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Ted

Huntsville, Albania | Member Since 2005

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  • Voices: Annals of the Western Shore, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Melanie Martinez
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Voices stars the people of Ansul, a town of scholars and traders conquered by the marauding Alds 17 years ago. When poet Orrec arrives in town, however, the people begin to garner the courage to rebel against their overlords.

    Mark says: "A bit disapointed"
    "Narrator Ruins a Good Story"
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    What would have made Voices better?

    I listened to and loved the first book of this series, being a huge fan of Usual K. le Guin. Unfortunately, the narrator has made it impossible to listen to this book. She speaks so slowly and with such a saccharin intonation, that I just couldn't listen to it. I realize this is a book for "Young Adults", but surely, anyone older than six can listen faster than this. The narrator’s voice is childlike and insipid. I guess I'll just have to read the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ursula K. Le Guin? Why or why not?

    always


    How could the performance have been better?

    Speak in a norma ltone of voice and at a normal speed. She speaks way too slowly.


    Any additional comments?

    Rerecord it with a good narrator please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6041)
    Performance
    (5428)
    Story
    (5423)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Great Story!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is an imaginative and fun story. It is historically accurate and has very interesting historical detail. It was read perfectly by the actress and I recommend it highly. I can't wait for the final book of the trilogy and I think I will probably read or listen to everything this author writes in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sarah Rose
    • Narrated By Sarah Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    In 1848, the British East India Company, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, engaged Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, botanist, and plant hunter, to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China - territory forbidden to foreigners - to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing. For All the Tea in China is the remarkable account of Fortune's journeys into China - a thrilling narrative that combines history, geography, botany, natural science, and old-fashioned adventure.

    S. Mersereau says: "Like Fingernails on a Chalkboard"
    "A Riviting Story"
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    If you could sum up For All the Tea in China in three words, what would they be?

    A riviting story.


    What about Sarah Rose’s performance did you like?

    It added to the experience but at the same time didn't call attention to itself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did make me cringe and moan when the first batch of tea plants so labouriously collected were lost do to ineptitude in transport.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book first and formost because it is an amazing story. That it is true and a fascinating piece of history of which I was previously unaware is an added bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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