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mtparis

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7
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HELPFUL VOTES
9

  • Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Sears
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (64)

    The Civil War battle waged on September 17, 1862, at Antietam Creek, Maryland, was one of the bloodiest in the nation's history: On this single day, the battle claimed nearly 23,000 casualties. In Landscape Turned Red, the renowned historian Stephen Sears draws on a remarkable cache of diaries, dispatches, and letters to recreate the vivid drama of Antietam as experienced not only by its leaders but also by its soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

    David says: "Excellent Book"
    "Reader issue"
    Overall

    This is a very good book, if you have a specialized interest in the civil war. However, the reader puts on obnoxious British and Southern accents when quoting respective characters in the story. Fortunately, this is a small part of the text, but distracting. One wonders if someone asks the readers to exaggerate distinction between characters to this end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Augustus

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Williams
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    A mere 18 years of age when his uncle, Julius Caesar, is murdered, Octavius Caesar prematurely inherits rule of the Roman Republic. Surrounded by men who are jockeying for power—Cicero, Brutus, Cassius, and Mark Antony—young Octavius must work against the powerful Roman political machinations to claim his destiny as first Roman emperor. Sprung from meticulous research and the pen of a true poet, Augustus tells the story of one man’s dream to liberate a corrupt Rome.

    Naftaly says: "Excellent book, weak reading"
    "poor reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This reviewer is hard to listen to. He has a dour reading style in this book and the other I've listened to, Stoner. His reading is replete with distracting mannerisms, such as his affected snicker. His characters are so pat that they seem to return from past books to the current ones. Others may like his style, but he makes all the writing seem flat and negative; and he distracts from the story at hand.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beasts And Super Beasts: 36 Short Stories By Saki

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Hector Hugh Munro
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A glittering collection of 36 short stories by Edwardian satirist Hector Hugh Munro, who wrote under the pseudonym "Saki". Beasts And Super-Beasts includes many of Saki's best loved tales, exemplifying his witty and multi-layered storytelling, satirizing the habits and morals of British society of his day.

    mtparis says: "reader is obnoxious"
    "reader is obnoxious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The stories lack drama, but the reader is a goody two-shoes and hard to listen to, unless you are enamored of NPR.


    How could the performance have been better?

    better reader


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Balthazar

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this second volume in Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, Darley, the reflective Englishman, receives from Balthazar, the pathologist, a mass of notes which attempts to explain what really happened between the tempestuous Justine, her husband Nessim, Clea the artist, and Pursewarden the writer.

    mtparis says: "balthazar"
    "balthazar"
    Overall

    This is great literature. The reader is excellent when reading lines of English male characters. But any lines of women or Egyptians are so awful as to grate on the ears.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roosevelt and Churchill: Men of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Stafford
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    An intriguing look behind the congenial facade of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, this work reveals how each leader jealously guarded knowledge from the other in pursuit of separate national interests.

    mtparis says: "first rate history"
    "first rate history"
    Overall

    I thought this book was extremely well researched and well read. Anyone with an interest in intelligence matters and the history of current intelligence services will find this rewarding.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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