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Ari

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  • Death of Kings: Saxon Tales, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Stephen Perring
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (283)

    As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne - as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Uhtred, the Saxon-born, Viking-raised warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between his vows and his desires....

    Jean says: "The Saxon's"
    "Changed Place Names!"
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    Bernard Cornwell didn't fail. As always, this one takes you where nobody else could. My beef though is with the narration. Not with the narrator himself, who did quite a good job except for the fact that he says "Yuhtred" instead of the John Lee popularized "Ootred." My gripe is with the changing of place names. Cornwell uses the ancient names of English places/cities, but the narration chose to use the modern ones. I do not see any logical reasoning behind the change except that perhaps it affords easy pronunciation or that readers would have an immediate knowledge where the action is taking place. However, it is almost sacrilege to the author's research and effort. It also takes a huge chunk of the historical experience, what with ancient Saxons and Danes saying "London" instead of "Lundene." Hence the two-star performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4617)
    Performance
    (2381)
    Story
    (2417)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Passion and Insight - A Surefire Combination"
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    I've never read or listened to a book with more passion and insight than this! Passion for the thing that the author loves and insight for readers and listeners who love the same thing. El Caballo, Oso, Brujita, Manuel Luna, Arnulfo Quimare, and the Tarahumara, brought to life so magnificently by the narrator, will be with me in spirit for the rest of my life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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