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Ron

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  • The Black Tulip

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    The tulip craze of 17th century Holland has a dark side! Cornelius van Baerle, a wealthy but naive tulip grower, finds himself entangled in the deadly politics of his time, and he must decide where his true love lies.

    Ron says: "terrible narration"
    "terrible narration"
    Overall

    This my first review.
    I simply couldn't continue trying to listen to this narration. John Bolen's voice has a constant change in volume and pitch, sometimes too loud and then towards the end of a sentence he will run out out of steam (breath?) and fades almost to the point of mumbling.
    This narrator has completely ruined any enjoyment I might have had from this work by Dumas.
    After about 25 minutes I gave up and have called it a lost cause.
    Bolens heavy use of accents only make the narration worse. I generally have no difficulty with dialects or accents (tri-lingual myself), but combined with his style of narration, well I just gave up trying to listen. Personally any further Audible choice I make will not have this narrator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12832)
    Performance
    (5195)
    Story
    (5235)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "A must have (listen)"
    Overall

    Rarely do I bother to offer a comment or review online about anything, be it on Audible or about some other purchase.
    But Follet's "Pillars" is outstanding and a great match for an audiobook. For anyone like me that spends a lot of time behind the wheel on the open road, this story will have you enthralled right from the beginning, do not be intimidated by the unabridged length of this audio book.
    A definite must have in the audio library.
    Cheers,

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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