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Darrin B. Roush

Diverse Reader

Austin, TX USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 4 reviews
  • 177 ratings
  • 381 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Princess and the Goblin

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George MacDonald
    • Narrated By Ian Whitcomb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Young Princess Irene is sent to the country to be raised in a half-farmhouse, half-castle located in the side of a mountain. While exploring the top of the castle, Irene becomes lost and inexplicably finds her way to a mystifying and beautiful woman spinning a thread. Princess Irene is drawn to the woman whom she discovers is her great-great-grandmother. But after she returns, her nurse, Lootie, refuses to believe in the old woman's existence.

    DJCinNC says: "Love this book"
    "Grew on me too..."
    Overall

    My 9 year old daughter loves this story. It seemed boring to me (39 year old dad) at first, but after I got to disk 2 one day while we were in the car together, I too, was hooked! Now we're listening to the sequel "The Princess and Curdie."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Constantinople

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Steven Runciman
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Few events have riveted the imagination or wrung the heart as did the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453. With its passage into the hands of the Ottoman Empire, European history entered a new era and Byzantine Civilization disappeared forever. Although Constantinople had been under constant pressure from Muslim incursions for over seven centuries, its fall came as a bitter shock to the West.

    Chi-Hung says: "A sad story"
    "Riveting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Fall of Constantinople?

    An exciting and factual story about little known history


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one character; as history, especially one that describes an event with virtually innumerable important people, it's hard to like just one "character". The emperor, Mehmet the Conqueror, the Genoese, the Venetians...they all, in their own way win your admiration.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The actual siege and who they held out against so many odds with so few defenders.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction, but it made me sad and gave me grade admiration for such heroic people.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sashenka: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Simon Montefiore
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In the best-selling tradition of Dr. Zhivago, Sophie's Choice, and The Island, this is an epic story of revolution, passion, and betrayal - and one woman whose extraordinary secret lies hidden for half a century.

    Alexis says: "Fascinating Historical Thriller About A Dark Time"
    "Historical Novel That Touches Your Soul..."
    Overall

    Great story! From the inception to self-destruction of infamous Soviet Union the book unveils many tragedies from the eyes of young, naive and idealistic heroine. Sashenka takes you on a life journey through the most depressing, though captivating time of Russian history. While listening to the book reader would truly experience that miserable existence under the iron boot of the Soviet cabal. Having firsthand knowledge of the subject I will attest, it is portrayed with finest accuracy. The writer reveals this dark period in all its malice. After the novel, you will understand what Russian people have endured for almost a century and ultimately still paying for. The readers voice illustrate the general mood and fear people lived under; the feeling lingers long time after you are finished listening. My only regret is that almost all of the names and places are butchered beyond recognition, unfortunately it includes the title. So don't try to flaunt your Russian pronunciation with any native speakers after the book. But you can certainly flaunt your intellectual understanding of that era.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion accompany Dorothy and Toto in the original fantasy in the Land of Oz. This recording will capture the hearts of listeners.

    L. Letterman says: "Awful Narration"
    "Good but anoying reading style"
    Overall

    This is a good story, but the reading style is annoying. The narator drops almost to a whisper at the end of each sentence and makes it nearly imposssible to hear him unless the volume is turned up loud, especially while in the car.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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