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Renee

Artist, farmer, avid reader. I am interested in all sorts of things; history, religions, psychology, cultures, travel, politics and more.

Spokane, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14584)
    Performance
    (8987)
    Story
    (8858)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Over the top"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Any one who doesn't care if the author has any accurate concept of time. One can't pick cherries and apricots in the same season and then a couple of weeks later wander through falling cherry blossoms. Anyone who likes chapters and chapters of descriptions of sexual acts that really do nothing to add to the interest of the story, this is for you but I about puked!I am no prude but enough is enough. I mean a woman from the 20th century, no hygiene, so many other flaws with details, and I can't see the rugged Scots, poetic as they might have been dribbling on as young Jayme. 23 Year old men, in no matter what century aren't that different...ok so that explains the endless sex ....so many things were just so out of character. But what about literary restraint...elegance. Not in this story!OMG! I fast forwarded through the endless sex dialogue and excruciating detailed descriptions of sex acts, hoping for something more meaningful but it went from one improbable situation to the next and left off every potential for interesting character development after the other. What a pathetic ending! And I am surly NOT going to continue the sex saga in any other country no matter how hopeful I might be in thinking that the author might get over her obsessions and finally get on with a real story. I apologize to anyone who loves these stories. Given the glowing reviews, I acknowledge that I must be in the minority...and happy for it.


    Has Outlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I certainly will be more careful in considering other peoples' rave reviews, I erased all the sequels because I just could bear the thought of more ...I can't think of anything I would like less and made an appointment with my dentist with joy!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    I adore Davina Porter and felt sorry for her reading all that endless twaddle. She is one of my favorite narrators.


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    All of them..except for poor Frank who seemed a likeable character because of his absence. I was nervous about him in the beginning...something about him was just slightly unlikeable but when he was out of the picture and only mentioned after or before Clair and Jayme's sexual encounters of endless dribbling conversations about sex, I thought he, Frank, was the most likeable character in the story.I just wanted Clair and Jayme to die in some glorious fight and be done with it!! Please oh please.


    Any additional comments?

    It could have been interesting..so much potential but the writer must be a sex addict with a weaker love of history. I would never recommend these books!

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • How the Irish Saved Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (95)

    Thanks to Thomas Cahill, the pivotal era called the "dark ages" is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves.

    P says: "Fascinating book"
    "I tried...really I did"
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    Would you try another book from Thomas Cahill and/or Donal Donnelly?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas Cahill again?

    maybe


    What didn’t you like about Donal Donnelly’s performance?

    the performance was stiff and slow


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment- I was so looking forward to more history for my course of study


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to "How the Irish Saved Civilization" or watching paint dry?...tough choice

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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