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Pittsburgh, PA
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-06

The author seems to dislike Confucius

The author completely fails to elucidate any of Confucius's brilliance, and instead appears to be utterly bored by Confucius (begging the question of why he wrote the book). The narrator faced a difficult task of trying to breathe life into the book, and didn't. This was an ill-conceived 90-minute introduction that does little to introduce Confucius to the listener, nor is it well organized. Don't waste your time--this is not a good introduction to the subject.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-06

Great narration/Poor audio

This is an exceptional narration of these classic wisdom books, but the audio is quite poor.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-06

Useful workshop lecture on writing

I found this to be a useful workshop lecture by Benjamin Saenz with relatively good audio for a live recording. The lecture focuses on how to bring concreteness to a literary voice.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-06

Good translation, well-narrated, mediocre audio

This is an exceptional translation of Job, and Peter Coyote does an excellent narration. However, the audio quality is only fair.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-06

Exceptional translation, well-narrated, fair audio

Alter's translation of Genesis is exceptional and Coyote's narration is equal to the task, but the audio quality is only fair.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-06

Very good introduction to Marquez

The audio is clear but the narration moves a bit fast, although not too bad. Otherwise, this is a very good introduction to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-06

Remarkable poetry read by its best translator

This is a brilliant collection of poetry read by Stephen Mitchell, by far the preeminent translator of Rilke. It is a nice combination, with clear audio and a very credible reading.

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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-06

Poor audio

The stories are exceptional, but the audio is very disappointing. It is somewhat difficult to understand the narrator given the poor audio quality.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful