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Robbin

Panama City, FL, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Golden Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (5)

    Wealthy American widower Adam Verver and his daughter Maggie live in Europe, where they collect art and relish each other's company. Through the efforts of the manipulative Fanny Assingham, Maggie becomes engaged to Amerigo, an Italian prince in reduced circumstances, but remains blind to his rekindled affair with her longtime friend Charlotte Stant. Maggie and Amerigo marry, and later, after Charlotte and Adam have also wed, both spouses learn of the ongoing affair, though neither seeks a confrontation.

    Jacob says: "inaudible"
    "Golden Egg"
    Overall

    I couldn't get through the book. I don't even think I made it halfway. The sound quality was so poor that I had to turn the volume practically all the way up and then the hissing drove me crazy. I couldn't even listen to it in the car because of the poor sound quality. I don't know whether I would have liked the storyline because I couldn't hear enough of it to follow along long enough to get into the book. My advice is to save your money and wait for another reading to come out if it ever does.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Attila: The Scourge of God

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ross Laidlaw
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    In the fifth century, the Western Roman Empire has been overrun by German tribes. In a series of brilliant campaigns, Aetius, last of the great Roman generals, forces the Germans to settle peacefully. But his old friend Attila, leader of the Huns, has turned his attention to the West, and a confrontation between the two, now bitter enemies, is inevitable.

    Stephen says: "It's not about Attila!"
    "Needs a New Title"
    Overall

    This book is definitely not about Attila although he is a character in the book. He's just not the main character as the title implies. Also, the narrater's choice of voice for Attila is absolutely ludicrous...like a bad used car ad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kate Williams
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Emma Hamilton was England's first superstar. She fought her way out of dire poverty to become a fashion icon, an Ambassador's wife, a confidante of both Marie Antoinette and the Queen of Naples, and the mistress of Lord Nelson, England's greatest military hero.

    Eunice says: "Glad I live now...not then!"
    "Documentary Biography"
    Overall

    The description of this book gives the reader the impression that you will be listening to a novel when, in fact, you are read a documentary biography about the life of Emma Hamilton. The book is written as a collection of facts with suppositions and the supporting reasoning. I enjoyed learning about this lady but I felt like I was listening to the Discovery Channel. At times, the author was confusing in the manner in which details were related because the reference to time was left out and it was often not clear as to whom the author was talking about. Anyway, the book is not a complete waste of money but you should know it is definitely not a novel and isn't narrated like one either.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Thrall's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Judith Lindbergh
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Katla is a slave and daughter of a Christian woman captured in a Viking raid on Irish shores. Setting sail from Iceland with her master's household, she heads toward the distant promise of a new homestead in Greenland. Also on the ship is Thorbjorg the Seeress, a much maligned and persecuted healer and prophetess who is ever faithful to the call of her patron god, Odin.

    Wyonia says: "well done"
    "Save Your Money"
    Overall

    I'm not sure what the author was attempting to convey with this book. The characters were mediocore at best and the plot...what plot? The research may have been extensive but I would have stayed awake more with a textbook.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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