance took me back there.

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  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • Written by: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 559

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Elementary Purchase

  • By Gentleman Gamer on 2017-09-21

Great for Newbies and for Holmes Fans

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-22

This is really the definitive collection: all the Holmes stories in a well-organized collection, expertly narrated by a fine actor and fervent Sherlockian. Stephen Fry's introductions greatly enhanced my listening experience. This was my first exposure to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, and it got me hooked. I've now listened to the entire collection through twice and several stories many more times than that. It was this collection that convinced me to sign up for an Audible membership.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • Special Edition
  • Written by: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, Ray Porter, Margaret Atwood, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Claire Danes!

  • By Amy Fournier on 2018-08-08

Atwood at Her Best; Ideal in This Form

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-22

This is one of Atwood's greatest stories. Once you get to the end, you'll realize why listening to it is the ideal mode of appreciation. Claire Danes's performance is superb. The production values are excellent. Audible Studios has put a lot of thought into the presentation of this title; e.g., beginning each track with bits of random music (this will make sense when you get to the end). Margaret Atwood's comments at the end were interesting. I cannot recommend this title more highly.