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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-05

A bad performance of wonderful stories

This is a decent performance of the wonderful Kipling stories I grew up -- when you can understand the narrator. Sometimes it sounds like this was recorded off of the radio in the 50's -- sometimes it sounds like the narrator had the microphone in his mouth because the words are so garbled. The voice of this narrator is much more pleasant than the Jungle Books I, but you can't understand him half of the time. The stories that you can make out are well read and told, but it is so disappointing when you get to the middle of the story and can't understand what is being said. I used to know these by heart and remember the plots of the stories, but Kipling's language and character development is so beautiful it's a shame to miss the nuances. And if you don't know the stories already, it's not worth it. I've tried and tried to listen an make them out -- and tried various cd players and listened on computer. It's just that bad and nothing to do about it. I'm not 100 percent sure this is really unabridged, either. It seems that the stories are, but I'm relatively certain that not all of them are included.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-05

Okay performance of wonderful stories

This is a pretty good performance of the wonderful Kipling stories I grew up with around the fireplace. The narrator's voice is sometimes kind of creepy enough to be distracting (it almost sounds like the demon in the Exorcist). But if you love these stories or want your kids to know the real Mogli, Bagiera, Caa, and Balu, this is a good way to do it (but not late at night in the dark). Also includes Rikki Tikki Tavi. This is not the Disney version, either -- there are some scary and violent stories so I wouldn't recommend it for much younger than 10 or 12 year olds (example is the clubbing of seals and the attack on the village of Mogli's parents). It does not condone violence, but it doesn't always condemn it either -- treats it well as a fact of life. Just not recommended for kids who have nightmares or are disturbed by violence. I'm not 100 percent sure this is really unabridged, either. The stories themselves clearly are, but I'm relatively certain that not all of them are included.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-05

Really funny and scary

I love Jon Stewart and since he's joined the Daily Show's cast of characters he is absolutely at his best. Brilliant observations of a very scary history and future. It's only flaw is that it left me wanting more.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-05

I couldn't turn it off until I was done

Carl Hiaasen has quickly become one of my favorite "mystery" writers. I place it in quotes because his books are so much more. This one doesn't disappoint. Hysterical and insightful character studies without becoming charactures. Linguistically innovative. Sometimes just plain silly. But you never stop guessing what happens next and you're always surprised (if not by what, by who; if not by who, by how). A truly great read

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-05

Excellent non-fiction

Bright, funny, observant, literate, and lyrical. Burroughs is brilliant. When I want non-fiction, he and David Sedaris can make me laugh even on the cloudiest of days, while simultaneously making me think of things in new and different ways. Truly one of the most clever and thoughtful writers of our time. A writer I'd love to sit and shoot the bull with.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-05

This series is great fun for young and old

My husband, my 3 year old and myself -- we listen to these and laugh and giggle and carry on. These books are wonderful. We have them in the written form and the audio and any other form we can get our hands on. Well worth it. We're all hooked. If you listen to the interviews, too, you'll get an even greater kick out of 'em.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-05

Beautiful Literature

I would compare this work to great Southern Classics like To Kill a Mockingbird. Beautifully literate and thought provoking. This one is highly recommended.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-05

Okay, but shop around

I had already quit, but was looking for some reinforcement. This is a good self-hypnosis recording. The music, however, is terrible. It's not too intrusive until you try to listen to subliminal side -- the music is so repetitive, you really have to be other things to distract yourself because it gets kind of annoying. Considering that it was done in 1986 and for the price, it's not too bad, but I'd look at others before buying this one.

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17 of 17 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-05

A dry reading of a wonderful novel

This has always been one of my favorite novels. Subtitled, "A Paradise of Snakes" in some printings, it's a great story with incredible characters and masterful use of the language. I remember once reading that this was Conrad's expose of discovering America. And what an analogy it is (and perhaps the precursor of the Spaghetti Western. . . ). This reader, however, turns poetic prose into something of a snore.

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6 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-05

Fun mystery

Travis McGee grows a wicked sense of humor, loses the testosterone o.d., grows an imaginative cruel streak, and meets the 21st (or maybe even the 20th) century. I loved McGee, but this guy . . .

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful