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Sebastian

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (491)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Even anglophobes can't help but like Churchill."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Though i am an unapologetic Anglophobe I just finished and thoroughly enjoyed the 1st volume of The Last Lion on audiobook


    What does Frederick Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He Delivers, with the right tone and cadence, the withering sarcasm of Churchill with gusto, and like Winston speaks abysmal French.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nina Burleigh
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Little more than 200 years ago, only the most reckless or eccentric Europeans had dared traverse the unmapped territory of the modern-day Middle East. Its history and peoples were the subject of much myth and speculation: and no region aroused greater interest than Egypt.

    Shari says: "A lesson in history"
    "Listened to it twice."
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    Where does Mirage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best book I have come across on the scientists that accompanied Napoleon on the French adventure in Egypt.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator Cassandra Campbell while obviously an American speaker did a creditable job in pronouncing the French names and words which is always appreciated.
    There is a freshness of tone in Nina Burleigh, perhaps due to the fact that she is a young journalist rather than a grizzled Historian. She has an obvious affection for Egypt, the Scientists and though she has reservations about Napoleon and the soldiers, but she does not have the usual hostility towards Napoleon found among Anglos.
    A good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (809)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "I wanted to be in 19th century Paris too!"
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    Would you listen to The Greater Journey again? Why?

    Yes I will, because I want to come back to the historical passages I am not as familiar with such as the remarkable story of US Ambassador Elihu Washburne, the tribulations of the medical students in Paris, or simply the rise of all those American artists who did their training in Paris.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Oh publishers what were you thinking? Yes Hermann is a good narrator but he butchers French in a book that takes place in Paris! This is the usual complaint about a narrator who does not know the language or regional peculiarities of where the book takes place. There is a passage in the book in which an American's awful accent got him out of a pickle, the joke there got quite lost I can assure you. Fortunately there are long passages in American where one can appreciate Hermann's narration.


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

    David McCullough does know how to build up tension. There are artist so well known still today that we know how well or poorly they did, but many more whom we are not so sure about and McCullough knows how to take the reader along on the discovery of the outcome of the life of Augustus Saint Gaudens and many others.
    There are places such as the Cathedral in Rouen, (on the way from the harbor at Le Havres to Paris), that entranced so many visitors that you want to go see it too, there is the Louvres and you want to discover for yourself what Harriet Beecher Stowe found so mesmerizing in the Raft of the Medusa and go see what James Fenimore Cooper and his friend Morse saw.


    Any additional comments?

    The book starts off a bit dull, but hang in there by the time you get to the chapters on the Americans students in medicine you will not be able to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sizzling Sixteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1614)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (616)

    Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck..

    Mo says: "16... is a fizzle not a sizzle!"
    "A Stephanie Plum adventure puts you in a good mood"
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    If you could sum up Sizzling Sixteen in three words, what would they be?

    It is book 16, the characters are familiar, established, and yes still funny. Evanovich's writing and King's delivery makes for good entertainment and even manages to make me laugh out loud.
    If you have never read one of Stephanie Plum adventures go to the beginning (One for the Money) and fall for this slightly insane woman bounty hunter who has terrible (but funny) luck with cars, truly insane friends, family and criminals.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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