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Barbara

Bend, OR, USA

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  • 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
    (86)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    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!"
    "Missed opportunity"
    Overall

    This could have been a fabulous book. You can't get a more colorful character than this lady. But by about halfway through I lost interest. The way the book is written it feels like you are listening to a newscaster describe this woman's life. It's almost a blow by blow history rather than an interesting story. I wanted to really get to know this woman, what did she think about being a prostitute? Did she really love her husband? But instead all we got to do was observe. What a lost opportunity.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (2479)
    Story
    (2504)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Prepare Yourself"
    Overall

    I fail to understand why it was necessary to change the narrator after so many books. Although John Lee does a good job, it took me half the book to get used to his voice. Also, I wish he had been briefed on how to pronounce names and places the same as they were in the previous books. I kept getting confused. Prepare yourself for some extra work before you can settle down and enjoy the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Line in the Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gerald Seymour
    • Narrated By Anthony Head
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In a village on the Suffolk coast, Frank Perry waits for his past to arrive. He believed it would never catch up with him, that he was safe. A decade before, he spied for the government on the Iranian chemical and biological weapons installations. He had privileged access and his information damaged their killing capacity for years. Now, Iran will have its revenge and has dispatched its most deadly assassin to fulfill the task.

    Ellen says: "Well written, timely thriller with a message"
    "Save your money"
    Overall

    The book may be great. It certainly sounded like it would be but after an hour of listening to Anthony Head I was so bored I gave up. I'm tempted to even demand my money back.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Noble Radiance

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In a small village at the foot of the Italian Dolomites, the gardens of a deserted farmhouse have lain untouched for decades. But the new owner, keen for renovations to begin, is summoned urgently to the house when his workmen disturb a macabre grave.

    Barbara says: "Don't bother"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall

    Although I have enjoyed listening to the other titles in this series, this book is terrible. The other titles were read by performers who added to the telling of the tale by their accents and inflection. Anna Fields, however, gives such a lackluster performance, she makes even murder sound boring. Her male characters all sound like they are from New York, not Italy. The performance lacks the quaint charm of Venice which comes across in the other titles.

    I suggest reading the book instead. I'm hoping the next installment in the series has a new narrator.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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