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jasmine

Covington, LA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Janissary Tree: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jason Goodwin
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Togalu, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world. You see, Yashim is a eunuch.

    Andre says: "Turkish History"
    "history and story"
    Overall

    I love audio books but this one was difficult for me to follow because of a constant need for the author to instill history into the story. sometimes this works very well but in this case it did not. it simply added to the already confusing story and i decided to leave the eunuch detective to solve this mystery without me listening.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Steppenwolf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Peter Weller
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (372)

    Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine.

    Darwin8u says: "Save this Hesse novel for your midlife crisis."
    "monologue"
    Overall

    I could not listen to the narrator drone on and on with his deep monologue voice. Made it impossible to listen to this wonderful novel by Hesse. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Possession

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (160)

    As a pair of young scholars research the lives of two Victorian poets, they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire - from spiritualist seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany. What emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passion and ideas.

    Inga E. Calvin says: "audible poetry"
    "no more please"
    Overall

    I listened to four chapters or five I'm not sure but the ongoing drone of the voice and not knowing when it was the narrator when it was the poet or who was who became maddening so i am giving up without the slightest bit of interest about the journey or its end. I think this book is more about itself than anything else best left for literary connoisseurs who can appreciate the fine art of writing about writing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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