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EGB86

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  • Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Susan Orlean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    "He believed the dog was immortal." So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin’s improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog’s first blockbuster film and, over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow.

    Sandra L. Hackett says: "Hire a narrator!"
    "Different narrator would have made it better"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Orlean’s performances?

    I like Orlean's writing and the subject was great, but I totally agree with those who speak of her flat, nasal delivery. A different narrator would have done this book a world of good. It was a constant struggle for me to decide to wade through the book because of the great topic or chuck it because the narration was so irritating.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Hack
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (179)

    In "the most exciting bio of the year," Richard Hack uses recently uncovered (and in some cases, recently declassified) personal letters, court testimony, FBI files, autopsy reports and exclusive interviews to reveal the man who was a legendary lover, record-setting aviator, award-winning film producer, talented inventor, ultimate eccentric, and, for much of his lifetime, the richest man in the United States.

    Ian says: "Truely Incredible"
    "Cashman needed a pronunciation dictionary!"
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    An earlier reviewer remarked on reader Dan Cashman's atrocious pronunciation. I have to wholeheartedly agree. I'm familiar with both Dallas and Houston, where Hughes childhood takes place, and Cashman's mispronunciation is driving me crazy! It's really distracting. For example, it's MON-trose, not mont-rose. And ga-NO, not GAN-o. FON-ten-o, not font-e-not. On it goes.

    Another thing that bothers me is Cashman's rendering of Southern female voices. Though I'm sure it's not Cashman's intent, he just sounds condescending doing those voices and it comes across like he studied the accent from watching old Bugs Bunny cartoons or something.

    I will say Cashman has a nice voice and a lively reading. But that pronunciation! Oy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28904)
    Performance
    (22114)
    Story
    (22259)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Narrator is all wrong"
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    I read the first book and sincerely wish I was reading rather than listening to this book. Carolyn McCormick is a fine actress, but she absolutely sucks the life out of this novel. She is too old to be narrating a 16-year-old girl. The pacing is grating. Read the book instead. Wish I could get a credit back on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mastering the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzette Haden Elgin
    • Narrated By Suzette Haden Elgin
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Pat C Reedy says: "Disappointingly Executed on Audible"
    "Terrible audio quality"
    Overall

    The copyright says 1995, but the audio quality made me feel like I was in 1982. While this book had some good points, it really wasn't what I expected and I don't feel overly prepared to defend myself verbally. Also, I felt the examples stopped short. I wanted to hear the next step in the example conversations, not just the attack and initial defense. Overall, I hoped for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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