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Renee

Tucson, AZ, United States

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  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3555)
    Performance
    (2163)
    Story
    (2183)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "A passionate, eye-opening chunk of history"
    Overall

    The writer, Weatherford, is not what you'd call a great prose stylist, but the story he tells is stunning, and he did all the leg-work. His heart is in it. If you want to know how the modern world was born, listen to this.

    Davis' narration is thrilling. Loved it all.

    48 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Greg Bear, Terry Bisson, David Brin, and others
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd, Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    A walk around the block, a quick drive, before shutting down your PC ? these short story collections are perfect for when you only have a few minutes to listen."

    Greg says: "Biased toward the last 20 years of sci-fi"
    "Some great stories, some real duds"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    A couple of classic stories -- Arthur Clarke, Le Guin, but some painful duds.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    No.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Overacting, especially loud to soft variations (turn it up, turn it down) and cloying enactments of children's parts (not that they weren't cloying to begin with. The wise child in SF is a deeply annoying stereotype.)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Edward St. Aubyn
    • Narrated By Edward Hibbert
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    One of England’s brightest young literary stars, Edward St. Aubyn is compared to Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene for his novels’ wry observations and sharp dialogue. Some Hope traverses cultural and social landscapes that range from British manor houses to Bronx alleyways. A remarkable trilogy, it is the story of a wealthy young man who, after a horrific childhood, finds his life filled with both decadence and grace.

    Renee says: "Beautifully written autobiographical trilogy"
    "Beautifully written autobiographical trilogy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Some Hope the most enjoyable?

    The hero begins as a little boy with a truly dreadful father and an alcoholic mother, wealthy English layabouts living in the south of France. In the second novel, he's 22, a hopeless junkie, and his father has just died. In the final volume, he's 30, clean, and finally pulling himself together to get on with his life.

    Each novel takes place over just an eventful day or two in Patrick's messy life, but they all feel rich and enveloping, due largely to St Aubyn's wonderful prose and the mordant wit that runs through all the books. The novels are a little like Evelyn Waugh, a little like Proust (in the parade of vivid, mostly awful characters who come into Patrick's life), a little like A Dance to the Music of Time, and and yet they seem very original and wholly heartfelt. The themes that run through them, the repeated scenes and recurring characters, the current of profound outrage at the abuse that's distorted the hero's life -- it all feels like part of a fully imagined whole. I was truly sad when I finished the 3rd book -- and looking forward to St. Aubyn's new one.

    The narrator was very good with the voices and English accents -- shakier with the others. But that's okay.


    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Seventy Four: Red Riding Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Peace
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Jeanette Garland, missing Castleford, July 1969. Susan Ridyard, missing Rochdale, March 1972. Claire Kemplay, missing Morley, since yesterday. It’s winter, 1974, Yorkshire, Christmas bombs, Lord Lucan on the run, the Bay City Rollers, and Eddie Dunford’s got the job he wanted – crime correspondent for the Yorkshire Evening Post. He didn’t know it was going to be a season in hell. A dead little girl with a swan’s wings stitched into her back. A gypsy camp in a ring of fire. Corruption everywhere you look.

    Lori says: "Disturbing, Uncomfortable - Real Crime Fiction"
    "He thinks he can write"
    Overall

    Just an awful, silly book. The hapless first-person hero -- a journalist who never seems to do any actual work -- investigates a unbelievable, sadistic crime in a totally vile world. Lurid, showy, impressionistic prose makes the whole thing that much worse.

    A waste of a credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2819)
    Performance
    (2041)
    Story
    (2028)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "Yes! More Lee Childs! Always worth the ticket."
    Overall

    Lu-u-ved it. Reacher reasons and muscles his way through intricate difficulties and unspeakable difficulties as only he can. Very, very nice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gnostic Gospels

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (125)

    The Gnostic Gospels provides engaging listening for those seeking a broader perspective on the early development of Christianity. Author and noted scholar Elaine Pagels suggests that Christianity could have developed quite differently if Gnostic texts had become part of the Christian canon.

    Colin says: "A must-read"
    "if you're really into bibliography"
    Overall

    I cannot recommend this too highly.

    "Contributors to this analysis include R.H. Smith, in Great Britain, G.B. Smuythe, in the Netherlands, D.H. Lawrence, in Germany, L.D. Clark, in Poland. . . " and on and on and on. For those who like it, it's what they like.

    There's interesting stuff in here, somewhere, but when it's on your iPod you can't just turn the page.

    4 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    Swann's Way is the first volume of Proust's supreme masterpiece, the seven-part novel entitled Remembrance of Things Past. In it, Proust recalls the early youth of Charles Swann in the small town of Combray as seen through the eyes of the narrator. It then shifts to Swann himself, now a fashionable man caught up in turn-of-the-century Paris and a tortured love affair.

    Cheryl says: "A masterpiece, brilliantly read"
    "a perfect reading of a great book"
    Overall

    All I can say is that I wish that Rowe reading the whole of "A la recherche" -- unabridged -- were available: I'd be happy for months listening to the great sonorous flow of minute psychological observation, social comedy and exquisite description of nature that is Proust. I was especially entranced by Rowe's rendering of the scene in which Maman reads to young Marcel. Magic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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