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Catherine

Audible listener since 1995. Former labor and community organizer. Originally from Texas. Now at home in San Miguel de Alende, Mexico.

Brooklyn, NY United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Power and the Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Graham Greene explores corruption and atonement in this penetrating novel set in 1930s Mexico during the era of Communist religious persecutions. As revolutionaries determine to stamp out the evils of the church through violence, the last Roman Catholic priest is on the lam, hunted by a police lieutenant. Despite his own sense of worthlessness—he is a heavy drinker and has fathered an illegitimate child—he is determined to continue to function as a priest until captured.

    connie says: "at last!"
    "Impossible to understand"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Power and the Glory?

    I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes. Impossible to understand the narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

    Love Graham Greene. A real disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Getting a refund. I hope.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amy S. Greenberg
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    A Wicked War presents the definitive history of the 1846 war between the United States and Mexico - a conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs - the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States authority and narrative flair.

    Tad Davis says: "The politics of the Mexican war"
    "Unfortunate narration ruins a great story"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was very motivated to learn about the topic. Otherwise, I could never have made it through the narration.


    Would you recommend A Wicked War to your friends? Why or why not?

    The story yes. Not the listen.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Shaffer’s performances?

    Maybe. It is hard to blame this reader for what seems to be unfortunate editorial decisions, i.e. to have her change voice, accent and volume everytime a different character speaks or, more annoyingly, every time she reads a quote from an original source. What may have been a fairly good story was rendered overly academic and pretentious.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    In better hands, a very compelling story. Just do not let this author do the screenplay.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please do not rob readers of the chance to experience a good historical story. This is WAAAY too cluttered up with original sources and a very jarring, annoying performance. Just READ the story. Let it speak for itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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