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  • The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R.

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Carole DeSanti
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Eugénie R., born in foie gras country, follows the man she loves to Paris but soon finds herself marooned. An outcast, she charts the treacherous waters of sexual commerce on a journey through artists’ ateliers and pawnshops, zinc bars and luxurious bordellos. Giving birth to a daughter she is forced to abandon, Eugénie spends the next 10 years fighting to get her back, falling in love along the way with an artist, a woman, and a revolutionary.

    DK says: "Wow! This is Not My Typical Genre-Hard to Read But"
    "Seduced and abandoned - and boring!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who wants long descriptions and little plot.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Name of the Wind. The author, Patrick Rothfuss, knows how to tell a story.


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really like her voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It seems to have been historically accurate. But, the action jumps forward in time somewhat jerkily.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like the ending. In fact, because the very end is a timeline of the period 1848-1871 in France, read without being set off by a title from the rest of the book, I had to rewind several times to try to figure out how the book (I guess I mean the story) actually ended. After much overblown description, phrase piled upon phrase, thought upon thought, image upon image, the book ends rather abruptly, without a real sense of what happened to the title character. I was left thinking, what the heck just happened!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Honor of the Queen: Honor Harrington, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1652)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1218)

    It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards conquest as the only option and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the Republic of Haven, and the planet Grayson is strategically situated to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty’s Foreign Office overlooked a “minor cultural difference” when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet of Grayson are without rank or rights and Honor’s mere presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.

    Richard says: "Following on in the series - Book 2"
    "Cannot connect with this narrator at all"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Honor of the Queen? What did you like least?

    Best: the story
    Least: the narration


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator has an odd way of emphasizing too many words. So that there seem to be quotation marks around phrases - not required by the storyline.

    The voice chosen for the lead character sounds like a petulant teen. The narrator's own baseline voice would have been a better choice. Captains don't whine.


    Did The Honor of the Queen inspire you to do anything?

    Read it in print and return the audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    Narration can make or break an audiobook. American narrators often have an odd inflection, that I don't hear in narrators from the UK. It's as if they think it has to be "really serious."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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