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Campbell

Cedar Grove, NC, United States

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  • 2 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 111 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • The Alchemist and the Executioness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (355)

    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Rand says: "Not What I Expected..."
    "Very good narration; first story better than 2nd"
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    Story

    Jonathan Davis' narration of Bacigalupi's story is a joy to listen to, and I found 'The Alchemist' engaging--a story where it is easy to identify with the character and the world is interesting in its own right. Similarly, Katherine Kellgren gives an apt performance for 'The Executioness', and I enoyed Buckell's character. But his writing felt awkward at points, especially earlier in the story: odd phrases and sentences of info-dump dropped in between things characters were saying; slow pacing; lackluster character motivation. It picks up after the first third, about the point that the Executioness begins combat training, and I really liked the ending and the conflict resolution.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of Hastings: The Fall of Anglo-Saxon England

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Harriet Harvey Wood
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Harriet Harvey Woods fascinating and accessible book will change forever our view of the Norman conquest of England. Although the prevailing view is that the invaders brought culture and enlightenment to England, Harvey Wood argues that the Normans aggressive and illegal attack actually destroyed a highly developed civilization with long-established political institutions and sophisticated art forms.

    Campbell says: "OK, but might be better read, than listened to"
    "OK, but might be better read, than listened to"
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    Performance
    Story

    I found Robin Rowan's narration difficult to listen to. Part of this is due to my hearing, but the annoying aspect was the rhythm of her speech, which sounded staged and artificial, making it difficult to take the book in. In terms of content, Wood' book is a good, albeit biased in sympathy of the Anglo-Saxons, overview of the history surrounding the Battle of Hastings. I particularly liked the context she sketches in for 1066. Her handling of sources, however, became very odd near the end, where she began relying on sources that earlier she had criticized as being unreliable--and doing so without offering a justification or her reasoning for why those sources could be relied on that instance. Overall, it left me doubting her handling of the rest of her source material.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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