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Lindsay

RANCHO STA MARGARITA, CA, USA

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  • Sea of Poppies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight China's vicious 19th-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.

    Evelyn M Kloepper says: "ignorance may be bliss"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    Having read the other reviews for this book, I tend to wonder whether we were listening to the same thing. Gigante mispronounces simple words with alarming frequency and attempts a number of accents doing all of them badly. In the case of one character, at times he had a Cockney accent and at other times, Scottish. I will never listen to another book narrated by him. however, the book itself is long-winded and tedious and I am now on the homeward stretch of listening to it and don't even care where it's going any more. I suspect it's going nowhere.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mao II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    In Mao II, Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about words and images, novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch-individualist. At the heart of the book is Bill Gray, a famous, reclusive writer who escapes the failed novel he has been working on for many years and enters the world of political violence when he gets the chance to aid a hostage trapped in a basement in war-torn Beirut, a nightscape of Semtex explosives.

    Rob says: "Tedious..."
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I was so looking forward to listening to this book after having previously listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed, "White Noise." However, I just couldn't make it through more than a few chapters of this book. It is tedious in the extreme and I decided that life is too short, and my commute too long, to have to suffer through rambling and pointless stuff like this.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Other Life: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    With no apparent plot, life, to the hero of My Other Life, is often messier than fiction - sometimes it appears our hero is leading many separate lives. The only connection is that they all involve the same person. Pavel Medved, Paulie, or Paul Theroux, the fictional narrator of these memoirs and a man of many guises, has reconstructed his past, giving it wit and life, tragedy and pathos and imposed an order on it through careful editing.

    matthew says: "Fiction that isn't too far from Paul's true life"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Not one of Theroux's masterpieces, but it would have been fine to listen to in the car and pass time during my daily commute. However, the reader was quite annoying. He mispronounced several words such as "snooker" and "Pepys" and tried unsuccessfully to imitate various accents. My take on these audio books is that the reader is almost everything, and in this case, he killed what was already only an average book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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