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Psychologist and UniversityTeacher

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  • Charles Dickens: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Claire Tomalin
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Charles Dickens: A Life gives full measure to Dickens's heroic stature - his huge virtues both as a writer and as a human being - while observing his failings in both respects with an unblinking eye. Renowned literary biographer Claire Tomalin crafts a story worthy of Dickens's own pen, a comedy that turns to tragedy as the very qualities that made him great - his indomitable energy, boldness, imagination, and showmanship - finally destroyed him.

    C. Randall Curb says: "A great biography brilliantly read"
    "Horrible"
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    What disappointed you about Charles Dickens?

    Lifeless telling of one of the great writers in history.


    Has Charles Dickens turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But avoid anything by Claire Tomlinson


    What didn’t you like about Alex Jennings’s performance?

    Nothing animated, but then the book wasn't


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

    Disappointment


    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Howard Samuel
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (34)

    Before he became a novelist, Michael Connelly was a crime reporter, covering the detectives who worked the homicide beat in Florida and Los Angeles. In vivid, hard-hitting articles, Connelly leads the reader past the yellow police tape as he follows the investigators, the victims, their families and friends, and, of course, the killers, to tell the real stories of murder and its aftermath.

    William says: "Don't confuse with his fiction"
    "The Reader Ruins it! He sounds smug, supercilious"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Crime Beat?

    The actor delivers the most effected and effete reading I have ever heard. He pronounces the word "cop" as if he's doing an imitation of how Katherine Hepburn would pronounce it. He sounds smug and supercilious. Like somebody who never met one in real life. Connelly is a brilliant writer and I was looking forward to this. The overall effect is so discordant I couldn't listen and asked for my money back.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Slotkin
    • Narrated By Alpha Trivette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In the summer of 1862, after a year of protracted fighting, Abraham Lincoln decided on a radical change of strategy - one that abandoned hope for a compromise peace and committed the nation to all-out war. The centerpiece of that new strategy was the Emancipation Proclamation: an unprecedented use of federal power that would revolutionize Southern society. In The Long Road to Antietam, Richard Slotkin, a renowned cultural historian, reexamines the challenges that Lincoln encountered during that anguished summer 150 years ago.

    Ryan says: "Great book, difficult listen"
    "Tiresome and Boring"
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    Would you try another book from Richard Slotkin and/or Alpha Trivette?

    Author manages to smother the remarkable story of the rivalry between Lincoln and McClellan under obsessive and colorless re-telling of every single battlefield move in two years of war.

    I am asking for refund.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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