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Sharon

Oberlin, OH, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Laney Salisbury, Aly Sujo
    • Narrated By Marty Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (142)

    Here is a tautly paced investigation of one the 20th century's most audacious art frauds, which generated hundreds of forgeries - many of them still hanging in prominent museums and private collections today. Provenance is the extraordinary narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate deceptions in art history.

    Andy says: "reads like a thriller"
    "Fabulous story, terrible narration almost ruined"
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    Story

    I had to give up on the audio book because of the narration. And I almost invariably love the narrator. This time I feel it was not the narrator per se, but the engineer who taped her. ( Although, I must say, she could have done a better job at the pronunciation of names - e.g. Klee does NOT rhyme with key).
    Did they really need to save 5 minutes or so to cram this book into a certain length?

    The book sounds as if it is 8 hours of a run-on sentence. No natural pauses between words, sentences, paragraphs or chapters. Really annoying. Note that there are many names involved here which makes it even normally hard to follow an audio book, even more so when the narrator drones on interminably.

    So I got the real book, and cannot put it down. Absolutely mesmerizing true story, well documented and written. Wish it had had pictures - that would have made it spectacular. Should be made into a movie.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12540)
    Performance
    (4920)
    Story
    (4958)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Slick, slimy soft porn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was lured by all the 5 stars listeners gave to this book, and also by having read Fall of Giants which was pretty good. I should have been suspicious, however, because Fall of Giants had it's share of lurid sex which went on and on (I mean, they were MARRIED, already and we still had to hear about the sex), but the research on WWI was more convincing, being more researchable and subject to verification I guess.
    Piilars of the Earth did not convince, not the cathedral building, not the daily life, not the intrigue. The characters are 2 dimensional at best and the plot is so transparent, I found myself always second guessing the author as to what was coming next, and what was in his (the author's) mind, did he feel that a bloody battle was needed about now?
    I love history, I love long audio books, I hated this one, had to stop about about 10 hours, after the first violent rape in all it's gruesome detail, sparing nothing. I see that I was saved from about 5 more rapes, thank god.
    What a waste of an audio book, it's getting deleted pronto from my library. It's pretty much supermarket trash and I'm embarrassed I read what I did.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    January 1932: Ben MacCarthy and his father watch a vagabond variety revue making a stop in the Irish countryside. Ben's father, mesmerized by Venetia Kelly, the troupe's magnetic headliner, makes a fateful decision: to abandon his family and set off on the road with Miss Kelly and her caravan. Ben's mother, shattered by the desertion, exhorts "find him and bring him back", thereby sending the boy on a Homeric voyage into manhood.

    California Vegan says: "What a joy!"
    "A beautiful and poignant tale"
    Overall

    This is the fourth book I've read by Frank Delaney. I was smitten by "Ireland" and knew I had to have this new novel and it does not disappoint. What a consummate story teller! How adroitly he weaves into his stories the lore and politics of Ireland, of which he is eminently knowledgeable. He manages to make the twists and turns of the plot believable and the characters are so colorful. He does his own reading and it is superb, with his inimitable Irish accent, yet bringing to life German characters like the adorable housekeeper, Mrs. Haas. The ending is indeed bittersweet, yet somehow he manages to make us accept it, and brings the novel to a close so gently. I'm left wanting to savor it for days before I start another book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (166)

    One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

    S. Marie says: "A wonderfully read history of Ireland"
    "Wonderful storytelling!"
    Overall

    If you like stories, and history, this is it. Completely engrossing from the first sentence, this novel manages to weave fables and myths, the history of Ireland, poetry, and music together with a modern day tale that twists and turns in completely unexpected ways. The reader (who is the author) is fabulous, a voice that will remain with you, sonorous and beautiful. And the characters he creates are unforgettable and lively, and wonderfully humorous.
    I loved everything about this novel, was totally engrossed, entertained and sad to come to the end. What a wonderful way to get to know Ireland, its people and history - I now feel I should go there and walk the countryside!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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