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Ken Nielsen

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  • Our Kind of Traitor

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Set in contemporary, recession gripped Britain, a left-leaning young Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend take an off-peak holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. By seeming chance they bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima who owns a peninsula and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and wants a game of tennis.

    connie says: "old style Le Carre meets new"
    "Great book, very disappointing reading."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first book I have bought from Audible that I was unable to finish


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very disappointing reading. Two examples: An Australian character is given a very bad cockney accent. Gail, the main female character, is read in a breathy voice that reminds my of Marilyn Monroe in those old films, Gail is a successful barrister! She would not speak like that.
    The reading became so irritating, for these and other similar reasons, that I have been unable to finish the book.
    If the reader can't do accents and voices accurately, he or she should just read it straight, without any attempt to be in character.


    Any additional comments?

    My first serious Audible disappointment. I will need to be much more careful in my purchases in future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1178)
    Story
    (1187)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "Unmissable"
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    Unmissable. Very well read. A gripping story about a man who became very important to the world. The story shows again (toi me, anyway) that only the truly obsessive accomplish great things. That is not welcome news, but cannot be ignored.
    After finishing the book we are left with much food for thought about what will happen to apple and the tech industry.
    I am not sure if this book is better listened to or read. Perhaps there are parts that I would have liked to look back at and reread (the main disadvantage of audio book, I think) but I don't believe my experience was much less rich by listening rather than reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Dickens: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Claire Tomalin
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (3)

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens: A Life, the major new biography from the highly acclaimed Claire Tomalin, published for the 200th anniversary of his birth. Read by the actor Alex Jennings.

    Ken Nielsen says: "An insightful story about a great writer"
    "An insightful story about a great writer"
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    Any additional comments?

    To me, the above categories are not very useful. We all know of Dickens but, I suspect, few of us know much about the man. After reading this book, we do. And we understand how he became the great storyteller that he was.
    Not a great man, not even an admirable man in how he treated his family. Still, for me his novels become more understandable are reading this biography.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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