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Joel

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  • The Courts of Babylon: Dispatches from the Golden Age of Tennis

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Bodo
    • Narrated By Welland Scripps
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    No sport has gone through the seismic changes that rocked tennis when the game, long a holdout against professionalism and creeping commercialism, abandoned its roots as a genteel, amateurs-only enterprise and became a pro sport, vying for the heart of the public with rivals like soccer, NFL football, or NBA basketball. Peter Bodo, who has covered tennis since the dawn of this "Open" era as the chief writer for Tennis magazine, was there to witness this transition and what it promised, what it delivered. He has covered the game on every continent since the early 1970s.

    Joel says: "Started strongly and then fell apart"
    "Started strongly and then fell apart"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Courts of Babylon?

    The first two chapters of the book were great. After that it became clear that the authors views on various tennis players were based purely on his own conservative values.

    If a player expressed left wing views they were a 'loony', yet a player who expressed right wing views was 'misjudged'. Female players were 'goaded into homosexuality by lack of moral fibre on the tour'. And he seems to feel that players cannot succeed without a belief in god.


    What could Peter Bodo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Kept his personal politics and judgements out of otherwise interesting anecdotes.


    Have you listened to any of Welland Scripps’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first one. He is a fine narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some nice anecdotes. It didn't hurt, as an Australian, that the author gave Pat Cash a lot of credit, particularly for his Davis Cup performances. Beyond that this book was a struggle.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Andy Miller
    • Narrated By Andy Miller
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    An editor and writer's vivaciously entertaining, and often moving, memoir — a true story that reminds us why we should all make time in our lives for books.Nearing his fortieth birthday, author and critic Andy Miller realized he's not nearly as well read as he'd like to be. A devout book lover who somehow fell out of the habit of reading, he began to ponder the power of books to change an individual life—including his own—and to define the sort of person he would like to be.

    Mon Dobrin says: "Fun, intelligent and long-winded"
    "Pompous, Pernicious, and Pernickety"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author taking a carrot out of his lower most orifice!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Andy Miller again?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Andy Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Thank goodness.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A few one off lines were humorous, but that's about it.


    Any additional comments?

    How apt that a book about great books should be the worst book I have read all year. This is a pompous, pernicious, and pernickety book. Stemming from the author's early midlife crisis, he seems to feel that he can read a lot of books and lecture everyone else on what makes a great book. Well, Mr Miller, your book was my 90th this year. So as that instantly gives me more authority than you let me lecture you. STOP. JUST STOP!

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Fell Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
    • Narrated By Terry Wale
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Bank Holiday Monday, and beautiful Zellah Wilding, straight-A student at St Margaret's, prefect and future Head Girl, lies dead near the famous Wormwood Scrubs prison in London. What was this good girl from a strict Christian family doing out there, dressed to kill, when she was supposed to be at a sleepover with school friends? A secret boyfriend from a run-down estate and a recently-released rapist look tasty; or could the nearby fairground or the eponymous prison have something to do with it?

    Betty says: "Good book, problematic narration"
    "May be a good book but I'll probably never know!"
    Overall

    Like the initial reviewer, this is more a review of the reader. This may be a brilliant book but the reader is horrible. I gave the book an hour and a half before I could no longer stand it. The problem? He's so old fashioned and narrates the book as if it is Jane Austin. This is a modern day crime novel and I felt as if I was in the Victorian age. Oh well, lesson learned, I shall be avoiding this reader from now on and I suggest others do the same. Unless it is a classic novel, he'd be ok with those.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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