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  • Titus Andronicus

  • Arkangel Shakespeare
  • Written by: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: David Troughton, Harriet Walter, Paterson Joseph, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The noble Titus returns victorious to Rome bringing Tamora, Queen of the Goths as his captive. When one of Tamora's sons is condemned to die, she vows revenge, and, aided by the villainous Aaron, she exacts a terrible retribution, inaugurating a grim cycle of rape, murder, and cannibalism. This macabre, often brilliant tragedy comes from the earliest stage of Shakespeare's dramatic career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super-violent Peering Into The Darkness

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-07-06

Super-violent Peering Into The Darkness

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-06

Seems like "Game Of Thrones" may have gotten some inspiration from this play... Glimpses into the evil that humans are capable of, sanity and politics & power.

The Arkangel Shakespeare troupe gives a great performance as always.

A brutal but entertaining presentation.

  • Animal Farm [Dramatised]

  • Written by: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Greig
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Animal Farm - the history of a revolution that went wrong - is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power. Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-to-read novel

  • By Shima on 2018-10-05

Packs A Lot In A Concise Package

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-03

Illustrates the dangers of not being allowed to think and speak freely. The "slippery slope" is real...and things can slide quickly.

Dramatization was excellent.

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  • Cymbeline: The Arkangel Shakespeare

  • Written by: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Sophie Thompson, Ben Porter, Jack Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline, is persecuted by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, and by Cloten, the Queen's doltish son. Disguised as a boy, she sets out to find her husband, the banished Posthumus. On her journey, she unwittingly meets her two brothers, stolen from the court as infants. Posthumus, meanwhile, has been convinced by the villainous Iachimo that Imogen is unchaste and agrees to a test of her faithfulness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Feelings About This One...

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-06-08

Mixed Feelings About This One...

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

Reviewed: 2018-06-08

Good - but I don't think it was great. The plot was entertaining and the performance excellent. The language in Shakespeare is always outstanding.

However, there seems to be a naivety in the characters. They seem less nuanced and developed then those in other Shakespeare plays.

Still, I enjoyed it and would recommend the listen.

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • Written by: Yuval Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,997
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'll definitely listen to this again.

  • By Shea Earl on 2017-11-25

Great Review And Then Poses Important Questions.

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

Reviewed: 2018-06-05

Uses assorted disciplines to examine history. Derek Perkins does a great job narrating. Very digestible. Parts can be a bit subjective but it's palatable because these appear logical and Mr. Harari is pretty up front about it. Great book that everyone should read and discuss.

  • Be the Alpha Male Affirmations

  • Positive Daily Affirmations for Men with Low Self-Esteem to Rise Above the Rest and Become the Leader of the Pack Using the Law of Attraction, Self-Hypnosis
  • Written by: Stephens Hyang
  • Narrated by: Robert Gazy
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

This audiobook plans to give you exactly what you need: the means to stay positive through constant affirmations designed to help improve oneself, change a bad behavior, or channel the universe to attract good things in your life. Packed with subliminal affirmations, the audiobook teaches that in order to attract opportunities that will improve your health, love life, or even wealth, all you need are few minutes a day to shift your mind through positive affirmations.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Review Of How Affirmations Work

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-05-11

Good Review Of How Affirmations Work

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-11

I know it's meant to be relaxing but I could have stood the pace to be a bit quicker. That' s just personal preference not a criticism of the Narrator. Well structured affirmations. The chapters seem to be out of proper order - a review may be necessary.

  • Power Hiring

  • How to Find, Assess, Hire, and Keep Great Talent
  • Written by: Lou Adler
  • Narrated by: Lou Adler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

For most managers and professional recruiters hiring qualified employees is a difficult and often frustrating task. In today's constantly changing job market, traditional hiring practices are no longer effective. But according to a recent survey, over 5000 CEOs ranked hiring and retaining top people as their top priority. With the help of Power Hiring, your quest to secure the best will be met with amazing results and professional recognition.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Process For A Key Component Of Business

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-05-11

Good Process For A Key Component Of Business

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-11

Rated performance a bit lower just because the material is a bit dry / matter of fact. It's interesting how little companies have progressed in the Hiring department.

  • Brave New World

  • Written by: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Performance, but story is uneventful.

  • By Jdean1 on 2017-11-23

1st Time "Reading" / Listening To This Title...

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-05

...but have heard references to it for years. Interesting view of the future for his time. Some things we are ahead on and others we are behind.

Both the "primitive" and "civilized" cultures had positive and negative aspects. We as a race still have a lot of work to do in figuring out what kind of world we want in the future and learning to get along with each other.

Definitely worth the listen to provoke the thought process. Additionally, I've always enjoyed Michael York...and here, he gives a very entertaining read.

  • Coriolanus

  • Arkangel Shakespeare
  • Written by: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Paul Jesson, Marjorie Yates, Ewan Hooper
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Rome is a city divided, nobility and common-people locked in mutual suspicion. The patrician Caius Marcius, later called Coriolanus, is Rome's greatest soldier, but his proud refusal to accommodate himself to the demands of the plebeians leads to banishment and death. A Roman history as well as tragedy, Coriolanus is a complex and subtle exploration of the themes of absolution and compromise, both in the political world and in the life of the individual.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid But Not My Favorite.

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-05-03

Solid But Not My Favorite.

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-03

Just getting back into Shakespeare... Enjoyed it but I think I'll be glad that I started back with this one as opposed to some of the more popular works.

Well read and performed. The cast kept it entertaining.

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • Written by: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-01-10

Belief Backed-up By Action

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

Reviewed: 2018-03-31

Bundles of character development in a focused scenario, in a tight setting. The protagonist, acts on his beliefs in spite of fear and doubt and weakness... All well exploring the horror of war. Well presented by Campbell Scott in this reading.

  • The Possessed

  • Written by: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 27 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Also known as Demons, The Possessed is a powerful socio-political novel about revolutionary ideas and the radicals behind them. It follows the career of Pyotr Stepanovich Verkhovensky, a political terrorist who leads a group of nihilists on a demonic quest for societal breakdown. They are consumed by their desires and ideals, and have surrendered themselves fully to the darkness of their "demons". This possession leads them to engulf a quiet provincial town and subject it to a storm of violence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic!

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-03-23

A Classic!

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

Reviewed: 2018-03-23

Characters are very intricate and the story expertly laid out. Much to learn both positive and negative about the nature of humanity.