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Michael Cowley

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  • Ulysses

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Joyce’s experimental masterpiece set a new standard for modernist fiction, pushing the English language past all previous thresholds in its quest to capture a day in the life of an Everyman in turn-of-the-century Dublin. Obliquely borrowing characters and situations from Homer’s Odyssey, Joyce takes us on an internal odyssey along the current of thoughts, impressions, and experiences that make up the adventure of living an average day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Rendition of Joyce's Masterpiece

  • By John on 31-08-10

Brilliantly Narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-12

I have just finished this epic novel by James Joyce and whilst it was a marathon, I have achieved another goal in my must read (or listen to) list of great books. I don't pretend to understand all of this complex work (in fact I would say 50% of it was most incomprehensible to me) but what I did understand I enjoyed immensely. John Lee is a magnificent narrator and the book is read in a most ear pleasing manner. My only criticism is that being born in Dublin myself, I noticed a lot of incorrect pronunciations of both Street and Place names but this was only a minor irk. For all those people who have always wanted to read Ulysses, this is the way to do it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 1
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,078
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,073

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Nat on 20-02-11

Dissapointing Character Voicing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-11

I have been a fan for over 30 years of this masterful work but I was left very dissapointed by the narration although that may be doing Rob Inglis a slight injustice as as his actual narration of the story is quite good. The dissapointment comes when he tries to voice the characters. He fails to bring them to life in a way that makes the listening enjoyable in such a way as Anton Lesser would or in the BBC's dramatization of this epic (also available from Audible). I will now unfortunately not be adding the remainder of this series to my collection unless I can find a version by a different narrator.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Pimsleur German Level 1 Lessons 1-5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand German with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Each lesson in German Level 1 Lessons 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to Use

  • By Michael Cowley on 01-04-11

Easy to Use

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-11

I found Pimsleur's German Phase 1 very easy to use and understand. The format is excellent. It eases you into the language and through continuous repetition plants the language in your long term memory. The repetitiveness is by no means tedious and the course constantly challenges you to think for yourself by forming sentences from the vocabulary you have learned. It does not overload you either with information but instead gradually introduces additional vocabulary. The tutor goes back on previous units as a refresher every so often which ensures that earlier lessons are not forgotten. I would recommend this method of language learning and look forward to starting lessons 6-10.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful