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Margaret

Spencer, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Conquering Gotham: The Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jill Jonnes
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    The demolition of Penn Station in 1963 destroyed not just a soaring neoclassical edifice, but also a building that commemorated one of the last century's great engineering feats: the construction of railroad tunnels into New York City. Now, in this gripping narrative, Jill Jonnes tells this fascinating story - a high-stakes drama that pitted the money and will of the nation's mightiest railroad against the corruption of Tammany Hall, the unruly forces of nature, and the machinations of labor agitators.

    Edouard says: "A good tale of the times"
    "Everything but the pictures"
    Overall

    I have been listening to books about the history of NYC and this was a great addition. The story is engaging and it was interesting to learn how a railroad centered in Philadelphia could have such an impact on Manhattan, but maybe not as much as it would have liked. I do wish the narrator had done a bit more homework on pronunciation of place names like Haverford and Bala Cynwyd. As a native of that area, I found the mispronunciations jarring. A very small complaint.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Phantasm: A Zoe Martinique Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Phaedra Weldon
    • Narrated By Merissa Martignoni, Phaedra Weldon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Just when Zo Martinique, formerly ordinary twenty-something, was getting used to the idea that she was possessed of extraordinary powers, she lost them. Without cause or warning. And at the worst possible time. Now, unless she can figure out how to go Wraith again, she won't be able to rescue her mother, whose soul is trapped on the Abysmal plane.

    Margaret says: "I've Read Better"
    "I've Read Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Phantasm?

    I am a big fan of books that incorporate the undead, mythic monsters, etc. But this one does not make the grade. It is neither smart enough nor well enough structured. I think maybe it's fine for teens, at least teen girls, although the language is carefully borderline vulgar as a way to make the characters sound youthfully cool. But it gets boring and verges on trite at times. The best part was the winged bunny slipper karate kick above an Atlanta highrise.


    Has Phantasm turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all, but I will be more careful about reading reviews.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a respectable job working with all the characters.


    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"
    "classic time in horticultural exploration"
    Overall

    The author provides a fine window into a wonderful time in horticultural exploration at the same time that she provides cultural and political contexts. I found the book fascinating. Unfortunately, I thought the author should not have narrated the book. While her narration is professional, I do not feel it suited the story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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