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    1. Fahrenheit 451
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    2. The Catcher in the Rye
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    3. Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great
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    4. World of Shakespeare: The Complete
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    5. The Great Gatsby
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    6. The Mitford Bedside Companion:
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    7. The Fountainhead
    8. Homer and Mycenae
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    9. The Awakening
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    10. Great Books of the Western World
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    11. Jane Austen: The Complete Novels,
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    12. William Shakespeare: The Complete
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    13. Pride and Prejudice
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    14. The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare:
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    15. The Old Man and The Sea
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    16. The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial
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    1. Fahrenheit 451
    by Del Rey
    Mass Market Paperback (12 August, 1987)
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    Isbn: 0345342968
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The politically correct shall inherit the earth
    Mr. Bradbury's prophetic work has come to pass in the politically correct world of thought controlled by political expediency and special interests.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, but not amazing
    What made me pick up this book in the first place was everyone's fixation on how "thought-provoking" and "different" it was. I read it, and found myself agreeing with some aspects, confused by others, and downright bored by some.
    5-0 out of 5 stars read me
    Fahrenheit 451 is a read rich with a delicious story and social commentary.Guy Montag lives in a world made ironic because of the stark contrast to the way we wish our society was today.Firemen don't keep people safe from fires, they bust into houses starting fires.Scholars and professors live on the outside of society because of their love for books, philosophy, and sociology where in our world professors are on the inside and the ignorant majority are on the outside because of their lack of interest for the said disciplines.
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    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Literature - Classics / Criticism    3. Science Fiction    4. Science Fiction - General    5. Book burning    6. Censorship    7. Fantasy    8. Fiction    9. Fiction / Science Fiction / General    10. Science fiction, American   


    2. The Catcher in the Rye
    by Little, Brown and Company
    Mass Market Paperback (01 May, 1991)
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    Isbn: 0316769487
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing incredible
    This book rather disappointed me. It wasn't able to catch my attention, and didn't really have a point. There wasn't really a plot, and the character was a rather flat, bland young man. The writing style was interesting, certainly, but it got extremely annoying and repetitive after a while. Too many things were used again and again, which didn't help this story one bit.
    5-0 out of 5 stars American Classic
    This coming of age story should be read by everyone. However, smart young people will gain more from it than less observant (or more stupid) young people. Take the test, if you like the book, then chances are you are smart. If you didn't like the book, or you didn't read the book, then you are probably stupid.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "...incredibly attractive breakdown."
    Some people really hate this book -- I can see why you think Holden is irritating, but...it's not that he's right about things, or that you're meant to think he's right. Or that you should even BELIEVE half the things he says. He's not going to come out and say,
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    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Fiction    3. Literature - Classics / Criticism    4. Literature: Classics    5. Fiction / Classics    6. Modern fiction   


    3. Of Mice and Men (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
    by Penguin (Non-Classics)
    Paperback (01 September, 1993)
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    Isbn: 0140177396
    Sales Rank: 905
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars White and Nerdy
    I think "Of Mice and Men" was an good book.It had some good parts in the book along with some bad parts in there. I thought that the book taught a good story of people living a different life.Then also it was a sort of racial and had a lot of cursing in it.I think that older people should read this book and not young kids.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Of Mice and Men. Breaz*Plum, Student at Maces Lane Middle School.
    The book, "Of Mice And Men," is one of the best books I have ever read. It is about two men, Lennie and George. They ran away from thier old ranch, Weed because Lennie is mentally retarded and he grabbed a ladies dress because he likes soft things. He got accused of rape. Later, they found a ranch in Salinas, California. Many events occured at this ranch, Lennie got in a fight with curly. Curly is a little man unlike Lennie and he is jealous of big men. You will have to read the story to find out the best ending. If you like breathtaking, loving, but yet harmful books you should read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!C.L.M. Student at Mace's Lane Middle School
    The book "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, has a very good plot and good setting. The setting of the book is in Salinas,California. The two characters Lennie and George are two people who have travelled together ever since Lennie was on his own. They have gotten all of their jobs together, and they have gotten fired together. Then they finally get a job as ranch hands and they get paid fifty dollars at the end of each month. While the two are there they meet seven more people, but I will let you figure them out for yourself.
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    4. World of Shakespeare: The Complete Plays and Sonnets of William Shakespeare (38 Volume Library)
    by Penguin
    Hardcover (May, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0143104802
    Sales Rank: 35924
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best available edition of Shakespeare's works
    This is the best available edition of Shakespeare's work.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A stunning bargain.
    Fine, unpretentious, and workman-like volumes.No slipcovers, brief commentary limited to introductory essays.Only one of the two available Penguin editions of King Lear, but that's not much of a loss.Identical to the Penguin paperbacks, but significantly sturdier.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to enjoy the Pelican Edition in small volumes....
    As someone who reads Shakespeare compulsively (2-3 plays per month on a rotating basis clear through the 37 extant works), I have been in the market for some time for an easily-manipulated and easy-to-read edition of Complete Works that can be taken in a backpack to work or to the beach. In this 38-Volume work I have found it!
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    5. The Great Gatsby
    by Scribner
    Paperback (30 September, 1999)
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    Isbn: 0743273567
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars One of the better books I've read
    The first 7 chapters of "The Great Gatsby", by F. Scott Fitzgerald, were 7 of the most entertaining and interesting chapters of literature I've ever read. The last 2 chapters were among the most lackluster and anti-climatic chapters of literature I've ever read.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Revealing the ugly side of the American Dream
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
    The story was interesting, but not spellbinding.It is a short, easy read.Not sure why it is considered a classic. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Fiction    3. General    4. Literature - Classics / Criticism    5. Fiction / General   


    6. The Mitford Bedside Companion: A Treasury of Favorite Mitford Moments, Author Reflections on the Bestselling Series, and More. Much More.
    by Viking Adult
    Hardcover (24 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0670037850
    Sales Rank: 301
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    Subjects:  1. 1937-    2. American - General    3. Fiction - General    4. Handbooks, manuals, etc    5. Humorous    6. Karon, Jan,    7. Literary    8. Literary Collections    9. Literature: Classics    10. Mitford (N.C. : Imaginary place)    11. Mitford years    12. Sagas    13. Fiction / Literary   


    7. The Fountainhead
    by Signet
    Paperback (01 September, 1996)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!
    A portrait of a man who has a vision and lets nothing interfere with his quest.Very inspirational. This book uncovers the phallacy of charity.To give a man something without getting anything in return, disrespects the recipient as well as the giver.Expect more of yourself and your fellow man.We are great even if we forgot it.Don't be a sucker.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What would Howard Roark say?
    I wonder how Roark would review "The Fountainhead". Hmm...
    3-0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Paranoid Fable
    It's hard not to be swept up in the fervor of The Fountainhead. It reminds me of the challenge a film professor gave to an anxious audience moments before screening Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi propaganda masterpiece "Triumph of the Will.""Try not to tap your feet to the music," he said.I found I could not resist turning the pages of The Fountainhead despite its flaws.Take the premise.No one in their right mind should believe that the fate of America rests in the palm of a liberal New York art critic named Ellsworth Toohey who nurtures a conspiracy so broad-reaching that intelligent people will eventually be reduced to a pack of drooling, slack-jawed socialists.But that is precisely what Ayn Rand proposes.She believes that you and I are all dolts - idiots - who have succumbed to mediocrity based on altruism.The hero who can save us is an egotistical architect named Howard Roark.As heroes go, there is nothing warm and cuddly about Howard.He doesn't really give a damn what you think about him or if you like him.Given Howard's prickly disposition, the ludicrous premise on which this book is based, and Ayn Rand's contempt for her readers, why is this book so damn popular?What gives?The answer is obvious.It's a timeless, paranoid fable that grabs at the emotions, negates the intellect, and reduces everything to absolutes.Perfect in other words for the red-baiting 1950s of Eugene McCarthy or the modern Bush era.Try not to tap your feet. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Fiction    3. Literature - Classics / Criticism    4. Fiction / Classics   


    8. Homer and Mycenae
    by Univ of Pennsylvania Pr
    Paperback (June, 1972)
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    Isbn: 0812210336
    Sales Rank: 714475
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    Subjects:  1. Ancient and Classical    2. Literature - Classics / Criticism   


    9. The Awakening
    Mass Market Paperback (10 February, 1982)
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    Isbn: 0380002450
    Sales Rank: 9521
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book about individuality
    This is a great book about the importance of self expression and individuality, it was way ahead of her time. 'The Awakening' is about a ninteenth century woman named Edna, and through seeing the restrictions of marriage, and the expression of art, seeks independence, but as a consequence becomes isolated.The Awakening is a sad story. Sad because of the conflict Mrs. Pontellier is having. Sad because of her lonliness. Yet it is also alluring because Edna does eventually break away from her pre-determined role; because she finally does awaken and free herself...I loved this book alot, it is a must read for anyone who can read.Another story that I recommend is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald -- I mean in case there are still any souls that did not read it...

    1-0 out of 5 stars The "Blinding"
    I wish I could give this book a 0 rating. I have yet to understand why this world figures that a woman (or man) must be immoral in order to make a name for herself, or discover her soul. The only thing I enjoyed about this book is how it brought me back to a darn near picture perfect example of the immoral woman written about in the Book of Proverbs as compared to the woman of wisdom. The main character was so selfish in this book. I did feel sorry for the character because of her lost state but, ultimately I found my self very detached from this woman. This book is more about being blind and decieved rather than "awakened." I can now conculed I am not a fan of Mrs. Chopin or her incoherent character Edna! I understand the concept of equality for women, but come on, is this piece of literature really desired as a voice for feminism! In all my encounters with that which is labeled as dealing with the feminist cause/ feminist literature/feminist ideals, I have yet to be persuaded that is someting worthy of association with.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and sensual Victorian classic!
    I'd never read Kate Chopin before, but The Awakening seemed like a good place to start. The premise of this book seemed interesting. Set in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, this classic tale tells the story of Edna Pontellier, a proper wife and mother who lives a rather passionless life with her husband in a cottage near the beach. She becomes rather aware of herself and that there has to be more to life than what she has experienced. And so, she experiences a sexual awakening when she has an affair with a younger, unmarried man. And that is just the beginning of her journey, which includes getting rid of her husband and children to continue on her route to self-discovery. But will she find happiness in a world where women are oppressed and an uninhibited nature is considered wrong?
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    10. Great Books of the Western World (Great books of the Western world)(60 Volumes)
    by Encyclopedia Britannica Corporation
    Hardcover (March, 1994)
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    Isbn: 0852295316
    Sales Rank: 26723
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great contents, but
    Bid a new set from ebay and it arrived in two boxes. It has great contents, but:
    5-0 out of 5 stars Finest compilation of the writings of the most brilliant minds over the centuries past ever
    These books were first published in 1952.Only 500 sets were published that year, a Private Library Collection it was called, and sold for $500.00 per set.My father was one of the original purchasers, and he passed them down to me when he died.(It's still even in its original custom made bookcase!)
    5-0 out of 5 stars Cost effective when you consider your options...
    Regardless of minor squabbling over what should and shouldn't be included, this is a very good collection of western works. I'd call it great in fact, when you consider the amount you'd have to pay to purchase all these seperate, not to mention all the wading you'd do through some not-so-necessary reads.
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    Subjects:  1. American - General    2. Anthologies    3. Encyclopedias    4. Literary Collections / General    5. Literature - Classics / Criticism    6. Reference    7. Collections & anthologies of various literary forms    8. General    9. Medicine, Greek and Roman   


    11. Jane Austen: The Complete Novels, Deluxe Edition (Library of Literary Classics)
    by Gramercy
    Hardcover (03 September, 1995)
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    Isbn: 0517147688
    Sales Rank: 5528
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice enough for the price
    On first inspection, this is a very nice looking book.It has an elegant cover and the pages are gold on the edges and tissue-ish.It's a heavy book that will remain open to the page you are reading without having to hold it down.However, after a few weeks of being read and carried around, it's durability is not quite as impressive.The spine is beginning to break and the pages warp easily.Quite a few typos too if that sort of thing distracts you.For the price though, it's nice enough and I would buy it again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beware other versions - this is the one to get!
    I made the mistake of purchasing the paperback 8-in-1 Jane Austen book -what a mistake!It was sloppy and cheap-looking, with its unattractive, clumsy two-column format that didn't seem to show due respect to the material.I found it too depressing and unpleasant to read, so I ordered this version, and I am so happy I did!What a gorgeous book, classy and elegant, with lovely illustrations, nice typeset, padded leather cover and gilt edges.And for only a few dollars more, it's a no-brainer decision to choose this version over the paperback.Even if you go with a used copy, it's still a far better bargain than the other one, and something you'll enjoy reading with pleasure for years to come. I will definitely look into the other classics in this series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book!
    I'm so glad I waited for this edition of Austen's novels to become available again.It's a beautiful volume, and I finally have all of the novels in less shelf space.Along with the embossed leather cover, readers will find gilt-edged pages and a ribbon bookmark. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classics    2. Literary Criticism    3. Sale Adult - Literature - Classics & Contemporary    4. 19th century fiction    5. Fiction / Classics    6. Fiction anthologies & collections    7. Sale Books   


    12. William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Deluxe Edition
    by Gramercy
    Leather Bound (08 September, 1990)
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    Isbn: 0517053616
    Sales Rank: 10469
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality for the price
    Very nice edition, highly quality finish and binding. The pages are standard re-production for Shakespeare issues - but overall it is excellent value for money and is attractively bound. For those who want 'notes' and 'critiques' - look elsewhere. It is as described - a leather bound edition of the complete works of Shakespeare. I love it! Thank you Amazon USA, you cant get this edition in the UK.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent
    What can I say? Shakespeare is the man. For any of you who love shakespeare, or just need a good reference for class; this book is amazing... not only that but you will look really intelligent if you have a thick leather bound shakespeare book on your bookshelf haha

    4-0 out of 5 stars Remember......
    Remember, this is a rating of not the WRITING of Shakespeare, but of the VOLUME that it is in.For those who have railed on against Shakespeare (And about how they wrote better plays about ninjas or whatever--tis true, stupid people do make themselves look like idiots on a regular basis.)this is for the book that it is in, not the writing, because there are so many books about Shakespeare, and that is what the potential consumers need. (Rated on the product's average, so as not to throw it off much.) ... Read more

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    13. Pride and Prejudice
    by Bantam Classics
    Mass Market Paperback (01 December, 1983)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she's a completely hip character, who if provoked is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp -- but always polite -- 18th century wit. The point is, you spend the whole book absolutely fixated on the critical question: will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy hook up? ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Wry & Insightful Romantic Writing
    Considering 'pulp romance' is the top selling genre, one could do a lot worse than Pride & Prejudice. This perceptive classic of English society plays out like a 19th century "Sex In The City."Miscommunications abound. Just as you're about to scream, another dangle of hope transpires. Will the young lovers EVER end up on the same page?I'm not telling you if you've missed this classic.You'll have to read it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars girly chick lit
    god forbid i be so bold as to trash a classic.and yes, maybe because of all the raving reviews from my friends and from the book's great reputation, i entered it with high expectations. - which the book however did not satisfy.yes, it is a good comedic parody of the upper class of the time, a lampoon of the courtship ritual, and of course oh so witty, blah blah blah, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.the main character was likeable, but that aside, i found it completely insufferable to read through, and absolutely painfully boring.every subsequent event from the very beginning could be predicted, let alone the ending.not that anything really ever happens - the entire book could be summed up with, "then they walked and talked and had tea and walked and talked and had tea, walked and talked and had more tea, then got married and lived happily ever after."the entire novel was a headache of girly gossip and mental drama.it would save more time just to watch a chick flick.so if you're interested in the relationship fiascos of fictious characters, witnessing the agony over who's going to marry who (even though the reader could already predict the happily-ever-after match-making light-years in advance), then this is the book for you!!if not, then i suggest picking up some dan brown.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
    There is no other story told and re-told as much as P&P.This book transcends many generations with a true and tested story.The characters and story line are so similiar to this day and age.Austen's poetic writing gives readers a sense of the social times as well as insight to each character's thoughts.I read this book every year and see all the movies based on it.Love it, love it, love it! ... Read more

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    14. The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare: 38 Fully-Dramatized Plays
    by Audio Partners
    Audio CD (March, 2003)
    list price: $600.00 -- our price: $378.00
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    Isbn: 1932219005
    Sales Rank: 81078
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare in Wisconsin
    This is a gorgeous production that is indeed a treasure.I listen with a Creative Zen Vision player and every word is delicious.I have enjoyed the first seven plays, thru Hamlet, and every nuance, every word, every inflection, pause, sound, background music theme and all the audio panorama makes every minute an absolute delight.I am now in a quandary about whether to continue listening thru the series or begin again to search among the endless audio treasures for gems I might have missed.This Arkangle series is a gift from the gods and worth many times its price. This kind of talent, dedication and flawless performance beggars description.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "...poesis, poesis, the literal characters, the vatic lines..."
    I give this project five stars, but a qualified five. Like one of the other reviewers, I agree: there were certain scenes/characters I would have liked to hear performed differently, but considering the enormity of the project, 100% sustained satifaction seems an unreasonable expectation (indeed, the bard himself has some weak moments across the 38 plays--he was only human, after-all). And I would have liked it if the nondramatic poetry were included (there are several wonderful recordings of the sonnets available--I recommend Helen Vendler's rather introspective performance and Alex Jennings has recorded a fine complete version of the same--he also plays Berowne in the Arkangel "Love's Labor's Lost", a fine touch, considering the connections between the sonnets and that play!). But overall, how can you argue with an effort like this? Shakespeare is the greatest poet the Western world has known, and these recordings give overwhelming support to that critical commonplace. As literary values change (decline?), the eminence of Shakespeare becomes more important. To hear these plays is to hear the english language bursting at the seams. To know these plays is to know what poetry is capable of, which is nothing less than a sanction of life. And the audio format is perfect for poetry, which MUST be heard. Long live the audiobook!
    5-0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare sounding fabulous!
    I have studied, listened to, and viewed Shakespeare's plays in all available formats for thirty years and I am thoroughly pleased with the Archangel Complete Shakespeare audio. Having listened now to Hamlet and Macbeth, I judge these two productions to be perhaps the best vocal interpretations I have heard ever, any where. They are easy to listen to and easy to understand. The actors interpretations are neither over-done nor under-done. If the remaining plays are as good, this production of the totality of the plays is a gift to scholars and to groundlings as well. Thank you Archangel et al. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Audio Adult: Books On Tape    2. Drama    3. Shakespeare    4. Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616    5. Unabridged Audio - Drama/Poetry    6. English    7. English literature: drama texts    8. Shakespeare plays, texts    9. Shakespeare studies & criticism   


    15. The Old Man and The Sea
    by Scribner
    Paperback (05 May, 1995)
    list price: $12.00 -- our price: $9.36
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    Isbn: 0684801221
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Here, for a change, is a fish tale that actually does honor to theauthor. In fact Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Long Overdue Return to 'Old Man And The Sea' . . . A Joyful Read!
    Reading once again 'Old Man And The Sea' by Ernest Hemingway was simply a joyful reading experience that will stay with me for a very long time.The writing is eloquent yet raw.The reader experience humble yet filled with sheer power.The connectivity is filled with singularity yet there is a sense of one with the universe.
    5-0 out of 5 stars He dreamt of Lions on the beach...
    Top Notch! A man, a boy, and a fish. Hemingway was at the peak of his powers when he wrote this brutally tender tale. Epic struggles are the theme here. Man against Nature, and more poignantly Man against Himself. Hemingway gracefully exposes the deep emotions Santiago has towards the fish and the boy. If you fail to become misty-eyed at some point during this yarn, you are a tin man. This book should be read on a annual basis.
    5-0 out of 5 stars true grit
    Santiago is a Cuban fisherman version of John Wayne, who despite his bad luck has more determination and optimism than he deserves.Much of this novella is devoted to the struggle of catching a fish, then the battle of who will wear out first - fish or man?This battle lasts for more time than you would think possible, until Santiago recounts an arm wrestling match he had in his youth, and then you realize Santiago is not a quitter.You live through the physical pain of the catch and the gritty determination.To endure the pain, Santiago amuses himself with thoughts of the great Joe DiMaggio.And just when things look good, your heart sinks when predators arrive.
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    16. The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition)
    by Penguin (Non-Classics)
    Paperback (03 January, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars ken boire author of Inherit the Tide
    Steinbeck's work shows us the grit, pain, tiredness, disappointment, and failure of humanity.He did it by bringing us into a story by telling it to us.Secondary to that he showed us the story.Yes, he was a great story teller and he obviously had a voice of his own.Interesting thing is his books made great movies but they still remained top sellers for decades."Grapes", is still up there with the best Amrican writers.
    4-0 out of 5 stars The Woe of the Great Depression
    Set during the Great Depression, this novel chronicles the life of a family of sharecroppers, the Joads. They are driven from their home in Oklahoma due to the Dust Bowl (a series of dust storms causing severe drought) and hard times. Along with thousands of others who have also lost their land, the Joads decide to move to California with the promise of work and a better way of life. However, once they get there, they find that there is not much work to be found and even if they get work, the pay isn't fair. The Californians they encounter treat them with disdain, calling them "Okies" and fearful that these newcomers might band together and take over the land.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Complete misery and no plot
    First let me say I'm a Steinbeck fan.I love the majority of his work.
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    17. Fraud: Essays
    by Broadway
    Paperback (23 April, 2002)
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    Let's get this out of the way: David Rakoff is not David Sedaris. When you hear him being incredibly smart and funny on Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Keep it simple, stupid

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, very clever
    Comparing David Rakoff to David Sedaris, while probably unavoidable, is more than a little disinginuous.David Sedaris writes in a way that is understated, even simplistic, yet which makes him easy to relate to.Reading David Rakoff, by contrast, is not effortless.His writing is more complex and more obviously literary, which makes it less immediate, and less relatable.He has a considerable intellect, and skill as a writer, and is not afraid to show it.As a result, there is a sense of effort, of him trying to say things in a way that is probably not as straightforward as it could be.That's only bad when it doesn't work, and during those times when it seems that he is trying too hard, or at least, too hard to be clever.Fortunately, that is not often.
    5-0 out of 5 stars brilliant!!
    No other word to describe this collection of short stories, or rather essays on life in general.
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    18. Sun Also Rises
    by Scribner
    Paperback (01 March, 1995)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Brazen Boy Bleeps 'Bout Beautiful Brett
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hemingway's First Novel
    Hemingway came to his style of prose by writing the truest sentences he knew.He says so in "A Moveable Feast," his memoir of the Paris years when he was writing this, his first novel, but it also can be felt.The sentences in "The Sun Also Rises" don't read as programmatic or mannered; they read as fresh, vivid, and clean, as if each had its own brimming source.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Let The Sun Set On This Overrated Twaddle
    The only thing that saves this overrated plotless story is its description of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain towards the end of the book.Otherwise, it is racist, deeply anti-Semitic, and sexist.The words nig-er and ki-e are used, while the female protagonist sleeps with anyone she chooses.The male protagonist, Jake Barnes, is apparently impotent and thus, is left to taking care of Lady Brett Ashley without any of the pleasurable rewards.Don't look for a plot, there isn't one.The book is simply a recitation on what expatriates did in Paris and Spain after World War I.Hemingway's style is clear and succinct, but definitely overrated.Robert Cohn, the Jewish character in the book, is continually degraded and disdained.And what about the 30ish Brett, Lady Ashley, the female hero?She's so beautiful all the guys want to sleep with her, including a 19-year-old bullfighter.Although I admit some of the descriptions of the bullfighting are valuable, I really don't understand why this is considered a respected literary work.When I read a book, I want a story and memorable characters.This has neither.Needless to say, I find Hemingway one of the most overrated writers of the past century.Hey, I'm sure many of you will disagree, but if you want my opinion, don't waste your time on this twaddle. ... Read more

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    19. The Scarlet Letter (Classics)
    by Bantam Classics
    Mass Market Paperback (01 February, 1981)
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    Isbn: 0553210092
    Sales Rank: 2965
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet Letter
    As an eleventh grader I was assigned The Scarlet Letter to read. When I finished, I was glad I had read it. It was a great book which had me guessing, or should I say wondering all the time. It was somewhat hard to read and completely understand. Published in 1850, there were words and sentence usage I wasn't familiar with (having CliffsNotes helped a lot), but the plot and points Hawthorne made were wonderful.It was a little confusing trying to figure out how Hawthorne felt about certain aspects such as; sin, adultery, Puritans, and whether or not he thought Hester and Dimmesdale were right or wrong in the things they did. Not knowing his thoughts are what make the novel the way it is. It was fascinating to see Hawthorne's use of symbolism in this novel; the way he would take something simple, such as the letter A and turn it into the focal point of the entire novel.
    4-0 out of 5 stars A Hard Read But Worth it--A Defining Classic Novel
    If you're a high school student taking any form of English class whatsoever, you're bound to read this book. This is one of those All-Time Classics they make you read. As a teenager, I'm not at all against reading books for class. Even though I don't like keeping journals while reading, I love the opportunity to explore some classic books, and the school assignments give me a little push to keep going.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Sin--Like All of Life--Is Infinitely Elastic
    Those who read THE SCARLET LETTER tend to take its message about the evils of sin and their consequences at face value and therefore literally. It is understandable that readers of Hawthorne's dark fable think like that since he places such heavy emphasis on the letter itself, which no one has trouble labeling as the "a" in adultery.However, since sin and its ramifications have been analyzed and interpreted in nearly every manner possible, it then seems reasonable to assume that the sin of the scarlet letter is more flexible than previously thought.This flexibility of the meaning of sin does not reside within the concept of sin, which according to Puritan conventions, was pretty well fixed, but rather it lies within each person who either carries sin within her heart like Hester, or rails against those who are accused of carrying it, like the Puritan church leaders.What emerges after hearing Dimmesdale's closing sermon against sin is that in any comparison with its evolving meaning from the beginning of the book to the end with the three major characters, one is struck with the unsettling notion that the very concept of sin is infinitely elastic.
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    20. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller; Revised and Updated Edition
    by HarperSanFrancisco
    Paperback (22 April, 1994)
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    Isbn: 0062508342
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Life's Instruction Manual
    People say life doen't come with an instruction manual, well this is it. Why you are here; what is important; how to deal with departure (death), your own and others; what happens if you spend your life sidetracked by the 'immediate but not important' issues. Written in a way that compels you to move to action, beyond simple intellectual curiousity. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!

    5-0 out of 5 stars WAKE UP AND LIVE.
    WOW..it has been so long since a book has moved this hardened soul,so for this masterpice i am very grateful.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Quiet Revolution Is Pure Good Fortune
    Reading the currently posted 75 reviews of Sogyal Rinpoche's "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" is an education in itself. Devotion, gratitude, and open-minded reading in the majority of the reviews are juxtaposed with ignorance, mis-information, and a desire to make points in other reviews. Thus is our human condition. There is a Tibetan saying, "When luck comes to the mouth, the tongue pushes it out." Let us see "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" for what it is: pure good fortune.
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