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N. Turchin

Hampton, VA United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 120 titles in library
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  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1131)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Terrible narration"
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    Where does Call the Midwife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book is lost in the terrible narration--every sentence is read with such surprise and awe that it's impossible not to be irritated.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5861)
    Performance
    (5082)
    Story
    (5072)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Great story"
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    Any additional comments?

    While it took me a while to get into the story, once it got going I very much enjoyed it. As a Seattle native, though, the narrator's mispronunciation of many Seattle place names was incredibly distracting. I will never understand why checking the pronunciation of an unfamiliar place or word isn't more common among audiobook readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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