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Sweetwilliam

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  • The Technologists: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    The Civil War may be over but a new war has begun, one between the past and the present, tradition and technology. On a former marshy wasteland, the daring Massachusetts Institute of Technology is rising, its mission to harness science for the benefit of all and to open the doors of opportunity to everyone of merit. But in Boston Harbor a fiery cataclysm throws commerce into chaos, as ships’ instruments spin inexplicably out of control. Soon after, another mysterious catastrophe devastates the heart of the city.

    Stephen says: "Good story ruined by poor reading"
    "I really wanted to like this book but......"
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    Would you listen to The Technologists again? Why?

    No I would not read again. But I did recommed it to friends who attend or work at MIT.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Technologists?

    I like the story of the first woman student at MIT. The fact that she could not attend classes and was confind to a basement lab was facinating.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hoye???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he is very good


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

    way too long for that!


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book more than I did. I live in Boston and have many friends that have attended MIT. I felt that this book was written to become a movie. It was a bit too fantasitc and contrived. I did like the historic bits about Boston and Cambridge and respect the research that Matthew Pearl puts into his books. I liked the Poe Shadow bettet than this one. Not a bad read but just a bit too much drama for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dressmaker: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kate Alcott
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (186)

    Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes. Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy.

    Victoria says: "Good story, awful narrator"
    "An interesting look at a fascinating time !"
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    What did you love best about The Dressmaker?

    The background story of place and time.


    What about Susan Duerden???s performance did you like?

    Very easy to listen to. Nice narration style.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Dressmaker and why?

    Tess is the leading character and she was interesting. I also liked her boyfriend that she ends up with at the end of the book. He had a strong character that served him well in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a good read, it had a sympathic lead character that you could really care about and lots of diverse people to enrich the story. It had just enough historical accuracy to make the story meaningful and enough fiction to tie it all together. Very entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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