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Elizabeth

Mechanicsburg, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (613)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    Darwin8u says: "A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From."
    "Opinion waffled at times but landed on loving it."
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    What did you love best about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay?

    The part I loved the best is also the part I loved the least. That is, the writing style is full of parenthetical, multi-phrased sentences bulging with allusions that, had David Colacci not been the excellent narrator he is, would have left me confused. At times, I marveled at the unique metaphorical descriptions that so vividly drew a picture. At other times, I either didn't get the reference or it was mentally taxing to listen to. If the listener doesn't have a solid broad grasp of culture, history, and literature, the writing is wasted. Overall, I ended up loving this book but there were times I wasn't sure.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but it's too long to even attempt!


    Any additional comments?

    It is hard to categorize this book and is not something I normally would have purchased. I listened to everything else in my library before this one but the intelligent writing, characters and ultimately the story won me over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (595)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Slow and slower"
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    I previously couldn't imagine why Audible had the ability to speed up the playback. Now, I know why! This narration was so ... very... very... slow. I almost gave up after about 10 minutes. Nothing if not determined, I upped the speed to 1.25. That still seemed a bit too slow at times so I even tried1.5. The latter was just a bit too fast and, not being able to set the speed to 1.4 - which probably would have been perfect - I went back to 1.25. Even with that, I wasn't able to finish the story.

    Book narration is a mixed blessing in that it can really enhance a story or really detract from it. I'm going to give the story the benefit of the doubt and say I got bored because of the narration. On the other hand, the story didn't intrigue me enough to give it another shot in print form. I kept thinking it would get better so I ended up listening to over half, but eventually, I moved on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Teofilo F. Ruiz
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (26)

    Western civilization is closely associated with reason and science, and with exceptional accomplishments in art, architecture, music, and literature.Yet it has also been characterized by widespread belief in the supernatural and the irrational - with mystics who have visions of the divine and entire movements of people who wait in fervent anticipation of the apocalypse.

    Pamela says: "Great Courses Are wonderful"
    "Good but not what I expected"
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    This was the first of the Great Courses that I've listened too and I've started a second so overall I like the addition of the series to Audible. Having said that, this was a little disappointing. The professor obviously knows his stuff and was able relate the concepts to current life as much as possible. What was disappointing was all the context he provided. I absolutely agree that you need to understand the political, economic and cultural surroundings to properly place mystics, heretics and witches. Unfortunately, I often felt he spent more time on the context then the actual subject. I learned a great deal about the power of the religion-government partnership, about how the middle class developed and even the violence of the times. While interesting it wasn't what I expected.

    My three-star rating is not about the quality of the lectures themselves but more about how the content did not fit the title as I expected. Perhaps that was my misunderstanding and others will feel the title matches perfectly.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Em Steve Dave Fair-re-re Tale Theater

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Bryan Johnson, Walter Flanagan, Brian Quinn
    • Narrated By Bryan Johnson, Walter Flanagan, Brian Quinn, and others
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (441)

    It's anything but Grimm when the Tell 'Em Steve Dave crew gives their hilarious takes on some of the best and least known fairy tales. Join Bryan Johnson, Brian Quinn and Walt Flanagan with special guest Sunday Jeff as they create a magical world of fantasy and wonder, trolls, living plants, and sinful dwarves. It doesn't get any better than this...or funnier.

    Bryan L. Johnson says: "Sunday Jeff is God amongst men."
    "Only purchase I've ever returned"
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    What disappointed you about Tell Em Steve Dave Fair-re-re Tale Theater?

    The premise was a good one and I had high hopes but there was WAY too much foul language. Don't get me wrong, a well placed f-bomb can be just the thing, but the swearing in this was gratuitous, juvenile and perhaps worst of all, wasn't even funny. There was maybe one funny part during the Rumpelstiltskin story but even that was short lived.

    Underneath all the babbling, I did get a sense these four could be funny and even, dare I say, intelligently funny. Every now and then I'd get a spark of something that hinted funnier stuff to come so I kept listening. Sorry to say the spark quickly dissipated and I ended up stopping before the end.

    I usually don't listen to samples of books that get such high marks but I've learned my lesson and will do it more often.


    Any additional comments?

    The description of the book noted it wasn't for children but books with this much vulgar language should be more strongly noted. "Not for children" could mean anything from sex, to drugs to violence.

    0 of 14 people found this review helpful

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