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Christine

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  • Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey Around the Coast of Britian

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    American-born Paul Theroux had lived in England for 11 years when he realized he'd explored dozens of exotic locations without discovering anything about his adopted home. So, with a knapsack on his back, he set out to explore by walking and by short train trips. The result is a witty, observant and often acerbic look at an ever eccentric assortments of Brits in all shapes and sizes.

    Susan says: "Casting creates utter confusion"
    "This book is ruined by the narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    One has only to compare this book with Bill Bryson- who also writes travel books as an America Ex-pat. He has picked up a bit of a British accent, loves Britain, but sees the absurdities.
    This narrator instead of fond irony sounds smug and deprecating.
    I think I may get the book and try again-in general I have loved Paul Theroux,


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Just plain grating, and it was really hard to synthesis the British voice with the american point of view,.


    Was Kingdom by the Sea worth the listening time?

    Still struggling to finish


    Any additional comments?

    Why ruin a good book ?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Time Travelers Never Die

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (136)

    When physicist Michael Shelborne mysteriously vanishes, his son Shel discovers that he had constructed a time travel device. Fearing his father may be stranded in time---or worse---Shel enlists Dave Dryden, a linguist, to accompany him on the rescue mission.

    Dave Cole says: "meh."
    "The story wasn't bad, the narrator almost tanked"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The idea is interesting-a son looking foe his fatherm who is travelling in tie


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was pleasantly surprised


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The cadence and rhythm of the narration were so irritating that my hackles rose every time I heard"Dave".
    Which unfortunately, and not a credit to the author,was far too often.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (943)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sci-fi Comdey of Manners"
    "Very funny and well written book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does To Say Nothing of the Dog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is wonderfully written cross between a comedy of manners and science fiction. It is somewhat modeled after


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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