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  • The Iliad

  • By: Homer, Richmond Lattimore - translator
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century B.C.,and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where’s the Trojan horse?

  • By Jan on 04-11-2018

Where’s the Trojan horse?

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

Reviewed: 04-11-2018

This is a long authentic sounding version of the Iliad but I wonder about the editing. There is all the boring genealogy to and fro of battle on the plains. It misses the bit at the beginning where Clytemnestra was sacrificed for a fair wind and finishes when Hector’s body is returned to Troy. Before the Trojan horse episode. So you never find out what happens. It’s like stopping the Ironman event coverage at three-quarter time. I’d advise you to try a different version.

  • The Shepherd's Hut

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulvany
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

Jaxie dreads going home. His mum’s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. And then, in one terrible moment, his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he can keep himself alive. There’s just one person left in the world who understands him and what he still dares to hope for. But to reach her he’ll have to cross the vast saltlands on a trek that only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody ripper!

  • By Jan on 02-04-2018

Bloody ripper!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-2018

This book will probably win a stack of literary prizes, but don’t let that put you off. The story, the land, the kid’s voice, the woman reading it are tight and true. You’ll find long detours and extra jobs just to keep listening.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Inferno: From The Divine Comedy

  • By: Dante Alighieri, Benedict Flynn (translator)
  • Narrated by: Heathcote Williams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

"Abandon all hope you who enter here." ( "Lasciate ogne speranza voi ch’intrate.") Dante’s Hell is one of the most remarkable visions in Western literature. An allegory for his and future ages, it is, at the same time, an account of terrifying realism. Passing under a lintel emblazoned with these frightening words, the poet is led down into the depths by Virgil and shown those doomed to suffer eternal torment for vices exhibited and sins committed on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry reviewers I just put my review in Purgatory

  • By Jan on 17-06-2017

Sorry reviewers I just put my review in Purgatory

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

Reviewed: 17-06-2017

Would you listen to Inferno: From The Divine Comedy again? Why?

Audiobook makes the literature flow much easier. The visual description and personalities are absorbing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno: From The Divine Comedy?

Pope Boniface face down in a trough of muck with his feet being burned is hard to forget.
And the souls trapped in trees who could whisper if the bark was peeled back.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The flying snake devil.

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

Many gasps of recognition of later writers and film makers. Tolkien's orcs could be the devils torturing the lower order souls. The river of skulls in pitch are familiar as images of genocides.

Any additional comments?

I'd like to listen and compare this translation with the recent Clive James one. That one reminded me of Vikram Seth's "Golden Gate" which was VERY GOOD as a talking book. But don't get Clive to read it.

  • Purgatory: From The Divine Comedy

  • By: Dante Alighieri
  • Narrated by: Heathcote Williams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Now of that second kingdom I shall sing where human souls are purified of sin and made worthy to ascend to Heaven’ Purgatory is the second part of Dante’s The Divine Comedy ascending the terraces of the Mount of Purgatory inhabited by those doing penance to expiate their sins on earth. There are the proud – forced to circle their terrace for aeons bent double in humility; the slothful – running around crying out examples of zeal and sloth; while the lustful are purged by fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic for a reason

  • By Jan on 17-06-2017

Classic for a reason

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

Reviewed: 17-06-2017

Where does Purgatory: From The Divine Comedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

After reading the hard copy and slogging through the analysis Heathcote Wilson's narrative brought the incredible imagery to life. The audio book is definitely superior to the page.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Florentine narrator and his journalistic description of Hell was so fresh. And the flying armless snake/demon who transported Virgil and the narrator down between Levels 5 & 6

Have you listened to any of Heathcote Williams’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He's great in Purgatory too. One day I'll get to Paradise.

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

What's amazing is the freshness of these medieval images: hell freezing over; the Ancient Greeks roaming in endless twilight amongst the trees and the unrepetent sinners who pretty much deserved their torment. Dante's imagination is rich and diverse. It's like one of those complex science fiction movies where you are transported from world to world.

Any additional comments?

Give it a go! It's not some boring dusty study book- it's a ripping yarn.

  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745

Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit. MacArthur Genius Award-winning psychologist Angela Duckworth shares fascinating new revelations about who succeeds in life and why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply excellent

  • By Alan on 08-07-2017

MUST read

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

Reviewed: 04-11-2016

If you want to accomplish something in your life or inspire your kids, your colleagues, your community to be their own best version of themselves, here's years of cool calm evidence based research distilled into clear, deep understandable theory and practice. Be inspired.
Angela Duckworth 's reading isn't as good as Audible's actors. Her voice tends to be a bit monotone, but it doesn't get in the way of her compelling information.