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Matt

Tampa, Florida, United States
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

More Kitchen Please!

Michael Kitchen is a fantastic narrator, especially of this "Victorian" tale. Fans of "Foyle's War" take will especially enjoy his constable-like re-telling.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-16

Appreciated much Appreciated

What made the experience of listening to King Lear the most enjoyable?

A powerful drama made more enjoyable through the "appreciated" method of explaining the lines in play-by-play fashion. I wish more classics were presented this way.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-16

Dan Stevens Rocks!

What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

I have tried on several occasions to pick up the Iliad, - including an "abridged" version on audible, - and lost interest. With his great narration, Mr. Stevens kept the story moving and engaging. He transported it to the present, making it more accessible. I hope he decides to read more books.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

this is a powerful epic, as engaging as any action flick. The language and use of metaphor was so compelling that i found myself rewinding and replaying large sections. Ultimately purchased the hard copy.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Mixed Bag

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I was already familiar with the story of Henrietta Lax, so the book was a mixed bag for me. In some places, the book seemed to drone on with details that seemed superfluous. it also felt like the author was censoring herself because of her closeness to the family. On the other hand, some parts (the last few chapters especially, which dealt with Rebecca and Sonny's visit to the lab) were quite powerful and moving.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-15

for bedtime stories, an ideal storyteller

What about Christopher Plummer’s performance did you like?

Christopher Plummer has the perfect voice for this classic - gentle for the narrator, shrill for the queen, mopey for the mock turtle. one of those narrators who, more than just reading the book, adds another dimension to its enjoyment.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-15

Will Patton is Awesome

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

Patton's Dean Moriarty is electric, his Bud Lee eerie and ominous. I can't imagine any other voice telling this story. He is the beat narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-15

an indisputable classic

Where does The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

i love science books written for laymen, even the dense books. This is not dense, more approachable than Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins or T.S. Ramachandran. i suppose by not the subject may seem, by now, a bit dated ("old hat" so to speak), but no one tells a story like Oliver Sacks.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-14

Top Notch Brain Stuff

Where does The Tell-Tale Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is very entertaining, and high quality neuroscience. it is fairly easy to follow, considering its topic. i would put it in the top five books of its type. i think in some ways it is better than David Eaglemen's Incognito, but would put it slightly behind Steven Pinker or Leonard Mlodniow. My only reason for giving four starts, instead of 5, is because the book feels a little light or incomplete, like Dr. R has stopped short, perhaps there is still science to be made. All that said, i would definitely buy his next book.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-14

A little thin and dated

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love neuroscience books and love dogs, too, so i thought this would be a good read. The author tells some great anecdotes, and can bring a tear to your eye, but there is not a lot of structure or definitive conclusions in the book. About half way through, i started wondering if maybe there was not enough research to dig deeper into the subject matter, or if maybe it could be updated with more studies (it is about 8 years old). i enjoyed parts of it, but left wishing there was more to it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-14

Well-Worth the Length

What did you like best about this story?

The book is a classic, and it does seem to ramble at times, but several of the sequences - Pillar's story about how Pablo sent the fascists through a gauntlet, Robert Jordan's experience with the leaders in Madrid, What death smells like, and Andress' race to Goetz - are so technically perfect and well-delivered, that it is hard to argue with the obvious - that Hemingway truly was one of the greatest storytellers of all time.

What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

Scott did a great job. His narrator was even and stark, his Spaniards were accented, but not overly so. Much better than John Slattery's reading of "A Farewell to Arms" (who, despite being a great actor, cannot pull off a waoman's (e.g., Catherine Barkely's) voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

that would be hard, because it was 16 hours. but i was motivated to listen to it in fewer days than i normally would take.

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