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Andrea

Greenwood, IN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 217 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Charles Minx
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This famous work by Leo Tolstoy was one of the masterpieces of his late fiction, written shortly after his religious conversion of the late 1870s. Such is the power of this novel that it was acclaimed by both Vladimir Nabokov and Mahatma Gandhi as the greatest in the whole of Russian literature. The novel tells the story of the life and death, at the age of 45, of a high-court judge in 19th-century Russia - a miserable husband, proud father, and upwardly-mobile member of Russia's professional class, the object of Tolstoy's unremitting satire.

    Andrea says: "Narrator's should not have dry mouth"
    "Narrator's should not have dry mouth"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to The Death of Ivan Ilyich again? Why?

    Yes, but with a different narrator


    What didn’t you like about Charles Minx’s performance?

    I could hear his saliva gather the more he talked, then clear his throat. His presentation seemed as if he was speaking with a cotton tongue.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Templar Salvation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Raymond Khoury
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (116)

    Constantinople, 1203: As the rapacious armies of the Fourth Crusade lay siege to the city, a secretive band of Templars infiltrate the imperial library. Their target: a cache of documents that must not be allowed to fall into the hands of the Doge of Venice. They escape with three heavy chests, filled with explosive secrets that these men will not live long enough to learn. Vatican City, present day: FBI agent Sean Reilly infiltrates the Pope's massive Vatican Secret Archives of the Inquisition....

    JerryL says: "Not one of Khoury's best..."
    "A book that "jumped the shark""
    Overall

    I am well-read in this "Da Vinci Code"; "Angels and Demons"; Templar mystery type books.

    I enjoyed this book, generally, except for two important things:

    1. The narrator's voice did not fit the role of "Tess". He cannot do female.

    2. Once the "things" (don't want to put spoilers here) are discovered and Tess gives her diatribe about why they are so important...well..that was the "jump the shark" moment for me.

    Yes, it's fiction. I get it. However, it would be nice if Khoury knew more about worldviews, the tenets of the religions his writing likes to bash, the way science does not coordinate with "Tessa's" diatribe.

    Until this, which is at the end, I did not feel the author had a hidden agenda. Just a good (not gripping but good) book ... until the diatribe and then Khoury showed his hand.

    To bad about that, I think. His book would have been more enjoyable and closed with less "soapboxing" if he had been able to separate some of his, apparently, ill will towards organized religion and just, simple, basic good and enthralling writing.


    Andrea

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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